Valley Partnership names Carrie Martin Vice President of Membership & Events

Carrie Martin Headshot 021616Phoenix, AZ – Valley Partnership has named Carrie Martin as its new Vice President of Membership and Events.

Martin joins Valley Partnership from the Arizona District Council of Urban Land Institute, where she served as Manager and then Programs Coordinator the past four years. Martin previously worked at DMB Realty and SunCor Development Company.

“I am very excited to join the Valley Partnership team and look forward to continuing to serve the real estate and development communities,” Martin said. “Valley Partnership’s mission of advocacy for responsible development and ULI’s mission to provide leadership in the responsible use of land are both centered on the goal of creating and sustaining thriving communities in Arizona, something I’m very passionate about.”

Martin’s responsibilities will include membership development and expansion, planning and coordination of all Valley Partnership events and support to the leadership of the organization and member committees.

“Valley Partnership partners closely with ULI Arizona on a number of initiatives,” said Cheryl Lombard, President and CEO of Valley Partnership. “Adding Carrie to our team strengthens our relationship even further, and ensures we are optimally equipped to best serve our members and will continue to offer the highest level of programing possible.”

CONSTRUCTION WOES: Is the workforce diminishing?

valley-partnership-restaurant-driven-development-serving-up-growthValley Partnership panel discusses availability of labor in Metro Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ – Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, Feb. 26. This month’s program examines the availability of construction labor in Metro Phoenix.

The panel will feature Jerry Barnier, Founder, Suntec Concrete; Jeff Eschliman, Vice President of Operations, Maracay Homes; Fred Ingersoll, Director of Apprenticeship & Training, Arizona Builders Alliance; and Brad Nelson, Project Superintendent – Construction, Hensel Phelps. Moderating the panel will be John DiVall, Senior VP and City Manager, Liberty Property Trust.

“National reports indicate a lack of qualified construction workers in the Valley,” said Cheryl Lombard, CEO and President of Valley Partnership. “This is profoundly affecting developers and their new projects, as well as residential homebuilders.”

Breakfast speakers represent the largest skilled labor force in the state, as well as regional pipelines for training of multiple trades in the industry. Panelists have a deep understanding of local markets across residential and commercial sectors. Discussion will include national perspectives and possible solutions to meet the needs of a rebounding industry.

Registration begins at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m. To register, please visit and click on the “Monthly Breakfast” tab. For more information, please contact Cecilia Riviere at 602.266.7844 or


Valley Partnership CEO/President & board member named Water Augmentation Council

Lisa Atkins
Lisa Atkins, President Valley Partnership

Gov. Ducey picks Cheryl Lombard and Lisa Atkins to serve on Water Augmentation Council

Phoenix, AZ– Valley Partnership CEO/President Cheryl Lombard and Lisa Atkins, Arizona State Land Commissioner and Valley Partnership board member, have been appointed to the newly-formed Water Augmentation Council by Gov. Doug Ducey.

The council was identified as part of Gov. Ducey’s Water Initiative to ensure the certainty and vitality of Arizona’s future water supplies. The council includes water resources experts, watershed groups, local government and industry leaders in Arizona agriculture, mining, and homebuilding.

The council is tasked with investigating long-term water augmentation strategies, additional water conservation opportunities, and funding and infrastructure needs to help secure water supplies for Arizona’s future.   The council will provide on an annual basis, a report to the governor that describes the activities and the recommendations of the council.

Cheryl Lombard
Cheryl Lombard

The council will also consider a communication plan for the state to accurately convey the status of Arizona’s water supply resiliency and its efforts to maintain that status moving forward. Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Thomas Buschatzke will serve as chairman. ADWR will provide staffing and technical support.

“Water issues are a top concern for all Arizonans. As a state, we have been prudent in water planning thus far, but need to ensure our water programs stay well-funded and we stay ahead of the curve on water conservation issues,” said Lombard. “We need to be prepared as the drought continues in the Western U.S. The formation of this council is just one of many steps the Governor is taking to ensure that preparedness. I’m honored by this appointment and look forward to working with the council to safeguard the future of Arizona’s water supply.”

Ms. Lombard brings a unique perspective to the council. Prior to her position with Valley Partnership, she was the Government Relations Director for The Nature Conservancy in Arizona. Her work in this role has given her significant experience working on pragmatic solutions to conservation challenges like that of Arizona’s water supply. In addition to her previous work with The Nature Conservancy, Ms. Lombard has also served as a member of the Department of Water Resources Director’s Advisory Group, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director’s Advisory Group and the Colorado River Advisory Commission for Arizona.

Arizona’s Water Initiative is based on and advances the activities identified in the 2014 Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability Report, which identified key priorities, timelines and action items needed to maintain sustainable water supplies for Arizona’s future. In addition to the creation of the governor’s Water Augmentation Council, the Water Initiative includes a process to prioritize the 22 planning areas identified in the Strategic Vision Report, beginning with rural areas.