State Rural Development Councils are composed of the agencies and organizations that play a part in developing the rural areas of their state. As a result, federal, regional, tribal, state and local governments, along with non-profits and for-profit sectors, all play an important role in the work of each council.
Arizona Rural Development Council Programs
The 2015 Rural Policy Forum 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 from around Arizona that will give our rural leaders the tools, resources and relationships they need to face current challenges. The event 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 all of which culminate with the Grant maker Roundtables. 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. Goals and Outcomes Increase the community capacity of rural towns Improve regional collaboration between nonprofits and public entities such as businesses Build relationships and facilitate networking between rural stakeholders Grow rural advocates Develop new strategies for building resilient communities Visit the 2015 Rural Policy Forum page
Local First Arizona is an award-winning organization focused on developing strategies to connect residents to the place they live. Arizona has the third highest number of transplants in the country and as a result, our cities and towns need strategies to build hometown pride. Studies have shown when people are more connected to the place they live, they are more likely to vote, to volunteer, to give charitably, and to cheer for the home team. Creating long term prosperity in any community starts with place-making and leads to increased tax revenue, more small business development, additional vibrancy, and widespread civic engagement. Local First is creating a movement across the state that has proven results across a wide variety of measurables including youth retention, job creation, and economic gains.
The goal of the AZ-MASH program is to create an educational program in rural Arizona to address the shortage of health care professionals in rural communities. If we are going to change rural health care, we are going to have to stop trying to convince the doctors to love rural Arizona. We are going to have to convince the people who love rural communities to become doctors, nurses, pharmacists, x-ray technicians, optometrists, physical therapists, speech pathologists and audiologists. A program like AZ-MASH can help do that.