Having a robust local economy with a diversity of businesses owned by local neighbors.
Having many goods and services available right here keeps business local, keeps money in our community, and helps everyone thrive. 15% of every dollar spent in a chain like Safeway stays in the community, and the rest leaves for ever. In locally owned businesses, that figure rises to nearly 70%.
My Proposed Solutions
The Fairbuck local currency project raised awareness of this by keeping money local, and raised funding for many community building activities. Through planning, we encourage locally owned and complementary businesses, so that we all benefit.