The Arizona Rural Development Council (AZRDC) is Arizona’s official, federally-recognized State Rural Development Council in the National Rural Development Partnership. State Rural Development Councils are composed of the agencies and organizations that play a part in developing the rural areas of their state. As a result, federal, regional, tribal, state and local governments, along with non-profits and for-profit sectors, all play an important role in the work of each council.
Current programs and activities currently include the Rural Policy Forum- “Linking Rural Arizona to Grantmakers”, the AZ-M.A.S.H. project, the Economic development 101 workshops, as well as, helping to link rural communities to resources and other innovative strategies.
Our MISSION is to equip communities with resources to advance rural Arizona while honoring their heritage in a changing world.
AZRDC values rural communities of all size.
AZRDC values a community’s “sense of place”.
AZRDC values the diverse culture and heritage of rural Arizona.
AZRDC values the economic impact rural Arizona contributes to the State.
AZRDC is committed to:
- Building partnerships for rural development efforts
- Coordinating program development and implementation
- Supporting models for community success
- Identifying resources
- Filling in gaps
- Not duplicating, but rather adding value to existing efforts.