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2015 Rural Policy Forum - presented by the Arizona Rural Development Council, a program of Local First Arizona Foundation


Activities include community capacity-building session, educational workshops, panel discussions, keynote presentations, and funder sessions, where both for-profit and non-profit entities can learn about funds available in rural Arizona.

The 2015 Rural Policy Forum will provide communities access to newly identified resources and opportunities for collaboration, in order to more effectively meet the needs of rural Arizona. The Forum will also allow grant seekers, grant makers, representatives of public agencies, business owners, economic development specialists, tourism experts, and elected officials to explore new partnerships that lead to mutual understanding and enhanced collaboration.

Goals and Outcomes:

  • Increase collaboration across a variety of sectors that will enhance rural and tribal lifestyles
  • Create ‘Advocates’ for rural and tribal Arizona who are committed to the long-term health of these communities
  • Increase the number of grants and market rate loans going to rural and tribal Arizona entities
  • Offers grant makers an opportunity to build relationships and create funding opportunities
  • Improve regional collaboration between nonprofits and public entities
  • Build relationships and facilitate networking between nonprofit professionals and like-minded entities including economic development professionals, tourism experts, small business owners, funders, and lenders
  • Provide a platform for sharing ideas and vision for advocacy and collaboration to protect, preserve, and enhance rural and tribal lifestyles

For more information about the forum, including a program agenda, visit Arizona Rural Development Council's website at


Verde Canyon Railroad

Join us for the Verde Canyon Railroad $29 special for attendees on Wednesday August 5 only! Four hour wilderness adventure in the living room-style comfort of a refurbished train car. Stunning views, great company, heavy appetizers and a champaign toast!

Conference attendees should plan on arriving at the depot at 300 North Broadway, Clarkdale 86324 by noon Wednesday for the 1:00pm departure.

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
                       Please arrive at Noon for a 1:00pm departure
Cost: $29 (this tour is normally $98 per person!) 

Copper Art Museum Dinner - Note date change from Thurs 8/6 to Wed 8/5

Join us for a social dinner at the award-winning Copper Art Museum at 7:00pm.
We will also have live music and amazing desserts!

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
Cost: $20 per person 

Blazin' M Ranch

Join us for dinner and a show and get to know fellow attendees! The cowpokes of Blazin’ M Ranch will fill your plates with the best chicken and ribs in Arizona and all the fixin’s (beware of flying biscuits). After dinner, sit back, relax and enjoy the smooth harmonies and rip-roarin’ comedy of the Blazin’ M Cowboys. Authentic, award-winning cowboy music, tall tales, tomfoolery and other side-splitting surprises will keep you wanting more!

Date & Time: Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:00pm
Cost: $25 per person

Remember: People rank the networking at this event as one of the most valuable assets! Come join us for evening fun, learn from others, and share your stories!


If you have chosen payment by check, please make checks payable to the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and remit to 360 E Coronado Rd, Suite 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Checks must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2015. Checks must be accompanied by an invoice or registration confirmation or they may be returned.

If you would like to transfer your registration to another attendee (must be from the same organization) please contact  or 602-680-7869.

Cancellation is required in writing to or 602-680-7869 no less than 48 hours before the event for full refunds. Verde Canyon Railroad tickets, dinner at the Copper Art Museum, and dinner at Blazin' M Ranch cannot be refunded. Other cancellations made within 48 hours of the event will be charged a $50.00 cancellation fee.

There will be no refunds on the Verde Canyon Railroad event, the Copper Art Museum dinner, or the Blazin' M Ranch dinner and show.

If you have questions, please contact Kimber Lanning with Local First Arizona:

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