Immersion is a non-partisan professional and leadership development program whose goal is to provide attendees in depth knowledge about each segment of Southern Arizona’s construction, real estate and development sectors. Professional development, industry focused education and civic engagement are a few of the benefits participants will receive from this three-month program. Each session will be led by industry experts and community leaders from both the public and private sector, providing participants beneficial connections in addition to knowledge. Immersion hosts cohort(s) in which participants expand their knowledge of development in our region and become strong industry and community leaders. One cohort a year is offered to up to 15 participants which takes place in the Fall.
If you are interested in applying for 2023, please email Staff.
Common Ground Awards
These awards, presented at our annual ceremony, recognize community leaders, projects and events demonstrating collaboration to the overall benefit of the community. Honoring more than 250 projects since 2004, this event sells out annually with more than 400 attendees.
Thank you to our 2023 Presenting Sponsor!
We support MPA and agreed to the 2017 Common Ground Awards title sponsorship because we strongly share the belief that our business community is best served when we work together. Finding common ground isn’t always easy, it’s often though the catalyst for innovation and creative problem-solving.
In my State of the Town Address, I emphasized the importance of community partnerships in building a strong framework for our region. MPA’s Common Ground Award not only recognizes these partnerships, but raises awareness of their value and fosters ongoing collaboration within our community.
Topgolf with Top Officials
MPA’s Topgolf with Top Officials, one of our two signature annual events, brings together the public and private sectors. Enjoy an afternoon of some healthy competition, yummy food and refreshing beverages as you build relationships with important officials and staff members who make the decisions impacting your business! In the land use and development industry it is especially important to know the right decision maker that can help facilitate the development process. This event provides you the opportunity to engage with these important individuals, learn their goals and provide suggestions as to how the public-sector can help the private sector.
MPA’s Top Golf with Top Officials has been a great event for Sunbelt Holdings over the past several years. We wouldn’t miss it. It’s a unique opportunity to spend time with our friends from different municipalities in and around Tucson, strengthening existing relationships and forging new ones. It’s a fun environment outside of typical calls and meetings and we always have a great time!
Lunch and Learn
MPA has launched a new, quarterly program: Lunch and Learn! Each event will be a two hour, in depth, informative panel style presentation and discussion on a timely and relevant topic to the land use and development industry. Each Lunch and Learn will be presented in partnership with another organization, providing greater opportunity for relationship building and expanding the access of information we are able to provide our Members with.
Check out our Calendar to find the next Lunch & Learn program!
Quarterly, MPA hosts a breakfast open to members and future members. These informative and educational breakfasts can be presentations, panel discussions, debates or forums. Topics cover relevant issues of interest to our community, as they relate to the land use and development industry. This event typically draws 80-120 attendees and is an ideal way to interact with community leaders, elected officials and colleagues.
Check out our Calendar to find our next Breakfast program!
Metropolitan Pima Alliance has been one of the best organizations for my professional development. Membership and participation in the board and various committees have helped me form strong professional connections throughout the real estate and development community, which has, in turn, resulted in new clients, friendships, and my personal tribe of people who I can rely upon for advice, referrals, and support.
Cocktails & Connections
Quarterly, on the fourth Thursday of the month, members and nonmembers alike are invited to a member hosted cocktail reception. This event showcases the hosts’ workspace and projects while providing attendees a fun and informal way to make new connections and catch up with old friends. Would you like to be our next Cocktails & Connections host? Contact Emilia!
MPA is a valuable resource for timely and relevant content related to real issues in the development community. We have particularly appreciated the opportunity to interact with a wide range and variety of different stakeholders. MPA events give us the opportunity to understand complex and technical issues that are important to our clients and to our community.
MPA’s events range in size, providing members the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of business leaders and build relationships. By attending our events, you will have the chance to meet new individuals including elected officials, municipal staff and community leaders in the real estate and land use industry.
Serving as Chairperson for the MPA Board of Directors has afforded me the opportunity to maximize mentorship opportunities through the many diverse backgrounds of each respective Board member. Those opportunities have pushed me to grow as both an individual and a business owner.