Mickki Langston Former Executive Director Denver, CO Act Local First | Business Network / Alliance, Community Economic Development, Food and Agriculture Mickki organized local business owners to build a more locally focused and stable economy that didn’t sacrifice people or the planet for the sake of profit. Recognizing the need to reclaim our power to create community wealth, Mickki cofounded the Mile High Business Alliance in 2007. As its Executive Director until 2015, Mickki combined her passion for healthy communities with her experience as a small business owner. Her work with the business alliance focused on organizing local business owners in working together to build a more locally focused and stable economy that didn’t sacrifice people and the planet for the sake of profit. In her spare time, Mickki likes to grow food, keep bees, and play with babies. After eight years of operating, and after accomplishing their goal of changing how people think about local economies, the Mile High Business Alliance closed its doors in 2015. Impact Helped more than 1,100 small businesses receive energy efficiency consultations, with more than 650 efficiency projects completed in less than two years. Published more than 160,000 Local Flavor Guides for 16 Denver neighborhoods, featuring over 800 local businesses. Helped launch Grow Local Colorado, participating in Denver Seeds Taskforce, and organized Eat Local First campaigns to promote local food and local food producers. Connected hundreds of small businesses with technical assistance and business development assistance through various events and programs Built support from local leaders, including the Governor of Colorado, State Legislators, Mayors of Denver and City Council members.