In the wake of the worst recession since the 1930's, local communities actively seek ways to stimulate business development, economic activity and job creation. The economic development imperative arises at a time of public pressure to limit government programs and overall reduce size and cost of government. This paper provides an overview of one means by which local governments can achieve economic stimulus inducement by strategic use of its own fiscal resources. The use of local vendor preference purchasing laws provides a means by which communities can focus locally generated tax dollars to prime both public and private economic activity. The article surveys the state of these policies in the context of the case of Horry County, South Carolina. It examines the legal environment of Federal and state laws toward such policies. Horry County's situation is not dissimilar to that faced by other counties in the coastal regions of the Carolinas. The article stimulates new thinking on a theme of local efforts-self reliance to encourage growth and business development.



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