Flagstaff 2020 drew upon the strengths of various organizations to conduct and publish research in support of the community visioning process. This research included environmental scans, demographic data, governmental reports, and other materials. Several partners contributed research materials to the project, including the City of Flagstaff, Coconino County, the Grand Canyon Trust, Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD), and Northern Arizona University (NAU).

Many of the same ideas and topics mentioned in formal research activities arose more informally from participants in community meetings and other public forums held during Phase One.

"Mapping the Flagstaff 2020 Vision" graphic
“Mapping the Flagstaff 2020 Vision” graphic, drawn by James Ward (Jim) Byrkit and published in the final Flagstaff 2020 newspaper insert. 1997. Personal collection of Steven C. Ames.

NAU in particular supported the research aspects of Flagstaff 2020. The university made the largest in-kind contribution to Flagstaff 2020 by contributing the expertise of its research faculty. This contribution included two surveys conducted by the Social Research Laboratory.

Additionally, the Flagstaff 2020 Management Committee coordinated with NAU’s Department of Anthropology, Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, and the new Sustainable Communities Master of Arts program to offer a graduate seminar, Anthropology 599, focused on interdisciplinary research in support of Flagstaff 2020. This course was taught by Dr. Laurie J. Price and offered in the fall semester of 1996.

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