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Sustainable Local Economic Development (SLED)


The goal of the SLED project is to leverage cooperation with other local organizations to develop a meaningful strategy for sustainable, local economic development by keeping dollars from flowing out of our community. The SLED project is now being folded into the Sustainability Alliance Enterprise Group with some exciting new projects in the works for 2011. See also Financial Permaculture

Prior and Ongoing Activities

Be Local Coupon Book

  • Assist with the establishment of Local First, an Independent Business Association (IBA), to create a centralized voice and resource for independent, locally owned businesses in La Plata County.
  • With Local First, develop and promote a "Buy Local" campaign to encourage community members and institutions to purchase goods and services from independent, locally owned businesses.
  • With Local First, create a "Be Local" Coupon Book to raise awareness of and promote local purchases.
  • Obtain baseline data on the local economic multiplier effect to demonstrate how much money would stay in the local economy in the short and long term.
  • Meet with key financial institutions to engage in open dialogue about creating a local investment fund aimed specifically at investments in sustainable, local economic development.

Contact Us

For more information or to participate in our activities, please contact Terry Woodward or M'Lissa Roulson. 

2014 Be Local Coupon Books Now Available

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They're Here!

The 2014 Be Local Coupon Book is now available at Durango Coffee Company, Nature's Oasis, Maria's Bookshop, Kroegers Ace Hardware, and Pine Needle Mountaineering. It will soon be in 40+ local shops.
The book boosts 279 coupons from 170 locally owned, independent businesses. The coupons are good for an entire year! Limited quantities are available this year, so don't delay in getting your book.


Support Local Merchants and Artists: Shop Local This Holiday Season

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Local First's 2012 Be Local Coupon Book is now available! Pick one up and save money while supporting your local economy.

This year's book is better than ever with 260 coupons from 195 member businesses. You can purchase a book at a wide variety of locations downtown.

If Black Friday wasn’t your bag for holiday shopping, now is the time to "look local" and support fellow community members, merchants, and artists!

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