Monday, November 10, 2008

City Talk - Shopping local is wise investment

I’m sure that all of you have given some thought as to how important in today’s economic climate it is that we consider the benefits of patronizing our local businesses, restaurants and retail establishments in the weeks and months ahead.

Regardless of how the presidential election, and local and state elections turned out, we as citizens, must remember that we can do our part to ensure that our community continues to prosper and grow in the months and years to come. One of the easiest ways to do this, as simple as it may sound, is to remember to do as much of your day to day and holiday shopping right here in Rolla and Phelps County. So please consider the real and significant benefits shopping local will bring not only to you, but our area businesses, retail outlets, restaurants, grocery stores and banking institutions. Fuel prices are fortunately back below the $2 mark, and will hopefully stay that way throughout the holiday season, but the recent reduction in the cost of fuel doesn’t offset the need for all of us to continue to support and patronize our local shops and stores.

And when you decide to purchase locally, you are not only helping to sustain and grow business in the area, but you are also fueling our economy from both an investment and employment perspective. We have much to be grateful for as we approach the holidays, and one of the best ways to demonstrate our gratitude is to reinvest in our community.

In closing I would like to remind residents that Rolla City Hall, located at 901 North Elm Street, will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. The Solid Waste Department will be picking up Tuesday’s trash on Wednesday. The CENTRE, Rolla’s Health and Recreation complex, located at 1200 North Holloway Street, will maintain regular operating hours on Veterans Day from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This Veterans Day the Rolla City Council and Rolla City employees express their gratitude and appreciation for all veterans, both home and abroad, who are serving or have served to protect our freedoms. Please remember to keep our veterans in your thoughts, and let them know how much they are appreciated.

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