We wanted to give a shout out to Arizona Senator Steve Pierce (Prescott, AZ) who had some gracious things to say about Local First Arizona! Several weeks ago, the Local First Arizona Foundation hosted a breakfast meeting with some of Arizona's influential business leaders to discuss the work that Local First Arizona has been able to accomplish so far, and what we hope to achieve in the coming years. After attending the breakfast, here is some of what Senator Pierce had to say:
"While at the [Local First Arizona Foundation] breakfast I learned that for every $100 spent at a local business, $43 stays in Arizona. On the flip side, for every $100 spent at a national chain, only $13 remains in Arizona. With our economy struggling the way it has, and so many of our friends and neighbors out of work, it's critically important now, more than ever, to support local business whenever we can. Most of us living in Legislative District 1 are from small, tight knit communities, it is easy for us to see the impacts of supporting local merchants and many of us have long time friendships with our local merchants."
Thanks Senator Pierce for helping to spread our message of building stronger economies and communities by supporting local businesses! It is especially important to support our local businesses in our smaller, rural communities. If you want to see some of the cool local businesses in Prescott, be sure to check out our WeekendZona video!