Merger of Friends and the Partnership: A Better Future for the Verde River


Friends has taken the reins of the Partnership’s monthly program series and there is no better way to kick it off than with a program about our merger!

Verde River Exchange, Verde River Photo by Doug Von Gausig

Verde River, photo by Doug Von Gausig

Tuesday, March 7th – 10:30 a.m.
Yavapai County Administrative Building, Verde Room
10 South 6th Street, Cottonwood
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Please join us for a chance to learn why and ask questions about our recent merger with Friends of Verde River Greenway.

Since 2015, the Partnership and Friends have worked together, coordinating our efforts to better serve the communities in the Verde River Watershed.

Recently, we have decided to leverage the best of each organization and merge into one entity, combining our institutional knowledge, reputations, and successes to make the greatest impact. Both organizations are enthusiastic and ready to go forward as one organization, Friends of Verde River Greenway.

Chip Norton, President of the Board of Friends, and Brent Bitz, Former Partnership Board Member and Treasurer, will present on how community members, stakeholders, and interested individuals will continue to benefit from similar programs and activities previously offered by the Partnership – such as this free monthly program series – as well as the existing programs of Friends.

Chip Norton

Chip Norton – Chip Norton, a third generation Arizonan, lives next to the Verde River in Camp Verde. He retired in 2008 from his project management career in construction and has since served on several nonprofit, municipal, and regional boards and commissions. Mr. Norton is the President of the Board of Friends. He is an advocate for community-based solutions to conservation challenges, and he enjoys working with partners to achieve conservation goals in the Verde River Watershed.

Brent Bitz

Brent Bitz – Brent Bitz is a former Board Member and Treasurer of the Partnership. He has served as Chair of the City of Sedona’s Sustainability Commission and acted as an Alternate Representative for the City to both the Yavapai County Water Advisory Committee and the Coconino Plateau Water Advisory Council. Mr. Bitz is a Board Member of the Northern Arizona Audubon Society and has been active in numerous other community organizations. A retired business executive, he believes that only through informed regional discussion will our communities be able to address the long-term challenges of declining water resources.

This event is free and no RSVP is required. It is part of the Friends of Verde River Greenway’s monthly educational program series for the public.

Read more about how the Partnership has merged with the Friends as of January 2017 by clicking here.

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