Often mentioned in this space is
how important it is to support
local businesses. We support the
Gresham Chamber of Commerce and
Visitor’s Center “Try Local First” efforts!
The choices you make with your dollars
can improve or impair your community.
Hats off to the City of Gresham and
Gresham Barlow School District for
leading by example in “buying local”.
Together they have directed literally
millions into our local economy.
Knowing my particular fondness for this
economic concept, friends and
co-workers often send me articles and
trends that support this theory. Below is
one of particular interest that has come
to my attention.
The ABC News with Diane Sawyer
has been airing an interesting
segment, “Made in America”
Pledge: Will You Buy American-Made?
The fact is you cast a vote every time you
open your wallet. It is a global trade
battle and what you purchase makes a
difference. In 1960, foreign made
products made up just 8% of American
purchases. Today that number is nearly
60%. Jobs are the answer to the economic
recovery. Manufacturing has to play
a significant role in that! One of the
most powerful points shown by this
series is; if every American spent an
extra $3.33 today on U.S. made goods, it
would create almost 10,000 new jobs in
this country - a concept worth
contemplating. While it is not always
possible, I challenge you to take a look
when comparing future purchases. It is
not as hard as you may think. One major
toothpaste is “Made In America” while
another is not. Also consider where
their International Corporate
Headquarters is located. That makes a
great deal of difference of where the jobs
are created. Just something to think