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The CENTRL Alumni Committee holds at least two Regional Connections throughout the year in  unique parts of the state. The events serve multiple purposes including reconnecting with alumni, recruiting future classes and meeting the current class. The Committee also helps to supplement and enhance the current class' curriculum by highlighting parts of Rural Arizona's economies that aren't covered: like tourism, the military, economic development, tribal relations and so much more! 

CRC Events

    • Fri, February 09, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sat, February 10, 2024
    • 2:00 PM
    • Ajo, AZ

    CENTRL Regional Connection
    Ajo, AZ 

    Friday February 9 - Saturday February 10, 2024

    Join us in Ajo, AZ February 9 & 10th. Explore the unique history of a former rural Arizona copper mining town that has redefined itself in order to not only survive, but thrive. Discover how current town leaders and influencers are connecting the cultural past to the present and collaborating with diverse stakeholders to build resilient and sustainable communities across the broader Sonoran desert region.

    This is the first time we are traveling to Ajo and we do not have any Alumni in the region. This is a great opportunity to both learn about a different part of the state and share with the local community what CENTRL meant to you! 

    There is very limited lodging in Ajo; but we have booked all the rooms at the crown gem: Sonoran Desert Inn featured here in Arizona Highways Magazine. To maximize the number of people who can attend, consider going back full "Project CENTRL Style" and sharing a room! It's a great way to get to know a fellow alumni or reconnect with a classmate. There are registration options where we can help pair you with a roommate! Programming and meals are complimentary, but registration still is required. Lodging prices range from $72.50 for a shared room - $200 for a suite. 

    Please do NOT call the hotel; for this CRC, CENTRL is coordinating all payment and reservations and rooming list. Since this is the first time we’ve done it this way, if you have questions – no problem – call Niki at 602-339-7258 or

    Registration WITH lodging is required before 1/5/24

    Registration with NO lodging is required before 1/26/24

    Friday 5pm-7pm
    Networking Dinner

    • Welcome to Ajo by Chamber of Commerce

    Saturday 8am - 1:30pm

    • Breakfast at Oasis Coffee 
      Discussion with Owner on 
      Helping Youth Develop in Ajo
    • Walking Tour of Ajo 
      • Historic Ajo Plaza - Artisans Mercado 
      • Curley School - Artists in Residency Apartments 
      • Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center
    • Introduction to International Sonoran Desert Alliance
      • Aaron Cooper, Executive Director & Loraine Eiler, Board President & Founding Member 
    • Lunch with Community Leaders
      • Introduction to Project CENTRL 
      • Principals of Leadership Discussion

    Optional Activities Before or After CRC:

    Thanks to past CENTRL Alumni Committee Chair, Doug Norton, Class 18 and Aaron Cooper, Executive Director of International Sonoran Desert Alliance for coordinating this exclusive event.

    • Wed, February 21, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phoenix Downtown - State Capitol 950 W Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85007

    All CENTRL Alumni, Friends and Family are invited!

    Join Us 
    Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 5:30 pm

    Location TBD

    • Meet Class 32 and help welcome them to Maricopa County!  
    • Bring potential applicants to Class 33, your family or friends 
    • Reconnect with fellow Alumni

    We'll have dinner, a presentation and time to network. 


    Thanks to our Class 32 Weeknight CRC Sponsor: 

    With additional support for this dinner provided by:

Past events

Fri, December 01, 2023 Join Class 32 in Tucson
Fri, November 17, 2023 CRC Luke Air Force Base
Thu, September 21, 2023 Meet Class 32 in Show Low
Fri, August 11, 2023 Meet Class 32 at Mortimer Farms
Wed, March 29, 2023 Cottonwood: Civic Language Project Discussion
Wed, February 22, 2023 Dinner w/Class 31 Downtown Phoenix
Fri, February 03, 2023 Social CRC Grand Canyon
Fri, December 02, 2022 Join Class 31, VP Shane Burgess in Tucson
Fri, October 07, 2022 CRC: Health, Hunger & White Mountain Apache Tribe
Thu, September 22, 2022 Hear Bruce Vincent and Meet Class 31 in Show Low
Fri, August 12, 2022 Meet Class 31 at Mortimer Farms
Wed, February 23, 2022 Dinner w/Class 30 in Maricopa County
Fri, February 04, 2022 CRC Casa Grande
Fri, December 03, 2021 Join Class 30, VP Shane Burgess in Tucson
Fri, November 05, 2021 CRC Fort Huachuca
Thu, September 23, 2021 Hear Bruce Vincent w/Class 30 in Show Low
Fri, August 13, 2021 Meet Class 30 at Mortimer Farms
Mon, March 15, 2021 Class 30 Application Deadline
Fri, October 09, 2020 CRC Flagstaff
Sat, June 13, 2020 2020 CENTRL Celebration-Postponed-Date and Time-TBD
Sun, April 19, 2020 Class 28, Washington D.C.-Postponed-Date and Time-TBD
Sun, March 15, 2020 Class 29 Application Deadline
Wed, March 11, 2020 Dinner w/Class 28 Featuring Lisa Atkins
Wed, March 11, 2020 Class 28, Seminar 7
Fri, February 07, 2020 Yuma County Alumni Event
Fri, January 31, 2020 CRC Parker
Thu, January 23, 2020 Meet Class 28 in Yuma
Thu, January 23, 2020 Class 28, Seminar 6
Tue, December 24, 2019 UA & CENTRL Closed
Fri, December 06, 2019 Meet Class 28 in Tucson
Thu, December 05, 2019 Class 28, Seminar 5
Mon, October 21, 2019 Class 28, Seminar 4
Fri, October 04, 2019 CRC Safford
Thu, September 26, 2019 Meet Class 28 in Show Low
Fri, August 09, 2019 Meet Class 28 at Mortimer Farms
Thu, August 08, 2019 Class 28, Seminar 2
Mon, July 29, 2019 ILAC Conference
Wed, May 22, 2019 CENTRL Board Meeting
Wed, March 06, 2019 Dinner w/Class 27 Featuring Lisa Atkins
Fri, February 08, 2019 CRC Rio Rico
Thu, January 24, 2019 Meet Mississippi Ag Leaders & Class 27 in Yuma
Thu, November 29, 2018 Meet Class 27 in Tucson
Tue, November 27, 2018 Giving Tuesday
Thu, September 27, 2018 Meet Class 27 in Show Low
Fri, September 21, 2018 CRC Cottonwood
Fri, August 10, 2018 Meet Class 27 at Mortimer Farms
Fri, February 16, 2018 CRC Globe & Miami
Fri, August 04, 2017 CRC Page
Sat, February 11, 2017 CRC Phoenix

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