Press Release

Millbrook, Alabama Selects Downtown Strategies for Community Development and Placemaking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Caroline Hannum
Retail Strategies
caroline@retailstrategies.com

BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 4, 2021) – The City of Millbrook, Alabama has engaged Downtown Strategies as its partner for a community development project that focuses on the Main Street area in the vicinity of the Village Green. The team at Downtown Strategies will identify placemaking strategies and economic opportunities for the purpose of creating a gathering place or “Downtown” area in Millbrook.  An important component of the process is a Strategic Visioning Workshop with city leaders and community stakeholders allowing them to give input to create a five-year strategic plan for the Downtown.

“Retail Strategies has been a trusted retail development and recruitment partner for the city the past three years,” said Ann Harper, Millbrook Economic Development Director. “We chose to expand our partnership by engaging Downtown Strategies to help define our Downtown and to better serve our community as a whole.  We look forward to broadening our partnership and attracting investment to our community.”

“Retail Strategies has been a trusted retail development and recruitment partner for the city the past three years. We chose to expand our partnership by engaging Downtown Strategies to help define our Downtown and to better serve our community as a whole.  We look forward to broadening our partnership and attracting investment to our community.”

Ann Harper, Millbrook Economic Development Director

“Millbrook, Alabama is an exciting partnership for Downtown Strategies,” said Jenn Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies. “The city does not currently have a built-out Downtown area. We will assist in curating a gathering place in the Millbrook community. This will be executed by beginning with a Strategic Visioning Workshop to identify and create placemaking strategies. We are excited Millbrook chose to expand their relationship with our company.”

The Retail Strategies team will host an in-market workshop near the end of the month with business owners, merchants, community leaders, and elected officials to gain feedback and allow dialogue for development ideas. The team will also execute a market and real estate analysis taking a deeper dive into Millbrook. A customized five-year Strategic Plan will be developed with specific strategies focused on policy, design, tourism, and economic catalyst opportunities for the area.

About Millbrook, Alabama

Millbrook, Alabama is located in Elmore County with a population of close to 18,000.  The City’s many amenities include its residential neighborhoods, public parks and expanding dining and shopping options. The Alabama Nature Center and the Grandview Family YMCA, two outdoor-based gems with topnotch educational and recreational facilities, are located in Millbrook.    

For more information, visit https://cityofmillbrook.org/

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.

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.

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