Ithaca Blog

Friday, December 04, 2009

"Local First Ithaca" Builds Area Economy

It is a little disconcerting to see the word "only" in the headlines alongside " 11,000 U.S. jobs lost in November."

But the reality is that this is - only - 10%of the number of jobs lost in either October or September.

President Obama is supposedly rolling up his sleeves now to create a jobs program.

We like the guy; but his record so far, on war and Wall Street, is weak, to say the least.

Maybe on jobs, the one-time community organizer will finally hit his stride.

In the meantime, in Ithaca, we have our own model for helping ourselves and one another: the Local First Ithaca campaign is in its second season of promoting local businesses at holiday time.

Take a look at their web site ( and Facebook page for all their activities and promotions. Among them is "10 % on the Tenth," where many participating businesses (there are over 100) offer 10% off all purchases on December 10th. There is also a drawing, at the end of the month, for gift cards, for the proverbial lucky winners, of $50, $100, and $250.

Steve Burke
for Ithaca NY Blog

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