Happy New Year and welcome to the all new Cambridge Local First website! We’re excited to completely relaunch our web presence in an effort to better promote the local movement and our members. At the same time, we hope to engage in meaningful dialogue with you, our fellow community members.
This site is intended to serve as a community resource: a place for learning and discussion. To help you continue to Shift your Shopping to local and independent businesses, we are incorporating a number of new features:
* The CLF Blog – Our new blog based site will feature wide ranging contributions every week from many different sources, including:
o CLF Staff, Interns and Board of Directors
o CLF Members – entrepreneurs, artists and nonprofit directors
o Community Bloggers – community members who are passionate about ‘local’ and want to share their Somerville stories
o National Experts – people around the country who are working to build strong local living economies
o Multimedia galore! – We’ll be posting photos, reviews, videos and more to the site in the coming months. We hope these tools will continue to build the awareness and behavior change we need to take our movement to the next level.
o Campaign and Event pages – We’ll have living pages dedicated to the 10% Shift, Shift your Shopping, Move Your Money, and more, which will be updated throughout the year.
o Tweets from around the city – A live-updating tweet list of CLF members and CLF partners
o A more active and engaging set of content about the Local Movement, here in Cambridge and beyond
o An easy way to JOIN CLF – We now have membership categories for businesses, artists, nonprofits and community members. Each community can easily join our growing network and become part of the movement to build and sustain our local economy in Cambridge.
This is just the first step to developing a community resource for local economies like no other. We want to know what you think…in fact, one of the main reasons why we chose this format was to create and foster dialogue. So if there’s something you’d like to see, something you like (or don’t like), please let us know.