Shift 10% of your spending!

Localism is all about loving the community you live in. The Shift 10% challenge is a great way to show your personal support for the local businesses, events and organizations in your community that make it the unique community you call home. By pledging to shift 10 % of the money you are currently spending online or in another community, you’re telling the little league baseball team, or your local law enforcement, or the folks who are putting on the fair, farmer’s market, or summer concert, that you appreciate all they do to make your community feel like HOME!

  • A 10% shift in local spending can generate approximately $178 in new economic activity for every person that makes the 10% Shift!

  • For every 1,000 residents that Shift just 10% of their spending back into local businesses, 2 jobs are created and $6,500 in new wages is generated.

  • If just half of the residents in the Vision West ND region made the 10% Shift that would generate over $19 mil in new economic activity, 217 new jobs would be created and $702,000 in new wages!! (2015 Population total for Vision West ND region – 217,041. Half of that 108,520 new economic activity = $19,316,649)

Shift the Way You Shop

Shifting your spending doesn't cost more - it just takes a little effort!

Shift the Way You Source

If you own a business, shift your sourcing. Every time you shift, you are helping with North Dakota's recovery.

Shift the Way You Spend  

If you are on a non-profit board, make the commitment to shift the way you spend.

What’s the economic impact for your county?

New dollars recirculating

A 10% shift in local spending can generate approximately $178 in new economic activity for every person that makes the 10% Shift!

New jobs & local wages

For every 500 residents that Shift just 10% of their spending back into local businesses, approximately 1 new job is created and $3,250 in new wages is generated.

A small shift makes a big difference

If just half of the residents in the Vision West ND region made the 10% shift:

  • Over $19 million in new economic activity would be generated.

  • 217 new jobs would be created.

  • $702,000 in new wages would be earned.

(2015 Population total for Vision West ND region – 217,041 with 108,520 participating = $19,316,649 in new economic activity. Estimates based on the results experienced in Grand Rapids, MI.)

How do you know if you’ve shifted 10%?

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What's 10% for me?

We recognize that there are just some things you may not be able to purchase locally. So, think of the items you can get locally.

  • Are you purchasing those items out of town because “you’re already there?” Before making an online purchase, or picking the item up while you’re out of town, ask yourself, “Can I get that here at home?”

  • Are you assuming that some items are “cheaper” because they’re from Amazon or a discount chain? Double check. Make sure. You might be pleasantly surprised!

  • Fill up the tank in town!

  • Ask your local gift shop if they’ll ship a gift for you, instead of ordering and having it shipped online.

  • Let your local grocer know about the items you’d like to get locally.

  • Take a look at your weekly budget. How much did you spend on groceries? Was at least 10% of that spent in your community?

For more information click here… Economic Studies