Make a Difference, Buy Local

State Rep. Karla Drenner asks people to shop local this holiday season.

It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of after Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales followed by the ease and enticement of cyber Monday discounts. The trend of internet shopping and overnight urban camping in front of retailers entrances is perhaps an irreversible reality of today’s consumerism.

Yet, last year ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer launched a series, “Made in America,” that focused on American manufacturing and our economy. The series made me think about possible economic implications for Georgia. What if our state and local governments, along with our school systems, leveraged their purchasing power to favor Georgia and local businesses? Imagine the impact to our economy and the jobs this could create.

While there is little we can do about the national economy, we can impact our state and local economies by simply paying attention to where we shop, what we buy and where we eat.

“Buy local” campaigns are not some new form of economic policy; it’s an awareness campaign that focuses on educating consumers about the benefits and impacts of their purchasing decisions. Buying local doesn’t mean that you can’t shop at Walmart, Macy’s or REI. It just means shopping at those stores in your local community.

Becoming aware of our spending impacts our property taxes, our schools and has the ability to create jobs. With a little effort each of us can strengthen our communities and local economy.

Nov. 24 was Small Business Day all across America. I challenge each of you as you shop to consider the products you are purchasing and whether they are made in America or even made here in Georgia. Have you bought at least one gift from a local merchant? What about dining as part of the shopping experience? Have you eaten at a “Mom and Pop” restaurant? Have you shopped at stores in your own county?

Make a difference this holiday season and reinvest in the businesses that service your community. If every American spent $64 on something made in America, we could create 200,000 jobs right now.

Are you in?

Rep. Karla Drenner
District 86


Drenner represents the citizens of District 86, which includes portions of DeKalb County. She was elected into the House of Representatives in 2000 and currently serves on the Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications, Health & Human Services, Natural Resources & Environment, and Rules committees. She also serves on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

See also:
Shop Small: Did You Take Part in Small Business Saturday?

Support Virginia-Highland Shops and Restaurants on Small Business Saturday

John Wolfinger November 28, 2012 at 10:43 AM
This Buy Local campaign is important all year long - not just in this Christmas season. Our local VaHi commercial areas are basically all full of viable businesses - the one exception being the still-empty storefronts in the old Hilan Theater building. Supposedly there is an interested buyer for this building and maybe these high-profile empty spaces will soon be filled too. Our business community is also a vital part of our neighborhood watch system - the VaHi Safety Team. These folks are just as anxious as residents to keep crime at a minimum level here and are very diligent at calling 911 for suspicious activity. A healthy and prosperous business community is just as important as having an aware and alert residential community for the safety of all of us. It is my hope that we will soon have a strong and functioning VaHi business association again - thanx to the diligent organizational efforts of Juliet White and Lynn DeWitt.


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