To the Editor:
The Meyersdale Area Watch Group (MAWG) commends its community for its active participation on Nov. 23-24 in “Small Business Saturday,” an event organized by the Meyersdale Area Merchants Association.
This event coincided with the American Express-sponsored national event that promoted “shop small.”
Meyersdale shoppers were encouraged to get seven “stamps” from different local businesses to be eligible for a grand prize of $360 in local gift certificates. Fourteen businesses participated and donated certificates.
Business owners reported many first-time visits to their stores as a result of the promotion. Forty-two shoppers submitted completed forms, an impressive thing considering the draw to the enticing Black Friday sales elsewhere.
Congressman-elect Keith Rothfus recently spoke at a special breakfast meeting about the importance of growing the local economy through supporting local businesses and creating a tax structure and government regulations that support growth of small businesses.
MAWG supports our community efforts to thrive and strongly urges the Meyersdale Borough Council to return its focus to “buying local.” Support of our local businesses includes service businesses such as engineering firms and law offices.
Recently, the Meyersdale Borough Council replaced the Somerset County-based solicitor and engineering firm with professionals from Hollidaysburg (Blair County). Now instead of a 20-mile commute, professionals that support our council will submit expenses for a 70-mile commute.
The MAWG seeks answers. What was broken? Why was it necessary to look outside of Somerset County for services; and what is the impact to the budget?
Mardi Vincent, recording secretary
Meyersdale Area Watch Group