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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Apr 23, 2014

Downtown Phoenix has become the bustling Cityscape it has always dreamed of becoming in the past five years with the introduction of Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus.  The first buildings to pop up were the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation which opened their doors in 2008.

The efforts of the city of Phoenix have been expanded with the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law kicking off a campaign to build its new building downtown. Additionally, officials at University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management announced they were moving their campus from Scottsdale to downtown Phoenix.

In just five years, more than 17,000 university students will call downtown Phoenix home,” Mayor Greg Stanton said in his State of the City Address last month. “What matters more is that we’re connecting many of the highest-ranked education opportunities in Arizona within a few blocks of each other.”

The push for higher education programs expands past basic bachelor degree programs and into graduate degrees which city leaders say will allow existing government, legal and business employees to better serve the city.

Unlike other cities with campuses in their downtown which are often surrounded by gates and fences, city leaders hope that downtown Phoenix itself will serve as a campus. This is why the city has been so selective with which programs are instituted downtown.

Phoenix voters approved a $220 bond package to build several buildings on ASU’s downtown campus. Funds from residents’ property taxes cover the debt.

For the new law school, the city is providing land cost-free for 10 years and will contribute $12 million to the project. The law school plans to hold public events that will attract some of the most highly-regarded professionals from the field of law.