Monique DiGiorgio

Look local: Amazon enters the public sector

At Local First, we talk a lot about the impacts of shopping online to our local economy. And, to remind our readers, our name is “Local First,” not “Local or Death!” We encourage all community...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Health care co-op saves money, helps people

Have you heard about the Southwest Health Alliance? We recently teamed up with Peak Health Alliance to bring affordable and effective health care to the La Plata County region. This partnership...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

How is the Creative District coming along?

In my February 23rd column on the Durango Creative District, I had just finished a 30-day trip down the Grand Canyon and spoke to the inspiration of the outdoors and a burgeoning initiative to...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Setting goals is a positive first step

“If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” This famous quote coined by Zig Ziglar was taken to heart by the city of Durango at its Aug. 20 board meeting (see the Herald ’s Aug. 27...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Farm to table to farm: The eat local movement

You may have heard the term “eat local” around town, and with the harvest season drawing near, this call to action becomes more relevant than ever. Local First has a long track record of advocating...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Brand your business as local and independent

Last month’s Local First column discussed business as a force for good and the next generation’s estimated $1 trillion in impact investing by the end of 2020. While the positive social and...

DATE: July 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Business as a force for good

Can business be a force for positive change in the world? Taking a step further, can business address the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges? The next generation appears to...

DATE: June 15, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

The push for local, renewable energy

The La Plata Electric Association election on May 2 transformed the Board of Directors into a strong majority of forward-thinking individuals who advocate for local, renewable energy. This is a...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Local solutions to health care could provide financial relief

Rising healthcare costs have become a hot topic of discussion, particularly as insurance premiums and other medical expenses continue to soar. In fact, health care seems to come up as a discussion...

DATE: April 20, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Independent businesses an ecosystem’s native species

The word resiliency can be used to describe both an ecosystem and an economy. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back or recover from a shock, or the ability to avoid the shock altogether. Take...

DATE: March 23, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Let’s get Creative with our outdoors

It’s the penultimate day of a 30-day trip as I sit here and write this column. My bare toes are pushing through a sandy beach at Surprise Canyon on the Grand Canyon. As Durangoans, many of us have...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

Being Local is a state of mind in which you’re focused on community

What does it mean to “Be Local?” The first thing that comes to mind is a laundry list of qualifications, including the number of years you have lived in a town, whether you were born there, if your...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Local First

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