In the heart of downtown is emerging the Nogales Community Campus, a vibrant live-learn-work environment that will incorporate a number of revitalized historic downtown properties.
The Nogales Community Campus is not sponsored by a university or corporation. Instead, the campus is a component of a larger initiative led by the Nogales Rural Innovation Consortium (NRIC) with partners from banking, food services, higher education, healthcare and public health and regional development. The campus will offer the entire community practical, hands-on training that prepares participants for professional and personal success.
In the former Foxworth-Galbraith lumberyard, the Nogales Community Campus will provide a multi-use training and resource center for downtown residents who are seeking self-sufficiency services. In addition, this location will be the new home of NCD’s offices, Mariposa Community Health Center’s family resource center, training and meeting rooms for NRIC and community partners. Businesses will also have access to incubator space to spur innovation that will capitalize on international trade and high-paying job opportunities.
The Nogales Community Campus will build and provide asset services that address current gaps, enabling residents to move from poverty toward increased self-sufficiency including: affordable housing, business development, higher education, workforce development, and other self-sufficiency supports.
The Nogales Community Campus will create a comprehensive continuum of services referral system that effectively bundles client housing, business, public health and education services with a community engagement program. The continuum of services system, which has helped improve the capacity of partners to track progress at the client, census tract and partnership levels. In 2012, the NRIC members conducted a door-to-door needs assessment to gather input from 300 households.
For more information on the Nogales Community Campus, visit the Nogales Community Development website.