Putting out positive messages of support for High River businesses in the digital world is important to the economic health of everyone in the community.

Economic Development Manager Jodi Dawson says if you have a problem with a business in town go talk in person rather than putting it on social media.

"I understand that it is easy to write stuff online, I'm just asking people to stop and think," said Dawson. "Because anything you put out there negative goes far beyond the reaches of just High River. If you don't have a great experience it is absolutely fine to go do something about it, do it in person, keep it off the digital space."

Dawson said negative comments impact everyone in town, not just the business you are targeting.

And she adds it would be great if High River businesses could join forces and share positive support for each other in the digital world.

"When an individual business takes the time to either write a review online or positively give public accolades that spreads. So what I would love to see is businesses in High River finding ways to partner with each other."

Dawson says through partnerships business can support each and work together to improve their social media postings, which would benefit the town as a whole.

"I had one person tell me that she makes it a mission every week to chose one business in town and share their posts and not with any expectation they will deliver it back, but they do."


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