WHEREAS, Buy Nearby is an ongoing and year-round campaign launched by the 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 around 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 2016 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’s communities, which improves the vitality of Michigan’s local economies. It directly supports our communities, our schools and our infrastructure; and,
WHEREAS, during “I Buy Nearby Weekend” communities and retailers are encouraged to offer special events and other promotions to encourage local shopping and stimulate Michigan’s economy; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 1-2, 2016 as Buy Nearby Michigan Weekend in Michigan.