Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development
Retail Strategies is a full-service advisory firm that works with municipalities to bring retail and restaurant businesses to the community. Lacy serves as President and formerly as COO. She has been involved in retail real estate since 2005. Her experience with The Shopping Center Group and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce prior to joining Retail Strategies provides her with the insight to understand the connections needed from the public and private side of the conversation.
A graduate of Lipscomb University, she earned her B.S. in Business Management. Beasley is the ICSC TN GR Chair. In 2018 Lacy was named to the “Top 40 under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal, included in the nationwide “Top 100 influencers in Commercial Real Estate,” and listed as one of Birmingham’s “Eight emerging Influencers.” Beasley serves as the ICSC Public Private Partnership Council.
Her articles have been published in Shopping Centers Today, Site Selection Magazine and AL Retail Federation. She has spoken on retail trends and best practices in retail recruitment at more than 100 events across the United States and Canada.
Lacy grew up in Roswell, NM and knows the secret of the alien landing theory.
“It has been not only an honor but a pleasure to be a co presenter with Lacy Beasley at a number of events, including the National League of Cities annual conference. She is a master at providing practical insight into how local communities more effectively market development opportunities to retailers and developers. Her energy and enthusiasm adds an extra spark that engages her audiences while she presents complex information and data in an engaging and easy to understand format.”
Vice President, Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs
“Paducah Economic Development chooses speakers for its annual meeting with the intent of educating a large public/private audience. After Lacy’s presentation, our leadership once again was blown away. The initial perception that retail is only low paying jobs and ecommerce was going to eliminate traditional retail was quickly corrected during the presentation. It was exciting the opportunities Lacy’s presented for our community and the reaction by our attendees was another amazing annual meeting. Thanks Lacy and Retail Strategies!”
Paducah Economic Development
Every-one thoroughly enjoyed your presentation citing that it was the best presentation of the day and every-one really enjoyed meeting you. You certainly added value, knowledge and perspective at this event
“Thanks so much for presenting to Select Success this past Monday. We have received numerous, rave reviews. I appreciate your time and effort. If I can ever be of assistance to you, do not hesitate to contact me.”
Odessa M. Archibald
“I attended the MSCA event today where Lacy was the guest speaker. I am writing to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed Lacy’s presentation. Job well done and thank you for coming to Minneapolis to speak with us (in the winter, even)!”
Senior Vice President
Capital Markets l Investment Services
Karla Keller Torp
Lacy is a dynamic speaker, her message was informative, engaging, authentic, and right on point! She is a pleasure to work with and it was an honor having her as our keynote speaker.
Karla Keller Torp
Minnesota Shopping Center Association
PRIOR SPEAKING EVENTS
American Assoc. of Retirement Communities
Southeast Economic Development Council
Economic Development Alabama Alliance
Louisiana Municipal Assoc.
CCIM Birmingham Market Symposium
TVA Economic Development Forum
Tennessee Municipal League
Mississippi Municipal League
Auburn University Retail Training
Mississippi Central Electric Power Assoc.
East Tennessee Alliance
Bisnow Events, Chicago
American Assoc. of Retired Communities
TN Governor’s Conference
TN Economic Development Council
TN/KY Idea Exchange
Alabama Certified Municipal
American Public Power
West Tennessee Retail Alliance
Kenosha Downtown Address
Minnesota Shopping Center Alliance
Paducah Economic Development [link]