Advocacy & Outreach 

Every day, we work to share the Buy Local message with as many people as possible. We utilize a variety of strategies and avenues to spread this message to every corner of Arizona. While we have a very robust online presence, we still value the many one-on-one conversations that we have with individuals at public events and forums. In 2015, we saw an incredible surge in our social media following across all of our platforms, growth in our newsletter subscriber lists, and continued high levels of readership on our news blog. We also partnered with many different organizations and traveled the state to speak to diverse audiences about the importance of supporting Arizona businesses.


  • Average Monthly Unique Visits - 26,000
  • Average Monthly Page Views - 70,000
  • Average Session Duration - 2:29
  • Average hits per month on local business directory - 50,000


  • 131,000+ social media followers across all platforms


  • 17,000 unique subscribers for 13 newsletters


  • 10,000+ average monthly blog readers 


Local First Arizona continues to build relationships among local and national media outlets to spread the Buy Local message to as wide an audience as possible. In 2015, LFA accrued 600 features, mentions, and public service announcements on print, online, television, and radio media outlets. 

Community Outreach

Local First Arizona partnered, sponsored, or participated in more than 80 community events across the state, from street festivals to farmers markets, conferences to culinary events. These events allow us to talk one-on-one with individuals about the importance of supporting local businesses. These types of interactions have a strong impact and give LFA the opportunity to build a coalition of strong supporters and advocates throughout Arizona. 

Speaking Engagements

Public speaking engagements have been extremely effective for Local First Arizona to spread the Buy Local message across Arizona. These events gather people from all sectors of the community and allow Local First Arizona uninterrupted access to a wide variety of audiences. LFA staff was invited to speak to over 75 groups and audiences in 2015. 


As a leader in the national Localist movement, Local First Arizona is regularly invited to speak at and participate in national gatherings across the country. 


  • International Economic Development Conference in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Partners for Rural America Conference in Virginia
  • Wealthworks Conference in Washington, D.C National 


  • B Corporation’s Measure What Matters Summit in Portland, Oregon
  • American Sustainable Business Council’s Conference in Washington, D.C.; also visited with the U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee
  • Young Nonprofit Professionals National Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas 


For local businesses, collaboration with one another is a key component to a successful and thriving business and economy. We take this idea to heart by frequently partnering with other organizations across the state to advocate on behalf of supporting local businesses. 

2015 Key Partnerships 


  • Collaborated with Visit Tucson and City of Tucson to make 7,000 Small Wonders maps available at Gem Show visitor’s welcome stations - LFA staff also volunteered as “downtown docents” handing maps out at gem show transit stations and making local business recommendations
  • Partnered with the Downtown Tucson Merchants Association to launch the Downtown Tucson Gift Card, one gift card for 70+ local downtown businesses 

Phoenix Metro

  • Worked with Valley Metro to promote businesses along light rail construction areas in Phoenix and Mesa
  • LFA was a key participant along with the Franciscan Renewal Center, Sierra Club, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Arizona Interfaith Power and Light, City of Phoenix, ASU and other environmental organizations to produce the event: Act on Climate Change Arizona: Our Moral Obligation
  • Collaborated with Keep Phoenix Beautiful to offer a recycling information session to LFA business coalition members
  • Partnered with Univision to feature 24 Fuerza Local Business Accelerator graduates on evening news during Buy Local Month 'Compra Local!' 


  • Worked with the Downtown Flagstaff Business Alliance to co-produce events to bring consumers into local businesses like Shop, Rock & Roll
  • Brought on local media partners like Friends of Community Radio Stations to highlight local businesses in the community 

Verde Valley

  • LFA staff sits on the boards of the Verde Valley Arts Council, the Old Town Cottonwood Association, the Verde Valley Agriculture Coalition, and the Yavapai County Food Planning Committee
  • Each of these organizations works to build vibrant communities and local economies throughout the Verde Valley through their work in the arts, event planning, and access to healthy local foods 

Thank You Sustaining Members 

Local First Arizona’s Legacy Members, Community Partners, and Sustaining Members invest generously in our organization to build strong local economies across Arizona and create communities we’re proud to call home. These amazing Arizona companies invest in Local First Arizona, because together we can create a prosperous and resilient Arizona for generations to come. We are incredibly thankful to each and every one and we're proud to stand with them to build a better Arizona. 

Local Legacy 

Community Partner