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How Retail Can Transform Your Small Community

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How Retail Can Transform Your Small Community

Seizing new opportunities for growth and economic development can shape an entirely new future for your community and its residents.

By Jessi Atcheson, marketing coordinator, ICMA | 

Finding different ways to breathe new life into your community is something that every municipality needs, regardless of how large or small it is. Actively seizing new opportunities for growth and economic development can shape an entirely new future for your community and its residents.

During A Tale of Two Cities: Attracting Retail in Small and Rural Communities, Sarah Beth Thornton, vice president of Retail Strategies, fielded questions and called on the experience of two local government leaders who are utilizing the retail space to transform their small communities. Alan Flora, city manager of Clearlake, California, and Brandie Shaeffer, town manager of Warrenton, Virginia, came with firsthand knowledge of just how much retail can change a small community for the better.

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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.

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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

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