AZRDC Launches Free Webinar Series Following Rural Policy Forum

 Employee at Cottonwood’s Crema Cafe. ©2014 Rick D’Elia/D’Elia Photographic/

Employee at Cottonwood’s Crema Cafe. ©2014 Rick D’Elia/D’Elia Photographic/

Looking beyond the Rural Policy Forum, those of us apart of Arizona Rural Development Council (AZRDC) want to continue the conversation on issues commonly faced within rural development. Spurring from this idea came the initiation of a webinar series specifically addressing these outcomes. “Generating Solutions for Rural Development” is a webinar series that will address a number of topics pertaining to development issues, specifically in the context of rural communities. Topics will rotate on a monthly basis with new speakers, examples, and ideas coming from all corners of the state. 

Our interning rural development coordinator, Maya Azzi, will be facilitating these, hour to hour and a half, webinar presentations. Maya is new to the team; however, she comes from a background of working with rural communities, specifically with a focus on community development, sustainable tourism development, and natural resource management.

This month the topic we will be addressing is workforce training and development, and our three speakers are: Alexandria Wright, David Hirsh, and Karalea Cox. Within the topic of workforce training and development, issues such as where to find resources for help, how your local government plays a role in assistance, generational differences in training and development, and actual examples of implemented success will be discussed by our speakers. To further economic success for our small businesses and rural communities we must address, correct, and initiate strong workforce training and development programs and opportunities for the people our communities. The goal of this webinar is to generate conversation, address issues, and facilitate solutions.

The webinar is free to attend, however, you must register because space is limited and it is on a first come first serve basis. Be sure to register soon and take good notes because there will be approximately half and hour for Q&A at the end of the webinar presentations.

“Generating Solutions for Rural Development: Workforce Training and Development”
Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM



Alexandria Wright is the regional director of the Regional Economic Development Center at Yavapai College. At the Center Wright often mediates value systems and community demands to help generate balance and equity. Alexandria blends a university research model with a community college model for corporate training and practical implementation. Ms. Wright also has a background in mathematics, microeconomics and economic policy.


David Hirsch is the President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona. He is a leader with strong strategic and operating leadership experience. Hirsch has been working for Goodwill Industries for the past 27 years. He has expertise in donated goods/retail, rehabilitation, workforce development, human services, and housing for persons with disabilities.


Karalea Cox is a fifth generation rancher, and has developed a deep understanding of rural and agricultural complexities pertaining to economic and community development and planning. Her passion for rural issues and rural advocacy create a backdrop for communities to engage in meaningful dialogue. She is a champion for community members and believes the success of every community effort lies in the knowledge and efforts of the individuals that are most affected- the community members. Karalea has a background in education both k-12 and post-secondary ed. She has a Bachelor’s in English Literature/ Education. Her graduate work is in Higher Education Administration. Karalea has several years experience in workforce development through her experience in higher education and community development.