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

Recognizing that regional prosperity grows from communities actively building economies that strengthen and sustain the places we love — we work to promote, encourage, and support our local businesses.



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July  2016

15 Things
You Can Do To
Think Local First

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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

Nichole Romano, Great Eastern Radio

Ken Wells, Mascoma Savings Bank

Bill BlaiklockLake Sunapee Bank

Dean Cashman, Chair, Lake Sunapee Bank

Emily Gardner, Manager, Vital Communities

Allan Reetz, Co-op Food Stores

Mundy Wilson Piper, Chippers Inc.

Jake Blum, Systems Plus Computers, Inc.


Co-op Food Stores
Mascoma Savings Bank

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

A.B. Gile Inc.
Erika Gavin Designs

Farm-Way Inc
Jake’s Market & Deli / Jake’s Coffee Co.

John Ring CPA
Ledyard National Bank

Lyme Green Heat
Nomad Communications
Systems Plus Computers

The Skinny Pancake
Village Green Publishing

Our program is underwritten by these community partners

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Lake Sunapee Bank   Chippers King Arthur Flour

  La Valley     

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Sara Cottingham

Valley Quest Coordinator

Valley Quest, Local First

 802.291.9100 x 107

Valley Quest, Local First

— Sara Cottingham, Valley Quest Coordinator

Sara holds a BA in Geography and an MS in Community & Regional Planning, both from the University of Texas at Austin. A watershed planner by trade, Sara’s inner compass is guided by a passion for rural and mountainous places. After brief stints working for state and federal agencies, Sara spent the last four years cleaning up rivers in West Virginia. Her favorite pastimes include looking at maps, making art, exploring woods and rivers, and playing old-time fiddle and banjo for contra dances. Sara also maintains a private practice as an independent grant writer for nonprofits.