Thank you for joining us in Safford!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the 2017 Rural Policy Forum in Safford and Thatcher, Arizona! So many of you walked away with tangible resources and new relationships to foster community and economic development in your communities across the state. We can’t wait to see all that you accomplish.
We are happy to announce that the 2018 Rural Policy Forum will be held in Wickenburg from August 8-10! We will be announcing more details on the website soon. Stay tuned!
Watch our 2017 Highlights Video:
The Rural Policy Forum connects 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