The Pines Motel, located in Cottonwood Arizona, has prioritized its commitment to sustainability for years. Since 2011, this family-owned-and-operated motel has been designated a Certified Green Lodging destination; an accreditation established to incentivize AzLTA lodging members to further improve their sustainability efforts.
SCALE UP, a new sustainability program from Local First Arizona, is gaining praise for an innovative approach to reducing water and energy consumption while increasing access to low-interest loan options for locally owned and independent businesses in Arizona.
Science Happens Here wraps up another successful semester in Cottonwood and Greenlee County! After weeks of embarking on a community-wide scavenger hunts, two determined classrooms earned themselves fascinating visits from the Arizona Science Center.
Community leaders representing San Manuel’s Copper Town Association, Rebuild Superior, the Town of Superior, the Copper Communities Food Hub and Bruzzi Vineyards joined Ajo representatives from International Sonoran Desert Alliance and the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture for a day of collaborative discussion revolving around creative funding, community engagement, healthy food cooperatives and multi-cultural connections.
The 2019 election brought new energy to many city and town councils around the state and on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, many of these newly elected officials converged at the Arizona Association for Economic Development Symposium to share their visions for their communities.
National Heritage Areas stimulate local heritage-based economic development by marketing regional heritage tourism, and promoting place-based foods, arts, crafts, and other traditional products. There are 55 National Heritage Areas in 32 states across country, with many of these areas seeing a significant increase in tourism following the designation. We celebrate Santa Cruz Valley for joining the list of designated National Heritage Areas.
Local First Arizona Foundation has received a $25,000 grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation. The funding will underwrite the cost of 12 micro-entrepreneurs to enroll in one of Local First’s programs, the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator.
Cultivating prosperity for local farmers and food artisans is the goal of this year’s Arizona Food and Farm Forum, returning to the Town of Gilbert on April 30 - May 1 at the Farm at Agritopia. The event is set to draw farmers and ranchers, community and government leaders, restaurateurs, food access advocates, distributors, and investors from around the region to connect on strategies to increase opportunity for Arizona’s agricultural industry.