January 31, 2018
Sparta, NC – Alleghany County today announced that its “Buying Locally” initiative has resulted in the County Government spending $94,974.95 with 34 local vendors during the month of January.
“The current Board of Commissioners have emphasized buying goods and services from Alleghany County vendors whenever possible. The county staff has embraced this,” stated Michael James, County Manager. “We always have to balance being good stewards of taxpayer money. That means sometimes we do have to go outside the county to obtain goods and services. But our county employees try diligently to transact business locally. Since we do not have any ‘big box’ retailers here in Alleghany County this money is being spent at family-owned businesses. These vendors live here and in turn re-spend that money locally. With the way the calendar fell in January, we had three check runs instead of the normal two which partially explains the increase.”
During January, the County purchased such items as HVAC repairs at the Community College, CRISIS heating oil for Social Services recipients, numerous upset bid legal advertisements in the Alleghany News to the meals served to inmates at the county jail from locally-based, family-owned businesses.
“We are proud to support our local vendors. Alleghany County is home to many top-notch small businesses,” added Mark Evans, Board Chairman and small business owner.
The buying locally results by vendor are updated approximately every two weeks on the county website at the following link: http://alleghanycounty-nc.gov/announcements/category/buying-locally/
For More Information Contact:
Alleghany County Manager