Local First Arizona speaker @DGT

    January 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    $10 Chinese buffet cash, $12 credit/debit, $3.50 drink only
    Andrea Kennedy

    localfirstErika Mitnik-White, Membership Coordinator for Local First Arizona to speak on “Local merchant or Big Box: What is the impact on your purchase?”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Erika spoke of Local First Arizona’s online directory of over 2500 locally owned businesses, Independents’ Week in July, recent Buy Local initiatives and advocacy efforts. Every $100 spent locally retains $45 in this state, but $100 spent on national companies only retains $13 here. Goal is for people to shift 10% of their spending to local markets/businesses/products. Businesses sign up at their website, http://www.localfirstAZ.com, to encourage “economic gardening”. Shop local.


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