"When people talk about what they love about where they live, 9 times out of 10 they talk about local businesses." -Kimber Lanning
In August, 2015 Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona Foundation, presented on the fundamentals of Localism and the metrics and stories that make the case for it as a powerful economic development strategy in Local First, Beyond Buy Local: Driving Localism in a Growing Movement hosted by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE).
This hour long, straight-to-the-point webinar talks about pressing issues and successes in the Buy Local movement including attachment to place, adaptive reuse, the disconnect between economic development & urban planning, rural strategies, and procurement. View on YouTube by clicking here.
Lanning on connection to place says, "A change in the way you spend your money and interact with the business community impacts the way you feel about where you live. Attachment to place is the #1 indicator in places experiencing economic prosperity." Connecting the community with where they live means the more people are likely to vote, invest, and engage in civil causes.
In Phoenix the Adaptive Reuse Program is the most progressive in the country and has made it possible to have a more dense city center. In the Central Phoenix Corridor, 26+ new restaurants and 30 new retailers have opened in the last 7 years creating a more inviting community hub in the center of our state's capital. Lanning covers every pro of the Adaptive Reuse Program including the multifaceted influence on job creation and how "the greenest building is an existing building."
This webinar is packed with information and is good for people that know a lot or nothing about the Local First/Buy Local Movement. Slides of the presentation are also available online here.