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2019 Rural Policy forum

The Local First Arizona Foundation and Arizona Rural Development Council are excited for the opportunity to bring the 2019 conference to Apache County, Aug 7-9. Join us, along with over 300 rural leaders and stakeholders, for capacity-building sessions, receptions, hands-on workshops, and keynote presentations.

2019 Arizona Food & Farm Forum

The AZ Food & Farm Forum is a 2-day conference that will take place on April 30-May 1, 2019 for producers, food entrepreneurs, and local food advocates, programmed to change the way our desert state feeds itself. The event features networking sessions, nationally-acclaimed keynote speakers, instructional workshops, & the opportunity to grow your local food community.


2018 Annual report

This past year, we saw the results of our work improve the lives of everyday Arizonans. Read through the stories included here and learn about our broad impact in communities across the state. You'll be inspired by the many stories of self-reliance and prosperity that we are cultivating across Arizona, with the help of people just like you.

Graham County Chamber action plan

The Graham County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with LFA Rural Development Foundation to develop a 3-year action plan. Thank you to representatives that attended our first strategic session including City/Town Managers from Pima, Thatcher, and Safford, Freeport McMoRan, OneAZ Credit Union, Chamber Board members and community leaders. Learn more about how we can help your organization engage with your community.


ajo community profile

Ajo is a place where transformation happens. From dilapidated buildings to art, from desert dust to thriving crops, and from segregation to collaboration, Ajo continues to evolve. Only in Ajo will you find a community that embodies new life, growth, strength and peace with a humility and authenticity that honors the origins from which it arose.  

greenlee community profile

If the mine provides the backdrop for Greenlee, the people provide the story. You won’t visit a place across this great state that is more welcoming than Greenlee. Maybe it’s the importance of collaboration that binds them, or maybe it's pure heart and dedication; but each person has carved out their own way to contribute to the success of their community.


dollars for dreams micro-loan applications now being accepted

SEDI is a leading economic development organization in the region that enables, facilitates, and partners with businesses, educational institutions, and government to increase social equity, ecological heath, and promote a resilient economy. The Dollars for Dreams program lends to northern Arizona start-ups, existing businesses and home-based ventures lacking established credit and access to capital. (Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai Counties). Email for more info.

USDA rural broadband pilot program

USDA will begin accepting applications for their Rural e-Connectivity Pilot Program on April 23, 2019. ReConnect is an initiative to expand broadband infrastructure and connect rural areas that currently have insufficient broadband service. Telecommunications companies, rural electric cooperatives and utilities, internet service providers and municipalities may apply for funding.

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Santa Cruz Valley Designated as a National Heritage Area

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.

registration open for 2019 az historic preservation conference

“Preservation is Everybody's Business” on June 12-14th at the 2019 AZ Historic Preservation Conference in Prescott. For the past 16 years, this conference has brought together preservationists from around the state to exchange ideas and success stories, to share solutions for preservation issues, and to foster cooperation within Arizona’s diverse preservation community.


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