One of the many things that makes Local First Arizona stand out amongst similar movements and efforts is that it understands the power of “local” at the state level. While many well-established buy-local movements and local business coalitions exist in cities like Philadelphia and Seattle, LFA is working for all of Arizona and trying to change the way all Arizonans do business. One way we attempt to do this is by expanding our reach beyond Phoenix. Our Tucson office opened in 2010 and this summer, we’re happy to announce the opening of an office in Northern Arizona.
Meg Williams, LFA’s Northern Arizona Director, opened our newest office in the Verde Valley on July 1, 2013. Based in the Cottonwood area, Meg came to Arizona from Austin, Texas but she spent most of her life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Growing up, Meg worked for her family’s small business, a machine shop that just celebrated its 76th year. After college, she worked for organizations that focused on sustainable, local economic development and community revitalization organizations.
As LFA’s newest team member, Meg is excited to work with local businesses throughout the Verde Valley, including Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Jerome, Cornville, Clarkdale, Sedona, and others, as well as Prescott and Flagstaff. She is currently working to update the Small Wonders Map for the Verde Valley, which is set to come out in early Fall 2013. She is also taking the initial steps to get a Local First Northern Arizona newsletter established in August 2013 and she’ll kick off member mixers in September! Throughout the end of the summer and fall, Meg will also be reaching out to local business owners and working to identify needs and opportunities for LFA to become more involved and expand its programming. If you are a locally owned business in Northern Arizona and wish to find our more information or want to provide feedback about your needs in the region, please contact Meg.
Meg Williams [email protected] (423)416-0839