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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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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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Celebrate Independents Week!

Local First is kicking off a week-long celebration of independent businesses! Our second annual Independents Week will include a bingo game contest, ideas to shift your spending, and ways to show off your local pride on social media.

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