Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast this Friday, July 24. The program will feature an update on the Gila River Indian Community’s development plans for future growth and expansion on tribal lands and beyond.

The Honorable Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC), will give opening remarks and participate in the panel. The panel will also feature Heidi Staudenmeier, Partner, Snell & Wilmer; Alia Hauter, Director of Marketing, Wild Horse Pass Development Authority; and Rodney B. Lewis, Consultant to Akin Gump. Mr. Lewis advises American Indian tribes on various federal and state public policy issues and is a member of the GRIC. He will speak specifically on water maters of the GRIC. Karl McCormick of the Native American Division of Kitchell Construction will moderate.

“The Gila River Indian Community plays an integral role in the Valley’s development and economic development community,” said Cheryl Lombard, CEO and President of Valley Partnership. “We are pleased to present this program to our members and give them the opportunity to better learn about the opportunities and benefits available and how to best do business with the Community.”

In addition to the panel, this month’s breakfast will also include detailed plans for the 2015 Valley Partnership Community Project. This year’s event is Nov. 7, and the recipient is the Florence Crittenton Girls Ranch in Scottsdale.

Registration begins at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m. To register, please visit and click on the “Monthly Breakfast” tab. For more information, please contact Cecilia Riviere at 602.266.7844 or

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