Local retail shops are encouraging residents to help the local economy to continue to improve by shopping and buying items here in town.
Andrea Rose, Community Development Director of the Alliance said shopping locally is a great way to improve our local economy.
“When consumers purchase items and use service providers in our community, it puts those dollars directly into our community,” said Rose. “These dollars go to pay salaries and provide jobs, keeps tax money in our community to provide services through our local government, and supports the local businesses.”
Rose also emphasized these local businesses are the ones who are the first to step-up and volunteer their time, energy and resources when there is a specific need by the community.
“Shopping locally promotes our local economy and is just a good idea,” Rose added. “These folks are the ones who are always there to lend a helping hand.”
For every $100 spent locally, as much as $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures, according to Rose. She said when shoppers spend that same money out-of-town or on-line, none of the money comes home.
“With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, this will give all of us a chance to look at local stores and service providers,” Rose said. “Not only will shopping, banking, and dining in town be good for our local businesses, it will also be a good way for shoppers to save gas money and time.”
With gas prices above $3 a gallon, every mile counts.
“Everybody's schedules are so busy and budgets tight, so any time and money that can be saved by looking local first, can help both schedules and wallets," said Rose.