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Why Local First?

Local isn’t just a place on a map. It’s people: your neighbors and their families, their businesses, farms, nonprofits, events, and recreational venues. Local is a community and all of the opportunities we create together and challenges we work to overcome. Local First has a passion for people living and working together in a sustainable community.

That’s Local First’s mission. We lead the development of an economy grounded in local ownership that meets the basic needs of people, builds local wealth and social capital, functions in harmony with our ecosystem, and encourages a joyful community.


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Why Local First?


Thank you donors!

It takes a village to create a brand new website. And we couldn’t have done it without the generous financial support of these donors.

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Gift Local, Gift Good!

Play Tic Tac Toe to help you shop for holiday gifts! 🎁 Screenshot the image and tag Local First, Good For Michigan, and Bridge Street Market. Track your progress or share a completed row (or if you’re really good – do all 9!).

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