Support Statements

“A man must rise above the earth, for only then will fully understand the world in which he lives.”
– Socrates

“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” 
Gov. Doug Ducey

Arizona Governor, 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

“The International Dark Sky Discovery Center will be a unique regional asset, providing an incredible platform for STEM education and workforce development in Arizona.”

Chris Camacho

President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council

“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.”

Debbie Johnson

Executive Director, Arizona Office of Tourism

“The International Dark Sky Discovery Center will be a unique regional asset, providing an incredible platform for STEM education and workforce development in Arizona.”

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.”

Hon. 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 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.”

Dr. Cain Jagodzinski

Principal, Fountain Hills High School

“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