The Buy Local Currituck Campaign is setting records in participation. The number of entries in the contest has just about tripled going from 206 entries in 1st quarter, 2012 to 576 entries 2nd quarter 2014.
“The number of entries is extremely impressive,” Diane Nordstrom, Director of Tourism in Currituck County said. “It just proves that the campaign is effective. More and more people are spending money in the county and that has always been our goal.”
Organizers report that not only were there a record number of receipts turned in for the second quarter of 2014, the receipts were valued at $77,042 which is a significant increase from the $35,078 receipt totals collected in the first quarter of 2012.
The 2014 Second Quarter drawing was held on July 24th at the Acoustic Sunset event at Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg. Three lucky winners were selected. Through generous donations from local businesses, they are being presented a total of over $2,600 in prizes.
Since the Buy Local Currituck campaign’s inception in 2012, local businesses have generously donated over $24,500 in prizes. Receipts from participants were collected, counted and totaled more than $503,727. This figure represents money spent in Currituck County with local businesses.
The campaign focuses on promoting local businesses and educating residents on the importance of shopping local. To help achieve this goal, the Buy Local Currituck website is getting an upgrade from a local company, VBL Technologies. The site will be more user friendly and will provide easy access to local business information. The website will also be integrated with a responsive design allowing mobile users the best optimized format for their devices.
“As a local Currituck County business, it is important to our employees and business to support the local economy,” stated Brett McIntyre, of VBL Technologies. “Helping improve the Buy Local Currituck website and participating in this great contest is an excellent way to show our appreciation to those who buy local and keep their business with VBL Technologies every day.”
Shopping in Currituck builds a sense of community among local residents. It also generates tax revenue, creates new jobs, has a multiplier effect where local businesses use the money to purchase advertising, supplies, etc. from other local businesses which further strengthens the local economy. Shopping locally also helps to increase the quality of life for local residents living and working in Currituck County.
The Third Quarter contest has just begun and runs from July 1 through September 30, 2014. To participate, shop at local businesses, spend $3 or more each time, save your receipts, put five receipts in an envelope with your name, address and phone number, and drop it in a collection box at any Currituck County public library, Currituck Senior Center, the Currituck County Welcome Center in Moyock or Visitor Center in Corolla, the Currituck Chamber of Commerce office, or the Currituck YMCA.
For more information on the Buy Local Currituck campaign, visit www.buylocalcurrituck.com.