The 2019 election brought new energy to many city and town councils around the state and on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, many of these newly elected officials converged at the Arizona Association for Economic Development Symposium to share their visions for their communities.
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.
The story of Ajo’s Farmers Market Store & Kitchen transcends solutions for addressing food insecurity. This example of grassroots collaboration acts as a model for creating opportunity out of almost any service gap prevalent in a community; exemplifying the necessity for mindful cooperation and adaptation to create meaningful change.
Last week, over 70 members of the Camp Verde community gathered at Thanks A’ Latte, a community hub disguised as a local coffee shop, to celebrate the official launch of the “Camp Verde Grows” mural on their north-facing exterior wall. Learn why the repurposing of blank walls with stories of a community’s most celebrated assets has become a pillar of rural revitalization throughout the state.
Science Happens Here is coming to the Verde Valley! This new program designed to advance STEM education in rural Arizona is a fun game designed for kids in 3rd- 8th grade. It consists of collecting trading cards from local businesses that contain science related facts.