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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.

2018-19 Science happens here wraps up in cottonwood & safford

For eight weeks, 3rd-6th grade classrooms in two rural school districts participated in Science Happens Here, a scavenger hunt card game with a grand prize opportunity to conduct experiments with professional scientists. Congratulations to Mrs. Parkers 5th Grade Class in Cottonwood and Mr. Heath’s 4th Grade Class in Safford!

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Weekendzona: Sip & Splash in Clarkdale

Join us in Clarkdale from June 21st to 23rd for a refreshing taste of historic charm. From wine tastings, concerts, and scenic trips down the Verde, this WeekendZona trip will have you falling in love with Clarkdale. All packages will include lodging for two nights, meals, and group activity options.

copper corridor & ajo collaborate on rural development

In the Fall of 2018, representatives from San Manuel reached out to Local First Arizona’s Rural Development Council (AZRDC) to discuss challenges in their community. Given the challenges and opportunities at hand, AZRDC felt it was important to showcase a success story from a similar community to mobilize redevelopment and facilitate connections that could streamline efforts for all those involved.

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micro-loans awarded in graham/greenlee counties

Local First Arizona Foundation is building opportunity for local businesses in Graham County in partnership with Freeport McMoRan and the Graham County Leadership Cohort through the Graham County Micro-Loan Program. This new program will offer loans in smaller amounts to local businesses in the Graham County area to help them stay competitive in a continuously changing economy. 

live well az incubator now accepting applications

Improving the well-being of all Arizonans cannot be the work of health care or public health professionals alone; instead we need practitioners from multiple sectors working together with community members to improve the underlying conditions where people live. The Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities and Vitalyst Health Foundation are partnering to support efforts that reflect this cross-sector approach in communities throughout Arizona through our Live Well Arizona Incubator.

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Arizona complete health launches opiend™ youth challenge

In an effort to combat the wide-ranging opioid epidemic affecting communities across urban, suburban, and rural areas, Centene (parent company to Arizona Complete Health) developed the comprehensive OpiEnd™ program. Students 9–14 are challenged to learn about opioids and the dangers they can cause and then enter the online contest with a poster to bring awareness to other students about this epidemic.


The Payson Book Festival is brought to you by the Rim Country Chapter of Arizona Professional Writers (APW) and Majestic Rim Retirement Living. It features appearances by authors from Rim Country and around Arizona. The book festival also features book signings and book sellers, projects for the kids, presentations, live music, and food available in the hotel & casino premises.


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