[image-1] [image-2]Lowcountry Local First — this year celebrating its tenth anniversary as a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting independent businesses — recently gathered to name 10 local leaders who have positively impacted the grassroots movement in Charleston.

The 2017 local luminary award recipients are Jennifer Ferrebee of Verde, Joseph Fields of Joseph Fields Farms, Mariana Hay of Croghan’s Jewel Box, Andrea Limehouse of Limehouse Produce, Jim Martin of Compost in My Shoe, Jennifer Murray of South State Bank, Christine Osborne of Wonder Works Toy Store, Steve Palmer of The Indigo Road restaurant group, Vic Rawl of Charleston County government, and David Thompson of David Thompson Architect.

LLF executive director Jamee Haley says about the luminaries, “It was such an honor and joy to celebrate these individuals and recognize their contributions to our community. What these business leaders do day-to-day is no small feat — and to go above and beyond to protect the character of this place we call home speaks volumes about their passion for people.” 
[content-1] Haley received her own award from the LLF staff, board of directors, and past steering committee members for her dedication to the organization over the past decade. Business Alliance for Local Living Economies executive director Michelle Long says about Haley, “Where others see empty buildings, empty lots, aimless people, or discarded goods — she sees opportunity and puts it all to work and connects all the dots. She is a true entrepreneur and the best kind — choosing to do it all in service not to herself but to her community.”

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