The below Proclamation was read by City of Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg on November 28, 2017 at the City Council Meeting.

WHEREAS; The City of Charleston is proud to join with Lowcountry Local First in supporting and celebrating Charleston’s local-independent businesses and the impact they have on the City’s culture, economy and character; and

WHEREAS, by “Buying Local,” Charleston’s residents embrace this unique, vibrant community and recognize that it’s the one-of- a-kind businesses that keep us from becoming “Anywhere, USA” and encourage a strong sense of pride in place; and

WHEREAS, by “Buying Local,” Charleston’s residents create prosperity for all. The “multiplier effect” of locals choosing locals creates diverse job opportunities, protecting us from the effects of economic downturns; and

WHEREAS, by “Buying Local,” Charleston’s residents help to improve and protect the environment. The purchasing habits, central location and smaller footprint of local businesses often results in less pollution and congestion; and

WHEREAS, by “Buying Local,” Charleston’s residents keep money circulation in the local economy. For every $100 spent at a local-independent business, $45 goes back into the community, versus only $14 when spent at a national chain store; and

WHEREAS, by “Buying Local,” Charleston’s residents support a healthy and happy community. Studies show that those who live in communities where local-independent businesses are the norm are healthier – and thus happier; and

WHEREAS, by acknowledging November 25, 2017 as Small Business Saturday and November 15 through December 15, 2017 as Buy Local Month, the City of Charleston supports our local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our neighborhoods.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, John J. Tecklenburg, Mayor, City of Charleston, do hereby proclaim November 15 – December 15, 2017 as “Buy Local Month,” and urge all citizens to join in this celebration and to Buy Local for the holidays and throughout the year.

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