Would "Community Dollars" Work For Union City?

By Philip Brewer

I remember reading an article a couple of year's ago about a small community creating "Community Currency" to help promote keeping their money local and helping their fellow neighbors. Recently, I read another article about the same idea in the city of Davis in California.

Nicholas Barry created "Davis Dollars" to help make the community stronger, promote interactions between neighbors and to promote people working together to solve local problems.

The money you spend in locally-owned businesses has a much bigger impact on your community compared to spending the same amount at national chains. Spending money locally helps create jobs, helps support city services from sales tax, and helps with neighborhood improvement and community development.

Do you think Union City could benefit from an idea like this?