Mayor Proclaims February “Got Choice… Think Local” Month on Maui

February 2, 2010, 5:48 PM HST · Updated February 3, 9:08 AM
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Mayor Charmaine Tavares issued a proclamation today declaring February “Got Choice… Think Local” month in the County of Maui.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares looks at a promotional t-shirt displayed by Economic Development Coordinator Deidre Tegarden (left).

Mayor Charmaine Tavares looks at a promotional t-shirt displayed by Economic Development Coordinator Deidre Tegarden (left). Photo courtesy County of Maui.

The proclamation kicked off the county campaign, which promotes the support of Maui businesses and encourages the public to keep their dollars circulating within the community.

Promotions featured during the month-long campaign include incentives like a complimentary reusable shopping tote for consumers with receipts totaling at least $50 spent at any business in Maui County this year, and coupons valid for various benefits offered by the more than 180 participating local businesses.

During the proclamation signing, Tavares said, “You have choices to make everyday on what to spend your dollar on. This is the way we can all make a positive difference in our community during these tough times. Put your dollar into the right hands – the hands of someone in our own community.”

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County of Maui Economic Development Coordinator Deidre Tegarden said the campaign is, “already taking off in a big way.”

In her remarks, Mayor Tavares said, “Buying local is an investment in our community that supports local families, and highlights how buying locally produced, fresh and nutritious agricultural products can help ensure that there will be farms and ranches in our county for future generations.”

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