The New Localism Toolkit

The New Localism Toolkit consists of resources for ABA members to help share important new information about localism and retail trends with customers, elected officials, and the media.

The toolkit is an outgrowth of the recent Civic Economics study "Amazon & Empty Storefronts.​" The study reports that Amazon’s online sales — in 2014 alone — resulted in $625 million in lost state and local sales taxes, while an additional $420 million was lost in property taxes — totaling more than $1 billion nationwide.

The materials in the Toolkit include​ New Localism FAQs/Talking Points,​ consumer pieces for print and web, tips on speaking with the media and public officials, sample letters to send to officials, a sample press release. and more.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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