Local First Arizona's Northern Arizona Director Meg Williams will join the Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization (VVREO) starting in January 2014. Representing Local First Arizona, she will join a board of individuals who strive to provide a comprehensive economic development expertise, tools, marketing and outreach. Based in the Verde Valley, Meg will work with other skilled and talented board members to build the region's economic significance and sustainability. VVREO was founded almost 15 years ago (1996), with the creation of a regional economic organization—the Verde Valley Regional Economic Development Council. VVREDC was an organization built on a commitment to foster a spirit of cooperation and planned growth, to facilitate a sustainable local economy and quality lifestyle for all in the Verde Valley. After a break in activity, the organization was transformed and revitalized in 2006 with a large economic development forum. A leadership team emerged from that forum and they moved forward with the re-creation of a regional economic organization, VVREO, in 2007. Today VVREO has a board of members and board associates that represent a well-rounded private-public partnership for economic development. The board consists of individuals who recognize that when people work together real positive economic impact in the community and region can happen!
Throughout the year, VVREO hosts educational events and presentations related to economic development in the Verde Valley. They also have a helpful community resource guide on their website, which gives potential business owners or existing business people a look into what it's like to live and have a business in the Verde Valley. The board works on supporting local businesses in many ways and through a well-rounded approach through committees and working groups. We look forward to being a part of this organization!