A Georgia State Senate resolution recognizing independent bookstores was adopted last week. This was sponsored by, among others, our own State Senator Jason Carter.
Senate Resolution 1219
Recognizing independent bookstores and commending independent booksellers; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, the independent bookstores of Georgia are valuable cultural resources that contribute greatly to the fabric of this state and the communities which they serve; and
WHEREAS, independent bookstores are locally owned small businesses that hire local employees, buy local supplies, bank locally, hire local attorneys, accountants, designers, artists, computer technicians, and other professionals, advertise in local media, and occupy physical retail space, thereby strengthening communities by circulating a larger share of revenues in the local economy than chain stores or online retailers; and
WHEREAS, independent bookstores support state and local governments by collecting sales taxes which pay for local schools, public safety, roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure that contribute to a better quality of life in the community; and
WHEREAS, independent bookstores promote literacy in the community and often support local schools and libraries with reading programs, book clubs, charitable book sales, and direct contributions and donations; and
WHEREAS, studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains and 100 percent more than online retailers; and
WHEREAS, independent bookstores often serve as cultural centers which host literary and educational events, seminars, lectures, workshops, story times for children, and other events which provide value to the community; and
WHEREAS, Georgia authors often depend on independent bookstores to promote and
22 introduce their works to an audience of readers that the author may not otherwise reach, and many famous Georgia authors owe their success to independent booksellers who believed in their work and helped make them known to wider audiences, as well as regional and national publishers and editors; and
WHEREAS, independent bookstores are each unique, displaying the individual personalities of their owners and contributing to commercial diversity, making communities more interesting and attractive.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE that the members of this body commend Georgia's independent bookstores, their owners, and their staff for their invaluable contributions to this state, their creativity and resourcefulness, and the spirit of entrepreneurship they exhibit, which is the foundation of American enterprise.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the public and the press.