Local First Alliance engages businesses, organizations, and citizens to strengthen our local economy.

Recognizing that regional prosperity grows from local businesses operating in responsible ways, and from communities actively building economies that strengthen and sustain the places we love, we seek to engage businesses, organizations, and citizens of the greater Upper Valley in building stronger, more self-reliant community economies.



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15 Things
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1. Move your banking to a community bank or credit union, and invest your money in tangible assets like land, or with organizations like the Cooperative Fund of New England that invest in community control.

2. Rent out a room in your home, or swap space for gardening, child or elder care, or carpentry

Advisory Council

Dean Cashman, Chair, Lake Sunapee Bank
Terry Appleby, Hanover Consumer Co-op
Hal De Bona, WNNE

Jeff Shapiro, Great Eastern Radio
Fred Wainwright, Ledyard National Bank
Mundy Wilson, Chippers Inc.


Co-op Food Stores
Mascoma Savings Bank

Green Circle
Chippers, Inc.
Great Eastern Radio
King Arthur Flour
Lake Sunapee Bank
La Valley Building Supply
Vital Communities

A.B. Gile Inc.
Erika Gavin Designs
Jake’s Market & Deli and Jake’s Coffee Co
John Ring CPA
Ledyard National Bank
Nomad Communications
Village Green Publishing

Our program is underwritten by these community partners

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Lake Sunapee Bank   Chippers King Arthur Flour

  La Valley     Great Eastern Radio

Vital Communites News

Emily Gardner

Events, Corporate Relations and Local First Alliance Manager

Local First

 802.291.9100 x 115

Local First

— Emily Gardner, Events, Corporate Relations and Local First Alliance Manager

Emily grew up in Sharon, VT and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. She is happy to have recently returned to the Upper Valley after working for almost a decade in the entertainment and event industries of Los Angeles, CA.