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Mad River Valley Localvores want to raise $150 million for the local economy and help create local economic stimulus. 

The Mad River Valley Localvores are among the Vermont organizations that have joined forces to promote a new statewide "Keep It In Vermont" campaign, urging people to consider re-investing their $600 to $1,200 federal rebate checks back into the Vermont economy during the coming months.

"Most Vermonters we know have bills to pay and are working hard to make ends meet, and this is an astonishing opportunity for Vermont neighbors to jumpstart our own local economies in time for spring," explains Waitsfield resident Robin McDermott, a Localvore Vermont leader and co-founder of the Keep It In Vermont campaign.

"Why run out and buy a new plasma TV, when we have remarkable Vermont farms, businesses and nonprofits offering high-quality goods and services?" she asked.

"If every one of our 250,000 tax-paying households in Vermont re-invested their federal rebate checks back into our Vermont economies, we'd inject $150 million back into the pockets of our local neighbors during a national economic recession," said Waitsfield resident Rob Williams, Vermont Commons editor and a Champlain College professor.


"The Keep It In Vermont campaign has created an interactive web site -- www.keepitinvermont.org -- where Vermonters can pledge to "keep it in Vermont" and share reinvestment ideas and stories with their neighbors. There's also a county-by-county pledge chart.

The Keep It In Vermont campaign is co-sponsored by Vermont Localvores, Local First Vermont, Chelsea Green, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-Vermont), 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and Vermont Commons; as well as by individual donations.

For further information, contact McDermott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 496-3567.

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