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Records of Tucson Tomorrow, Inc

Tucson Tomorrow was organized in 1980, and incorporated in 1982. Its membership included a broad base of public officials, business and neighborhood leaders, and private citizens in the community. The purpose of the body was to identify and analyze existing or potential problems affecting the economic and social interests of the area, to develop solutions to those problems, and to educate the private and/or public sector about those problems.

Identifying areas in need of study, Tucson Tomorrow established committees to facilitate the study process in nine areas: Arts, Culture and Leisure Activities, Crime and Public Safety, Economy, Education and Training, Government, Health Care and Social Services, Natural Resources, Transportation, and Urban Design and Planning. Several reports were issued from these studies, and a community forum, "Development for Tomorrow," was held in 1985 to present current findings.

To assist Tucson Tomorrow and to measure the community's attitudes, a related group, Goals for Tucson, was formed in 1981 with its own committees to survey viewpoints and to find consensus with regards to the mission of Tucson Tomorrow. After issuing a final report, Goals for Tucson disbanded in 1983.

Tucson Tomorrow reorganized in 1986, hired an executive director, and continued to examine a broad array of community issues through workshops, seminars, task forces, and publications. In September 1988, the membership voted to disincorporate and to convert the organization into a citizens league. From 1988 until 1990, the league administered its last grant contracts for two committees.


From its beginnings until 1985, Tucson Tomorrow represented the diverse efforts of a largely volunteer group to provide a "bottom up" approach to specific focus areas relating to the development of the community. By researching public attitudes in identified areas relating to the quality of life in Tucson, the group established goals, objectives, and supporting action plans to resolve issues challenging present and future development of the city and environs. The bulk of the records relate to the first five years of the organization as its Board and Committees met and compiled their reports, Perspective '81, The ULI/AIA Plan for Action, and Development for Tomorrow.

The parallel activities of Goals for Tucson document best their survey and committee work in preparing their progress and final reports including A Report to the Community and Achieving Goals for Tucson in 1983.

Typescript and holograph on printed forms: instructor's weekly reports, enrollment blanks, and report cards.