Arizona is entering a truly exciting time. We are moving forward to establish Arizona as a leading innovator in the biosciences, and investing in our children’s education and the economy of tomorrow. We are indeed preparing for the future, and a key part of that is preparing for the shift in population that will take place in the future.
Over the next 15 years, the average age of Arizona’s population will steadily rise. In fact, by 2020, one in four Arizonans will be over the age of 60. A significant change in our population’s age will present many challenges, I see it as an opportunity to build today the framework for a robust economy of tomorrow that accommodates older workers and consumers and to promote more active and healthy communities. It is an opportunity to make Arizona a better place to live – for young and old alike.