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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.

Weekendzona ajo

Join us in Ajo on March 8-10 for a guided experience uncovering the best kept secrets of the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy your stay at the Sonoran Desert Inn, a refreshing alternative to chain hotels, housed in a beautifully restored school. The inn is a short walk to the historic Ajo plaza and minutes from millions of acres of pristine desert landscapes. 


Science happens here

The first semester of Science Happens Here wrapped up with over 200 STEM experiments being completed in partnership with 46 locally owned businesses and across 45 classrooms in Cottonwood and Safford! Congratulations to Mrs. Heath’s 6th grade class at Cottonwood Community School and to Mrs. Hall’s 3rd grade class at Thatcher Elementary School for being our Semester 1 Winners!

casa grande neon park

It’s been a little over two years since the Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission and Casa Grande Main Street partnered with an idea to have a downtown neon sign park and now plans are underway for the “Casa Grande Neon Sign Park”. Historic signs that have been collected over the years will be restored and placed in the park for everyone to appreciate.



Clarkdale was recently selected as one of two Arizona communities for Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability Project Cities Program. This program will assist Clarkdale in the development of a strategy to encourage public and private investment, a plan for revitalization of existing buildings, the development of a parking/pedestrian/bicycle plan, a plan for creative use of existing spaces and the potential for high-density housing and or multi-use projects.


Micah Windsor has recently been selected as the new CEO for the Graham County Chamber. “In my first year, I’m looking to get myself integrated, and see what they’re already doing and see what I can do to improve on those things. Eventually, I want to look to add some new events that can bring in more tourism. But for the first year, I’m going to focus on doing what I can to improve what they (the chamber) already have in place and just familiarize myself with what they’ve got going on.”


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