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CONTACT: Michelle Moultrie
BIRMINGHAM, AL (December 8, 2020) – Retail Strategies, the leading national retail recruitment and community development firm, has partnered with Youngstown, Ohio to help expand the city’s business recruitment and retention programs. The community will receive ongoing retail expansion technical assistance and small business support from Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies. Retail Strategies will work to advance the city’s job retention and recruitment.
“The city of Youngstown has made continuous strides in advancing our city. This latest partnership with Retail Strategies adds to our city’s objective of focusing on retail progression in our market. In addition, Youngstown is proud to provide support to our local business owners through small business training and job retention programming with Downtown Strategies. Their team has access to key tools that will promote Youngstown and opportunities within our market.”Mayor Jamael Tito Brown
“Small business support and retention is a vital need for cities in the current climate,” said Jenn Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies. “Youngstown is taking the proactive approach in providing aid to their community by giving them the knowledge and tools to continue to succeed. We will be delivering the city key analytics and practices to set the city’s small businesses up for further progression.”
Downtown Strategies will perform merchant training for local retail and restaurant owners. This will include two virtual kick-off merchant trainings as well as two separate 60-minute seminar and dialogue sessions to give an overview of provided deliverables that are geared towards small business marketing strategies and holiday season preparation. Additionally, Downtown Strategies will host office hours devoted to private consulting on market challenges with businesses in need of technical assistance.
“Retail Strategies sees significant value in the city of Youngstown,” said Dennis Maher, business developer at Retail Strategies. “Youngstown provides a comfortable environment for businesses and retailers to enter into and expand. Our team is excited to combine our resources with the city’s knowledge of their community to continue advancing Youngstown. The city leadership has been working hard to ensure Youngstown continues to grow and adapt in the current climate. We look forward to furthering our relationship.”
The Retail Strategies team will host an in-market workshop with business owners, merchants, business owners, community leaders, and elected officials to gain feedback and allow dialogue to provide immediate assistance to those needing it most. The team will then execute a market and real estate analysis taking a deeper dive into Downtown Jasper. A customized Downtown Strategic Plan will be developed with specific strategies focused on policy, design, tourism, and economic catalyst opportunities for the downtown area. Ongoing support and assistance with implementation will begin once the plan has been delivered.
About Youngstown, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio serves as the county seat in Mahoning County. The city ranks as the ninth-largest city in the state of Ohio. Youngstown provides an array of different entertainment opportunities with its art museums and theaters. The city has the amenities of a bigger city, but also provides outdoor recreation opportunities including kayaking, camping, golfing, swimming, and more. Downtown Youngstown continues to evolve and advance with the addition of more restaurants and nightlife. Visit Youngstown today!
For more information visit https://youngstownohio.gov/.
About Downtown Strategies
Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, specializes in downtown revitalization, placemaking, strategic visioning and planning, community engagement, and development for the purpose of enhanced economic vitality and social wellbeing for communities and their citizens.
We identify and create a tailored strategy to enhance, revitalize, and mobilize your community’s efforts.
When properly fueled, your Downtown can be a powerful economic, tourism, and quality of life engine and our team of professionals can help you define your potential and empower you to achieve it.