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Local Economy in Focus for State Senate Task Force

Filed in Economic Development, NEWS HEADLINES by on January 21, 2018 0 Comments • views: 453

State Senators Julian Cyr and Vinny DeMacedo will host a meeting of the Massachusetts State Senate Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail in Hyannis. The Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail was formed last year to identify ways to help local retailers become more competitive.

Monday, the Task Force will be on Cape Cod to discuss the economy with local business owners. A lunch with local businesses will take place at the Land Ho! in Harwich at noon, followed by a walking tour of Harwich Port businesses. Next, the group will move on to Alberto’s Ristorante in Hyannis for a public discussion with residents and business owners about the challenges and successes of our local Cape Cod economy. That session begins at 1:30 PM>

The Task Force was formed to address a number of key factors, including challenges faced by local retailers in competing against online sellers, closures of local retailers and the impact that has on local economies and property tax bases, initiatives by local retailers to increase their market share, and how state and local governments can encourage purchases from local retailers.

“Growing up in my family business, I have a deep appreciation for the unique challenges and opportunities facing small businesses in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Cyr. “Local retail shop owners are struggling to maintain a decent share of the market, while competing with the pervasiveness of online shopping. Communities like Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket experience the added difficulty of navigating seasonal fluctuations. I am grateful to have a seat at the table in these bipartisan discussions.”

The Massachusetts State Senate Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail will meet on Monday, January 22nd from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Alberto’s Ristorante on Main Street in Hyannis. All are welcome to attend and share feedback with task force members on priorities for the retail economy on the Cape and Islands.

What:

State Senators Julian Cyr and Vinny deMacedo are hosting a public meeting of the Massachusetts State Senate Task Force on Strengthening Local Retail. All are welcome to attend and share feedback with task force members on priorities for the retail economy on the Cape and Islands.

Date:

Monday, January 22nd, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location:

Alberto’s Ristorante, 360 Main Street, Hyannis

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