Symposium - Designing Downtowns for Economic Success

  • Cottonwood Public Safety Building 199 South 6th Street Cottonwood, AZ, 86326 United States

This coming October 26th, the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) is hosting the Northern Economic Development Regional Symposium in Cottonwood. With a focus on designing downtowns for economic success, this important gathering of community leaders, economic development champions, and members of the business community will give great insight on the value of our main streets and strategies for using them as economic drivers.

Kimber Lanning, founder and director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization implementing innovative strategies for new models of economic development that create vibrant local economies, will present the keynote address. Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning will discuss the importance of creating a sense of place and how local programs and organizing community efforts lead to a thriving downtown. Panel discussions will follow with representation from neighboring communities including Payson, Flagstaff, Prescott, and Camp Verde. Don’t miss this opportunity to network with other communities who have similar interests and face similar challenges while hearing from great economic development specialists from across Arizona.

For more information and to register for this not to be missed symposium visit the events calendar at