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2022 Local First Member Celebration - Happening Tomorrow!


Join Local First staff, business members, and fellow community localists for an evening of celebration, connection, and camaraderie on April 8th, 6pm-8pm, at the Powerhouse.

This year's Annual Member Celebration will feature live music sponsored by Ska Brewing, food prepared and provided by Sage Farm Fresh Eats, and guided conversations to continue our collective work in strengthening the local movement.


Watch: Harnessing Opportunity in Durango Webcast

On March 30th, La Plata County representatives, City of Durango officials, local business owners, and concerned community members joined Local First for the virtual “Harnessing Opportunity in Durango: A Perspective on Development” webcast.

Throughout the comprehensive presentation, Minicozzi contextualizes the value of our multi-use downtown core and exemplifies the importance of harnessing circular growth for the health and resiliency of our residents. With examples of urban development successes and lessons from around the nation, the presentation flows like a 101 lesson plan – demystifying seemingly convoluted data into digestible steps forward.

Watch the Recording!

Become a Downtown Ambassador!

The Durango Business Improvement District is currently looking friendly, outgoing, and knowledgeable people who love our community to be Downtown Ambassadors.

This is a seasonal, part-time position, Memorial Day weekend through September. Application deadline is April 10th!

Learn more and apply!


Sustainable Biz Meet & Greet April 12th | 5-7PM

Bring your own glass, enjoy wine, and meet some of Durango's Sustainable Business at the upcoming Sustainable Biz Meet & Greet hosted at Live Creative Studio, located in The Smiley Building!

Members: Free | Guests: $5

Connect and learn from local leaders!

City of Durango Design & Development Awards Ceremony April 14 | 5 PM

Join the City of Durango, nominees, and neighbors alike for the announcement of the winners of Durango Design & Development Award on April 14 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Science Center. Re-implemented this year, these awards originally started in 1983 to highlight positive aspects of design and development within the City of Durango.

View this year's nominees here.

The event is free and open to the public.


Durango Earth Day Celebration
April 23rd | 11 AM-3 PM

Join the 4CORE and organizations through out the Durango community— including Local First—for a Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23rd at Rotary Park! You will find live music, kids' activities, food, electric vehicle demos, and more! You won't want to miss this free and family-friendly event, see you there!

Event Info

County seeks public input on strategic plan update

La Plata County is revising its 5-year strategic plan. The Board of County Commissioners invites the public to participate in the process. County staff will hold three public meetings in April to hear from county residents as well as business owners and the non-profit community.

  • April 11 at 1 PM - County Administration Building board room, 1101 E. 2nd Ave.
  • April 12 at 6:30 PM - Breen Grange/Community Building, 15300 Highway 140
  • April 13 at 6:30 PM - Ignacio Community Library, 470 Goddard Ave.

For further information or if you are unable to attend any of the meetings, you can submit any feedback directly to Ted Holteen, Public & Governmental Affairs Manager, by email or phone: ted.holteen@co.laplata.co.us or (970) 382-6265.


Be Local Radio Show is LIVE on KDUR (91.9FM and 93.9FM) every Thursday at 9am! Be sure to tune in for the best local stories, features, and news. Find the following episodes and more by visiting Local First's Soundcloud.


EP 172: Local Energy & Climate

Tune in to hear from Emelie Frojen, the Energy and Climate Program Associate at San Juan Citizen Alliance as we discuss the range of work SJCA engages in across the San Juan River Basin, including address the major methane emissions in our region, as well as learn more about our local energy co-op's, La Plata Electric Associations, recent buyout and what it means for the climate, the community, and the everyday energy consumer!


EP 171: Restuarant Neighbors

In this episode, we are joined on the Be Local Radio Show by guest Blaine Bailey, Director of In the Weeds, to discuss the key issues restaurant industry employees face and ways organizations, like In The Weeds, work to address them.

Tune in to learn more about In The Weeds' work and how to plug in to show the love for our #RestaurantNeigbors


EP 170: Music in Durango

This week we're joined by Eugene Salaz, the talent buyer, production manager, and head of marketing at Animas City Theatre to discuss the behind the scenes of the vibrant music industry in Durango, Colorado. Tune in to learn more about the process behind organizing live music concerts, the many venues that make Durango such a great place for live music, and to learn more about upcoming performances at Animas City Theatre!

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