Choose Local First is a local initiative created by the Chehalis Community Renaissance Team (CCRT), Centralia Downtown Association (CDA) and the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the campaign is to bring awareness to our local businesses, boost our local economy and foster civic pride. It was developed to educate residents why their support of local businesses is a direct benefit to our community as a whole and to the individuals who live here. With each decision to Choose Local First, tax revenues are increased for a stronger infrastructure, community relationships and partnerships are enhanced, and our character as a community becomes more defined. As a result, the community will gain a stronger sense of importance that will come from investing in itself.
The mission of the Choose Local First Campaign is to strengthen the economic and social framework of Chehalis and Centralia by supporting, encouraging and publicizing the community's locally-owned businesses and raising awareness about the importance of choosing local.