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Rural Economic Development Initiatives (REDI)

The quality of life offered in a rural community can be an important competitive advantage. One of the keys to attracting new investment and quality jobs is effective marketing of a community’s assets.

In 1987, the legislature created the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) program to promote economic development in rural areas and communities of the state. The Arizona REDI program provides direct assistance to rural communities in organizing an economic development program or effort, and evaluating community resources. Qualified rural economic development programs and organizations with an on-going commitment to economic development can be recognized through REDI accreditation. The REDI program provides both technical and matching fund assistance.

REDI Accredited Communities

     REDI Program Goals and Objectives

      Benefits to Accreditation

  • To assist communities in:
  • Increasing basic job opportunities and investment in community growth.
  • Developing a plan to become more attractive for capital investment and industrial and business locations while preserving and maintaining existing business and industry.
  • Encourage expansion of existing employment and tax base.
  • Effectively managing an economic development program.
  • Evaluating community resources.
  • Targeting effective strategies to enhance community attractiveness.
  • Provide an effective, locally generated program of activities and focused state assistance enabling communities and tribal authorities to be better prepared for economic development.
  • Providing public recognition to communities and regions making the effort to become better prepared for economic development.
  • Provide the Arizona Department of Commerce and other industry-recruiting organizations with a current and accurate inventory of REDI communities.


  • On-site technical assistance from REDI staff:
  • Board and staff consultation on community and economic development topics
  • Intensive day-to-day consultation when necessary
  • Consultation during special projects
  • On-site consultant services for specific local economic development issues.
  • Resource teams
  • Project analysis
  • Project implementation
  • Strategic planning assistance for organizations and local projects.
  • REDI staff on-site assistance to staff and board members in addressing opportunities and challenges.
  • Special strategy sessions
  • Assistance in identifying education and training opportunities to reach economic development goals and objectives.
  • Training opportunities:
  • Workshops on timely economic development topics
  • Monthly conference calls with educational topics to further economic development
  • Roles and responsibilities of professional staff and board members
  • Evaluation of goals and activities to improve economic development effectiveness
  • Community survey implementation and analysis assistance
  • Reduced fees for various regional and statewide training workshops on current economic development practices and techniques.
  • Meetings with community and business leaders to help generate community interest and support for local community program goals.
  • Media releases on community programs and progress.
  • Research provided through the Statewide Economic Study.

REDI Accreditation Process
If you would like more information on the REDI accreditation process and/or would like to apply for REDI accreditation, download the REDI Program Certification Application Booklet.  The Application Booklet provides information and guidance to communities, counties, Native American communities, and regional areas planning to submit an application for participation in the REDI Program.

For further information please contact Tom Doyle, REDI Program Manager