Arizona Town Hall is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that educates, engages, connects and empowers Arizonans to solve critical policy issues. Founded in 1962, Arizona Town Hall is one of Arizona's most longstanding and trusted non-partisan sources for Arizona policy solutions. National and international groups have recognized and studied the Arizona Town Hall's unique process, which builds relationships and strengthens communities while providing forums for resolving contentious and complicated issues.
The Arizona Town Hall process focuses on bringing diverse perspectives together and creating a consensus report that prioritizes solutions and empowers participants to lead implementation efforts.
Town Hall topics generally are chosen at least a year in advance. Arizona's public universities work with a diverse group of non-academic professionals to develop a comprehensive research document that serves as the basis for discussion.
At the beginning of each year, Arizona Town Hall members participate in a topic preference survey. The top 3 or 4 topics from that survey are presented at the Annual Meeting (generally held in June). Town Hall members then participate in a mini-Town Hall discussion where they prioritize and vote on future topics.
The Arizona Town Hall holds many engaging community programs throughout the year. Most programs are open to the public although participation as a panel participant in a Community or Statewide Town Hall may be limited where it is important to ensure that all perspectives are appropriately represented. When space is limited, current Arizona Town Hall members receive preference.