An Extraordinary Partnership between Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix

This application for the 2008 C. Peter Magrath Engagement Award recognizes an extraordinary partnership at a significant scale between Arizona State University and the City of Phoenix that resulted in the establishment of the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in 2006, now serving 3000+ undergraduate and graduate students and expected to grow to 15,000 by 2020. Only rarely are cities able to reinvent themselves, and universities infrequently do so. On March 14, 2006, the voters of the City of Phoenix approved propositions securing $223M in funding for the development of the Downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University. This proved to be a defining moment for both the city and the university, and a vital step towards building both.

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