The Mayor And The Chairman 'Cut A Deal' !
Both leaders have worked together with other progressive officials to encourage outsiders to spend vacations or weekends in Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell.
The communities are outside mainstream Phoenix located in the northeast corner of Maricopa County. The city of Fountain Hills has a population of 22,000 with four major gold courses, shopping centers, Copper Wynd Resort, Fountain Hills Community Theatre, River of Time Museum, Fountain Park and the “world’s tallest fountain.”
Fort McDowell has more than 900 people on its “rez”. They have the Fort McDowell Casino, Fort McDowell RV Resort, We-Ko-Pa Golf Course and sponsor Pow Wows and other native cultural events.
“We are at the far end of metro Phoenix and seem to be on the outer edges,” said Bear who became tribal chairman two years before Nichols was elected mayor in 2003. “Yet, there is some real potential here as far as business relationships are concerned.”
By December, more than 350 hotel rooms will be added to the collective area, as construction is completed at Fountain Hills downtown Holiday Inn and at Radisson Fort McDowell Casino and Resort.
Fountain Hills is considering a long sought after $70 million movie theatre development that would include shops. Restaurants and condos to the Avenue of the Fountains.
The Reservation is set to add an additional 18 hole golf course similar to their current one. The Indians are considering outdoor related activities such as Fort McDowell Adventures, a touring company offering the Verde River Trail Ride, City Slickers Cattle Drive plus the Yavapai Jeep Tour Experience. The annual Orme Dam Victory Days Celebration Pow Wow will be held November 18th through the 20th this year. The Tribe also acquired the Radisson Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona last year.
Roxanne Boryczki, chairwoman and founder of Fountain Hills-Fort McDowell Tourism Bureau created in 2001 said the goal of the joint community effort is to market the communities statewide, nationally and internationally.
This sounds like a “plan” which can be implemented throughout other areas in the country similar to Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell that are away from mainstream tourist attractions and major cities.
This column was edited for content and length from an article appearing in the August 19th issue of The Arizona Republic bylined Michael Ferraresi.
CALL TO RESCUE DEMOCRACY!
Submitted by Alysssa Macy
Don’t miss the National Summit to Save Our Elections: A Call to Rescue Our Democracy!Portland, Oregon * September 30 – October 2, 2005
The following program describes an exciting mix of panel presentations, concurrent workshops, keynote speakers and featured appearances by state and national elected officials and notable media personalities.
The objective of this conference is to bring together all the latest information on efforts to restore public ownership and oversight of elections, and to ensure the fundamental right of every American citizen to vote and to have each vote counted as intended in a secure, transparent, impartial, and independently audited election process. There are many facets to this effort and it will take everyone we can get involved to be successful.
As you will see, the agenda is VERY full, and subject to change as we continue the process of refining speaker roles and times of availability. All presentations and workshops are scheduled to allow some time to take questions from the audience. The conference organizers are trying to create a program that will facilitate attendees networking in addition to attending presentations and workshops.
Throughout the program we will have the following venues for you to explore when you are not in a session:
Oregon Election System Poster Session: Learn how Oregon’s Vote-by-Mail system works by viewing poster presentations and videos and have your questions answered by Oregon election officials and citizen experts.
Networking Lounge:Come here to have refreshments, meet each other and talk more in depth about your election reform questions and plans of action.
Information Tables: Summit sponsors will have information tables for you to peruse to learn more about their efforts to advance election reforms and how you can help.
Hopefully, the Summit will provide ample opportunities for you to not only listen and learn, but also to interact and engage with your compatriots and set you on a course to help all of us successfully bring about the election reforms this country needs and deserves.
Thank you for your interest in the Summit to Save Our Elections! We hope to see you September 30 – October 2, 2005 in Portland, Oregon!
Oregon Voter Rights Coalition and Alliance for Democracy
Alyssa Macy,Political Director
Center for Civic Participation
2105 First Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN 55404
NATIVE UNITY - A place for Native American Peoples to solidify their tribes to make a positive impact on the cultural, social, economic and political fabric of American society and a place for non-Natives to better understand the ways of the American Indian.
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