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AZ White Mountains Podcast

Sep 21, 2015

Kimber Lanning - Executive Director

Tom Lockhart - President & Founder of Local First Arizona has this to say about Kimber

Kimber Lanning is fantastic! Kimber has done more for the local business community than any other two people I know. Her tireless efforts and dedication to serve and grow Arizona based businesses is unmeasured. Kimber is totally unselfish, willingly sharing of her time, resources, experience, connections and insights. A creative thinker and born problem solver, Kimber makes everything she touches better. I highly recommend you get to know Kimber Lanning. You and your business will be better for it.

The Arizona Rural Development Council

The Arizona Rural Development Council (AZRDC) is a program of Local First Arizona Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to building collaborative partnerships across community organizations, government, and the private sector for the benefit of all Arizona communities. AZRDC is working to enhance the vitality and capacity of rural communities by linking business and policy leaders and others who want to connect with the people, communities and resources in rural Arizona.

Website for AZ Regional Development

Local First Arizona First


Local First Arizona empowers individuals to build the life they want in their local community. Together we can create a stronger economy, a more vibrant community, and better job opportunities for Arizonans.

Local First Arizona´s goal is simple: Make Arizona a better place by supporting locally owned businesses and building vibrant communities that residents are proud to call home.

The Movement

Local First Arizona (LFA) is a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.

We educate consumers, stakeholders, business leaders, and policymakers about the significant economic, civic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies. We build vibrant communities that make residents proud to call Arizona home. And when people are proud of their hometown, they tend to care more, to volunteer more, to vote more, and give more. They even cheer a little louder when the home team wins!

The Mission

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.

The Issues

Consumers have grown leery of the false sense of savings promised by national chain stores and are becoming acutely aware of the homogenization of our communities. As a result, an explosion of sorts is occurring in Arizona and elsewhere as people look to define a sense of place, community, and quality of life for their families and their futures.

Studies have shown that money stays and re-circulates more often when spent at locally owned businesses. In addition, local businesses help increase home town pride which makes folks more connected to the place they live. And a recent Knight Foundation study showed “connection to place” as the single most leading indicator in places experiencing prosperity across a broad spectrum. At Local First Arizona, we want to build prosperity for all.

Click for the Local First AZ website