Denny Barney is the sixth generation of his family to live in the Phoenix East Valley. His pioneer ancestors came to the West in wagons, forged the Colorado River, and built a new life of opportunity here.
“People loaded up their wagons and their livestock and they started heading west, looking for places to live, to grow their families, or start a business or a new life,” Denny explains.
Centuries later, people are still flocking to this community in Greater Phoenix, and the region is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the entire U.S.
Denny serves as an Ex Officio Director of the Phoenix East Valley Partnership (EVP), a nonprofit dedicated to making the East Valley a forward-looking and vibrant place where people want to work and live. EVP is doing this together with corporate and municipal partners including Intel, Southwest Airlines, and The City of Chandler, among others.
He is also a former public servant – he served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors – and an entrepreneur. He’s seen firsthand how talent, community, and curiosity come together to create a dynamic region that’s home to everything from startup tech companies to thriving universities.
But Denny says it is his role as a father that inspires him most of all to make his community a place that embraces opportunity, where future generations can build their lives and thrive.