This past month, it seemed that local food and restaurants were one of the most important topics for local and national news to cover! From the farm-to-table movement to the launch of the Devour Phoenix eGift card, local food reigned supreme in July's news coverage. Read on to see the top 10 local business headlines from July: 1. Devour Phoenix Launches eGift Card, Redeemable at over 25 of the Valley's Best Independent Restaurants, Local Revibe Magazine
“This is the first gift card of its kind in the Phoenix area,” said Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “There has never been an option to purchase a gift card that was redeemable at multiple independent restaurants. We are proud that these restaurants are collaborating together in this effort to highlight Phoenix’s amazing local dining scene.” Read more.
"Phoenix Sky Harbor might be America's friendliest airport, but now, it's also in the running for being the tastiest." Read more.
3. This is Cottonwood! Arizona Culture Challenge takes flight, Verde Independent
"A combination of forces brought the Arizona Culture Challenge to Cottonwood in April. Today, the fruits of that weekend experience for about 50 folks from the Phoenix area are a visual collection of the hard won fruits of the area and an attractive look into the fun that is Cottonwood, AZ." Read more.
4. From Farm to Your Plate, Su Vida on Cox 7
Fresh ingredients directly from the farm and pasture to your plate. Chef Taylor from Gertrude's Restaurant makes some of his healthy and delicious entrees, we'll tour the Community Garden at the Desert Botanical Garden, and Steve Russell from Local First explains the importance and value of buying local in Arizona. Watch now.
5. Local First Arizona Accepting Members for Localist Loyalty Program, Phoenix New Times
"Launched in November of 2013, the Localist program is an annual membership that gives individuals that chance to show their support for Arizona-based business while reaping the benefits of insider events throughout the state, discounts, and giveaways, regardless of whether they work for mom-and-pop or a corporate enterprise. Individual membership costs $20 per year and includes an official Localist card." Read more.
6. Study: Phoenix among cities attracting attention from border-state millennials, Phoenix Business Journal
"Phoenix came in at No. 4 on the list in between Los Angeles (No. 3) and Austin (No. 5). At the top was San Antonio, followed by San Diego (No. 2). Phoenix was ahead of Austin (No. 5) and Albuquerque (No. 6)." Read more.
7. State organization promotes staying within community to shop, East Valley Tribune
Hey that's us! "Locally centered spending has surged over the past few years due in part to organizations that promote local economies." Read more.
"A new study released today by planning and design firm Sasaki Associates found that food is a major driver of the American urban experience: Eighty-two percent of urbanites appreciate their city’s culinary offerings, and a new restaurant is the top reason nearly half of those surveyed would venture out to explore different parts of their city." Read more.
9. Once a niche, local foods becoming big business, USA Today
"A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in downtown Philadelphia, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork. Along the way, they're increasing profits and recognition for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier, fresher foods." Read more.
10. 61% of Small Businesses Support $10.10 Federal Minimum Wage in New National Poll, American Sustainable Business Council
"A striking 61% of small business employers supports increasing the federal minimum wage in three stages over two and a half years, and then adjusting it annually to keep pace with the cost of living. This finding is higher than reported in previous small business polling, indicating growing support among small business owners for a $10.10 federal minimum wage." Read more.