TribLIVE

| News

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Buy Local Fayette enjoys success in third year

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Displaying the new Buy Local card is Fay-Penn Development Council Executive Director Michael Jordan and Local Economy manager Robert Junk.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The Buy Local Fayette program, begun to encourage area residents to shop locally to help the economic growth of small businesses in their own towns, is marking its third year and enjoying success.

“The goal of Buy Local is to support local communities and encourage neighbors to buy local,” said Robert Junk, Local Economy manager, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council. “We want to help to keep our little towns viable.”

The program offers participants an opportunity to not only shop locally, but receive discounts and incentives through businesses that participate in the program.

New Buy Local cards were issued this year and will be good for three years, eliminating the need to purchase a card yearly, officials noted.

The program helps local businesses and Fayette, in general, keep a larger percentage of money spent in the county.

“When you buy local, 73 percent of your dollar stays here in Fayette County, verses 43 percent when you buy from a big box store,” said Michael Jordan, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council executive director. “Just that difference, those additional dollars, help the local economy and that is what is important. We want to help the local businesses grow in any way that we can.”

The new Buy Local website was demonstrated this week as well as samples shown of the new Buy Local cards, which can be used at dozens of participating businesses and services now part of the ever-growing program.

In addition, Joseph Segilia, Penn State Fayette director of Continuing Education, announced the campus will accept the Buy Local cards for discounts on certain noncredit continuing education classes offered.

“This is now a real community-based effort,” Segilia said.

Getting ready for the upcoming summer months and farmers markets, many of which are program participants, Buy Local hopes to bring even more interest to the area.

“We want our small towns back, and you as a community have that ability to mold and shape these futures,” Junk said. “When you are shopping and when you are looking at where to spend your money, stop and look to where you want to spend your money. Where you spend your money has an economic impact on your community.”

Visit www.buylocalfayette.org for more information on the program.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Fayette

  1. Police seeking suspect in Fayette motel robbery
  2. Man charged with threats against Fayette firefighters
  3. Connellsville police search for armed robber
  4. Connellsville Health Board discusses rundown properties
  5. Hundreds to participate in Nicholson Memorial Bike Run to benefit cancer patients
  6. Fayette County townships’ leaders worry about water plant
  7. Motorcyclist flees police through Uniontown at 120 mph
  8. Former Fayette County Democratic chairman, county commissioner Lebder dies at 94
  9. VFW’s new national chief of staff has distinguished service pedigree