Local First AZ Director Kimber Lanning Talks Placemaking, Land Use on Urban Land Institute Podcast

Local First AZ Director Kimber Lanning Talks Placemaking, Land Use on Urban Land Institute Podcast

 In her podcast, Kimber discusses her challenges in being a local business owner, what led her to founding Local First Arizona, how placemaking is critical to healthy communities, and her passion for Arizona.

Members Mid-day Retreat at The Vig @ McCormick Ranch

Members Mid-day Retreat at The Vig @ McCormick Ranch

Local businesses gather at The Vig @ McCormick Ranch for our February Luncheon making new connections and deals along the way. Find out who came out and how to get more involved with our organization!

UNESCO Report on the State of Tucson's Food System Recognizes Local First Arizona

UNESCO Report on the State of Tucson's Food System Recognizes Local First Arizona

UNESCO Report on the State of Tucson's Food System Recognizes Local First Arizona for their longtime contributor in strengthening Southern Arizona’s local foods system. 

Celebrate Arizona's State Parks

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This year, the Arizona State Parks and Trails celebrates its 60th anniversary. Founded in 1957, Arizona State Parks and Trails currently partners with 31 different state parks and trails as well as several different organizations around Arizona and the United States, including Arizona Game and Fish and the National Park Service, to support Arizona state parks and trails by encouraging residents to opt outside and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape Arizona has to offer.

Arizona State Parks and Trails provides a variety of fun activities and perks to its visitors including cave tours, reserving campgrounds and cabins, and many other programs such as astronomy events and facilitated hikes, to help Arizonans and tourists adventure around the state.

There is always an exciting program or event to attend provided by Arizona State Parks and Trails. These programs include guided hikes, educational series on Arizona plants and flora, as well as informational talks about different Arizona native animal species. Some interesting events coming up include a Star Party at Cattail Cove State Park on March 4th and the Road to Country Thunder event at McFarland State Historic Park on April 1st. Check out the list of different events being hosted and find one at a state park near you here.

From Troubles to Triumph – Rejuline Celebrates 14th Anniversary on Valentine’s Day

From Troubles to Triumph – Rejuline Celebrates 14th Anniversary on Valentine’s Day

A native of Costa Rica, Yorlenny Garro came to the United States with the same hopes as most – to find better opportunities for her and her loved ones. As a mother of two, one of those a newborn, Yorlenny started her Rejuline journey selling fat reduction creams and postpartum girdles.

Strengthening Community Through Artistic Expression

Strengthening Community Through Artistic Expression

Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) was fortified through a mission of unification and artistic expression and has since grown to become a community hub in Northern Arizona's Verde Valley. Located in Old Town Cottonwood, OTCA is established as a center that brings arts, culture, and entertainment to the Verde Valley, and also offers educational and community-building programs that are grounded in human connection and symbiosis with nature. 

Southern Arizona Mixer Recap: February 2017 at Chapman Honda

We had a lively evening with our Members on Wednesday, February 1st at Chapman Honda.  It was great to see familiar faces, connect with new ones and learn about all the wonderful businesses here in Southern Arizona. Our host Chapman Honda made attendees happy with catering from Delectables. Attendees had the opportunity to take a tour of Chapman's award-winning sustainable building, network and even take home prizes brought by our Local First members.

Did we mention award-winning sustainable building? Chapman Honda is the only Honda dealership in Arizona and one of twelve in the nation to be recognized with Honda's Platinum Level Environmental Leadership Award. What makes a sustainable award-winning car dealership? When you enter their building, you enter a state of the art facility. Energy-efficient LED lighting, recycle bins at every desk and almost every corner, the cleanest car-shop you will ever see in your life. They have replaced water bottles with drinking fountains and cups. That means no water bottles, to reduce their waste on plastic and water itself. They even reuse the water that washed the cars.  Chapman has gone above and beyond, for their clients and to reduce their environmental footprint.. just ask Mrs. Green World!  Gina Murphy-Darling (aka Mrs. Green World) works in close collaboration with Chapman's dedicated Green Team. The Green Team is part of Honda's Green Dealer program where specific guidelines are followed, and initiatives are to be taken within the dealership to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.

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We would like to congratulate the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, a leader in local foods. The work that they do for our community is beyond remarkable. Thanks to our partner WIST Office Products, we can support the Community Food Bank through our member rebate donation.  When LFA members sign up to use WIST for their office supplies, WIST rebates a portion back for LFA to donate to a local nonprofit.  Learn more about the program here. We love when local businesses, charities, non-profits, school boards all collaborate, it enables a broad spectrum of ways we can all give back to communities here in Arizona.

We also encouraged everyone to keep their love local this Valentine's Day.  Skip the chain stores and check out our Valentine's Day HQ. Take the pledge to show you love local, find one of a kind gifts, special events, the best Valentines Day dinners and more!

Thank you to all of those in attendance!

Sustaining Members: A&E Recycled Granite LLC, Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-CueVantage West Credit Union, Good News Radio.

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1-800-Plumbing, America's MattressAZ Beds LLC, Bostonia Business Solutions, LLC, Bow Tie Financial Group, Card Solutions Inc, Catalina Craft Pizza, Chapman Automotive Group, Citizens Business Services and Insurance, Cloud Nine Flotation, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Connect CoWorking, Creative Juice, Delectables Restaurant & Catering, Dependable Personnel., Inc., Divine Spirit LLC, East 2 East West Promotions, Edible Baja Arizona, El CisneCocina De Mexico, Essential Pest Control, FAUX finesse, Flower Shop on 4th avenue, Habitat for Humanity, Habitation Realty, Hayes Construction, HillmanJewelers II, JKaiser Workspaces, Katy's Cache, Law Offices of Kathy, Delaney Winger, LegalShield, M Edgeton Photography, Mrs. Green's World, N2 Publishing,  Nova Home Loans, Oro Valley Business Club, ProCopy Office Solutions, Prototypes, Quality Strength, R&A CPAs, Ram plumbing, StarPiks, Sugar Lips Skin Boutique, SusanStoryteller, The Arizona Jewish Post, The Heath Team at NOVA Home Loans, Vantage West Credit Union, VIP Taxi, WeGottaGuy, Wist Office Products