RWEACT BuyLocal logo1DEL NORTE, COLO., (November 19, 2014) — The long-term recovery work continues in our area following the West Fork Complex fire.  RWEACT’s Economic Recovery committee is working to support existing businesses through a Buy Local consumer awareness campaign.   This campaign will also tie into the Small Business Saturday which is November 29 this year.

While it is not always possible to buy what you need locally, please consider shopping locally first.   Gift certificates are also a great way of shopping locally either for restaurants,  retail – ski and work clothing, firearms, automobile supplies, tools, and services such as rafting, guided fishing trips, manicures or massages.  Several Valley businesses sell their own locally produced products such as honey, jelly, flour, and meats.

Local retailers return an estimate of 52% of their revenue to the local economy, compared to an estimated 14% for national chain retailers.  Independent businesses spend more on local labor, locally procured resale goods, and local services.  Some statistics show that every $1 spent in a local community turns over eight to twelve times.  As these funds turnover, our communities prosper, community groups are supported, and innovative economies can thrive.

Funding for this program comes from the Governor’s Executive Order and the Office of Emergency Management.   RWEACT(Rio  Grande Watershed Emergency Action Coordination Team) - together with the Rio Grande National Forest – brings together local, state and federal partners in a cooperative effort to address fire-caused natural hazards and impacts on human life, property, community economies, and the health of the Rio Grande Watershed following the West Fork and Papoose Fires.