By Justin Seward
While the “Support Local. Stay Local.” Initiative has been in place since Alberta’s phase 2 beginning, Bow Island Mayor Gordon Reynolds is wanting to remind people of the efforts that local businesses have been doing to keep people supplied amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For those businesses that were closed down during the first phase, (now)that are reopened, we want people to comeback and support them,” said Reynolds.
“But definitely to continue supporting the local businesses and recognize how important they are. If we didn’t have those local businesses or those grocery stores,hardware stores or various services locally (and) this pandemic hits, we’ve got problems.”
Reynolds says over the years, the town has been trying to get that message out, but the timing was right now as there have been a lot of businesses reopened.
“It’s matter of we’re putting up some posters and that sort of thing. Basically urging people to support local,” said Reynolds.
Decals will be also noticed on the town’s equipment.
Since Bow Island had started working on the initiative, Reynolds has noticed a regional economic recovery group has been working on a similar campaign.
“We’ll see how all this goes,” he said on the campaign lasting through the pandemic.
“We do have a plan to change up the messaging as time goes on. Keep it fresh.”