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  • 09 Jul 2014 9:42 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    These awards are one of Arizona’s most prominent for the environmental community and it is time to submit projects to win the coveted Crescordia in each category. The program has grown significantly over the last 34 years and now encompasses 21 categories.  This year, in addition to the statewide SRP Environmental Stewardship Award, there will be the statewide Governor’s Award for Energy and Technology Innovation.  As Arizona Forward grows, so do the opportunities for awards throughout the state!


    You can find details about the Call for Entries here.

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    (2) share it with others you may know that would be eligible

    The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2014. The prestigious Crescordia and Merit awards will be awarded at the dinner on September 20 at The Westin Kierland Resort. This exciting event typically draws upwards of 600 business and civic leaders.

     

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Arizona Forward office at 602.240.2408. And you might want to follow Arizona Forward on Facebook, too!


  • 08 Jul 2014 11:42 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski recently introduced the bipartisan Summer Meals Act, which would enhance the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program. The bill seeks to increase the number of children from low-income families receiving healthy meals over the summer, reduces the paperwork burden for private companies partnering with the government, provides children with transportation to summer meals sites and offers an additional meal to children attending evening school programs. These changes if instituted would be very beneficial for park and recreation agencies with feeding programs. NRPA is one of 40 organizations that endorsed the Gillibrand-Murkowski’s Summer Meals Act.

    Click here for a summary of the Summer Meals Act from our partners at FRAC.

  • 08 Jul 2014 11:41 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    As the leaders inspiring, organizing and creating healthy communities, park and recreation agencies take note. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize is up for grabs for 10 communities. This prize is awarded to whole communities that are working collectively to build a culture of health and create solutions that give everyone the opportunity for a healthy life. Winning communities receive a $25,000 cash prize and their accomplishments will be shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. As the entities often spearheading or bringing together leaders, organizations, citizens and more on health and wellness, this prize is a great way to show the impact collaboration can have to inspire healthy living. Applications are due Sept. 17, 2014.

    Click here for more information on the RWJFCulture of Health Prize.

  • 30 Jun 2014 2:17 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Recently, an article from the insurance industry assessing five global megatrends was trending all over the internet. The five big trends identified are certainly poised to impact business, the world, and of course, the insurance industry.


    Click here to read “5 Global Megatrends and what they mean for Parks and Recreation.”


  • 30 Jun 2014 12:47 PM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The national guidelines on the design and management of natural play areas are in final draft form and expected to be released shortly after Labor Day. A national steering committee has worked on the guidelines for three years to address issues such as locating and designing natural play areas, using natural surfacing, natural permanent structures, managing risk in natural play spaces and more. These guidelines are expected to be groundbreaking for the effort to connect kids to nature and the outdoors, and will have implications for park and recreation agencies.

  • 26 Jun 2014 11:50 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)
    Read your IMBA Region Director's blog for additional updates on trail projects and planning near where you live. This month, Patrick writes about bike parks coming along in Arizona (Tucson, Flagstaff and Sedona); plans for the REI grant won by the Las Vegas IMBA chapter; trails advocacy in Utah and Santa Barbara, CA; and an expansion update on the Grand Canyon's Rainbow Rim Trail.
    + Read Patrick's blog


  • 26 Jun 2014 11:47 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The Tonto National Forest (east and north of Phoenix) is hosting a public meeting and comment session June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Cave Creek, AZ, to discuss trails and recreation. Please join the Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association to make the case for increased mountain bike opportunities. Click here for details

    Public Input Session for Tonto Natl. Forest

    The Tonto National Forest (east and north of Phoenix) is hosting a public meeting and comment session June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Cave Creek, AZ, to discuss trails and recreation. Please join the Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association to make the case for increased mountain bike opportunities.

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    Public Input Session for Tonto Natl. Forest

    The Tonto National Forest (east and north of Phoenix) is hosting a public meeting and comment session June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in Cave Creek, AZ, to discuss trails and recreation. Please join the Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association to make the case for increased mountain bike opportunities.

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  • 23 Jun 2014 10:57 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    Nearly three in ten U.S. adults do not spend time outdoors on a daily basis and, when adults do get outdoor time, it is relatively short with nearly half (47 percent) spending 30 minutes or less in the fresh air. These results are from a new national survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs on behalf of NRPA as part of the upcoming celebration of Park and Recreation Month in July. The key survey findings are available in this infographic and detailed findings are also available with additional data on the opinions and behaviors adults in the United States have around getting outdoor time. With results like these, it will be important to get people OUT and INvolved in their community next month and all year long! Encourage your community to participate in the 31-day #JulyOUTisIN challenge and get started busting these trends!

    Click here for more information about the national survey findings.


  • 23 Jun 2014 10:53 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The abilities to read, write, understand and think critically are vital skills every young person needs to be successful in school, career and life. If you have an afterschool program that has excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students then nominate your program to win the first ever Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award from the Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Nominations must be made by August 15, 2014.   Click here to nominate a program.


  • 19 Jun 2014 7:27 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

    The new College Football Playoff is going to look a lot different than the old BCS, both on the field and off. Two more brands that were closely linked to the BCS undefined Discover and Tostitos undefined have told ESPN that they are ending their title sponsorship of playoff bowl games. Capital One, meanwhile, is in the final stages of negotiations to fill the void at the Orange Bowl, and ESPN still is looking for a sponsor to take the Fiesta Bowl position. Read full article... 

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