Municipalities around Illinois continue to struggle to balance budgets, so every bit of tax revenue they can generate helps the bottom line. Alton Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany says shopping local helps not only the local merchants, but the city as well. Keeping money in Alton is a goal of every shop owner, restauranteur, and check writer in the city.
McGibany says shops in our city create local employment and self-employment, which leads to those people spending in the local economy.
She reminds that small business is the backbone of any economy, and encourages all Altonians to shop local whenever possible, and touts the wide variety of businesses the city has to offer.