October 5, 2013: Buy Nearby Get Caught Blue-Handed Day

WHEREAS, Buy Nearby is an ongoing, year-round campaign, launched by Michigan Retailers Association to benefit retail businesses and local communities across Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, the campaign is intended to serve as a personal call to action, a symbol of pride and celebration, a rallying cry across Michigan and an economic driver for our state; and,

WHEREAS, buying nearby is “Pure Michigan.” The Buy Nearby campaign has partnered with Pure Michigan whose website acknowledges that “Whether we're shopping for something specific, something to remind us of the good times we had in Michigan or just shopping for the fun of it, there's no limit to what we can find in Michigan stores. From custom-made goods to unbeatable bargains, this is where the shopping is always Pure Michigan;” and,

WHEREAS, retailing is responsible for 850,000 jobs in Michigan and if shoppers commit to buying nearby in Michigan, we can create more local jobs through increased local purchases; and,

WHEREAS, each purchase made when someone buys nearby in Michigan keeps more money within Michigan communities, which improves the vitality of Michigan’s local economies and their quality of life and directly supports our communities, our schools, and our infrastructure; and,

WHEREAS, Buy Nearby seeks to build upon and strengthen existing shop-local groups by expanding and elevating the buy nearby in Michigan movement to a statewide campaign; and,

WHEREAS, the year-round Buy Nearby campaign has designated October 5, 2013, as “Get Caught Blue-Handed Day,” a day to celebrate local retail businesses and their importance and to encourage consumers to “get caught” buying nearby; and,

WHEREAS, communities and retailers are encouraged to participate by offering special events, promotions, and prizes to promote local shopping and stimulate Michigan’s economy on Get Caught Blue-Handed Day; and,

WHEREAS, Buy Nearby will demonstrate that buying nearby can be fun and rewarding to local communities and consumers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim Saturday, October 5 as Buy Nearby Get Caught Blue-Handed Day in Michigan and encourage all residents to buy nearby on this day and every day.