Press Release

Great Bend Economic Development Partners with Retail Strategies for Retail Academy and Downtown Visioning Workshop

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Caroline Hannum
Retail Strategies
caroline@retailstrategies.com

BIRMINGHAM, AL (December 3, 2020) – Great Bend Economic Development, with the support of the city of Great Bend, Kansas has selected Retail Strategies to participate in the Retail Academy program with a Downtown Strategies Visioning Workshop.

The Retail Academy program will provide city leaders in Great Bend with the education needed to recruit retail to their market. The Downtown Visioning Workshop will be executed in Downtown Great Bend to assess and develop the area through partnering with community leadership and business owners.

“Great Bend is providing our community the opportunity to see our capabilities maximized. We believe that offering Retail Academy combined with the Downtown Visioning Workshop, our community will see exciting returns in retention of local businesses and recruitment of new retailers and restaurants.

Sara Hayden, President, Great Bend Economic Development

“Great Bend is providing our community the opportunity to see our capabilities maximized,” said Sara Hayden, president of Great Bend Economic Development. “We believe that offering Retail Academy combined with the Downtown Visioning Workshop, our community will see exciting returns in retention of local businesses and recruitment of new retailers and restaurants. Retail Strategies has the tools to equip Great Bend for progressive expansion.”  

“Great Bend is taking proactive steps to encourage more retailers to enter into their city,” said Dennis Maher, business developer at Retail Strategies. “Retail Academy supplies communities with the independence to use their knowledge of the community combined with our retail and real estate tools for a successful partnership. Great Bend community leaders are listening to their community and investing in tools that will take their city to the next level.”

The Retail Academy will include a day of customized training where city leaders will receive a customized Retail Recruitment Plan. The course also includes instruction on how to create an elevator pitch, set up conference meetings, make prospect outreach, and where to find industry-leading information critical to implementing a long-term retail recruitment plan.

“Retail Strategies is excited to provide two of our programs to Great Bend,” said Lacy Beasley, president of Retail Strategies. “Great Bend has committed city leaders and business owners who are adamant on nurturing a successful environment in the community. Our team commends the steps taken by the city and we look forward to getting to work.”

The Downtown Visioning Workshop will focus on Downtown Great Bend. The workshop will comprise of an in-market workshop with business owners, merchants, community leaders, and elected officials to gain feedback and allow dialogue to provide immediate assistance to those needing it the most. The goal is to gain community research and provide feedback on downtown revitalization, placemaking, and strategic visioning.

About Great Bend, Kansas

Great Bend is a vibrant community of around 16,000 people located in the heart of America: near the geographical center of Kansas. The central location of the city allows for short travel to anywhere in the state, including Wichita and Kansas City. Denver is also just a mere six hours drive away. Great Bend is the county seat of Barton County, Kansas. It is named for its location at the point where the course of the Arkansas River bends east then southeast. The city offers many wildlife and wetlands opportunities to its’ visitors. The Great Bend Zoo and the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway are both located in Great Bend.

For more information visit https://www.gbedinc.com/


About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in recruiting businesses and strategically developing communities. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality of life amenities. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

What do you need?

Recent Posts

My relationship with the Retail Strategies team has been extremely valuable over the last couple of years as I’ve searched for sites in the Southeast. They have been persistent and provided any information they could gather for available properties that fit my criteria. If they received news that a space was coming available they made sure to immediately give me a call and connect with the owners. I would recommend using this service to any of my colleagues looking in their client cities.

Walter Kelly, Broker

Arc Realty

walter kelley arc realty

Retail Strategies has been a tremendous asset to Cypress. They have access to industry and business intelligence in an immensely competitive retail environment. The relationships they develop with commercial/retail property owners delivers results for the city because Retail Strategies excels at marketing their clients.

Peter Grant, City Manager

Cypress, CA

Community Resources

Do you need more information to help your community thrive?