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OV continues to encourage shopping locally


Starting next month, the Town of Oro Valley will kick off its Holiday Shop Oro Valley Campaign, which will run through Jan. 3 of next year.

After shopping in Oro Valley, and spending more than $25 at one business, people can drop off their receipts at the Oro Valley Town Hall Administration Office for a chance to win a weekly prize each Friday, which are usually gift cards to an Oro Valley business.

After each week, the receipts are set aside to all be entered into the grand prize, which is a “stay-cation” at the Hilton El Conquistador.

Participants do not need to be present for the drawing each week in order to win.

In addition to the Holiday Shop Oro Valley Campaign, the town will continue its other incentives to shop within the town.

OV Dollars, which was launched in December of 2011, is a financial campaign the town introduced to keep money in Oro Valley, because sales tax in the town accounts for 47.5 percent of the general fund.

The idea is simple. When purchasing OV Dollars, anywhere from $10 to $500 can be put on an OV Dollars card, which acts like a debit card, but can only be used at one of the current 71 participating business in the town.

Since its inception, $100,375 in OV Dollars has been purchased, with $89,445.48 spent so far within the community.

Amanda Jacobs, who is the economic development manager for the town, understands the connection between the quality of life the town boasts and what shopping locally encourages.

“It goes towards infrastructure, our public safety and parks, and our core programs it services that the Oro Valley residents and visitors have come to enjoy,” Jacobs said. “It’s great getting to see our residents and visitors actually spending those dollars in Oro Valley.”

OV Dollars can be purchased at the Town Hall or at the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce’s office, 7435 N. Oracle Road, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If one purchases $100 or more in OV Dollars at the chamber’s office, the chamber will give them $10 in cash.

“It’s 10 percent on your money. That’s hard to find these days,” said Dave Perry, the President and CEO for the chamber. “We believe in shopping local, because it creates business activity that supports jobs and helps businesses succeed. Our board is committed to the success of this community, and we draw upon our own resources to give people an incentive to shop in Oro Valley.”