Economic Development Resource
A Note from Our President
Interview with Brett Malky
ICSC, ACRE: Retail Industry Innovators
Downtown Strategies News
Could Retail Closures Actually Be Good for Your Community? by Lacy Beasley, published on Trustbelt.com, February 2018 [link] Is retail dead or simply evolving? With a record number of store closings in 2017, what can we expect in 2018 and how will it impact our communities? Full Article Is Retail Healthy or Dying? Christmas spending […]
Retail Turn Over in the TrustBelt States TRUSTBELT.com, by Lacy Beasley, President & COO of Retail Strategies [link] What is the future of brick-and-mortar retail when e-commerce is so easy? What is FOMO and why should I care? Is this the end of retail or the beginning something new? Is Retail Dying? Retail is perhaps […]
“Why Amazon Loves Florida” by Ron Starner, pg. 174-78, Site Selection Magazine, March 2017 [link] Hidden away off the backroads of rural Central Florida is a sprawling warehouse that represents the future of the retail industry. The 1-million-sq.-ft. (92,900-sq.-m.) Amazon e-commerce fulfillment center on County Line Road in Lakeland in western Polk County is one […]
Alabama League of Municipalities Article by Lacy Beasley concerning online retail sales tax in Alabama.
Site Selection Magazine Article by Lacy Beasley regarding the “new normal” in development (more on Public Private Partnership).