There are new efforts to grow the local economy in Pike County, Illinois.
It’s happening in Pittsfield, where a new group is voluntarily working to put the town on the map.
The group, “Picture Pittsfield” focuses on bettering business in the downtown area through three main committees: Economic Development, Life and Tourism and Parks and Recreation.
This week, the president of “Picture Pittsfield” said the focus is on life and tourism in an effort to bring people in to shops and restaurants downtown.
The group is doing so through a “cash mob,” an event where the group pairs up with local shops and restaurants in effort to bring them more business.
“The cash mob is designed to hit several goals,” Picture PIttsfield President Jessica Guthrie said. “First of all, we want to promote our local businesses. We want money to be spent at our local businesses. So participants are invited to come hang out all together and we encourage them to spend at least 25 dollars at the local business.”
J Roberts Jewelers and Kate’s Saloon are the first businesses that will participate in the cash mob.
“I think fantastic,” J Roberts Jewelers Bob Pitchford said. “I think they all need a pat on the back for that. It’s easy to you know, not think about your businesses locally, it’s easy to like I said, go out of town. I think they’re doing a great job and it’s going to be fantastic and hopefully it generates more business here in Pittsfield.”
With many vacancies in the downtown square, the group also hopes this serves as an opportunity for people to learn more about starting their own business.