What Go Local means to me

Jay Weatherly, owner of High-Five Coffee. Photo by Carrie Eidson

Why support the Go Local movement? That’s a question we put to local business owners, educators and community organizers. We heard answers ranging from supporting local schools to building a stronger economy to increasing the number of employers paying a living wage. Here’s a hint of what Go Local means to Asheville:

“The Go Local movement helps people understand their own responsibility in building a strong local economy through local purchasing and investing.” — Jane Hatley, Self-Help Credit Union

“Keeping money in this region protects businesses that have a character and a vibe that is unique to Asheville and reflects the local community.”— Jay Weatherly, High Five Coffee Bar

“The Go Local movement makes us mindful of where we put our dollars because every investment matters. You might just be one drop in the bucket, but our collective drops are a rainstorm.” — Leah Ferguson, Asheville City Schools Board of Education

“We believe in the spirit of collaboration and working together rather than in competition. We use Go Local to promote an experience where we all support and rely on one another.” — Jael Rattigan, French Broad Chocolate Lounge

“Go Local means we can support our homegrown businesses while transforming the Claxton media center into a learning space that better serves our students and families,” Jamie Allbach, Claxton Elementary

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About Carrie Eidson
Multimedia journalist and Green Scene editor at Mountain Xpress. Part-time Twitterer @mxenv but also reachable at ceidson@mountainx.com. Follow me @carrieeidson

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