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National Spotlight on Arizona Jurisdiction
Alliance for Innovation

An Arizona jurisdiction will be among a select group presenting Case Studies at the Alliance for Innovation's Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG), June 2 -4, 2010. This year's conference theme, The Future of Service in Local Government is hosted by the Southern Nevada Cities of Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Pahrump and both Clark and Nye Counties.

Case Study presentations are chosen by a multi-member Selection Committee consisting of City and County Managers from across the US, ASU Faculty and Alliance staff. The Selection Committee looks for those local governments that have shown their dedication to:
  1. Stretching and improving the boundaries of day-to-day government operations and practices;
  2. Implementing creative business processes; and
  3. Improving the civic health of the community.
During the two-and-half day TLG Conference, Sierra Vista will be featured out of 20 Case Study presentations:

The City of Sierra Vista will sit on a prestigious Panel Session that will discuss Backyard Sustainability in Water Conservation. Other panelists include Manatee County, FL and the Village of Bannockburm, IL.

In a state known for tough water challenges, the water issues in Sierra Vista are among the most unique. Sierra Vista's water conservation efforts are driven by the need to support Fort Huachuca and to protect the San Pedro River National Conservation Area. Although local groundwater is abundant, increased pumping prompted by regional growth could reduce base flows in the river, resulting in habitat loss and a legal issue for the Army.

In response, the city created Watertight projects. The programs establish the nexus between community, sustainable development, and stewardship. Watertight efforts have resulted in a reduction of per capita water use in Sierra Vista to one of the lowest in Arizona. Additionally more water than Fort Huachuca uses in an entire year is being recharged to the aquifer annually. In 2008, Sierra Vista conserved 1600 acre-feet which equates to more than 30 gallons of conservation for each and every resident of Sierra Vista.

For more information on Sierra Vista, Manatee County, FL and the Village of Bannockburm, IL. please visit the Transforming Local Government Conference website at or contact Pamela Muse, Western Regional Director for the Alliance for Innovation at or 888-468-6450.
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