The last year and a half have been a labor of love helping to get one of the newest BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, www.livingeconomies.org ) chapters off the ground - based in in Charleston, SC, Lowcountry Local First (LLF) had its major launch event this past weekend with over 220 people in attendendance, it is clear that the community is embracing the local first concept and the group is off to a great start.
In addition, LLF is close to striking a partnership with the Coastal Conservation League, whereby we will be focusing over the coming year(s) on helping to rebuild the agricultural system in the Lowcountry region (South Carolina coastal watershed). It all started at a BALLE conference a few years ago where I heard a speech by Bill McKibben that lit the fire to take this timely and important focus back to the Charleston, SC area where I live. Our long term goal is to have 750 members within 5 years, while having a measurable change on the Lowcountry economy and environment.
For more information: www.LowCountryLocalFirst.org
Locally yours - Matt