rebuilding sacramento county
jobs and economic development

In challenging times, times like we have experienced for over two years, consumers tend to eliminate luxuries from their budgets and tightly manage their disposable incomes.  From cutting back on extras to more prudent spending, people, rightly, inject a certain degree of caution into their financial habits.  In this such environment, smaller, local businesses count on your patronage in order to stay afloat.  Every transaction is precious to them and every dollar is valuable.  So, when deciding where to spend your hard-earned income on tonight’s take-out or a birthday gift for your child, I urge you to consider the benefits of turning to local, independently owned businesses within our community.

My name is Steve Ly, and I am running for the District 5 seat on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.  As a former Mayor, City Council member, and School Board Trustee, I have worked tirelessly for the citizens of Sacramento, including a proven track record of economic growth within our county.  During my leadership tenure, as a result of several successful buy local campaigns that I championed, the city of Elk Grove was able to create over 6,600 jobs, while also establishing long-term relationships with our small business owners.

There are, of course, additional benefits to shopping local.  By supporting local businesses, you are supporting your local economy.  Studies done by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that for every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community.  Local retailers return more than three times as much money for each dollar of sales to the community than chain competitors, and local restaurants return more than two times as much money for each dollar of sales than national restaurant chains.

By supporting a small business, you’re also directly supporting this community by injecting resources into the local economy and creating local jobs.  These local businesses help to create and sustain jobs as well as keep the area vibrant and buzzing with shoppers and tourists.  Coming together in a show of support for a local business, demonstrates that you appreciate the things they’re doing for your neighborhood and the services that they are providing to your family.

Every purchase made from these businesses helps the small business owner to pursue their own idea of happiness while, in turn, providing reciprocal benefit to the community in the form of jobs and growth.  This is critical for the sustainability of our community.  We need to make sure that we not only preserve the integrity of the businesses we have, but support our local businesses in such that a manner that we become an attractive environment for small businesses looking to start-up or relocate.  A critical aspect of growing the economy and creating jobs is attracting new opportunities.  During my administration, we developed practices and policies appealing to businesses including streamlining the permit process, and providing financial incentives.  This included the innovative economic development grants offered to local breweries as a means to jumpstart businesses that could bring visitors to Elk Grove.  I can bring a level of familiarity and understanding to this position that no other candidate can offer and it is one more reason why Experience Matters.

It really comes down to this.  Local businesses are owned and operated by your friends and neighbors.  Like you, they care about and are invested in the well-being of our district and, as such, they are more accountable to community and far more willing to contribute to the success of our collective future.  I certainly recognize that it is not always the easiest or most convenient option to patronize a local independent business when a large national chain is right around the corner, but I ask you to allow for the enormous benefits doing when that option is presented.

As your elected representative, I will assure you that my priority will be to make certain that jobs remain in our community and that we become an area of concentration for economic growth.  Supporting businesses is a key element to creating new jobs and assisting in the economic development of our region.

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