A Business Plan to Advance Arizona's Future Economy and Workforce

As leaders in our pandemic response and the economic recovery of our state, Arizona’s public universities have developed and distributed COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment; responded to public health needs in rural and underserved communities; provided K-12 resources; and continue to educate the doctors, nurses and allied health workers on the front lines while contributing to Arizona’s educational and technological needs.

Now, as Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona redesign higher education while serving the state during this pandemic, it is equally clear the vital role these institutions must play in Arizona’s economic recovery.

With smart investment and bold leadership, our public universities are poised to lead Arizona into the New Economy driven by discovery, knowledge and innovation, and anchored by a philosophy of opportunity for all.

The New Economy Initiative is designed to enhance Arizona’s competitiveness with strategic investments in areas of strength at our three public universities. This targeted approach to workforce development in high-value industries will yield a positive return on state investment.

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ENHANCING ARIZONA’S COMPETITIVENESS THE NEW ECONOMY INITIATIVE - $100M

The New Economy Initiative is designed to enhance Arizona’s competitiveness with strategic investments in areas of strength at our three public universities. This targeted approach to workforce development in high-value industries will yield a positive return on state investment.

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Arizona State University - $46M

Design and launch the largest center for engineering education and research in the United States, growing enrollments to 25,000+ and making metro Phoenix the leading center for engineer talent production in America. Drive New Economy growth through Science and Technology Centers, development/expansion of academic programs for new industries, job growth and partnerships. Read more.

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Northern Arizona University - $22M

Provide talent in high demand fields with an emphasis on health care programs in regional locations, including mental and behavioral health, to address the state’s needs as highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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University of Arizona - $32M

Enhance medical professional and researcher training for Arizona’s health care needs; enhance capacity for students’ careers in national security, space technology and planetary defense; establish Arizona’s only School of Mining to develop the state as a world-class leader in mining for the 21st century.

  • Distributed learning centers - $10M
    Funding will address workforce training issues throughout the state with emphasis on rural communities.
  • Need-based financial aid - $50M
    Funding will increase access to higher education for Arizona resident students and enable the state to more rapidly “grow from within.”

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