Shop Local Banners Appearing In Cleveland


GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — New banners have appeared on light posts across downtown Cleveland. The banners urging people to shop, eat, and play local are an effort to encourage residents to support local Cleveland businesses. Lisa Cooley at the CleCleveland-Bolivarunty Chamber of Commerce says “Shopping in Cleveland is critical to the local economy.” According to Chamber statistics some eighty retailers and almost thirty restaurants create over 1,000 jobs in Cleveland, with approximately 500 of those in the food services industry. For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $68 stays in the local economy compared to only $43 if spent at a national chain and nothing at all if spent outside of Bolivar County or online. Sixty-eight banners have been installed along Sharpe Street, Cotton Row, Court Street, and on a portion of North Street. The new banners were funded by the Cleveland Heritage Commission and a private donor.

 

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