As the state’s Rural Development Council, Local First Arizona partners with businesses, community leaders, service organizations, economic development organizations, and rural municipalities to work directly in rural communities across the state to help build a rural Arizona economy that is sustainable, resilient, and celebratory of diverse cultures.
The innovative rural development programs improve Arizona's future by driving resources into under-served communities utilizing strategies that enable them to:
Grow economic opportunity
Strengthen small businesses
Retain youth and create jobs
Develop robust food systems that improve healthy food access
Increase revenue through tourism
These strategies further empower cities and towns to build opportunities for those that choose, every day, to make rural Arizona their home.