A message from Steve King, President of the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs
The 2017 Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs was a great success due to all of efforts and time of the staff and the participants. We all owe a debt of gratitude for their work. I believe there is a growing consensus that the most important issue of our state at this time is the education of our next generation of citizens. The Forum report is completed and I encourage you all to read through and determine where and how you could most be of assistance.
The Verde Forum is part of a larger network of town halls from across the state that will be gathering this month to formulate a comprehensive approach to funding and strengthening PreK-12 educational opportunities for our state. I am very pleased to say that many of the ideas that came out of the Verde Forum are being discussed and acted upon on a larger scene and four of our participants will be attending the Arizona Town Hall.
Our next steps are to create the conditions for sustainable action on creating greater opportunities for our kids here in the Verde Valley region. The education consortium has been active in presenting the findings of the Forum in a wide variety of venues that include: local civic organizations, political groups, state representatives, education organizations, community associations, and radio and television.
Thank you all for taking the time to engage in the process that will bring growth to the idea that all kids deserve the best chance in life and that it begins with a great education.
In order to continue the work and accomplishments of the Forum, we need volunteers. Without our volunteers, there would be no Forum. I encourage you to consider volunteering by joining one of several committees.