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Shop local: Put your money where your house is

Emily Hisel
Garfield County Libraries

Do you know the connection between buying your groceries and checking out a book at the library?

What about the connection between purchasing a new pair of shoes and calling 911?

Both of these activities help employ your neighbors, pay for community services, and illustrate the importance of shopping locally.

A new “Shop Local” initiative has been started by the Garfield County Libraries with the intent of raising awareness of the benefits of shopping locally. The effort has grown into the Garfield County Shop Local Partnership between all the towns/cities, chambers of commerce, Garfield County Libraries, Garfield County, as well as area nonprofits and businesses. This partnership is seeking to encourage shopping, eating, and enjoying all we have to offer here in Garfield County.

Why Shop Local?

There are many reasons to “put your money where your house is,” including:

• Money stays here: The dollars you spend here will turn over, up to seven times, in the local economy.

• Supports your neighbors: All businesses that have a presence locally have employees and need your support to grow and maintain jobs for our area workforce.

• Pays for services: Libraries, 911, snow removal and law enforcement all function because of the money you spend locally. Your tax dollars buy the books, get the first responders to fires, and plow the snow so you can get to work. If you spend money elsewhere, you are paying for someone else’s services.

• Saves gas and time: Do you ever find yourself taking a whole day to drive to Grand Junction to go shopping? Or a weekend in Denver? While it may feel like you are saving a few dollars, you may actually be paying more. Gas, eating out, hotels and intangibles (like time away from the things you love doing) add up quickly.

• Recruits more business: When the local populations support businesses, this opens up opportunities to bring in more businesses.

Next Steps

Members and volunteers from the Garfield County Shop Local Partnership will be distributing starter packets to all area businesses with a storefront beginning this week. If you have a home-based business and want to participate you can request a packet by visiting http://www.ShopGarfieldCounty.com.

Please look for the Shop Local logo at area businesses, shop in Garfield County, help spread the word, and visit http://www.ShopGarfieldCounty.com for more information.


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