Rep Iden promotes Oct 78 as Buy Nearby weekend in Michigan

first_img06Oct Rep. Iden promotes Oct. 7-8 as ‘Buy Nearby’ weekend in Michigan State Rep. Brandt Iden, who serves on the House Committee on Commerce and Trade, today offered support for a resolution underscoring this coming weekend as part of a year-round campaign to promote shopping at local retail businesses.“Buy Nearby” is in its fifth year as a promotional commercial slogan and encourages Michigan residents to ensure more shopping dollars stay within local communities through locally purchased goods.“There are very few things that can boost the local economy quite like local spending,” said Iden, of Oshtemo. “Efforts like ‘Buy Nearby’ support and attract small businesses and send the message that this is a community you want to be a part of.”Retailing is responsible for 850,000 jobs in Michigan. The project estimates that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 new jobs would be created.“These estimates offer some perspective to the kind of monetary windfall we could provide to our state and to our community here in Kalamazoo County,” Iden said. “Where there is a concerted effort to invest in local business, the extra revenue can be used to support our schools, infrastructure, agriculture, emergency services and other budgetary needs.”Iden helped sponsor the resolution, HR 169, proposed by state Rep. Kim LaSata of Bainbridge Township. The resolution was adopted by the Michigan House on Wednesday. Categories: Iden News,Newslast_img

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