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“We Think Local” Campaign Launches in Northern Nevada

I was visiting with Dave Asher of the Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-op today. That man certainly has a lot going on and I’ll be telling you about it in upcoming blogs. But one of the most new exciting projects he’s been involved in is the “We Think Local” Campaign that is launching tomorrow.

The campaign was started by the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN), the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA), the City of Reno, the City of Sparks, Washoe County, The Chamber and the Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-op.

We can’t sit back and wait for the global economy to turn around.  Most economists agree that supporting local business is a key to increasing employment and community livability. To be a part of this exciting new direction, organizations and/or individuals are signing resolutions similar to the following.

I agree to, whenever possible:

  • Purchase goods or services from local vendors and suppliers, and when needed, from on-line companies with a presence within the State of Nevada. Purchase from companies that hire local employees.
  • Contract with companies that have a local presence.
  • Hire local – Our region’s talent base is robust and diverse.
  • Eat locally produced food when available – support growers, local distributors, and locally owned food establishments. This also helps cut down on travel and carbon emissions.
  • Support our local non-profits – They support us.
  • Serve or otherwise engage and invest in our local community as a citizen and a volunteer.

Go to www.edawn.org/wethinklocal to sign the resolution and find out more. When you do, let us know here. What do you think? How do you plan to support local business? Let’s start the conversation.

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4 thoughts on ““We Think Local” Campaign Launches in Northern Nevada

  1. Diane on said:

    I love this idea. We need to support our community and local businesses. Thanks for sharing your experiences in this area with us.

  2. Excellent reminder to go to local restaurants, local shops and local services. It’s an investment in our community! Kit

  3. Ken Adams on said:

    There is no way to avoid buying from the big box guys from out of town; but we can choose to limit our contact with them. If you must, and there are times when I must, buy a book from Barnie and his friend Mr. Noble, then on a subsequent visit to a book shop, Sundance and Zephyr are mandatory stops. I cannot find everything I want from a local vendor, but I can look to see what they have and I can buy the things they do have, even if on occasion I pay more. Wally’s World (Wal-Mart) won the retail wars by selling things cheaper – to reverse the trend of big box domination you have to be willing to pay more. It is not always an easy choice to make, is it?

  4. I don’t think it’s possible in our world today to always buy local, but we can always check around locally first. I like Ken’s idea of balancing out his buying and keeping the local shops in mind. Kit, I’d like to go to a local restaurant with you sometime soon.

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