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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February  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

Terry Martin, Mascoma Savings Bank

Terry Appleby, Co-op Food Stores

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
Jake’s Market & Deli / Jake’s Coffee Co.
John Ring CPA
Ledyard National Bank
Nomad Communications
Systems Plus Computers
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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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.