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“Buy Local” buy in to your community

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May has been declared “Buy Local” month, and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce hopes local residents embrace that idea. Communications Director Lindsay Brennan says buying in to local products means buying in to your community.

“When you are buying from a local community, you are helping that community keep their employees paid, keep them purchasing goods in the community, keep them renting and able to buy homes. Really, it’s supporting jobs first and foremost,” she says.

She says when people invest in local business it creates tax money to fund local services. The Chamber has focused on a “Buy Local” campaign since last year, but Brennan says this year has really been a focal point in their efforts, and they will continue to promote it in the future.

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