Help our economy by thinking local first

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The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is stepping to the fore in a solid effort to boost the local economy.
The latest season of  the Think Lancaster First campaign took flight at the chamber’s annual Rub of the Green golf tournament on Oct. 11 at the Lancaster Golf Club.
A highlight of the popular golf tournament was a hot-air balloon, which was adorned with the Think Lancaster First banner.
The balloon was a hot spot during the afternoon tournament with more than 100 riders.
Dean Faile, the chamber president, said the golf tournament drew its largest field in several teams, 21 foursomes.
A beautiful fall afternoon was the backdrop for the campaign.
The idea is to push for county residents to shop locally for services including retail, dining and medical needs.
Area businesses were able to be a part of the previous campaign  as they were provided Think Lancaster First signs and banners and were included in a campaign advertising materials.
The latest campaign features a Think Lancaster First coupon book.
The coupon books, which cost $10 each, feature some 80 businesses with savings of more than $1,000.
With the oncoming holiday season, the coupon book will be something to consider when it comes to shopping.
The chamber has come up with a keen idea to boost book sales.
The coupon books will be sold by county schools, with $5 of the $10 sale going to the schools.
It’s a novel way to  boost our economy and help our schools.
Chamber Vice President Melissa Walker-Price said the goal is a win-win situation.
“To drive more business traffic locally, to provide a vehicle for fundraising for education and to give citizens an easy way to Think Lancaster First,” Walker-Price said. “So we hope residents will respond positively when students call on them about purchasing the Think Lancaster First Coupon Book.”
So when you hear the knock on the front door, or the door bell ringing, think positively as a way of helping our local economy as well as county education.
We see it as a way of providing a helping hand now and in the future.