BALLE Webinar – Local First, Beyond Buy Local: Driving Localism in a Growing Movement – Aug. 2015

This video is very important for our rural communities and even more so during the holiday season as local businesses strive to bring customers to their shops. “Buy Local”.

The speaker, Kimber Lanning, Executive Director of Local First Arizona, speaks about developing our older mixed use neighborhoods.   Great webinar for those who are interested in growing our small communities.  

Published on Youtube  Nov 6, 2015

*Originally held and recorded August 2015*

Presentation slides are downloadable at:…

The term “Local First” was coined at BALLE’s first annual conference in 2003 and today represents a sophisticated cultural narrative that has shifted the purchasing, investment, and policy choices of hundreds of communities. Local First means increasing demand for locally owned, made, and grown businesses, goods, and services. And it means telling a new story — one where we support local, cooperative, and community-owned businesses and each other. We call this new story Localism.

In this webinar, join local business owner and Localism champion Kimber Lanning for an introduction to the fundamentals of Localism and the metrics and stories that make the case for it as a powerful economic development strategy. Moving beyond Buy Local campaigns, you’ll gain insight into an interconnected web of strategies that work to build a strong connection to place: community investment models, innovative support systems for entrepreneurs, adaptive re-use of buildings and infrastructure in city planning, and more.

Kimber Lanning, Executive Director, Local First Arizona; BALLE Fellow and Board Member

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur and economic specialist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life throughout Arizona. She is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance, and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 2003, Kimber founded Local First Arizona, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses. The organization – now the largest local business association in the world – currently serves 2,500 members. Kimber works extensively with policymakers and people from all over the city and state to inform, educate, and motivate consumers to support local enterprises, and encourage public policy that enables locally owned and operated businesses to thrive.

Video Credit: (BALLE – Business Alliance for Local Living Economies)

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