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We are here to strengthen local economies. We believe in championing diversity and inclusion.
|Mission||Local First Arizona is a community and economic development organization working to strengthen local economies. LFA educates consumers about the interconnectedness of the economy, trains small businesses to be more effective and more competitive, helps larger Arizona businesses and institutions tell their story as champions of Arizona, and creates programs and events that make it fun and easy to discover local businesses and buy local.|
Kimber Lanning founded Local First Arizona in 2003 for two reasons: First, she saw too many bright young people leaving Arizona for more vibrant cities like Austin and Portland. She wanted to inspire others to stay in Arizona to help build a world class city. Secondly, Kimber thought the massive subsidies being given to chain stores were a raw deal for local businesses, and wanted to see Phoenix return to a climate where businesses had to pay their own way.
Director Kimber Lanning awarded the International Economic Development Council's Citizen Leader of the Year Award - 2014
Director Kimber Lanning wins Phoenix Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award for the Public Sector - 2013
Director Kimber Lanning named Distinguished Citizen Planner by the Arizona Planning Association - 2013
Fuerza Local wins Stylos Award for Project of the Year - 2013
Local First Arizona wins Greater Tucson Leadership Award - 2013