Moving your money to a local bank or credit union has an incredible impact.
When your money is deposited in locally owned and operated community banks and credit unions, it's quickly recycled back into our local economy.
Currently only 7% of Arizona's total deposits are in Arizona-owned banks and credit unions.
Local banks and credit unions stand with us through ups and downs, so let's work together to double this number and see the impact it will have on our communities.
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THE SNIFF TEST
How do you know if your bank or credit union is local?
Just because they have Arizona in the name doesn’t mean they’re local! Here are 3 ways to tell if your bank or credit union is local:
1. A local bank is one that is headquartered or chartered in the State of Arizona. They will usually specify where they are chartered on their website.
2. We've done the research for you - check out our list of Certified Local banks.
3. Looking at a credit union based in Arizona? Congratulations - you can be guaranteed that they're local!
Take Action at our Community Banking Month Events
Have you thought about moving your business' money to a local bank or credit union? Not sure where to start? Then this event is for you!
For Community Banking Month this April, Local First Arizona is hosting a free film screening of The Big Short at FilmBar in Phoenix. Come early and grab a drink with Local First AZ in the lounge before the film.
Join Local First AZ and Vantage West CU at the Tucson Earth Day Festival at the Childrens Museum Tucson. Come see how recycling dollars within our own community builds economic sustainability for Tucson. The first 500 folks will receive one of our "Smart Money" reusable totes filled with great ideas and goodies for keeping it local.
#moveyourmoney #shakeyourbooty at the 4th on 44th Block Party. We'll have prize drawings for folks who grab one of our handy Switch Kits, live music, food trucks and craft beers and cocktails from 1055 Brewing, Green Feet Brewing and Three Wells Distilling. Even local cold brew from Yellow Brick Coffee.
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The Latest Local Financial News
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