We empower Arizonans to build the life they want in their local community. Together we can create a strong economy, vibrant community & job opportunities.
Local First Arizona seeks to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Arizona economy by educating citizens about local business ownership, social equity, cultural diversity, environmental kinship, and collaboration.
Did You Know…
- For every two jobs national retailers bring to a community, three jobs are lost as a result of local businesses closing down.
-When you shop locally-owned businesses, your money is re-circulated over and over and creates up to 75% more tax revenue to our community and state.
-Independent businesses raise the standard of living in your community because they take their profits and buy products and services from other local businesses, thus creating more and more tax revenues needed for the community to thrive.
-Millions of dollars of tax revenue subsidies handed to chains by financially-starved local governments drain even more tax revenue from our community and state.
-Blighted empty shopping areas are created in your community when chain stores re-locate to a more lucrative shopping center, or leave altogether. Literally hundreds of big stores are abandoned each year across the United States.
-Independent businesses are unique enterprises that contribute to the character of our community by offering a more diverse selections of goods and services.
-Independent businesses provide meaningful service with a personal touch. It matters to them that you are satisfied and will come back again.
-Carefully planned predatory pricing practices have allowed national chains to establish virtual monopolies as they drive local competition out of business. And then they raise their prices.
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