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Kevin Johnson and Michael Crow are Keynote Speakers

Peoria's 2nd Annual PACE Conference


Kevin Johnson and Michael Crow are Keynote Speakers for
Peoria’s 2nd Annual PACE Conference

PEORIA, Ariz. (September 7, 2011) –Former Phoenix Suns basketball star, now Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson and ASU President, Dr. Michael Crow are the keynote speakers for the city of Peoria’s 2011 PACE Conference being held at the Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria on Thursday, November 17. The event, Positive Action thru Civic Engagement, or PACE, is an initiative that promotes informed decision making through authentic and intentional dialogue.

The event features moderated panel discussions and audience participation. The topics include: Enhancing Education through Civic Engagement, Community Action, and Business & Community Engagement: A Two-Way Street.

The confirmed panelists for this year’s PACE Conference are Eddie Basha, founder of Bashas’ Grocery Stores, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Ernest Calderón, President Emeritus, Arizona Board of Regents, Dr. Catherine R. Eden, Director of Executive Education, ASU School of Public Affairs, Lisa Graham Keegan, CEO, Education Breakthrough Network, Roy Minter, Police Chief, City of Peoria, Dr. Denton Santarelli, Superintendent, Peoria Unified School District, Steve Seleznow, CEO, Arizona Community Foundation, James Svara, Professor, ASU Public Affairs, Gena Trimble, Associate General Manager Marketing, SRP and Scott Whyte, Economic Development Director, City of Peoria.

The 2011 PACE Conference is designed to explore best practices in how education, the public and businesses can work together and get involved in their community and government. The event is open to the public with content to attract leaders within the business, education and government communities, as well as elected officials, citizens wishing to be more involved and anyone seeking to stay engaged in their community.

The introductory keynote presenter is Dr. Michael M. Crow, who became the 16th president of Arizona State University in 2002. Under his direction the university pursues teaching research and creative excellence focused on the major challenges and questions of our time as well as those central to the building of a sustainable environment and economy for Arizona. He has committed the university to global engagement and to setting a new standard for public service.

The closing keynote speaker for the conference is Mayor Kevin “KJ” Johnson. Upon retiring from the NBA after 12 seasons with the Phoenix Suns in 2000, he was elected mayor of Sacramento in November 2008. He has made civic engagement a top priority and is a tireless advocate for strengthening volunteer service efforts in Sacramento. During the first two years of his administration, Johnson accomplished a number of objectives in his ambitious plan to ensure that all Sacramento citizens have a meaningful opportunity to serve and is recognized nationally for his efforts.

To register for the PACE Conference, or for more information, go to www.peoriaaz.gov/PACE or call 623-773-5281. Cost for attending is $99 per person until October 14. Registration between October 15 through November 16 is $119. On-site, day of the event registration is $139.