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Growth shows potential, but we have to shop local

We’re glad to hear about the incremental growth in the city’s industrial tax base that City Manager Steve Howerton has shared in recent days.
The prospect of big things to come, which he has mentioned in hushed tones to maintain the secrecy necessary for successful negotiations, is also tantalizing. The reasons for our growth in a down time have been understandably tied to strong incentives programs implemented here in Ennis that keep big name companies, as well as locally grown operations, interested in being here and growing their business. We have also groomed land for an industrial park that is second to none, and expect some great things out of that in the coming months.

One thing we need to do, however, that has long been a bubbling public concern, is capture retail growth. The Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Task Force has been tasked with helping lure and land retail establishments — big box and mom-and-pop alike. It is part of a well-rounded economy, and while we have experienced growth in a down time by not relying on sales tax revenue generated by such establishments, we will do well to be ready when our economy is ready to support that kind of growth.

We have a collective problem, though. Our community has entirely too much wanderlust when it comes to shopping. As much as we talk the talk about wanting to have more shopping options here in our small town, we aren’t walking the walk. Local business owners have been strapped hard by the recession, and it rests on our shoulders to patronize their establishments.

We can’t sit back and think that a trip to Waxahachie for more accessible brand-name apparel is not going to hurt us in the long term, because it will. We have to realize it is our own destiny we control when we choose to travel to shop. It’s all about shopping locally.

No retail operation wants to come to a market that doesn’t support retail adequately. We aren’t a no-man’s land for retailers by any means, but we have to focus our consumers’ spirits on making use of what is available to us here in this community. Those who do are providing a great boost to the community’s long-term health.

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