Local First Arizona – Kimber Lanning
CHANGE STARTS LOCALLY
Local First Arizona empowers individuals to build the life they want in their local community. Together we can create a stronger economy, a more vibrant community, and better job opportunities for Arizonans.
Local First Arizona (LFA) is a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.
We educate consumers, stakeholders, business leaders, and policymakers about the significant economic, civic, and cultural benefits of strong local economies. We build vibrant communities that make residents proud to call Arizona home. And when people are proud of their hometown, they tend to care more, to volunteer more, to vote more, and give more. They even cheer a little louder when the home team wins!
Listen in to our conversation with the founder of Local First Arizona… Kimber Lanning
Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur and economic specialist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life throughout Arizona.
Lanning is actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 2003, Lanning founded Local First Arizona, a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses.
In late 2005, Local First secured non-profit status and proceeded with Lanning as the Executive Director. The organization has since mushroomed to nearly 2,500 members, and Lanning works extensively with city and state policymakers to create a supportive environment for entrepreneurs of all sizes. She works to inform, educate, and motivate consumers to support local enterprises, and encourages public policy that enables locally owned and operated businesses to thrive.
The 2 Guys engage Kimber in a dynamic conversation about the start-up and growth of Local First Arizona as well as her extensive knowledge and understanding of community development… all to increase opportunity for local businesses to thrive.