October 4, 2014: Buy Nearby Get Caught Blue-Handed Day

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

WHEREAS, Buy Nearby wants to bring a “Pure Michigan” type of feeling to shopping in Michigan and get shoppers committed to buying nearby in 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, if Michigan consumers chose to support retail businesses in Michigan by always buying nearby rather than from “remote sellers,” Michigan in 2015 would gain more than 74,000 additional jobs and $9 billion in additional economic activity, including $2.5 billion in additional wages the new workers would earn; 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 4, 2014, 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 offer special events and other promotions to encourage local shopping and stimulate Michigan’s economy on Get Caught Blue-Handed Day; and,

WHEREAS, Buy Nearby will encourage shoppers to participate in the excitement of Get Caught Blue-Handed Day, which 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 October 4, 2014 as Buy Nearby Get Caught Blue-Handed Day in Michigan.