The first round was very successful. A combination of hundreds of thousands of federal and private dollars had a huge impact on improving the appearance and value of numerous local businesses.
As you think about the importance of curb appeal, imagine how this benefits our area. It makes our business districts more attractive to shoppers, resulting in increased sales, which means more money spent in our community.
Unlike a "big box" store, these sales go directly to local storeowners, who in turn employ many local residents. These owners and residents spend money in our community.
This is what buying local is all about — keeping the money in our area to benefit our local economy.
Some people aren’t crazy about the idea of federal grant money being spent on something they view as frivolous. They feel there are other, more pressing needs that must be addressed — needs that outweigh cosmetic facelifts for area storefronts.
Regardless of whether you think facade improvements are an important investment to our community or a waste of money, what it comes down to is: The decision as to where these federal tax dollars are going has already been made.
The money is going to be used for this purpose somewhere. We’re glad it’s here.
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