We are dedicated to building opportunity in Arizona. 

Our vision is an Arizona economy that is sustainable, resilient, and celebratory of diverse cultures.


OUR WHY

At the Local First Arizona Foundation, we create innovative programs to build a more diverse and resilient Arizona economy. We believe in leveraging our existing assets in order to build opportunity for all. In our work, we connect our small towns to opportunities, we improve success rates for under-served entrepreneurs so they can build self-reliance and community wealth, and we support food producers to increase connectivity between Arizona’s farms and its residents. 

The Foundation works on broader economic development issues, implementing new tools and programs that redefine Arizona’s assets and create sweeping changes that increase opportunities for all Arizonans. We know that Arizona’s economy succeeds when everyone has opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives. 

We invite you to explore more deeply with us and think comprehensively about key challenges facing Arizona and the creative solutions we’ll need to overcome them. Our programs address these challenges in innovative ways and represent a distinct shift from the old models of economic development that have too often left much of our population behind. 

It’s on us to cultivate solutions that build opportunity for all Arizonans. Join us today.

 


What We Do

  POWERING ARIZONA'S ENTREPRENEURS   Fuerza Local is a six-month Business Accelerator program designed to teach underserved Latino business owners the multiple facets of building a sustainable and prosperous future through entrepreneurship.

POWERING ARIZONA'S ENTREPRENEURS

Fuerza Local is a six-month Business Accelerator program designed to teach underserved Latino business owners the multiple facets of building a sustainable and prosperous future through entrepreneurship.

  CELEBRATING ARIZONA'S HOMEGROWN FOODS   We work to build healthy food systems by working directly with the producers and growers as well as by educating consumers about the importance of buying local foods and where to find them.

CELEBRATING ARIZONA'S HOMEGROWN FOODS

We work to build healthy food systems by working directly with the producers and growers as well as by educating consumers about the importance of buying local foods and where to find them.

  GROWING ARIZONA'S SMALL TOWN ECONOMIES   We grow Arizona’s small-town economies by working directly with businesses, leaders, and organizations within these communities to create unique solutions that result in widespread prosperity.

GROWING ARIZONA'S SMALL TOWN ECONOMIES

We grow Arizona’s small-town economies by working directly with businesses, leaders, and organizations within these communities to create unique solutions that result in widespread prosperity.