High School Local First PSA Contest 2015

Winners have been named in our second annual Upper Valley High Communications Competition! Please join us in congratulating Becky Kelecy for best Print Public Service Announcement (PSA), Damien Murray for Television PSA, and Tess Johnson for the winning Radio PSA. Becky and Tess hail from Hartford and Damian is representing Lebanon High School. All are seniors in the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center’s Media Arts program taught by Felicia Allard. Their public service announcements will support Local First Alliance’s ongoing media campaign and answer the question: Why is it cool to shop at locally owned businesses? Submissions from 11 students were evaluated and winners selected by the Local First Alliance Steering Committee.

“We all really appreciate having a meaningful class assignment for an organization that helps our communities,” said Lebanon High School Student and television PSA winner Damien Murray.

The winning print PSA will run in the Valley News and on the back of a Chippers truck, the winning radio PSA will run on Great Eastern Radio stations, and the winning television PSA will run on our local tv stations. Each winning artist received a $100 cash award courtesy of Lake Sunapee Bank, Mascoma Savings Bank, and Vital Communities, with a $100 gift certificate generously donated by Great Eastern Radio and Lebanon Village Pizza.

“The competition was tough this year, with several excellent submissions in each category. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with these talented students and to mutually benefit from their hard work,” said Local First Alliance Manager Emily Gardner.

Watch for these amazing PSAs in our community throughout the rest of this year, and join us as we continue to urge our community to keep it local and look for the logo!

Local First Business to Business

Local First Alliance is a coalition of local, independent business owners who are committed to reinvesting in our Upper Valley economy. And what’s better than shopping locally? Spending your business dollars at another local business!

Whether you are tech geek, or an advanced web designer, Systems Plus Computers in Lebanon, NH has got your business covered with the latest computers, equipment, and gadgets to keep your office running smoothly and operations at their best. Owner, Jake Blum is a founding member of Local First Alliance, serves as a volunteer firefighter/EMT for the city of Norwich, VT, and contributes to over 100 area non-profits and charities.  Fulling their commitment to be an environmentally responsible business, Systems Plus established a local compute-recycling program that allows customers to safely recycle their old computer equipment removing more than 50 tons per year of toxic electronic materials from the Upper Valley waste systems. 

Perhaps you just need to give your business a little boost. Do you need a stronger online presence? Maybe you need to overhaul your advertising? Don’t go it alone. Let Local First Alliance member, Nomad Communications, be your go to place for marketing strategy. A dog loving office located in Norwich, VT, they are a group of artists, designers, and self-described “digital-savants”. Continually working with area businesses and organizations, Nomad donates countless hours in discounted graphic design to forward the mission of Vital Communities. If you need a real pro in the office, we highly recommend Abby Clark who creates beautiful designs to promote our fundraising efforts throughout the year.

For more businesses who can help you with your business, please check out our searchable online directory. 

Interested in joining? We would love to have you.