All I can say is, "It's about time!" I've been waiting a long time to see an organization and campaign dedictad to getting us focused on supporting Syracuse. I'm convinced that the future strength of our region will rest upon not just local food producers, but thriving and vital independent businesses.
Come learn more about Syracuse First tomorrow night at Al's Wine and Whiskey Lounge in Armory Square from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. It is a kind of a launch reception that will feature David Hess, author of Localist Movements in a Global Economy: Sustainability, Justice and Urban Development in the United States.
So what is Syracuse First about? From their FAQ:
Our primary objective is to encourage Syracuse area residents to “Think Local” when they are considering where to make purchases, to “Buy Local” whenever possible and to “Be Local” by supporting businesses that make the Syracuse area unique.
We want to increase market share to independent, locally-owned businesses by increasing awareness about the personal and community benefits of choosing local.
Other goals of the initiative are to provide a platform for local businesses to network and share best practices; devise strategies to help underemployed individuals become more actively engaged in the economy; and advocate public policies that strengthen independent local businesses, promote economic equity, and protect the environment.
Check out their website, come to Al's and meet folks trying to make Syracuse a better place--hope to see you there!