July 28 - August 4, 2021: Buy MI Week

WHEREAS, as we work to jumpstart Michigan's economy, every resident in our state can contribute to strengthening Michigan's economy by buying locally produced goods and services; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to vibrant industries including manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism; and,

WHEREAS, buying locally encourages small business growth and helps maintain good paying jobs in Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, according to the Michigan Retailers Association, retailing is responsible for 758,000 jobs in Michigan, a number that could rise through increased local purchases; and,

WHEREAS, if Michigan shoppers switched just one in ten of their out-of-state purchases to a Michigan retailer, it would generate an additional $1.9 billion in economic activity and create nearly 14,355 new jobs, amounting to $533 million in additional wages; and,

WHEREAS, each purchase made at a Michigan store keeps more money in our communities, improves the vitality of our local economies and quality of life, and directly supports our communities, our schools, and our infrastructure; and,

WHEREAS, when we buy locally, we strengthen our commitment to community and put Michigan on a path to economic prosperity; and,

WHEREAS, during this week and throughout the year, we encourage Michigan residents to take advantage of the wonderful industries our state has to offer by "buying Michigan" and show support for Michigan-based businesses across the state;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 28 - August 4, 2021, as Buy Michigan Week.