(PINSON, Ala. WIAT)– Three months ago, 22 Jefferson County mayors made a promise to promote the local economy on a county level, not just a city level. Now, another mayor has signed the good neighbor pledge.
Mayor Hoyt Sanders of Pinson says his reasoning is simple; this pledge follows the golden rule.
“We would never want someone to steal a business from us so we had never sought a business to move here from somewhere else.”-Mayor Hoyt Sanders
For local business owners, it offers some unexpected benefits. Shelly Garcia owns Shelly’s Bakery in Pinson. Through the good neighbor pledge, she won’t have to worry as much about the competition being recruited to her city.
“More money, more customers. Every day, we have different customers who say, ‘today is my first day.'”-Shelly Garcia
The mayor says that although this wasn’t the intent, it does offer local businesses some peace of mind.
“The benefit for existing businesses, in part, is we would not go and pouch a competitor. We do have thriving business districts, naturally, we’re always looking for growth…”-Mayor Hoyt Sanders
Through the good neighbor pledge, participating cities will not offer incentives that give them an advantage over its neighboring cities. Business owners are still able to take their pick on where they want to open. Data has shown cities that partner as a region have a better chance at growth than cities that operate alone.