Phoenix Field Trips

National Meeting participants will have a chance to explore Phoenix during the conference. A set of 10 concurrent field trips will be offered on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 31. You’ll choose just one! Sign up now!

Here’s where the trips are headed:

Field Trip #1: THE UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY:
THE ASU DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Walking – wear comfortable shoes. About a 1.5-mile walk with stops

A sneaker-tour through the profound recent history of this incredible downtown ASU/Phoenix Partnership. The ASU Downtown Campus in Phoenix has helped spur light rail, increased pedestrian activity, created urban housing and mixed use/retail development, created an award winning urban park, revitalized arts and culture, re-purposed architecture and preserved historic landmarks.

Field Trip #2: WHAT IS AN INNOVATION DISTRICT? THE PHOENIX MODEL

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus + Walking — wear comfortable walking shoes. About a 1.5-mile walk with stops

A tour that will address expectations, commitments and urban implications of an innovation district. Visit the Warehouse District, a neighborhood reborn with unexpected results, Gould Evans, an architect firm making a statement with their location, and some of Phoenix’s diverse creative companies and start-up engines. A quick ride to the hub of bioscience innovation in the Downtown will give a glimpse of public and private aggregation toward common focus in a particular sector.

Field Trip #3: ROOSEVELT ARTS DISTRICT:
CREATIVE PLACEMAKER IN THE URBAN CORE

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus + Walking — wear comfortable walking shoes. About a 1.5-mile walk with stops

Roosevelt Row was named a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Association in 2016 and has been named a “top ten city arts district” by U.S. Today. Explore award-winning art spaces and artist-studios, shipping container housing, and the FOUND:RE Phoenix, an art-infused boutique hotel that embraces and enhances its home in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, and breathtaking city views from the top floor of Portland on the Park.

Field Trip #4: TALKING TRASH: CREATING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY & TRANSFORMING WASTE INTO ENTREPRENEURIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus

The City of Phoenix and Arizona State University have partnered to establish the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network, or RISN, a unique public-private endeavor to advance a vibrant and sustainable circular economy through the reuse of waste resources. Take a close and personal look of a site that drives economic growth and job creation through education, collaboration and innovation and learn from ASU sustainability experts how RISN is driving a regional shift in sustainability practices.

Field Trip #5: THE MOST AUTISM-FRIENDLY CITY IN THE WORLD: INNOVATIVE HOUSING + COMMUNITY SERVICES

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus

Join us for a tour of the most autism-friendly city in the world and learn how First Place® AZ is advancing innovative residential options for adults with autism and other neuro-diversities, and initiating transformational impact on how society approaches housing and community development for individuals with different abilities. Led by market principles, First Place is creating replicable residential and post-secondary education models that promote collaboration among the private, public, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Field Trip #6: WASTEWATER TO WETLAND:
THE TRES RIOS ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION PROJECT

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus, Pants and closed-toed shoes are requested.

The Tres Rios Environmental Restoration project involves the rehabilitation of nearly 700 acres in and around the Salt River, restoring a vital wetland and riparian habitat.  The project, a federal and multi-city partnership that began in 2000, creates a mutual relationship between the renewed wetlands and the nearby City of Phoenix wastewater treatment plant.

The lush and scenic Tres Rios is now home to more than 150 different species of birds and animals. Beautiful cottonwood groves, willows, mesquites, and other desert shrub around the reed-lined ponds and along the trail attract many migratory and wintering songbirds. By bringing the Salt River back to the condition it was in during the early 1800s, this project is repairing a natural habitat.  Join us for a tour of this exemplary natural reclamation project.

Field Trip #7: THE NO. 2 DESTINATION IN ARIZONA
TEMPE TOWN LAKE

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus

No time to visit the #1 destination in AZ: The Grand Canyon? Then visit the #2 most visited destination in Arizona: Tempe Town Lake and the Rio Salado Project. It is home to innovative public/private/education sector partnerships, including the largest commercial development project in the state and the Novus Innovation Corridor at Arizona State University. See and hear about it all directly from public and private sector leaders that have been involved since the beginning of this vision.

Field Trip #8: HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL:
IMPROVING COMMUNITY WELLBEING THROUGH ACCESS & DESIGN

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus

The Health Futures Council at Arizona State University (HFC) invites you to experience an innovative approach to helping the most vulnerable in our communities, followed by a robust moderated discussion about the factors that contribute to health, and how a city can address them in ways that elevate the health of its community.  We will tour Circle the City, an innovative organization that provides respite and primary care for the homeless, demonstrably reducing ER visits and repeat hospitalizations, while also providing services to help individuals find a path out of homelessness.  After the tour and discussion at the Center, we will return and have a broader discussion with the Vitalyst Foundation.

Field Trip #9: THINK LOCAL. BUY LOCAL

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Light Rail and Walking– wear comfortable walking shoes. About a 1-mile walk

An adaptive reuse tour of an economy grounded in local ownership.  Local is a home town pride that invests in local businesses, the engine of a sustainable economy.  This tour will address the critical municipal policies that streamline the process for reuse development. The City of Phoenix’s adaptive reuse program is the most progressive in the country and it sparked an entrepreneurial spirit that has revitalized our downtown. This tour is for developers, real estate professionals, economic developers and planners.

Field Trip #10: K-12 EDUCATION MOVES PHOENIX FORWARD

Tour limited to 25 participants.
Transportation: Shuttle/Bus

Within the urban core, The Phoenix Union High School District and a range of Charter Schools provide an array of choices from which families can choose to prepare young people for a workforce yet to be imagined.  Join educational leaders who will showcase leading-edge options and tour the Phoenix Union High School District ‘Coding Academy and Arizona School for the Arts along the way.