30Jul Rep. Hauck invites residents to think local during Buy Michigan Week Categories: Hauck News,News Legislator: Local business serves as key cog of state’s economyState Rep. Roger Hauck today encouraged residents in Isabella and Midland Counties to consider buying locally made products and services during Buy Michigan Week – running through Aug. 5.Purchasing goods and services locally creates a positive impact on a region through small business growth, more available jobs and strengthened state and local economies.“Around 50 cents of every dollar spent locally will stay local – helping provide money to our schools, roads, first responders and other areas of need. When that money is not leaving the state, it can make a huge difference on the economic health of our communities,” said Hauck, of Mt. Pleasant. “Michigan has a tremendous track record as a producer, and this week is a great opportunity to bring awareness to what we can do when we invest in our state’s industries as consumers.”In October, the Michigan House passed a resolution supporting “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives online. The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created. Up to $2.5 billion in additional wages could be cultivated through the new jobs, per the project’s report.In recognition of their work, Hauck plans on distributing and delivering tributes to local businesses in the area as Buy Michigan Week kicks into gear.