WHEREAS, Food Retailers Week provides a time to celebrate the food retail industry and its dedication to the public in their delivery of services to our state; and,
WHEREAS, the retail food industry is comprised of grocers, specialty food markets, convenience stores, and pharmacies along with many other businesses providing access to food at retail in their communities; and,
WHEREAS, this industry contributes an estimated gross total of $24.8 billion to Michigan’s economy through its direct sales, indirect economic impact on other industries and employment; and,
WHEREAS, the retail food industry directly supported 198,000 full and part time jobs along with an additional 75,000 indirect jobs; and,
WHEREAS, businesses in the food retail industry contribute nearly $900 million in state and local taxes to state and local governments; and,
WHEREAS, as we celebrate Food Retailers Week in Michigan, we acknowledge the many contributions these businesses and their employees make to our state;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 24-30, 2017 as Food Retailers Week in Michigan.