How Local Are You? Bisbee Block Party

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How local have you been this year? Have you moved your money to a local bank? Continued to shop at the farmer's market and local markets? Donated to your local organizations and charities? If you have been struggling with this, or just want more information we are here to help! 

On Saturday, September 15th Local First Arizona and sponsor Subway Underground will be hosting a Local Block Party on Subway Street in Old Bisbee. Here you can find all the information on banking local, eating local, shopping local, donating local, and drinking local. We want to make it as fun and easy as possible to experience all the things your local community has to offer. 

The morning will start with yoga taught by a local instructor, and continue throughout the day with informational booths and family fun events to find out how you can support your community and economy. The night will end with music by local band Whiskey Lickers and include tastings from Cochise County breweries and wineries. Be sure to check out some of the local shops on Subway Street while you're there, such as the sassy boutique Tumbleweed Gypsy or the counter-culture shop Black Sheep Imports

Need a place to stay for the weekend? Be sure to look at Canyon Rose Suites! They offer amazing suites right in downtown Old Bisbee.

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1. Banking Local

Keep your money in you community by banking locally. Did you know community banks provide a traditional approach to banking with a focus on using local deposits to reinvest in the local community through lending? This way your local businesses have a better opportunity of getting a loan than from a large bank. We know that local banks and credit unions lend 60% of all small business loans, despite holding less than ½ of the assets. Banking and lending locally grows communities how we want, and keep the decisions and the dollars here in Arizona.They also don't have the same predjudice lending practices as large banks- Bank of America recently faced one of the largest fines in U.S. history for prejudice lending practices. 

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2. Eating Local

Purchasing your food from local vendors ensures that you know exactly what is happening with your food, and you're reducing your carbon footprint because the food doesn't have to travel as far. Eating local also supports your local farmers and boosts your economy because the money stays in the community you live in. 

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3. Shopping Local

For every $100 spent in a local business, $43 remain in your community compared to only $13 when the same amount is spent at a chain store. These extra dollars circulating in the community are an investment in local job creation and preserving diverse and prosperous communities. If you want to see your community do well and help out your neighbors, shopping locally is an extreme part of this! We aim to shift at least 10% of all consumers current spending habits towards locally owned businesses. Can you make the shift?

4. Donating Local

When you donate to a local organization you are seeing that direct impact in your community. This is why at the block party, we will have local charities offering information and opportunities to donate that day. This doesn't mean that you can't support the ocean clean ups with charities outside of your state, but be sure you're helping at home too.

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5. Drinking Local

We're all aware of the large breweries, distilleries, and vineyards that are nationwide, but have you experienced your local options? Drinking locally not only supports the people and sales taxes in your community, it also offers a unique experience that you won't get anywhere else. Stop by on Saturday and taste some of the local options in Cochise County, you won't regret it! 

Committing to a local movement is more than just being aware of your spending habits, it is taking action on them and investing in your community and yourself!