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Local First is a community-led nonprofit organization celebrating 16 years of serving local independent businesses and the greater community of La Plata County. Through our work, we hope to achieve an engaged, thriving local independent business community that values people, planet, and prosperity for everyone across southwest Colorado.

Local First is building a movement! We have a proven track record of launching impactful programs, initiatives, and even organizations that leverage the power of local independent businesses in shaping a brighter future for our region. Join us!

View our current open positions below.

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Local First is seeking a marketing and communications professional to drive our messaging platform to educate, recruit, and activate the participation of businesses, organizations, and community members across La Plata County.

This full time position will be responsible for managing our internal and external communications with clients, increasing brand awareness, and meeting their direct marketing and outreach goals. The candidate will also take the lead in sales for a few key annual projects including securing sponsorships, soliciting directory member participation, and securing content for the Be Local Coupon Book.

Review begins September 4, 2023. Position open until filled.

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Local First is building a movement. We have a proven track record of launching impactful programs, initiatives, and even organizations that leverage the power of local independent businesses to build a thriving local economy.

Local First is a membership-based organization of 250+ (and growing) independent and locally owned businesses encompassing two complementary non-profit organizations: a 501(c)6 Independent Business Alliance (IBA), who’s mission is to: “Work with La Plata County’s local, independent businesses community to create an economy that values people, the planet, and prosperity for everyone”, and a 501(c)3 Foundation, who’s mission is to: “Build self-reliance, a sense of place, and well-being for the stakeholders of the La Plata County community.”

Local First IBA

Local First La Plata works to build a strong localist movement in which both local independent businesses and residents alike understand the powerful benefits of keeping dollars in our community. We do this through Local Independent Business Policy Advocacy: focused on member priorities—GHG emission reduction, tax reform, as well as social and environmental sustainability work; a Local Art Economy: focused on a thriving Durango Creative District (which Local First helped to found); and Local Independent Business Support and Marketing: Promotion of independent businesses and restaurants through our local business directory, radio, social media, community-wide events and our annual Harvest Dinner.

Local First Foundation

Local First Foundation works to support membership driven priorities, including healthcare, environmental sustainability, and attainable, workforce housing. Local Healthcare: Re-circulated $3.8 million dollars back into the community through healthcare cost savings in southwest Colorado; 2,867 individuals enrolled in ACA compliant insurance through Bright Health with insurance premiums approximately 35-50% lower. Local Power: Successfully advocated for 100% renewable energy and carbon goals to be set by Durango City Council and LPEA. Local Philanthropy: Launched the Impact Fund, through which local businesses give back 25% of their 1% community donation pledge in order to make movement-building and long-term investments to help alleviate our community’s most pressing concerns. For example, $535,000 was donated to support affordable housing attainment at the Westside Mobile Home Park.

Membership and Events Specialist

Local First is seeking an enthusiastic professional to drive our day-to-day recruitment, support, communication and outreach to Local First’s 265+ business members.

This position is responsible for leading annual members programs and marketing opportunities for our growing membership, expanding the Localist program, and overseeing member events and activities throughout the year. The specialist is also responsible for planning and coordinating events. They will select venues, adhere to the given budget, arrange onsite vendors and ensure client satisfaction for the scheduled event while tracking outcomes and budget.

Review begins September 4, 2023. Position open until filled.

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Local First CEO, Lauren Berutich speaking to local business owners