(PHOENIX, May 20, 2016) - “Tribal Gaming – Arizona Benefits” will be discussed during the luncheon keynote at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) June symposium, “Tribal Business, an Economic Force.” It will be held Tuesday, June 7 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.
During the luncheon presentation beginning at noon, Valerie Spicer, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, will share what is on the horizon for tribal gaming and how it translates into future economic growth for the tribes and Arizona.
Morning sessions include: Arizona universities’ tribal economic development programming, tribal impact on surrounding communities and a case study on tribal economic development.
Speakers will include Joan Timeche, director, Native Nation’s Institute at the University of Arizona; Dr. Traci Morris, director of Arizona State University’s American Indian Policy Institute; and N. Levi Esquerra, director of the Rural Policy Institute and program director for the Center for American Indian Economic Development at Northern Arizona University.
A roundtable session will feature Derek White, assistant general manager, San Carlos Apache Tribe Utility, Inc., Councilmember Louis Manual of the Ak-Chin Indian Community and Candida Hunter, board member of the Hualapai Tribe.
Additionally, Quanna Dallas, economic development division manager for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and Linda Whitlow, director of marketing and public relations for De Rito Partners, will present a case study on the development of the Pavilions, located at Arizona Loop 101 and Talking Stick Way/Indian Bend.
The cost for the symposium is $60 for AAED members, $70 for non-members before June 2; and $85 for late registrants. To register, visit www.aaed.com/events/.
Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance. For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.
AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.