Lee County Partners Launch “Buy Lee County Campaign”

Written by on May 7, 2020

Lee County, IA, May 7, 2020– The Keokuk Chamber, Economic Development and Main Street, Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce and Lee County EDG have partnered together to launch “Buy Lee County”, an initiative to stimulate the local economy after the Covid-19 shut downs hit local businesses.

Buy Lee County is an incentive to shop locally by giving $10 extra on a $20 purchase of Chamber Checks or Keokuk Kash. “Fort Madison Chamber, Keokuk Chamber and Lee County Economic Development are all supporting this incentive financially to give back to our community. We’re looking forward to helping those who always help us!” says Savanna Collier, Fort Madison Chamber Coordinator.
While we’re practicing social distancing to prevent the spread, it’s very important that we support our local businesses here in Lee County as well. Most of our favorite restaurants and stores are offering curbside pickup, delivery, or online shopping options. Help these local businesses by purchasing Buy Lee County Certificates to use at any Lee County Business.
Together, this group is using the Fort Madison Chamber and Keokuk Chamber’s certificate programs to create an influx of money being spent locally. The Chamber Check and Keokuk Kash programs promote shopping local by allowing these checks to only be used in Lee County.
“As organizations we have been working together to provide webinars to our local businesses, we also wanted to create a program to provide an opportunity for local stimulus for Lee County businesses, says Shelley Oltmans, Executive Director of the Keokuk Chamber, “We made the decision to use our existing Chambers’ certificate programs. The Chamber Check and Keokuk Kash programs promote shopping local by allowing these checks to be used in Lee County.”

The group will be hosting a Lee County Q&A Session on May 12th for any business that would like more information about the program. Businesses can register at Lee County EDG’s COVID-19 web page or by contacting Dana Millard at dmillard@leecountyedg.com.

Certificates will be available to purchase May 18th. Each Chamber will have 250 certificates each valued at $30 available for purchase for $20 each. In order to allow equal opportunity for people and businesses to purchase, there is a limit of 10 checks; a $200 purchase. Individuals or businesses that would like to purchase more than 10 checks, will receive the match for the first 10 checks only, but will be recognized as a community sponsor for their large purchase.
Chamber Checks and Keokuk Kash have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for cash. For information on uses and expirations, please contact your local Chamber office.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact: Savanna Collier, Fort Madison Area Chamber 319-372-5471 and chamber@fortmadison.com
Shelley Oltmans, Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce 319-520-0209 and officemanager@keokukchamber.com
Dana Millard, Lee County EDG 319-931-7182 and dmillard@leecountyedg.com
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