KEEPING IT LOCAL MAKES SENSE

by Helen Neuharth, President/CEO, Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce

Happy 2019! Have you made a resolution for the new year? Even if you have, I’d like to encourage you to make another resolution to support our community in 2019.

You can attend events in the area, support the theater and arts, volunteer in one of the many organizations, churches or schools, and always look in Casa Grande first before heading off to another county or online to make your purchases.

The City of Casa Grande in partnership with other organizations is working on a shop-local program. By exploring the variety of shopping available in our City, you can save yourself time, money and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Katie Vazquez, Alliance VISTA, Shop Local Program Manager at the Casa Grande Main Street office, downtown@cgmailbox.com.

This past year, I have heard more people discuss businesses that have closed their doors in Casa Grande, but you don’t hear people talking about the new businesses opening up. The more positive we are when conversing about our community, the better we will feel. You’ll see that a positive attitude is contagious when you talk to others about our City.

It also amazes me when I hear individuals say “there is nothing to do” in Casa Grande. Again, take time to look around; read the local paper, check the internet to find out what is happening in our community. You can view the Casa Grande Community Calendar on the Chamber’s website casagrandechamber.org or stop by the Chamber office and pick up a printout of the calendar of upcoming events.

The BlackBox Theatre Foundation, blackboxaz.com; Central Arizona College, centralaz.edu; and area schools have a number of performances and sporting events throughout the year. Check out the events held in historic downtown Casa Grande through Casa Grande Main Street’s website cgmainstreet.org.

Be sure to stop at the Chamber’s 2019 Home, Health & Garden Show and Car & Truck Show on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CityGate, 2300 E. Tanger Drive, Casa Grande, at I-10 and Jimmie Kerr Boulevard. There will be more than 60 businesses exhibiting information about their services and products as well as a Car & Truck Show, food vendors, a beer garden and music outside. It is a free event designed to help you learn more about our great community.

We also invite you to stop by the Chamber office at 575 N. Marshall St.to pick up your copies of the free 2019 Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Business Directory/Community Guide.

Let’s make 2019 the year of learning about and celebrating Casa Grande. See you around town!