Support Statements


“The International Dark Sky Discovery Center is an exciting opportunity for students and amateur star-gazers alike. The Center will be another tremendous asset to keep our state at the forefront of STEM education” 
Governor Doug Ducey, State of Arizona

“Arizona State University looks forward to developing a collaborative relationship with the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.”
Dr. Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

“Educating people about the wonders of the night sky and the importance of preserving dark skies is a goal we share with the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.”
Ruskin Hartley, Executive Director, International Dark Sky Association
 
“Dark sky tourism is a major draw for the State of Arizona, and we believe the International Dark Sky Discovery Center will be an extraordinary asset for our state.”
Debbie Johnson, Executive Director, Arizona Office of Tourism

“Dark skies are critical to Arizona’s multibillion-dollar astronomy industry, and we appreciate the efforts in Fountain Hills to maintain and promote dark skies in the Phoenix area and statewide.”
Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Director, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff

“The mission of public astronomy is inspiration, contemplation, and education.  We look forward to welcoming the International Dark Sky Discovery Center to this important public service.”
Mark Pine, Deputy Director, Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
 
“As the 17th International Dark Sky Community in the world, our Town is a perfect location for the International Dark Sky Discovery Center and we strongly support the collaborative effort.”
Ginny Dickey, Mayor, Town of Fountain Hills
 
“The Fountain Hills Chamber supports the development of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center.  We believe it will be a wonderful attraction for residents and visitors and a great benefit for local businesses.”
Betsy LaVoie, CEO, Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce

“The International Dark Sky Discovery Center will provide unique educational opportunities for our STEM program that will attract students in this competitive educational environment.” 
Dr. Cain Jagodzinski, Principal, Fountain Hills High School