Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shift Our Spending

I just wanted to encourage everyone in Monroe County to consider doing this program. I recieved this in my email. Not only do you help our community, but you will be saving gas money because you won't have to drive as far.

“Shift Our Spending” is a new campaign supported by the Monroe County Tourism and Economic Development committee along with both the Sparta & Tomah Area Chambers of Commerce. There is no cost for businesses or participants in the campaign.

The goal of the campaign is to increase in-county retail sales by 10% as a result of citizens shifting their current out-of-county retail spending into Monroe County . We are not asking you to spend 10% more, but to simply shift 10% of your out-of-county spending to local businesses in Monroe County .

Participants who pledge to shift 10% of their out-of-county purchases to Monroe County businesses will receive a keychain card to present at businesses to verify their membership. They will receive education materials and quarterly newsletters with ideas on how to increase their local spending. Participants will also be encouraged to check out the website frequently for specials from local businesses and updates to the program.

By pledging 10% of your local spending to Monroe County you are impacting local economies, taxes, communities, local employment and entrepreneurship.
Money Spent here Stays here – If residents of Monroe County would transition just 10% of their out-of-county retail spending to in-county spending, Monroe County businesses would gain an addition $4.1 Million in sales to add to our local economy.

Keeping Local Dollars in the Economy - A 10% increase in local spending will generate an over $700,000 increase in municipal tax revenues to help strengthen community development.
Friends and Neighbors – Local businesses are staffed by local residents, your friends and neighbors. You get better service from people you know and who know you. These local businesses have a wide variety of products and services, and provide our community with its own distinct character. The businesses are close to home – so you save time and money shopping locally. Treat your family to something special with the money you save!

Local business owners invest in our Community – The businesses are managed by people who live and work in our community, raise their families and invest in our community’s future. They support our churches, our organizations and our way of life. Your pledge to increase Monroe County purchases also helps ensure that businesses are able to continue their worthwhile corporate giving to our local non-profits.
Visit in support of Monroe County . Then shop Monroe County to enjoy the rewards!

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