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USDA Seeks Nonprofit Partners to Attend Community Prosperity Summit in June

Friday, May 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
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In alignment with the priorities identified by the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement is seeking to foster community prosperity in rural areas by developing and implementing local prosperity councils with community partners for bottom-up, locally driven efforts.

This INVITATION is for community-based\non-profit organizations in Yuma County, Maricopa County, Pima County, Pinal County, Cochise County, and Santa Cruz County.

You have been invited to join us for a Community Prosperity Summit in Phoenix, AZ on June 19-20, 2019 (travel dates June 18 & 21). The summit will bring together USDA stakeholders for two full days to discuss the themes of hope and opportunity, wealth creation, and asset building. It will include presentations from senior USDA leadership as well as community partners, and will emphasize skill building and training on local economic alliance development. Attached you will find an invitation from Director Mike Beatty, and an overview of the draft agenda.

We hope that you are able to join us!


·         Fostering progress toward the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Priorities

·         Examining and connecting USDA and other federal programs of value to agriculture and rural communities

·         Demonstrating how to identify and approach relevant partners

·         Modeling a planning process for helping participants work within local communities to have success moving forward

·         Developing and implementing local prosperity councils

Takeaways - Participants will leave with:

·         A base understanding of USDA programs that can help them address their selected priority

·         A tool to guide exploration of range of assets to assist in addressing their selected priority

·         A draft partnership list and strategy for making invitations

·         A resource list of data sources relevant to the selected priority

·         A framework for telling the story of the local need

·         A planning tool to guide next steps

·         A broader set of networking relationships from among Summit participants


Community Prosperity Summit Registration Instructions

Everyone attending the summit should take these two steps by Friday, May 31, 2019:

STEP ONE:  Register for the SummitEveryone attending needs to register for their respective site. CLICK HERE to register for the summit. Participation is free and by invitation only.

STEP TWO:  Hotel ReservationsEveryone needs to make their own hotel reservations using the appropriate site link. CLICK HERE to make your hotel reservation.

Phoenix Airport Marriott
1101 North 44th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008


Registrants are asked to select one of the options that best describes your role or position.  Community organization members invited through a liaison should select the option, “Invited Community Organization Member”. When this option is selected the registrant will (at some point in the registration process) be routed to a screen that says,  “A small number of hotel rooms have been reserved for those that have limited travel funds available. If you would like to be considered for one of those rooms, please indicate below. You will be notified if you are selected.”


Invitees who select this option will be considered to receive rooms within the paid block of rooms available, however, paid for rooms are not guaranteed due to limited availability. Invitees will receive notification via email by Wednesday, June 5th that confirms whether their room will be paid for. Please note that the only covered expenses will be the room night rental.  Each person will be responsible for their own incidental expense.  Extra room expenses such as room service, damage to rooms, missing items from room, or other additional expenses will be the responsibility of the person using the room.  The hotel will ask for a credit card number when making the reservation and will verify at check in to ensure these extra charges would be covered.  If my room is included in the paid block will I be reimbursed for the cost? How does it work? If your room is included in the paid block you will be notified and will move your room bill to the master bill and  you will not get charged for the room itself.  However, if you have additional charges added to your room such as room service, charge a meal to their rooms, or damage the room in any way (what the hotel calls “incidentals) – you will be charged those amounts.  For this reason, the hotels will be getting a credit card number from all participants at check-in.



Roberto González Jr.

USDA-HSI Regional Director for SoCal & AZ


Higher Education Institutions Program

Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

United States Department of Agriculture

T: (760) 768-5523



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