Tompkins Weekly 10-17-16
By Jan Rhodes Norman
I love where I live! Here in Ithaca, in the heart of the Finger Lakes, we are blessed with great natural beauty and a vibrant local living economy made up of local, independently owned businesses, family farms, educational institutions and active community organizations. It’s a rich, diverse culture with a strong local identity and one that Local First Ithaca is dedicated to protecting and strengthening.
Local First Ithaca is part of a nationwide movement. We advocate a new approach to sustainable, community economic development based on local ownership of community assets such as sustainable agriculture, independent media, renewable energy, green building, zero waste manufacturing, community capital and independent retail- building what is called a “Living Economy.”