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Cedar Rapids Metro Alliance reignites 'buy local' effort

The 16th Avenue, 12th Avenue CRANDIC rail bridge and 8th Avenue bridges cross the Cedar River, as seen from the top of Mount Trashmore on Tuesday, May 14, 2014. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
The 16th Avenue, 12th Avenue CRANDIC rail bridge and 8th Avenue bridges cross the Cedar River, as seen from the top of Mount Trashmore on Tuesday, May 14, 2014. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is bringing back an advertising initiative encouraging customers to make purchases at locally owned businesses.

Its “Buy Here, Give Here, Grow Here” campaign, announced Wednesday, spotlights 15 for-profit and not-for-profit businesses that have established themselves in the Corridor area.

Each dollar spent locally generates an average return of $3 to the local economy, the alliance estimated.

“Infusing more dollars locally strengthens our economy and empowers local businesses to thrive here,” said Doug Neumann, the alliance’s executive director.

The ‘Buy Here’ businesses:

Almost Famous Popcorn

Amish Connection

Kepros Physical Therapy

New Pioneer Food Co-op

Shop Where I Live

The ‘Give Here’ not-for-profits:

Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC)

Catherine McAuley Center

Neighborhood Finance Corporation

New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo)

YPN

The ‘Grow Here’ featured businesses:

J.P. Gasway

Miron Construction

Saxton

Terry Lockridge & Dunn

Top RANK

The Gazette is a media co-sponsor of the initiative.

Comments: (319) 398-8366; thomas.friestad@thegazette.com

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