A new nonprofit group is encouraging Broome County residents to make more purchases close to home.

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The Binghamton Regional Sustainability coalition has launched “Be Local Broome” to promote locally owned, independent businesses and help foster a sustainable local economy.

20 businesses and organizations have committed to the program as founding members but additional members are being accepted. Contact director Winter Clark at (607) 873-9220, extension 4.

The initiative is using the Be Local Broome website as a program and provides marketing tools to local business owners while educating the public on why buying local is important.

More information is available by going to belocalbroome.com.