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Task force focuses on Carrboro’s local economy

By Susan Dickson
Staff Writer

The Local Living Economy Task Force hopes to launch educational campaigns for consumers and entrepreneurs, hold events to engage citizens in the local economy and create a coalition of local businesses, task force representatives reported to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen on Tuesday.

The board created the task force in March of last year to help Carrboro achieve a locally owned, operated and supported economy. Members were appointed in May to serve a period of 18 months and were charged with investigating strategies by which the town could help foster the development of a sustainable, locally owned and run economy.

Sammy Slade, chair of the task force, said it is creating a business directory and a list of business resources to be posted on the town website to provide consumers and entrepreneurs with information they can use to buy local and maintain local businesses.

An educational campaign targeting consumers would offer reasons to buy local, tying the Carrboro economy into the economic crisis and providing information on the benefits of shopping local, Slade said.

In addition, the task force plans several ongoing events, as well as an “Honor Junk” event, which would encourage reuse, recycling, repairing and reselling.
For entrepreneurs, task force members would also like to hold a town business workshop. According to Slade, task force surveys of local businesses indicated strong interest in such a workshop.

The task force will report to the board again in November.

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