Why Credits?

Why do we use credits?

Local currency empowers the community!

Local Economy A local currency provides real support for our local economy and the unique goods and services it provides. This boost to local commerce safeguards jobs, keeps our locally-owned businesses thriving, promotes the production of local goods and services and differentiates our local culture from big-box stores and “Generic Americana.” Sustainability The local economic model promoted by the PLENTY affords greater use of recycled materials, locally available material, and renewable resources. Decreasing the distance between producers and consumers reduces the need for long-distance transportation. Keeping our downtown businesses and local markets vibrant also preserves the options of walking, cycling, and busing to nearby stores. Community Members seek each other out, meet face-to-face, and get to know their neighbors. The PLENTY allows the “small town values” of neighborliness, generosity and self-reliance to blend with our community’s traditional support for diversity, social justice, and responsible development.