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Standing Up For Indie Business

By |2022-07-29T08:36:08-06:00July 9th, 2022|Act Local, Independents Week, News|

Standing up for Thriving Indie Business By Emily Bell, Local First Managing Director (Published July 8th, 2022 in The Durango Herald). It is Independent’s Week! For most, that means celebrating the founding of the United States, but here at Local First, it also means celebrating our local, independently-owned businesses. We’ve said it before and [...]

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Minicozzi Returns to Durango

By |2022-04-04T09:37:16-06:00April 1st, 2022|Act Local, General, Home Page, Land Use, News, Press Releases|

Minicozzi Returns to Durango, Gives Insight on Former 9-R Building Well-known urban planner, Joe Minicozzi, returns for Harnessing Opportunity in Durango webcast presentation. With the debate surrounding the use of the former 9-R Administration Building remaining in the minds of many Durango business owners and residents, Local First called upon highly [...]

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Local First Foundation Announces $535,000 Support for Westside Mobile Home Park

By |2022-03-24T16:21:34-06:00March 24th, 2022|Act Local, News|

Local First Foundation announces $535,000 support for Westside Mobile Home Park Residents and community groups have raised thousands to support a second offer for the Durango property. Originally published in Durango Herald, March 24th, 2022. Written by By Aedan Hannon Residents of Westside Mobile Home Park have rallied the Durango community as they [...]

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Local First to Host “Harnessing Opportunity in Durango” Webcast

By |2022-03-18T13:25:09-06:00March 18th, 2022|Act Local, General, Home Page, Land Use, News, Press Releases|

Local First to Host “Harnessing Opportunity in Durango” WebcastWell-known urban planner, Joe Minicozzi, returns to Durango for a presentation contextualizing the opportunities available in historic redevelopment projects, including the former 9-R Administration Building. Local First is pleased to announce Joe Minicozzi, an AICP Urban Planner and founder of Urban3, will return to Durango for [...]

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Spread the Love, Locally

By |2022-02-14T12:11:13-07:00February 11th, 2022|General, Home Page, News, Shop Local|

SPREAD THE LOVE, LOCALLY Valentine’s Day is a special occasion to many Americans and is becoming increasingly more special as we navigate the pandemic. Retailers, large and small, are preparing across the country to help folks mark the holiday in a memorable and meaningful way. According to the National Retail Federation, Valentine’s [...]

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Local First Foundation Hires Sarah Tober as Next Executive Director

By |2022-02-07T13:03:52-07:00February 7th, 2022|News, Press Releases|

LOCAL FIRST FOUNDATION HIRES SARAH TOBER AS NEXT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Local First Foundation is excited to announce Sarah Tober as its next Executive Director. Tober will succeed Monique DiGiorgio, who has spearheaded Local First programs addressing affordable healthcare, the creative economy, and local clean energy, as well as initiatives aiding frontline workers [...]

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The Case for Unified, Mindful Development

By |2022-02-01T12:25:04-07:00January 31st, 2022|Act Local, Land Use, News|

The Case for Unified, Mindful Development (Published Saturday, January 29th, 2022 in The Durango Herald. Digital version available, here.) At Local First, our mission to create an economy that values people, the planet, and prosperity for everyone extends beyond our work with the local, independent business community. While preserving [...]

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Private and Public Ownership

By |2021-09-08T13:40:17-06:00September 8th, 2021|Land Use, News|

Private and Public Ownership - What's best for La Plata County? The sales of a handful of prominent private and publicly-owned properties in Durango have been hot topics of discussion within our community over the past few months. From city-owned properties to public safety and school board buildings, and [...]

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27th Annual Autumn Arts Festival

By |2021-09-06T09:22:34-06:00August 25th, 2021|Create Local, News|

2021 Autumn Arts Festival WHEN: September 18th & 19th, 10am - 5pm WHERE: 2nd Ave. Downtown Durango, between College Ave & 10th St. WHO: This Festival is FREE and open to the public! Durango Autumn Arts Festival Returns! The Durango Arts Center (DAC) is excited to [...]

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The Complexity of Durango’s Labor Shortage

By |2021-07-20T09:23:51-06:00July 10th, 2021|News|

The Complexity of Durango’s Labor Shortage Earlier this summer, Local First, In The Weeds and Good Business Colorado’s Resilient Restaurant Program convened Durango’s local restaurant owners at Zia Taqueria North to address the largest barrier for their post-pandemic reopening: the labor shortage. Out of the 18 service businesses in attendance, over 85 open positions [...]

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