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July 28, 2014, 7:37 pm
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Local First Springfield Has a First of Their Own


Bill McMahon, Executive Director of Local First Springfield
Bill McMahon, Executive Director of Local First Springfield

Local First Springfield announces their first-ever staff member, and their first-ever Executive Director.

 

Bill McMahon’s first task with the organization will be to communicate with local businesses on the importance of networking with Local First Springfield in an effort to continue educating consumers on the importance of buying local first.

 

He also says he will strive to get people to think about what happens when spend their money--13 percent of their dollar stays local when they buy from a big box store and 45 percent of their dollar stays local when they buy local.

 

McMahon says the first big push is the Home for the Holidays campaign that will focus on local conusmers and businesses to spend their holiday shopping money in the Springfield area.

 

Local First works to encourage consumers to buy local through educational campaigns and networking locally owned businesses together to build the local economy.

 

McMahon moved to Springfield from Chicago where he was the Assistant Commissioner for Workforce Development for the City of Chicago.  He has been in Springfield since early 2011.

 

For more information about Local First Springfield visit LocalFirstSpringfield.com.

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