The 2015 Rural Policy Forum will provide an opportunity for skill-building, networking, resource development, building relationships and educating each other about the needs and services in rural Arizona. Activities include capacity-building sessions, receptions, workshops, keynote presentations, and roundtable discussions.
Breakout sessions and workshops will focus on a variety of important topics pertaining to building thriving rural communities of all sizes. Topics include tourism, nonprofits, international trade, policy, rural downtown main streets, civil discourse, financing and funding, education, economic development, arts and culture, capacity building, regional collaboration, and volunteer service. 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/2015-rural-
Registration for the 2015 Rural Policy Forum is now open. Early bird registration is $99 until July 15 and includes attendance at the two-day conference, four meals, and many opportunities to network with stakeholders from around Arizona. Pricing increases to $119 after July 15. Attendees can find more information and register here: http://azrdc.org/2015-rural-
Attendees will also have the option of attending three outside events associated with the Rural Policy Forum:
- On Wednesday, August 5, Rural Policy Forum attendees can participate in a tour of the area aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad. This four-hour wilderness adventure will take place in the living room-style comfort of a refurbished train car and will feature stunning views, great company, heavy appetizers and a champagne toast. Cost per person is $29.
- Following the train tour on August 5, guests can join other Rural Policy Forum attendees at a social dinner at the Copper Art Museum at 7:00 p.m. Cost per person is $20.
- On Thursday, August 6, guests are invited to dinner and a show at 6:00 p.m. at Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood following the first day of the Rural Policy Forum. Cost per person is $25.
Registration for all of these events and the Rural Policy Forum is available here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/
Sponsors of the 8th Annual Rural Policy Forum include the Marley Foundation, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation, Amigos, APS, the Arizona Lottery, the Arizona Community Foundation, and Resolution Copper.
About the Arizona Rural Development Council
The Arizona Rural Development Council (AZDRC) is Arizona’s official, federally-recognized State Rural Development Council in the National Rural Development Partnership. AZDRC’s mission is to equip communities with resources to advance rural Arizona while honoring their heritage in a changing world. In May of 2013, the Rural Development Council merged with, and became a program of, the Local First Arizona Foundation.
About the Local First Arizona Foundation
The Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF) is a non-profit sister organization of Local First Arizona, a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. LFAF’s mission is to catalyze the community to leverage the resources, opportunities, and information needed to build sustainable local economies throughout Arizona, resulting in a high quality of life for all.