Economic development officials say Baldwin City’s ‘buy local’ policy should be more local

At Monday’s Baldwin City Council meeting, members of the Baldwin City Economic Development Corporation praised the city’s effort to develop a “buy local” purchasing policy but questioned its definition of “local.”

City finance director Brad Smith introduced discussion of a draft purchasing policy that would emphasize making purchases within a 20-mile radius of the city. Under the policy, the city would make every effort to purchase locally when an item cost $500 or less and would do the same for a $500 to $5,000 purchase unless savings of at least 5 percent could be achieved by buying elsewhere. The policy wouldn’t apply to items of more than $5,000.

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