Northumberland residents encouraged to ‘Buy Local’ – Local Dignitaries first to take online challenge to spend more locally

Take The ChallengeCobourg, ON – July 15, 2015 – Today Northumberland County Warden Marc Coombs signed an online challenge agreeing to Buy Local. Encouraged by the Prosper in Northumberland group, the Warden became the first person to commit online to spending $25 more per month on local goods and services. By doing so, he hopes to encourage local consumers to follow his lead and make the commitment themselves.

“Local businesses are part of the fabric of any thriving community,” stated Warden Coombs. “We have an entrepreneurial spirit in Northumberland County and this ‘Buy Local’ campaign will help bring our businesses and residents together to reinforce both the health and wealth of our communities. Together we will create investment in our communities, support local jobs and families, and have more money for local services. At its heart, this campaign is about the economic prosperity of Northumberland County.”

Prosper in Northumberland—a committee of local media, government, commerce groups, and business owners—is encouraging all Northumberland residents to take the challenge to spend more locally by redirecting $25 or more per month of their own goods and services spending currently made outside the community to within Northumberland County.

Launched as a result of Prosper in Northumberland’s 2015 resident and business owner surveys to better understand the shopping habits of Northumberland residents and what motivates them to spend their dollar close to home, the Buy Local campaign encourages people to commit to this small change. Individuals can register for the challenge by visiting http://www.buynorthumberland.ca or by completing a pledge form available at participating businesses and locations such as Chambers of Commerce, the Business Advisory Centre Northumberland, Cobourg DBIA, Port Hope HBIA, and the Economic Development offices in Cobourg, Trent Hills and Port Hope.

“Throughout North America, Buy Local campaigns have proven successful in rallying consumers around the importance of investing in their communities,” stated Nancy Allanson, Prosper in Northumberland committee member and Executive Director of the Trent Hills and District Chamber of Commerce. “When you spend money at home, you support the local economy and often realize that everything you need is right here.”

Everyone who makes the pledge will be eligible to receive a uniquely tailored Northumberland prize pack. The contest will run from July 15, 2015 to May 13, 2016 with the grand prize winner receiving a collection of gift cards/certificates from Northumberland vendors valued at $1000. Two other participants will be awarded $250 in local gift cards/certificates.

For more information about the activities of the Prosper in Northumberland
committee, visit http://www.prosper-in-northumberland.ca