Monday, December 6, 2010

Snow Days

Please Shop Locally

The community of Sioux Center and Sioux County are an aberration for rural Iowa counties.  Sioux County is one of just a few rural counties that are growing.  Strong economic development is a blessing in tough economic times.  Last fall I read in the Sioux City Journal that Sioux County was ranked eleventh in being resistant to the recession.  Our local businesses play a large part in keeping Sioux Center a vibrant community.

The Sioux Center District benefits greatly when people choose to frequent the local businesses.  The district has added ten new class rooms, a new high school roof, and new Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units at the high school.  These projects were funded by the State-wide Penny Tax.  A penny of every dollar spent in Sioux County goes to the schools of Sioux County for infrastructure.  In the 2009-2010 school year that was $758,702 for the Sioux Center Schools.  If an individual shops in another county in Iowa, the schools in that county benefit.  If a purchase is completed over the Internet, no schools benefit.

As you buy those special gifts this Christmas season I would urge you to shop locally whenever possible.  It is good for our school, our businesses, and our community.