24Jul Rep. Hughes: Support local industries during upcoming Buy Michigan Week Categories: Hughes News,News State Rep. Holly Hughes today encouraged local residents to consider buying locally made products and services during Buy Michigan Week – set to run from July 28-Aug. 5.Purchasing goods and services locally leads to a positive ripple effect on the region and is a statistically proven practice that promotes small business growth, creates more jobs and strengthens state and local economies.“Agriculture, retail, summer tourism and a variety of other industries in Michigan have a profound impact on nearby communities,” said Hughes, of Montague, who serves on the House Commerce and Trade Committee. “These industries help support our communities. They provide jobs to our residents. It’s important we recognize this and help to support them with our consumer dollars when we can because some of those dollars are going directly back into the community. It’s a positive cycle that makes for a strong state.”In October, the Michigan House passed a resolution supporting “Buy Nearby” – an annual statewide promotion for shopping at local retail outlets instead of alternatives via the internet. The Buy Nearby project estimated that if Michigan residents made a concerted effort to buy locally, an additional $9 billion in economic activity would follow and nearly 74,000 jobs could be created. Up to $2.5 billion in additional wages could be cultivated through the new jobs, per the project’s report.