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Bank Local, Invest Local!

It's never the wrong time to Move your Money and make the switch to a community bank. Moving your money to local financial systems allows your dollars to go toward improving the lives of the people around you by keeping more money in our communities. Your dollars recirculate in the community, create jobs, and build a stronger more resilient and sustainable economy.


Learn more about the major benefits of banking locally and view a snapshot of our area's regional banks & credits unions here!


The Localists Are Back

We are officially relaunching our Localist program, complete with membership levels and t-shirts. Find out how to become a Localist today and get your sticker, t-shirt, and custom made coffee mug made by a local ceramicist by contacting Sarah Tober at

Save the Date: La Plata Impact Fund Launch Party

Looking to make a big community impact with your charitable donation? The Founders Circle of La Plata Impact Fund is hosting a launch party on May 19!


Even before its official launch, this fund has made a significant impact in La Plata County by providing $535K to help the residents of the Westside Mobile Home Park purchase their property in partnership with La Plata County and Elevation Land Trust.

Please come and learn more about the Impact Fund and how you can participate and be part of this groundswell to create systems change in La Plata County.

For more event information please email

Welcome to the team, Natalie!

Join us in giving a warm welcome to our next Program and Membership Coordinator, Natalie Martin! Born and raised on the east coast, Natalie made her move to the beautiful Southwest seven years ago. Natalie brings her experience in sales, marketing, as well as her passion for the community's local business community and enviromental conservation to the Local First Team.


Durango Tool Library Open House
May 13th | 4 PM

Durango Tool Library is celebrating their opening! Come see what the tool library is all about and toast tool sharing from 4pm - 8pm at the Durango Tool Library!

Bring your own mug for drinks and participate in their raffle to win amazing prizes!

View the Facebook Event.

Durango Farmers Market Opening Day!
May 14th | 8 AM

The Durango Farmers Market is back in action the second Saturday in May.

On May 14th , they will kick off their 26th year of connecting local customers to local products! Opening day will feature live music and performances by the Durango Shimmy Mob.

Come celebrate the local scene with us from 8 am to 12 noon at the TBK Bank parking lot across from the City Transit Center on West 8th Street.


Community Members Invited to Review Downtown Designs
May 19th | 5 PM

The city of Durango is hosting a community open house Thursday, May 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Lewis College Center for Innovation. The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft conceptual streetscape design for Downtown Main Ave. at the meeting & online May 2 - 22.

Learn more here.


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 177: Behind the Scenes of KDUR

Tune in for a convo with guests Bryant Liggett and Jon Lynch, KDUR Durango Station Manager and KDUR Program Director. Bryant and Jon discuss the behind the scenes of running a community radio/college radio station, including how the staff and many volunteers come together to contribute to the uniqueness of KDUR Durango


EP 176: The Push for Sustainable Tourism

In this episode Weylin Ryan, Visit Durango's Sustainability and Policy Manager, and host Sarah Tober dive into Visit Durango's push for sustainable tourism and how their partnerships with community organizations and leaders inform Visit Durango's sustainability priorities and drive their sustainable initatives forward.


EP 175: Healthcare in SW Colorado

We're joined by local healthcare policy expert and advocate Doug McCarthy for an informative conversation all about—you guessed it—healthcare! With over 30 years of experience in healthcare policy field, Doug shares his knowledge and observations about healthcare trends that are affecting the nation and more specifically Southwestern Colorado

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