The 2013 Rural Policy Forum will connect rural stakeholders, businesses, and nonprofits with organizations and community leaders who are interested in strengthening rural cities and towns of all sizes. The event will provide an opportunity for skill-building, networking, building relationships, and educating each other about the needs and services in rural and tribal Arizona. Activities include capacity-building sessions, receptions, educational workshops, keynote presentations, and funder sessions, where both for-profit and non-profit entities can learn about funds available in rural Arizona. Announced
Dear Rural Supporter
We are pleased to report that the Arizona Rural Development Council has merged with the Local First Arizona Foundation, and organization equally committed to rural community and economic development. Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF) has worked with rural small businesses for the past 4 years and has helped shape a tourism campaign aimed at in-state travel.
LFAF will acquire several members of the AZRDC Board of Directors and will also work to create a Rural Leadership Council. The goal will be to continue to be the voice of small town, rural and tribal Arizona.
The first item up will be the Rural Policy Forum, which will be August 8th and 9th this year. We will continue to host the event here in Phoenix because it is geographically centrally located. Registration for the Forum will open June 1st, as it has in years past.
A committee has formed with members of the boards of both organizations to make plans for the Rural Policy Forum, including topics for the breakout sessions, speakers, and group workshops. We know we can create a 2-day Forum that brings meaningful, useful, and timely opportunities into the hands of rural non-profits and small business alike.
This will be an event focused on community and economic development designed to strengthen rural communities across Arizona.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for topics for us to consider.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in August!
Kimber Lanning, Director of LFAF
and Angie Harmon, Board Chair, AZRDC
The Supplier Connection is a consortium of large companies has formed to build Supplier Connection, a free, Web-based portal that allows small businesses to more easily apply to become suppliers to large companies. No cost to register for either party (according to FAQ).
The Rural Assistance Center has listed a Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program by the USDA.
The Rural Passenger Transportation Technical Assistance Program, funded through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is designed to assist rural communities enhance economic growth and development by improving community transportation services. Public transit can help support a wide range of other economic development initiatives. Program objectives include helping small and emerging businesses and stimulating economic development through new and improved transportation programs. The program provides planning assistance for facility development, transit service improvements and expansion, new system start-up, policy and procedure development, marketing, transportation coordination, training and public transit problem solving activities.
The 2012 Rural Policy Forum will connect rural nonprofits with grant making organizations that fund in rural communities; including corporations, foundations, government and other grant making entities. The event will provide an opportunity for skill-building, networking, building relationships and educating each other about the needs and services in rural Arizona.
This years policy forum is set to take place August 9th and 10th, 2012.
More information will soon be posted on event details and registration information.
The AAED Spring conference is scheduled for May 11th – 15th, 2012 and is titled A New Approach – Creating a positive future for Arizona – visit the AAED website for more information on this event.
AAED is successful because of the diversity of its members. There are numerous ways in which to get involved with AAED.
AAED is a working organization that utilizes volunteers from its membership to form committees and achieve objectives. It is through this active involvement that the volunteer member recognizes the real benefit of association in this important organization.
Committees – the heart and soul of volunteer organizations – allow members to demonstrate leadership and management skills. By actively participating in AAED members help the organization remain the top professional economic development association in the State of Arizona.
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.