Alliance Bank Publishes Photographic History of Arizona Commerce to Benefit Education

Alliance Bank of Arizona, the state’s largest headquartered bank, has published At Work in Arizona: The First 100 Years with proceeds going to 12 of the state’s most effective education-focused nonprofits, is available beginning today.

Curated by Marilyn Szabo and written by Stuart Rosebrook, At Work in Arizona frames the story of Arizona’s economic history over the past century, through the lens of the men and women who built it. Organized by key business sectors and vital industries, At Work in Arizona makes the point that in order for the next 100 years to be as remarkable as the first, increased investment in education is essential.

At Work in Arizona

“Alliance Bank has been a key contributor to economic development in our state for more than 12 years. Now, we’re mile-marking our journey by publishing At Work in Arizona—a limited-edition pictorial essay of the state’s first century of commerce,” said Jim Lundy, Alliance Bank’s founding president and CEO. “Both a historical work and a tribute to people committed to achieving their dreams, At Work in Arizona reminds us of our debts to others and inspires us to do more.”

Blending past with present, At Work in Arizona showcases the cultural and economic heritage of the state. The idea came about when Jim Lundy commissioned Szabo in 2003 to fill the bank’s walls with art depicting the history of commerce in the state. Rosebrook, a historian and former associate editor of Arizona Highways, was commissioned to write the book and tell the back story of each photograph represented.

This art has now been assembled into a stunning pictorial essay. Featuring an introduction by former Governor Bruce Babbitt and endorsements from former Senator John Kyl, Congressman Ed Pastor, and James Ballinger, The Sybil Harrington Director of the Phoenix Art Museum, the 168-page book highlights more than 212 historic photographs from the 1880s until today.

“Arizona has a rich history of achievement driven by ingenuity and hard work. But when it comes to education we have some unfinished business,” said Lundy. “Arizona ranks at or near bottom in state spending on education. To remain competitive in a global marketplace, we need to change that narrative through strategic investment in creating a 21st century workforce. Our future depends on it,” said Lundy. “It’s time to do more, starting with greater grass-root support for key nonprofits making essential investments in Arizona young people every day.”

This unique volume captures an aerial view of the construction of Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge; Jerry Colengelo during the building of Bank One Ball Park (today Chase Field); open heart surgery at the Diethrich Heart Center, Charles Lindberg visiting the nation’s oldest municipal airport in Tucson, heavy weight contender Zora Folley, and a whimsical portrait of Marilyn Monroe at the Arizona State Fair.

All proceeds will go to benefit the following 12 organizations: A Stepping Stone Foundation, Act One Foundation, AZ Earn to Learn, Boys Hope Girls Hope, College Success Arizona, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Children’s Museum Tucson, Elevate Phoenix, First Things First, Friendly House, Junior Achievement of Arizona, and Support Our Schools AZ.

“We need to change the paradigm on how we look at advancing our job base and it starts with education,” said Tony Astorga, Board Director, Arizona Community Foundation, and Chairman of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation.. “I’m thrilled that Alliance Bank is leading the conversation and think that this platform will not only raise dollars, but will moreover encourage collaboration among our nonprofits, in turn helping more of Arizona’s children reach their potential.

All donations should be made to Alliance for Education Fund, a component fund of the Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona’s premier charitable partner. At Work in Arizona is available with any donation over $100. Donations will be taken online or at any of the 10 Alliance Bank of Arizona offices statewide. For more information or to donate, visit

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