Local First Arizona Video Library
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About Local First Arizona
"I'm the kind of person when I see something that is unjust, I am motivated and inspired to change it. This is my home, this is my state, and I want to leave it better than I found it. So I've dedicated my life to building a better Arizona." - Local First Arizona Founder & Director Kimber Lanning
Video credit: Ideas Collide
Do you ever think about where your money goes when you spend it? When you support locally owned businesses, that money says right in the local economy.
For every $100 spent in a national chain store, only $13 remains in your community. That same $100 spent at a locally owned business will keep $42 in your community.
Credit for this video goes to Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability
Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona, was invited to speak at the Sustainability Series hosted by the Global Institute of Sustainability. Lanning's presentation is titled The Upside of a Down Economy: Buying Locally.
Maricopa County buys about $600 million dollars in goods and services annually and 70 percent of those contracts go to companies doing business in Arizona. Maricopa County has teamed with Local First Arizona to increase that number by hosting the first ever “Vendor University” in Glendale .
Good Food Finder AZ (GFF), an initiative of the Local First Arizona Foundation, is an Arizona statewide, online directory of local foods. Our goal is to provide a hub where consumers and institutional food buyers alike can learn about and connect with Arizona’s local food providers in order to shorten food supply chains, improve access to local, healthy foods, and strengthen community resilience to create a healthier, sustainable food system in Arizona.
The Local First Arizona Foundation's 2016 Rural Policy Forum was a huge success, watch the highlight video to see the major takeaways.
The 2016 Devoured Culinary Classic featured dozens of the best local chefs showcasing their talents at the premier culinary event of the season. As guests meandered through the sculpture garden and great hall of the Phoenix Art Museum, they also enjoyed handcrafted wines, beers, and spirits provided by Hensley Beverage Company and Quench Fine Wines. The two-day event highlighted the best that Arizona has to offer in food and beverages, and shows why Arizona has become a culinary dining destination.
Through the Local First Arizona Source AZ program, we discovered that Clean Air Cab spends over 80% of its money with other local businesses!
In The News
Local First Arizona was featured on MSNBC's Your Business: 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.
Kimber Lanning was selected as the 2013 Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena Award recipient for the public sector!
Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning went on 3TV's Good Morning Arizona to highlight the great opportunities in wine drinking and tasting that Arizona has to offer.
If you haven't been to Tucson lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the new, local downtown scene. See what's making Tucson a great urban destination.
Dubbed "everyone's home town" Prescott Arizona is a popular summer and winter escape for many Arizonans. A perfect getaway with its mild four seasons.
Get ready to enjoy a weekend of rich history as you explore all the great places to eat, shop and stay in Globe and Miami, Arizona.
A trip to Bisbee, Arizona is worth every minute. WeekendZona shows you some highlights that might make your trip worthwhile.
Take a trip to the Verde Valley and see what Old Town Cottonwood has to offer.