Join us in Wickenburg, August 9th and 10th for the 12th Annual Rural Policy Forum, a gathering of rural economic development professionals, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, tribal communities, and other rural stakeholders who are interested in sustaining rural communities.
This is an opportunity to hear strategies from national experts as well as learn about success stories from around Arizona that give rural leaders like you the tools, resources and relationships they need to face current challenges.
Co-sponsored by Local First Arizona. Arizona State Historic Preservation Office and Arizona State Parks and Trails present the 16th annual Arizona Historic Preservation Conference, this time arriving at the midcentury modern hotel gem, Hotel Valley Ho, in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.
For its third bus tour, For(u)m returns to Phoenix to showcase perhaps its most established corridor yet, northbound along 19th Avenue. Taken together, the area features some of the most diverse and established communities along light rail: with an enormous immigrant and refugee population to the south, and million-dollar estates to the north and east.
LFA For(u)m and the AIA's Phoenix Metro chapter are proud to partner for their second annual join panel, focusing critically on the dynamic, adaptable potential of midcentury modern neighborhoods in the Valley.
LFA For(u)m is proud to welcome back our Rural Policy Forum keynote, Peter Kageyama, author of the critically-acclaimed book "For the Love of Cities," and its followup, "Love Where You Live." The books each delve into the psychological connections of people to place, especially as they manifest through community-driven social investment. "For the Love of Cities" was named an urbanism "Top 10 Book" in 2012 by Planetizen. What causes people to emotionally connect to where they live?
For(u)m brings together four representatives from the Valley's top affordable housing organizations to see the projects they've completed, how they're integrated into their surrounding communities, and how their completion spurs surrounding investment and stabilization.
The Sustainable Living Forum an educational series of speaking events, where experts in the community will share their thoughts and encourage discussion about a different topic each month. The goal of the series is to inform and empower guests on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
In partnership with the City of Mesa and RAILMesa, LFA For(u)m hosts a tour to shine a light on the diverse temporary use projects, new retail and restaurants, affordable housing, creative space, and mixed-use developments that will shape the next wave of investment for this vital, historic corridor.
Presented by Kitchell Companies and State 48 Brewery
Local First Arizona and Jones Studio partner to produce a one-night-only public art event to showcase the historic Monroe Abbey its final “raw” state, before beginning build out into a one-of-a-kind mixed-use space in downtown Phoenix.
LFA For(u)m is proud to partner with the Sustainable Communities Collaborative to celebrate the grand opening of Union @ Roosevelt, the Roosevelt neighborhood’s newest mixed-use development near Downtown Phoenix, and steps away from the Roosevelt and Central Valley Metro light rail station.
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The Arizona Living Economy Forum (ALEF) is a signature event for growing prosperity in our community. ALEF is bringing together visionary speakers from around Arizona to talk about what's working locally and share tools to grow a more united, prosperous community. ALEF is creating a template for how we learn from one another and become true change makers in our own communities.
As we progress into a world driven by technology the need for broadband access is hardly an option, it is a necessity. This month, our webinar covering various issues in the rural development process, will hear from four highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals advocating for broadband access in rural communities around the state and the nation.
Attendees will learn:
- Steps communities can make to ensure they are fiber ready
- Alternative solutions
- How to work regionally or within a county
- How to leverage any and all existing resources
- Unique factors of costs to broadband deployment on tribal lands
With Mesa specifically seeing affordable housing, arts and culture, and small-business leading its charge, and Phoenix's arts & small-business overlay producing Roosevelt Row and Grand Avenue's distinctive streetscapes, the For(u)m examines what conditions produce the unique neighborhoods we're drawn to, and how to develop within those constraints.
In concert with AIA Phoenix Metro and Modern Phoenix Week, LFA For(u)m discusses the impact of the Valley's midcentury architecture, and the recent reclamation of the style's inherent sustainability and sleek design, allowing a new crop of architects, designers, developers, and business owners to highlight these practices and enhance them.
LFA For(u)m partners with the Councilwoman Pastor to present a tour of success and opportunity--showcasing recent housing, commercial, and nonprofit developments, as well as sites primed for investment in the West Camelback Rd corridor.
LFA For(u)m discusses the prevailing wisdom of Phoenix's "lack of history," and how that mentality has created a culture of demolition across the metro area. A journalist, an artist/academic, an architect, a government official, and a developer share how this culture came to be, the policies which undergird it, the consequences of these efforts, and how to overcome through expanding what preservation means, and embracing history to build sense of place.
Featuring panelists from ASU Herberger Institute, Jones Studio, Investigative MEDIA, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, and Levine Machine.
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.
LFA For(u)m gathers experts in planning and land-use law, community development, and traditional development to discuss how to mitigate neighborhood concerns, adjust zoning, and build the proper project for your parcel. Illustrating the ties between localized development processes and local business.
Featuring panelists from Snell & Wilmer, Roosevelt Row CDC, Gammage & Burnham, and City of Phoenix