Media Contacts

Monique DiGiorgio
Managing Director
(970) 799-6618 x1

Kate Hallock
Community Coordinator
(970) 799-6618 x3

In The News

Seed Money
Oct. 19, 2017 / THE DURANGO TELEGRAPH / USDA funds $585,000 to help grow local-food systems

Hundreds support 100 percent renewable energy petition in Durango
Oct. 17, 2017 / THE DURANGO HERALD / Advocates urge conversation between City Council and LPEA…

Food Hub Sets its Sights on Southwest Colorado
Oct. 17, 2017 / THE DURANGO HERALD /More locally harvested produce could make it onto plates…

The Balancing Act of Transitioning to Green Energy
Sep. 30, 2017 / THE DURANGO HERALD / All-renewable power in Durango by 2050…

Locally sourced dinner brings in $15K
Sep. 19, 2017 / THE DURANGO HERALD / The Eat Local Harvest Dinner on Sept. 9 raised $15,000…

Durango 100 Percent Renewable by 2050
Sep. 1, 2017 / THE DURANGO HERALD / Petition calls for city to reach local renewable energy goal…

The Groups Behind Durango’s Economic Scene
Aug 26, 2017 / DATO Column – THE DURANGO HERALD / Recently, I met with the directors…

Lighting the Way
August 24, 2017 / THE TELEGRAPH / LPEA members, directors examine the role of renewable energy in its future

Independents Week: A patriotic fourth of July, a great time to celebrate our spirit of entrepreneurism
July 3, 2017 / THE DURANGO HERALD / Most of Tuesday’s Fourth of July activities…

Independents Week 2017
June 29, 207 / INSIDE DURANGO TV /

Cashing In
June 22, 2017 / THE DURANGO TELEGRAPH / With the dog days of summer upon us, $200 in cold, hard cash might sound pretty good right now…

Independents Week to celebrate La Plata County businesses
June 21, 2017 / THE DURANGO HERALD /  New passport challenge headlines event. La Plata County will celebrate Independence Day with the sixth annual Independents Week July 1-7th, 2017…..

Local First – Be a Localist!
June 20, 2017 / HABITAT FOR HUMANITY / Did you know your local La Plata County Habitat is a member of Local First?…

Eat Local Harvest Dinner to return in 2017
June 13, 2017 / Durango Herald   –   On Saturday, Sept. 9, Local First will host the second annual Eat Local Harvest Dinner….

Growing Intention for Local Power Generation – Result of Luis Reyes Visit
Apr. 21, 2017 / Durango Herald – “Voting the first step on new path for LPEA” – Op-Ed /

La Plata’s Local First Keeps Community At Its Core
Jan. 12, 2017 / AMIBA – American Independent Business Alliance /

Local First brings Santa to Durango
Dec. 3, 2016 / KARA CAVALCA PHOTO /

Helicopter brings Santa to Durango’s Noel Night
Dec. 2, 2016 / THE DURANGO HERALD /    Light snow fell on eager young faces Friday night as they awaited Santa’s helicopter at…

Noel Night 2016
Noel Night 2016 – Part 2
Nov. 29, 2016 / 99X DURANGO’S HIT MUSIC STATION /  Local First’s Ted Wright sat down with 99X’s Cody Kopp to discuss…

Getting Ready for Noel Night
Nov. 24, 2016 / DURANGO TV /

Alliance Report – Be a Localist
Nov. 24, 2016 / DURANGO TV /

Noel Night: A mix of local spending and giving
Nov. 22, 2016 / THE DURANGO HERALD /   Noel Night on Dec. 2, one of the largest shopping days in Durango, will also be an opportunity to give back to families in need…

State touts Durango as a model of economic resiliency
Nov. 21, 2016 / THE DURANGO HERALD / Durango is a model of economic resiliency for other rural towns because of its quality of life, economic diversity and leadership, among…

2017 Be Local Book Launch Party
Nov. 16, 2016 / KARA CAVALCA PHOTO /

Neighbors: First harvest dinner pleases diners
Sept. 30, 2016 / THE DURANGO HERALD / To say local foods are popular in our area is an understatement…

Local first
Nov. 14, 2016 / THE DURANGO HERALD / Think globally, act locally” is an adage area residents take seriously. For many, it helps focus one’s energy and concern for…

Neighbors: First harvest dinner pleases diners
Sept. 30, 2016 / THE DURANGO HERALD /
To say local foods are popular in our area is an understatement. Kristi Streiffert, managing director of Local First, said her organization has celebrated local farmers and…

Celebrate the Harvest
Aug. 25, 2016 / DURANGO TV /

Save Big $$$ with Local Coupons
Dec. 3, 2015 / DURANGO TV /

Sept. 27, 2014 / THE DURANGO HERALD /
As the city of Durango moves toward building a road to lure more national chain businesses to Grandview, other efforts…

Independents Week – 2013
June 29, 2013 / THE DURANGO HERALD / Community, character and generosity are just a few words that describe the spirit of this incredible place we call home…

Press Releases

$355,000 Grant for Local First and Partner Non-Profits

October 16th, 2017/ A First time ever collaboration between local non-profits was chosen to receive $355,843 from the USDA for “Durango Regional Food Recovery Hub (HUB)…

Top 10 Localists Announced!

October 10th, 2017/ Local First’s 10th Annual Be Local Coupon Book hits shelves the week of November 20th and features the Top 10 Localists voted on by you…

Independents Week – July 1-7th

June 15, 2017 / In the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and George Washington, our community will celebrate

Panhandling Solutions Town Hall – April 25th 8:30-10am at the Durango Public Library

April 14, 2017 / BID teams up with Chamber of Commerce, Local First to address pressing issue….

New Sponsorship Program for Durango Farmer’s Market 

March 17, 2017 /The Durango Farmers Market is offering a new way to support the Market with seasonal sponsorship packages…

Local First Hires New Managing Director to Build Local Movement
March 6, 2017 / The Local First Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Managing Director…

Winner of the 2016 Green Business Leadership Award Announced
Jan. 31, 2017 / Local First congratulates Cream Bean Berry for winning the 2016 Green Business Leadership Award. Kudos to finalists…

Finalists for 2016 Green Business Leadership Award Announced
Jan. 9, 2017 / Local First congratulates Alpine Bank, Cream Bean Berry Ice Cream, and Mantell-Hecathorn Builders for being the top three…

There’s No Place Like Home named one of the top 25 Gifted Retailers in America

Dec. 1, 2016 / There’s No Place Like Home, local gift, accessories and women’s clothing store, has been named one of the top 25…

Local First announces Noel Night 2016
Nov. 22, 2016 / Local First invites the public to attend Noel Night on Dec. 2nd (always held the 1st Friday of December). Noel Night is a…

9th Annual Be Local Coupon Book
Nov. 21, 2016 / Each year, the Be Local Book offers local businesses an opportunity to tell their stories to the community. The book, which is…