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Solutions for Rural Development Webinar Series - Redecorating Your Community: How to Fight Blight

The  Arizona Rural Development Council  (AZRDC) and  Local First Arizona Foundation  offer a monthly webinar series,  Solutions for Rural Development,  stemming from discussions at the annual  Rural Policy Forum .   This  free  webinar rotates topics that address various issues and solutions surrounding the development process specifically to rural areas.

The Arizona Rural Development Council (AZRDC) and Local First Arizona Foundation offer a monthly webinar series, Solutions for Rural Development, stemming from discussions at the annual Rural Policy Forum. This free webinar rotates topics that address various issues and solutions surrounding the development process specifically to rural areas.


Blight is an issue that rural communities are constantly faced with. From illegal dumping of waste and lack of recycling options to dealing with dilapidated buildings and contaminated sites, there's a lot to do to keep towns clean and healthy. In this webinar, we will hear from three individuals who have contributed in redecorating their community from tatters to treasures.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:

  • Strategies to improve quality of life for your community
  • How to create a strong team to address issues of blight in your community
  • How to measure your success


WHEN: MAY 30TH FROM 10:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

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About our Speakers:

Jill Bernstein: Jill has over 25 years of nonprofit experience in the arts and the environment in Arizona. She joined Keep Arizona Beautiful as Executive Director in 2012 and is dedicated to building a strong network of affiliates in rural areas throughout the state, along with a long range of resources to support community-based efforts to improve local environments. She believes each of us is responsible for helping to keep our world clean and beautiful. 

Jessica Vannoy: Jessica Vannoy has been a Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Sierra Vista for 2 years and was an Animal Control OFficer for 7 years. She holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University. Jessica has a variety of responsibilities to include inspections, networking with local, state and federal entities, and managing a foreclosure registry. She also runs a volunteer program that helps keep the City clean year round. Jessica has helped lead efforts to expand her division's impact in the community and has implemented many new initiatives. Her priority is compassionate enforcement to obtain optimal results. 

Andy Haratyak: Andy has been employed by the City of Bisbee for over 13 years. Within the Public Works Department, he started the community recycling program. Within three years, Bisbee has been able to run a break-even operation. Their current route has numerous businesses, schools, and municipalities; collecting 12% of the waste stream and contributing $25,000 annual revenue. Saving approximately $50,000 a year in tipping fees. In 2010, Andy became the Sanitation/Recycling Supervisor. Prior to this work, he had eight years management experience working with Tucson Country Club while owning part of the Tucson restaurant, Presidio Grill.