Attending the Greater Tucson Leadership 2013 graduation was an inspiring experience. The room was packed with business and civic leaders passionate about the Tucson community. GTL has been taking small groups of adults through its ten-month leadership training course every year since 1980. The twenty-nine 2013 graduates ranged in ages, professions and backgrounds. The goals of the organization include providing leadership education, community development and civic engagement in a non-partisan way.
Each year the group chooses a class project to focus on. This year’s was called Lead to Read – 100 Miles to Literacy, a 24-hour relay to raise money and awareness of literacy in Southern Arizona. The GLT class of 2013 raised funds for the volunteer program of Literacy Connects. Each GTL class chooses an individual or organization to honor with a Community Leadership Award. The honored award winner has shown consistent demonstrated leadership either by finding solutions for community problems, implementing positive change that affects the quality of life in Southern Arizona, initiating or facilitating programs that generate community dialogue, and/or increasing understanding and appreciation of diversity and encouraging responsible action that enhances Tucson’s cultural richness.
The 2013 class could not choose one recipient and decided to honor two organizations: Local First Arizona and the Flandrau Science Center. On behalf of Local First Arizona, Tucson Manager, Deanna Chevas accepted the award. LFA is in great company with fellow honoree William Plant, Director of the Flandrau Science Center and distinguished recipients from years past such as Bobby Rich, Dr Richard Carmona and Jim Click, Jr.
Local First Arizona strives to be a leader in sustainable economic development by supporting local, independent businesses. Local business owners are deeply rooted in our community giving it character, stability and creating economic opportunities for a healthier, sustainable community for all residents. "To be honored with an award in Community Leadership from GLT–an institution embodying so many of the values of LFA–is a true honor," says Chevas.