Local government and business partners gathered at a press conference today to announce a regional “We Think Local” initiative, asking businesses and individuals in Northern Nevada to consider local vendors and employees when looking to purchase, contract, hire, eat, support and serve within the region.
The “We Think Local” campaign is a community initiative to build awareness of the economic benefits of doing business locally. This effort enhances the livability of our community, the stability and diversity of the local economy and the retention and expansion of local businesses, while increasing awareness of the personal, community and economic benefits of choosing to “Think Local” first. The mindset is proven to have a positive effect on the local economy. An analysis by Austin-based economic development consultant Dan Houston found that a 10 percent shift in spending to local businesses in Grand Rapids, Michigan, would create 1,600 jobs with a payroll of $53 million.
“We are excited by the groundswell of support for this effort, especially from our public officials and business partners,” said Mike Kazmierski, president and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN
). “ In these tough economic times , if we all take just a minute to ‘think’ about how we can direct more of our financial activity back into the local economy, we will together make a significant difference. More importantly, we will retain and grow the jobs we need now more than ever.” At the launch, government entities, local businesses and individuals either signed the following resolution or passed comparable proclamations or resolutions of support stating that: 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 EDAWN
, the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA
), the City of Reno
, City of Sparks
, Washoe County
, The Chamber
and the Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-Op were the first to sign or approve “We Think Local” resolutions,
and encourage all local businesses, partners and individuals to do the same.
Local businesses, community partners and individuals can visit www.edawn.org/wethinklocal
to read and sign the full resolution electronically, download the logo, share the “We Think Local” initiative with other local networks and order a “We Think Local” decal to be placed in the windows of local establishments.