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Solutions for Rural Development Webinar Series - Culture and History as an Economic Driver

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.


History and culture are two of the many aspects that make living in small-town Arizona so wonderful. Residents can enjoy the magic of Route 66 or the ruins of ancient civilizations right in their backyards. This history that contributes to making our homes so special can be leveraged in healthy ways as an economic driver. Join us, this month, as we learn about organizations and places across the state that use their historic assets to generate revenue for the community and educate on the past. 

Attendees of this webinar will learn:

  • Strategies to affordably implement heritage tourism attractions in your community
  • How to navigate appropriately showcasing culture and history
  • The economic and community benefits of heritage tourism 


WHEN: JULY 25TH, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.



J.J. Lamb: J.J. is the Executive Director and founding member of the Vail Preservation Society. Her focus is finding ways to connect community through local history and heritage. She is a 2011 Arizona Culturekeeper and her current efforts include the rehabilitation of the 1915 Section Foreman House and 1908 Old Vail Store & Post Office that engages Cienega H.S. Construction Tech students, the development of public art, growing the Vail Connects Arizona Main Street Program in Vail, and engaging community members in all VPS programs.  

Drake Meinke: Drake Meinke is your friend in "the Copper State." He has been in the copper art and antique business with this family for 60 years. Founder of the Arizona Copper Art Museum in Clarkdale which opened in 2012 as an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, Meinke's vision identified and created an asset to Arizona. This museum was built from bottom-up by repurposing a former school into a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction. Meinke developed all aspects of the museum from concept to completion, showcases to exhibits acquisitions to curation and brought forth some never before seen artifacts to tell the story of copper's role in Arizona. According to TripAdvisor the "Story of Copper" and Meinke's marketing catapulted the museum into the top one percent of all 3,700+ tourist attractions in Arizona. 

Eric Vondy: Eric is the Preservation Incentive Program Coordinator for Arizona State Parks. Eric graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in History. Prior to coming to SHPO, Eric worked in the airline industry where he was in charge of pricing and revenue management for 4 different airlines, and worked to develop air service with rural communities through the Essential Air Service program.  Eric joined SHPO in 2005 and runs the State Property Tax Program for Non-Income Producing Properties, the State Property Tax Program for Income Producing Properties, the Certified Local Government Program, and co-runs the Federal Historic Tax Credit program.  Eric is also a national and international award winning photograpger.