The 8th Annual Arizona Rural Policy Forum will be held at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center in Miami, Arizona, during August 7 through 8, 2014. This annual forum, hosted by the Arizona Rural Development Council (AZRDC), a program of the Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF), will connect rural economic development professionals, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other rural stakeholders who are interested in sustaining rural communities.
“Our goal will be to hear strategies from national experts as well as learn about success stories around Arizona that will give our rural leaders the tools, resources and relationships they need to face current challenges,” said Kimber Lanning, Director of the AZRDC and LFAF. “We are looking forward to a dynamic event to further drive economic development in rural Arizona.”
The 2014 Rural Policy Forum will provide an opportunity for skill-building, networking, building relationships and educating each other about the needs and services in rural Arizona. Activities include capacity-building sessions, receptions, workshops, and keynote presentations receptions and grant maker one on ones. Here, grant makers host tables where rural nonprofits have the opportunity to describe their organization’s mission and present a project for the host to consider for potential future funding.
Breakout sessions and workshops will focus on a variety of important topics pertaining to rural economic development. Topics include alternative energy, education and research, tourism and agri-tourism, main streets, crowd funding, workforce housing development and funding, healthcare, marketing and branding, and technology. Forum attendees will have the opportunity to join many of these workshops throughout the two-day conference. A continuously updated agenda can be found at http://azrdc.org/2014-rural-policy-forum/.
Registration for the 2014 Rural Policy Forum is now open. Early bird registration is $99 until July 1 and includes attendance at the two-day conference, four meals, and many opportunities to network with stakeholders from around Arizona. Attendees can find more information and register here: http://azrdc.org/2014-rural-policy-forum/.
Sponsors of the 8th Annual Rural Policy Forum include the Marley Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation, The Arizona Community Foundation, APS, AMIGOS, and Resolution Copper.