Strengthen Medina County, buy local

What can YOU do to strengthen Medina County?

As a lifelong Medina County resident I am always tremendously impressed by the people and institutions that make this a great place to live.  We have outstanding schools, outstanding non-profit organizations and most importantly – people who are willing to step in and help when needed.  A question I often hear from people when I’m out and about in the community is this – “How can I help?”  The answer is really very simple – one of the most significant things you can do to strengthen Medina County and help everyone in our community – is to simply buy local.

How does this help? Studies have shown that a dollar spent at a local independent merchant returns 3 times more money to our local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from a large online store). If every person in the county shifted just $100 a year in purchases to locally owned businesses, that would create an impact of over $52,000,000 in our community!

Why does that matter? These expenditures not only increase the prosperity of local organizations and residents, they create jobs and increase salaries at existing jobs. Better yet, local businesses make more efficient use of our roads, sewers & safety services and generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. Translated – more and healthier local businesses help keep your taxes lower.

In addition to creating a healthier local economy, shopping local also makes for a healthier community. Local independent businesses normally use less land, carry more locally made products, are located closer to residents and create less traffic and air pollution – meaning we all win in the end.

So next time you buy that cup of coffee, next time you buy that pair of tennis shoes, next time you eat out for lunch or dinner – frequent your locally owned stores run by your neighbors and friends. It’s what YOU can do to keep Medina County strong and vibrant!

Mike Kovack, Medina County Auditor, is a graduate of Wadsworth High School and has served as Medina County Auditor since 1993.  He is a former small business owner himself and holds a business administration degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in public finance from the University of Akron. He publishes a “Weekend Update” of activities and news in Medina County each Thursday. To receive Auditor Kovack’s Weekend Update, send an email tomkovack@medinaco.org with “Weekend Update” in the subject line.