East Valley Partnership is hosting its annual event, the PHX East Valley Economic Forum, which will feature regional discussion on innovation and leadership.

The event will bring together civic, education, business and other community leaders to discuss issues important to the future of Arizona and recognize the lifetime achievement of selected individuals.

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, this year’s event will feature ASU President Dr. Michael Crow as keynote speaker. Under Crow’s leadership, ASU has established more than a dozen new trans-disciplinary schools and large-scale research initiatives.

During his tenure, the university has also nearly quadrupled research expenditures, completed and unprecedented infrastructure expansion and was recently named – for the second time in two years – the nation’s most innovative school by U.S. News and World Report.

The East Valley Partnership will debut the 2017 PHX East Valley Economic Profile at the event, in collaboration with Salt River Project and Wells Fargo. The profile is a unique tool that showcases demographics and workforce information about business, education and communities in the PHX East Valley. The eight-page brochure is used by Partnership members as well as other businesses in the community and this year’s version will feature a fold-out regional asset map – a useful publication for both visitors and residents alike.

Preceding the keynote speeches, the distinguished ‘Excel Awards’ will be presented to this year’s awardees. These leadership awards are bestowed upon the best and brightest leaders in the East Valley communities.

The Dwight Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award and the Kerry Dunne Sustaining Leadership Award will be presented to Richard Morrison and Cox Communications, respectively. Morrison is a past EVP Board Chair and long-standing community leader whose work in water law and agribusiness has positively impacted the region for decades.

Cox Communications is a long-time supporter of many PHX East Valley initiatives, and a business with a passion for serving the communities where they operate and has given unparalleled financial support and to a number of causes in the region.

The 2016 PHX East Valley Economic Forum will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms hotel located at 60 E. 5th St. in Tempe on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Event check-in will begin at 11:15 AM, with the program and luncheon starting at 12 noon. The program is anticipated to last until 1:15 PM.