Representing Arizona’s emerging wine industry in Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Yavapai counties, the Arizona Wine Growers Association has been selected for the inaugural Five Communities Project sponsored by the Center for the Future of Arizona. (The video is also available on Youtube at this link).
…is to strengthen and transform the rural economies of Cochise, Santa Cruz, and Yavapai counties by building on the momentum of the emerging wine industry and, using the wine industry as a model, to increase acreage and production in value-added, low water-use crops in order to create higher paying jobs, attract support and related businesses, and expand the market base while revitalizing and preserving each region’s farming heritage and quality of life.
The selection process in 2011 started with over 90 submittals statewide. From there, 31 semifinalists and then 10 finalists were selected by the national/state expert panel before the final five were chosen. A 22-minute video and booklet were produced highlighting the AWGA proposal. A posting from our President, Peggy Fiandaca on our Newsroom page offers more information. The booklet is also available at this link.
The Arizona We Want
…is one where we build on our strengths and capitalize on opportunities to create communities that are sustainable, authentic, and focused on long-term interests. The Arizona We Want is built by residents and communities coming together around common goals and working together to create a better life. That is the essence of our “Big Idea”.
Our Big Idea