Rural Motel Continues Commitment to Sustainability

Rural Motel Continues Commitment to Sustainability

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.

Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to the Verde Valley

Smithsonian Exhibit Comes to the Verde Valley

The Arizona tour of Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian has partnered with Arizona HumanitiesWalton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University to bring the exhibit to Arizona. Water/Ways will tour 12 Arizona rural communities starting in June 2018 and will conclude in March 2020.

Copper Corridor and Ajo Collaborate on Community Inspiration

Copper Corridor and Ajo Collaborate on Community Inspiration

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.

Legislation Passes to Support Heritage Tourism

Legislation Passes to Support Heritage Tourism

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 Receives Funding from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to Train Latino Small Business Owners

Local First Arizona Foundation Receives Funding from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to Train Latino Small Business Owners

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.

Arizona Food and Farm Forum cultivates prosperity in 2019

Arizona Food and Farm Forum cultivates prosperity in 2019

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.