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.
Find a local business
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
Co-op Food Stores
Mascoma Savings Bank
Great Eastern Radio
King Arthur Flour
Lake Sunapee Bank
La Valley Building Supply
A.B. Gile Inc.
Erika Gavin Designs
Jake’s Market & Deli and Jake’s Coffee Co
John Ring CPA
Ledyard National Bank
Village Green Publishing
Events, Corporate Relations and Local First Alliance Manager
— 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.