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Vanessa Hickman discusses trust land in Arizona

Arizona State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman

Arizona State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman

Arizona State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman manages the leasing, sale and highest use of roughly 9.2 million acres of Arizona State Trust land, a huge portion of which is meant for K-12 education. As the president of the Western States Land Commissioners Association, to which Phoenix is the winter conference host Jan. 4 through 8 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa, Hickman answered questions about important land issues.

Sales in past two years: $100
Sales proposals in the pipeline: $1B
Commercial ground leases being negotiated in urban areas: $1B over term
ASLD has negotiated and approved: 3 solar leases and 3 wind farms on state trust land

HOW DO PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE CLEAN WATER AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ACTS AFFECT ARIZONA DEVELOPMENT AND LONGTERM LAND VALUE?

The effects of these acts, as they continue and are expanded, could have major impacts on State Trust Lands and other lands across the state. They have the potential to severely restrict development opportunities, require additional off-sets and set-asides and subsequently lower land values for most types of urban and rural lands. The ultimate impacts could severely hinder economic development and land values in Arizona for years to come.

A TRUSTED LEGACY – When Arizona became a state in 1912, it was endowed with 10 million acres of land to be held in trust and to benefit public institutions, most of which is dedicated to K-12 education. Today, there are about 9.26 million acres still held in trust. Here is where they fall.

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WHAT SOLUTION DO YOU SUGGEST TO AVOID OR PREPARE FOR THESE POTENTIAL ISSUES?

The most important thing land management agencies, private development entities and all interested parties can do is engage. We need to study and understand the proposals, such as the new CWA rule regarding Army Corps 404 jurisdiction, and make comments to the appropriate federal agencies regarding out findings and opinions. We need to understand the type, number and extent of new species being proposed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing as endangered species and be prepared to make our comments and opinions known. We need to question all new actions, be proactive to every degree possible and be prepared to deal with possible listings of proposed threatened or endangered species through responding with sound science, exploring available options, including candidate conservation agreements with assurances, habitat conservation plans and any other means to limit the ultimate impacts of exiting of proposed endangered species. We need to collaborate — public and private sector — as interested and impacted parties and work together and with the federal agencies to make our positions known and work toward equitable solutions.

 

ONE THING I FOUND VERY INTERESTING ABOUT THE WAY STATE TRUST LAND IS USED IS FOR CONSERVATION. CAN YOU EXPLAIN HOW DEVELOPERS “LEASE” LAND THEY AREN’T ACTUALLY GOING TO DEVELOP ON AND WHAT THEIR MOTIVES WOULD BE?

The land department has historically sold and leased land for conservation purposes. One example would be the long-term ground lease of state land for mitigation due to development impacting habitat of a threatened or endangered species. The state could also enter into agreements for mitigation banks, a partnership where a state land lessee could pay for and provide for conservation of state lands, receive credits for impacted 404 washes in order to develop other state or private lands, or sell credits to other parties generation additional compensation for the trust. The motivation of a developer would be to generate revenue for the sale of credits or to have a reliable and secure source of mitigation or conservation lands, which they would need to secure in order to allow their project to go forward, pursuant to requirements of federal law.

MINING FOR MILLIONS 

Mining is an important component of the Arizona State Land Department’s (ASLD) land
and resource management portfolio. The ASLD manages mining and mineral activity by
authorizing mineral exploration, production, aggregate development, oil and gas leases, and
Special Land Use Permits for a variety of other revenue-producing, mining-related activities.
Income to the Trust from mining and mineral activity is generated primarily from royalties
paid on mineral production. Total income to the Trust during fiscal year 2014 was more than
$16 million. Well over half of that revenue was generated by copper production.
Interest in mining exploration has remained constant throughout the years and is
spread throughout the Trust land portfolio. Over the past three fiscal years, the ASLD has
processed thousands of mineral-related applications with two-thirds of those for mineral
exploration. Mining activity on State Trust lands are important economic drivers to local
communities by generating jobs and supporting local and regional businesses. Mining
production contributes important resources and economic benefits to our state and national
manufacturing needs. — Richard Thompson, Director, Natural Resource Division, ASLD

COMMISSIONED EXCHANGE

Occasionally, land owners and managers are faced with situations that have a negative
effect on the value and use of their property. For example, one landowner may find
the economic value of his parcel of land is diminished because it is trapped within the
boundaries of another land owner where it lacks physical, feasible or legal access of any
kind. When that trapped land is located within the boundaries of federally owned land, such
as a military reservation or national monument, the solution can become very complex. A
tool of land owners and managers that is thought to have value in solving such ownership
problems is the “land exchange.”
The Arizona State Land Commissioner may now conduct land exchanges following a
2012 amendment to the State Constitution, as referred by the legislature and approved by
the voters. Proposed land exchanges will take time to complete and will be subject to many
procedural requirements. Final approval is conditioned upon a favorable, statewide vote. The
Arizona State Land Department is now implementing this program.
— Richard Thompson, Director, Natural Resource Division, ASLD

THE ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT’S (ASLD) URBAN LANDS LEASE AND SALE PROGRAM IS THE LARGEST REVENUE PRODUCER FOR THE TRUST. HOW MUCH REVENUE HAS THAT BROUGHT TO THE TRUST?

Monies generated from the permanent trust fund, and expendable revenues generated from things such as leases and permits are distributed directly to the trust beneficiaries. The permanent trust fun now totals $4.5B, which is twice what it was only five years ago. Sales and commercial leases account for the majority of revenue generated by the ASLD and average about 80 percent of our revenues

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Grant Helps Arizona Combat Domestic Human Trafficking

The Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking will receive a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will help provide services and comprehensive case management for victims of severe forms of human trafficking in Maricopa and Pima counties.

“This is a serious issue that is growing,” said Cynthia Schuler, CEO of Tumbleweed, a non-profit that serves homeless and at-risk youth in the Phoenix area. “We have a lot of work and research ahead of us, but this grant is a tremendous boost and provides us the funds to move forward in combating domestic human trafficking in Arizona.”

Tumbleweed is one of five organizations that make up the partnership and is the lead agency. The Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking includes TRUST, Arizona Legal Women And Youth Services (ALWAYS), Phoenix Dream Center and Our Family Services. The Arizona State University School of Social Work’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research will provide research and evaluate the effectiveness of the effort.

The new funding will help the Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking in several ways:
• Assess needs and develop community-driven action plans to strengthen services in Maricopa and Pima counties
• Identify and provide case management and comprehensive victim assistance
• Coordinate needed medical and mental health care
• Collaborate with ongoing efforts in international trafficking, law enforcement, domestic violence and sexual assault, runaway and homeless youth
• Integrate child welfare services and juvenile justice systems
• Evaluate project performance and inform local and national strategies on how to improve the availability of service, integration, and collaboration for trafficking victims.

“With this grant, the Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking can start to effectively evaluate the landscape in Arizona and, more importantly, service and help the victims of human trafficking in our state,” Schuler said.

Only three U.S. social service agencies were awarded grants in 2014 through the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the U.S. Administration of Children and Families, including Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families (New York) and the Asian Association of Utah (Salt Lake City). Of the three grant recipients, Tumbleweed and the Arizona Partnership to End Domestic Trafficking are the largest beneficiaries. Funding is expected to be fully received by the end of 2014.

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2013 Global Summit on Negotiation and Trust

The only professional conference that directly makes the connection between negotiation, trust and achieving a sustainable outcome is the Global Summit on Negotiation and Trust, a three-day event that will take place November 8, 9 & 10, 2013 at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.

This program is designed to help participants become better at forming and sustaining collaborative relationships; increase cross-cultural competence and trust in international negotiation settings; make trust a competitive edge through practical tools and techniques from proven experts; and deploy trust to resolve conflict more effectively and improve negotiation results.

Independent research has established a link between high trust and negotiation results, revealing how these characteristics contribute to improved productivity, higher employee morale, lower organizational conflict, faster decision-making, better teamwork and lower costs of litigation and failed partnerships. The conference will provide a road map for enhancing credibility, improving employee engagement, building commitment, loyalty, and a high performance culture. Additionally, participants will expand their personal and professional network while harnessing the collective wisdom of experienced practitioners, top scholars and executive peers.

Among the speakers will be:  Stephen MR Covey, Author of New York Times and Wall Street Journal #1 bestseller “The Speed of Trust”; Dr. Robert Cialdini, renowned Author of the NY Times Bestseller “Influence: Science & Practice”; Divya Narendra, CEO of SumZero and a co-founder of ConnectU, the predecessor to Facebook; Hon. Hlengiwe Mkhize, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, South Africa; Edgardo Pappacena, Global Business Model Transformation Leader for PriceWaterhouseCoopers; and a number of top scholars, leading practitioners, business leaders and Harvard luminaries.

Conference Chairman and event speaker Andre Bisasor, brings with him a legacy of successful events as the founder of the Negotiation & Leadership Conference. This Global Summit is the next iteration of preeminent conferences produced in the tradition of the previous gatherings held in Cambridge. The following leading authorities on the subject of negotiation in the field are scheduled to speak at the Global Summit.

  • Dr. Robert Cialdini (Renowned Author of the NY Times Bestseller “Influence: Science & Practice”);
  • Michael Wheeler (Harvard Business School Professor);
  • Bruce Hay (Harvard Law School Professor);
  • Divya Narendra (CEO, SumZero and An Originator of the Facebook idea at Harvard College);
  • Chris Voss (Former Head of the FBI International Hostage Negotiation Unit; Former Subject Matter Expert on Hostage Negotiation For G-8 and White House; Former Lecturer at Harvard);
  • Leonard Kopelman (Lecturer on Management & Law at Harvard University; Renowned Expert in international & diplomatic law)
  • Dr. Lakshmi Balachandra (Professor, Babson College; Former Lecturer on Negotiation at Harvard and MIT)
  • Hon. Hlengiwe Mkhize (Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Govt. of South Africa);
  • Dr. Karen Walch (Professor at Thunderbird School of Management);
  • Edgardo Pappacena (Global Business Transformation Leader & Former Chief Strategy Officer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers);
  • Clark Freshman (UCLA Law Professor; Expert in Lie Detection in Negotiation);
  • And many more

Pricing begins at $1,395 USD with an Early Bird registration special of $995 USD for registration before October 15, 2013. Student tickets are deeply discounted at only $150 USD for Early Bird, or $295USD at the regular rate.

To register, go to  http://globalsummitonnegotiation.com/registration-page/

Early registrants, who also follow on twitter at @globalsummitAZ, qualify for giveaways including: one complimentary 8-week, 100% online Executive Certificate course from the Executive Certificate in Global Negotiations, a value of $1,980 USD, as well as one complimentary admission to the on-campus program, Communicating & Negotiating with a Global Mindset, at the Glendale campus with a value of $3,800 USD.

The conference also includes a concurrent youth program that provides a limited number of high school students ( including those from under-resourced communities) the chance to attend the event for free.

Additional information on the Global Summit is available at http://globalsummitonnegotiation.com/

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner Adds Two Offices

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. announced that David A. McCarville has joined the firm as a partner.  McCarville is expected to lead the firm’s growth and expansion in the Probate, Trust and Estates practice areas.

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. also announced that McCarville’s current offices in Casa Grande and Avondale will be renamed and maintained, marking a physical expansion for Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. from its Scottsdale offices into Pinal County and the West Valley.

“David’s addition to our firm is a triple crown winner for us,” said Randy Nussbaum, Managing Partner of Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner, P.C.  “In addition to being a great lawyer, David allows the firm to expand its practice areas to include Estate Planning and Probate, plus allows us to physically expand our presence beyond our Scottsdale facility into Pinal County and the West Valley.”

When not working, McCarville spends his free time with his wife Judy and their 4 young girls ages 11, 10, 6, and 2.

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Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner Adds Two Offices

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. announced that David A. McCarville has joined the firm as a partner.  McCarville is expected to lead the firm’s growth and expansion in the Probate, Trust and Estates practice areas.

Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. also announced that McCarville’s current offices in Casa Grande and Avondale will be renamed and maintained, marking a physical expansion for Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. from its Scottsdale offices into Pinal County and the West Valley.

“David’s addition to our firm is a triple crown winner for us,” said Randy Nussbaum, Managing Partner of Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner, P.C.  “In addition to being a great lawyer, David allows the firm to expand its practice areas to include Estate Planning and Probate, plus allows us to physically expand our presence beyond our Scottsdale facility into Pinal County and the West Valley.”

When not working, McCarville spends his free time with his wife Judy and their 4 young girls ages 11, 10, 6, and 2.