WeekendZona is heading to Pinetop-Lakeside, October 18-20! From scenic drives, horses, and picturesque lake walks, this calm Autumn Retreat will have you falling in love with the White Mountains.
Familiar with the big “Red Barn” thrift store on Highway 69 in Prescott Valley? Our dear friends Denise and Kent with Armadilla Wax Works are in the process of relocating to the iconic location. Join us on November 13th to celebrate the big relocation and network with fellow independent businesses in the area.
Casa Grande is making it easy to Shop Local this Indie Week with their Shopping Passport! Independents Week is an annual opportunity to recognize our small business owners and the many valuable contributions these local businesses make to our communities. Celebrate with a trip to Casa Grande!
Friends of the Verde River has been working tirelessly to restore habitat, sustain flows and promote community stewardship to support our beloved Verde River system. Let’s take some time to pause and thank their team for their continuous involvement and support of the greater Verde Valley community and it’s businesses.
In recognition of Community Banking Month, local businesses and key stakeholders are joining forces to shed light on the impact community banks have on business development in rural settings. Join us to learn about the power of banking locally and ways to make the transition easy and profitable.
Arizona offers numerous advantages to film and television producers who choose to work here. As your partners in production, the state’s numerous film offices and Film Resource Coordinators ensure you have access to our Reel Savings Program, amazing locations, permits, as well as, the crew and talent you require to ensure your project will be successful. Learn more about the services we provide filmmakers in Arizona – the Right Choice, Right Next Door!
Last December, federal lawmakers created the federal Opportunity Zones program for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains towards community, business, real estate, and economic development activities in America's lowest-income communities.
This webinar provides a comprehensive background and expert analysis of the new program, as well as recommendations for cities, philanthropies, advocates, and private sector representatives interested in equitable development outcomes throughout our nation's 8,761 newly designated Opportunity Zones to think about now.
Kimber will be the Keynote Speaker at the FREE “Lunch & Learn” event hosted by the Town of Payson Economic Development & the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce for business owners in Rim Country. Kimber will be discussing the key to “Leveraging Small Businesses to Drive Tourism”.
How local have you been this year? Have you moved your money to a local bank? Continued to shop at the farmer's market and local markets? Donated to your local organizations and charities? If you have been struggling with this, or just want more information we are here to help!
On Saturday, September 15th Local First Arizona and sponsor Subway Underground will be hosting a Local Block Party on Subway Street in Old Bisbee. Here you can find all the information on banking local, eating local, shopping local, donating local, and drinking local. We want to make it as fun and easy as possible to experience all the things your local community has to offer.
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.
History and culture are two of the many aspects that make living in small-town Arizona so wonderful. Residents can enjoy the magic of Route 66 or the ruins of ancient civilizations right in their backyards. This history that contributes to making our homes so special can be leveraged in healthy ways as an economic driver. Join us, this month, as we learn about organizations and places across the state that use their historic assets to generate revenue for the community and educate on the past.
Discover the arts, culture, and heritage of Douglas with this affordable, weekend getaway trip!
Blight is an issue that rural communities are constantly faced with. From illegal dumping of waste and lack of recycling options to dealing with dilapidated buildings and contaminated sites, there's a lot to do to keep towns clean and healthy. In this webinar, we will hear from three individuals who have contributed in redecorating their community from tatters to treasures.
Solutions for Rural Development Webinar Series- Straight from the Source: Solutions and Barriers to Engaging the Youth
Rural communities face unique and evolving challenges that, unless confronted, can be detrimental to the entire spectrum of opportunity for its residents. Specifically, when it comes to youth retention, rural communities are struggling with two major problems: 1. engaging youth with enticing opportunities and 2. retaining them post-secondary education. In this webinar, we will hear from a spectrum of panelists offering a high school, college, and young adult perspective. We will also hear from an active youth organizer who has several years of experience in working with younger populations.
Join Local First Arizona, Small Batch Wine and Spirits, Rainbow's End and The State Bar at the Old Town Square in Old Town Cottonwood for an evening networking opportunity and movie screening of The Big Short with fellow independent businesses, our community banks and credit unions, and local leaders.
Solutions to address food insecurity are unique for every rural community, though we can learn from the creativity implemented by others across Arizona. This webinar will help you consider how to leverage your community's resources and utilize your role to increase access to healthy local foods and support your hometown farmers.
Being part of the STP (Same Ten People) in your hometown can be taxing. You serve on multiple committees, Volunteer and work in addition to running a household. While you enjoy being involved in your community, inevitably, you start to burn out. While time management tools can help keep us organized, what keeps us motivated and engaged? Join us to learn what successful people are doing to avoid burnout and find the ever elusive "balance" in life. If you are telling yourself there is not time for this webinar, that is affirmation that you need this more than anyone! Please join us!
This webinar will be led by Kimber Lanning, founder of Local First Arizona. Combining her experience as a small business owner and founder of the nation's largest local business coalition, Kimber will help you find new ways to position your business in these quickly changing times.
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?
The City of Cottonwood is celebrating Historic 89A and the Verde Valley with the annual Walkin' on Main event, November 11th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Local First Arizona is a proud title sponsor of this Main Street event. Enjoy local Arizona wine, art, shopping, and live music all day in an outdoor setting surrounded by the charming galleries, shops and local restaurants of Old Town Cottonwood. This is a free, family-friendly, community event for all.
Learn tips and tricks to increase your bottom line this holiday season.
This webinar will prepare businesses in rural communities for the intense battle for consumers' attention during the fast approaching holiday season. With consumer's short attention spans leaving you less than 8 seconds to make an impression, you must stand out during the busiest shopping season of the year or be left behind like last year's toys.
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Solutions for Rural Development Webinar ~ Economic Trail Blazing: How to Harness Backyard Ecotourism
“Solutions for Rural Development” is a webinar series that addresses a number of topics pertaining to development issues, specifically in the context of rural communities. Topics rotate on a monthly basis with new speakers, examples, and ideas coming from all corners of the state.
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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
Increasing capital for a new or established business or non-profit can be a difficult and daunting task. Understanding opportunities and resources can become overwhelming and confusing when the necessity for financial growth is imperative. This month, the Solutions to Rural Development webinar series will hear from two highly experienced speakers with background and understanding in financial resources and opportunities from the realm of banks, grants, local economic development coalitions, and any local chamber of commerce.