‘Altus Approved’ program launched

Special to the Altus Times

The Altus and Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation or EDC is working with local businesses and groups to introduce the “Altus Approved” shop local program.

It will kick off June 15 and go through the end of summer.

Businesses that participate will receive promotional items and cross promotion through the Altus Chamber of Commerce at no cost to the business.

Customers will be encouraged to spend their dollars in Altus this summer, helping boost the local economy. They will also have access to special discounts and offers from participating businesses.

“The purpose of the Altus Approved program is to assist local Altus businesses through the summer months,” said Brian Bush, president and CEO of the Altus Chamber of Commerce and EDC director. “We want to encourage Altus residents to shop at their local stores. We have put together some fun promotional material as well as discussed discounts and incentives with businesses and we look forward to carrying this program on for years to come.”

According to Bush, the City of Altus is a small-town oasis with an invested community. Through the program, the EDC encourages citizens to support local businesses and promote what Altus has to offer through social media with the Twitter hashtag #AltusApproved.

The momentum gained from the summer program will be garnered and used for future campaigns during the holiday shopping months. Since the program encourages shopping local, it will also provide incentives for local gifts as opposed to buying online.

The mission and purpose of the EDC is to promote the economic growth of Altus, Jackson County and Southwest Oklahoma, to provide gainful employment for the citizens of the area and to assist in such relocation by offering information, technical assistance and support, either financial or otherwise and to offer continuous help and support to existing businesses.

Special to the Altus Times

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