Within the past decade we have seen tremendous change in the Lowcountry and particularly in Charleston. Our community is evolving at a rapid pace, and it’s become commonplace to read headlines of long-time local businesses closing and to see “Lost our Lease” signs in windows. Instead of communities rooted in local character, we see policies and market forces constructing an architecture of ‘Anywhere, USA.’ While our economy grows in Gross Domestic Product, our community decision-making power shrinks, because ownership resides in national corporations, rather than with us.

The businesses that anchor our local culture and sustain our neighborhoods face an almost impossible set of forces challenging their ability to survive and to thrive. And when we lose those businesses, we lose character, we lose history, we lose jobs, we lose vital tax revenue, and we lose vital businesses that support community needs.

If we care about the social capital as well as the economic vitality of our community we need to invest in the people that have already invested in the Lowcountry. Let’s value Main Street as much as Wall Street. Let’s support a diversity of businesses, because much like a natural ecosystem, our city ecosystem thrives with diversity, rather than monoculture.

At Lowcountry Local First we are building an economy that is anchored in local ownership, because we believe that local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy and character. We are the on-the-ground advocate working around-the-clock for our homegrown businesses – ultimately shaping the community we want.

What does the community YOU want look like? We invite you to be a change agent and join us.

To continue this work and grow our impact, we’ve been challenged to meet a $50,000 goal by June 30th so that we can continue our advocacy for a LOCAL Lowcountry.

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing & Communications