Center for the Future of Arizona official March 13 SALT Speaker Series presenter

Ian Dowdy

Ian Dowdy, director of progress meters for the Center for the Future of Arizona, is featured at the 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, SALT Speakers Series. It is in room No. B118 at the Apache Junction Multi-generational Center, 1035 N. Idaho Road.

The series is organized by the Superstition Area Land Trust, co-sponsored by the Apache Junction Parks and Recreation Department, and is generally on the second and fourth Wednesdays, October through April. SALT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Go to

At the end of February, the Center for the Future of Arizona made public a set of metrics that measure progress in eight broad goals expressed by Arizonans in the 2009 report, “The Arizona We Want,” according to a release.

Citizens saw the greatest opportunity for improvement in education, job creation, water and open space, public health, transportation and infrastructure, citizen participation and development of young talent and community connections, according to the release.

Most notably from the standpoint of conservation, residents across the board ranked the state’s natural beauty, outdoor parks and trails as its greatest assets. They saw a particular need for policies that balance population growth with preserving open spaces, and for water management plans at the statewide, regional and municipal levels, it states.

Mr. Dowdy will model some of the 50-plus metrics for public use in local and statewide planning and policy. The discussion will focus on how open-space integrates and serves other priorities such as jobs, education, public health and transportation within Pinal County, according to the release.

Participants will work toward a collective community understanding of some of the most important issues, setting priorities and furthering their understanding of how to use Arizona progress meters as tools to inform and organize local action, the release states.

Mr. Dowdy has a Bachelor of Science degree in urban planning and a Master of Business Administration from the School of Global Management and Leadership at Arizona State University.

He is a certified urban planner with a diverse background in the public and private sectors, performing master planning and land entitlements.  He has spent the last eight years in public policy surrounding conservation and sustainable economic development in the non-profit area.

In his previous position with the Sonoran Institute, he led the sustainable landscapes and communities team that focused on improving the quality of life, economy and environment of the Sun Corridor “megapolitan” region of Arizona, which includes Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott.  As an avid hiker, backpacker and occasional angler, he is passionate about conserving Arizona’s resources for future generations, according to the release.

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