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The Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection brings together local food producers prepared to transact at a wholesale level and introduces them to wholesale food buyers at restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and other businesses and institutions from across the state.
Annual event brings rural leaders and advocates from around the state to connect and share resources.
Annual weeklong celebration of local businesses includes 20% discount Golden Coupon, events, and more.
In this role, Peel will be responsible for managing LFA operations, membership, and programs in Tucson and the encompassing region.
The World Bazaar and Phoenix Community Market will showcase more exhibits of culture and diversity from the Phoenix area.
Local First Arizona in the News
Local First Arizona is featured in hundreds of news articles and reports each year. Here is a select sample of some of our latest news hits.
7/11/17 - To help hype buying local — though it's a pretty strong movement in the state– LFAZ asked some Arizona-based and bred celebrities to share their favorite spots.
6/30/17 - Local First Arizona has advocated on behalf of Tucson’s locally owned businesses since 2008, when the first Southern Arizona office opened.
4/6/17 - There are many reasons for this lackluster state economy recovery, but one likely contributor that receives little attention is our collective banking habits.
2/20/17 - [Valley Metro Light Rail's] impact has been transformative,” said Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, a nonprofit organization that encourages small businesses.
2/14/17 - Local First Arizona’s For(u)m returns for 2017 with revamped memberships, programming, and an ever-expanding commitment to a responsible built environment in the Valley.
11/1/16 - In its twelfth year, this event again has moved to a new location this year thanks to growth. The first few years were held in the Duck and Decanter parking lot before the event grew and had to be moved.
7/21/16 - Fuerza Local launched a business accelerator program in 2013 to educate Latinos on how to run a business.
5/6/16 - The Local First Arizona Foundation and the Arizona SciTech Festival partnered to bring Science Happens Here, a new STEM education program, to rural Arizona communities.
2/25/16 - A recent national survey indicated an uptick in revenue for independent businesses nationwide, and in Arizona, those numbers were even higher.
9/16/15 - Head to the Tucson Convention Center this afternoon for the Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection, which pairs the Arizona producers with chefs and restaurant buyers.
8/31/15 - This year’s forum, the ninth, looked at stories of success, including efforts to build a recreation economy in the Verde Valley. Restoring the river has been a collaborative effort that could inspire other communities across the state.
6/25/15 - Millions of people will be celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July but others are also taking part in a week-long event that focuses on independents, not independence.
5/9/15 - At a time when the fire department was facing budget cuts and layoffs, the idea that spending money at a local business would help keep more money in the community was a revelation for Gaudioso.
2/5/15 - The Source AZ program includes a free audit to look at where a business’s biggest expenditures are. The group then uses its database to try to find similar products sold by Arizona companies.
1/27/15 - One organization, Local First Arizona (LFA), is committed to advancing that bottom-line narrative.
11/9/14 - In the southwest, a statewide initiative called “Local First Arizona” has offered a fascinating challenge to consumers. Organizers are encouraging customers to shift 10% of their shopping dollars to the small businesses in their areas.
10/21/14 - Kimber Lanning, executive director of Local First Arizona, was awarded the Citizen Leadership Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for her extraordinary commitment in promoting economic development.
3/7/13 - Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning goes on 3TV's Your Life A to Z to discuss some great pairing options for Arizona wines and local restaurant dishes.
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