• Arizona Business &
    Education Coalition

    An action-oriented organization engaging business, education and community leaders in meaningful policy discussions that lead to real results and meaningful outcomes.

    Convene. Connect. Collaborate. Create.

  • STRONG public schools = a STRONGER economy

  • The Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC) is the coalition of Arizona business and education leaders committed to help create public education policy essential to a vibrant, growing Arizona economy.  The coalition is a 501(c)(3), non-partisan, statewide membership organization focused on K-12 public education, while recognizing the importance of early childhood development, post-secondary education and workforce development.


    What we do.

    • Convene - ABEC provides reliable information and insight on education and convenes regular forums to increase members' knowledge and ability to impact K-12 education's direction and quality.

    • Connect - ABEC offers ongoing opportunity for statewide networking between and among education and business leaders, and direct access to the people who are shaping Arizona education policy and practice.

    • Collaborate - Building on its strong reputation, ABEC collaborates with other major stakeholders in framing and advocating informed policy positions to key decision makers.

    • Create - ABEC leads the creation of a nonpartisan environment and platform for shaping long term education policy and financing, built on hard facts and practical experience.

    Recent Accomplishments

    • Provided high profile leadership in the successful campaign to restore $29 million in funding for public school JTED/CTE programs.

    • Established a $3 million ongoing energy-saving pilot program for school districts approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission; exploring additional revenue-generating initiatives in collaboration with superintendents and utility companies across the state.

    • Produced and communicated to legislative leaders, opinion leaders and media ABEC’s principled positions on major tax and education policy bills presented during the 2016-2019 legislative sessions.

    • Engaged key legislators from both parties in address most challenging, complex education issues on an on-going basis.

    • Continuing expansion of  ABEC’s Middle School Career Exploration Project, sharply increasing number of business partners participating in this successful program.

    • Coordinated, in partnership with Cox Communications, Legislative Candidate debates for the contested districts statewide, airing to over 1 million viewers in both 2018 and 2016.

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  • Convene. Connect. Collaborate. Create.