FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local First Announces the 2011 LocalMotion Awards
Awards Recognize Outstanding Local Businesses, Organizations and Individuals
December 7, 2010. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Local First has announced its first-ever LocalMotion Awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the West Michigan economy by local businesses, organizations, individuals and families. In particular, the LocalMotion Awards will honor those whose commitment to local business ownership, sustainability and neighborhood revitalization has had a pronounced impact on West Michigan. Winners will be selected from public nominations by a Local First Awards Committee and announced at the Local First Annual Meeting at the Goei Center on February 1, 2011.
“The Local First LocalMotion Awards are an important part of our continuing effort to recognize and promote best practices in growing the West Michigan economy,” said Elissa Hillary, Executive Director at Local First. “We’re excited to honor those organizations and individuals whose embodiment of the Local First values of sustainability, support and collaboration is moving our communities forward.”
The 2011 Local First LocalMotion Awards will include:
The Local Legacy Award
- Recognizing lifetime achievement, this award honors an individual or business dedicated to promoting locally owned businesses and sustainable business practices in West Michigan.
The TBL Award
- This award is presented to a locally owned business that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Triple Bottom Line (economy, environment, society).
The Mover & Shaker Award
- This award recognizes a locally owned business that has accomplished a significant shift toward local supply chains in the past year.
The Local Hero Award
- This award is presented to an individual or family that has demonstrated a significant shift toward local purchasing and sustainable living.
The Change Agent Award
- This award recognizes a locally owned business or organization that is growing successfully and has made a significant contribution toward the revitalization of a neighborhood or business corridor.
Now through December 17, Local First invites the public to submit nominations via an online survey at: http://bit.ly/NominateLF2011. The Local First Awards Committee — comprised of staff, board members, and community leaders — will select the winners from the nominations. Winners will be announced and recognized at the Local First Annual Meeting at The Goei Center on February 1, 2011. For more information on the Local First Annual Meeting, please visit www.localfirst.com.
Businesses and organizations interested in underwriting the 2011 Local First LocalMotion Awards should contact Meghan Disselkoen, Program & Fund Development Coordinator, at 616.808.3788 or email@example.com.
Local First is a nonprofit organization supporting local business ownership in West Michigan. Representing nearly 600 local business members, Local First is the largest “Buy Local” organization in the Midwest and the 3rd largest per capita in the United States. For more information on Local First and its efforts to promote a local living economy in West Michigan, please visitwww.localfirst.com.
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