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Join the Team: Independents Week Community Relations Coordinator

08 March 2018 Published in Local First Utah Blog

Independents Week Community Relations Coordinator


Local First Utah is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to empower a movement to recognize the value and vitality of locally owned, independent businesses to our communities and our economy. We do this through educating and engaging the public, the businesses and our statewide community partners.

Independents Week is one of Local First Utah’s annual educational campaigns. Held during the first week of July 1st – July 7th the goal of Independents Week is to proclaim the value of locally owned independent businesses to the governing bodies of the communities wherein those businesses operate, and to encourage citizens to consider the contributions made by those same businesses which uphold the character of their communities.

Project Overview:

In each of our annual campaigns, we develop methods of engaging with our three primary constituencies: government agencies, citizens and business owners.

The Community Relations Coordinator will work along side the Executive Director to oversee communication between Local First Utah and mayoral offices, city councils, state legislators, county commissioners and other governing bodies invited to sign a proclamation in support of the valuable contributions locally owned businesses make to our communities and economy.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Research contact information for elected officials in all levels of government in the State of Utah.
  • Draft invitations to mayors and other elected officials to sign the Independents Week Proclamation.
  • Oversee follow up with appropriate staff members of elected officials to ensure that proclamation is signed in a timely manner.
  • Assist Executive Director in the production of press releases, media alerts and with the coordination of press events during Independents Week.
  • Support Executive Director in distribution of branded Local First Utah educational materials to authorized partner businesses.

There is a $1,000 stipend available with this internship. To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter, resume and references to Executive Director Kristen Lavelett at by April 30, 2018.