Drachman Institute

Imagine Greater Tucson

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Faculty Member(s): 

The Vision
Over a two-year period, Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT) engaged the community in a region-wide conversation that included more than 10,000 residents contributing their ideas. This dialogue led to a collective vision that builds on our unique assets—the defining features of this place we call home—and ultimately allow us to grow and prosper. The vision is dedicated to:
  • Improving employment opportunities, including better-paying jobs and an educational system that prepares us for these jobs.
  • Creating walkable neighborhoods with diverse amenities—arts and culture, sports and recreation, and community services—that enhance our quality of life.
  • Preserving our unique Sonoran Desert that draws visitors from around the world and offers us unparalleled access to the natural environment.
  • Facilitating our ability to move around our region using all modes of transportation while capitalizing on our role as an international trade corridor.
In order to achieve this vision, we are going to have to work together across all jurisdictions. Prior efforts around transportation funding, protecting the Sonoran Desert, and other regional initiatives investing in our community have shown that we bring out our best when we work collaboratively. The opportunities and challenges we now face demand no less of us. We must bring together elected officials, business and civic leaders and local residents in realizing our vision.
Our Values 
Realizing our vision depends on staying true to our core set of shared regional values:
  • Accessibility
  • Educational Excellence
  • Environmental Integrity
  • Good Governance
  • Healthy Communities
  • Higher Education
  • Prosperity
  • Quality Neighborhoods
  • Regional Identity
In 2015 the IGT Board of Directors recognized that the community and its citizens were the most capable of taking the vision forward. The vision and related resources including the IGT website have been transferred to the University of Arizona's Drachman Institute. These resources are accessible to the public and can be used to help initiate positive change upon our region.