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Bowie, Maryland Prioritizes the Revitalization of its Historic Old Town


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (May 11, 2023) – The Huntington section of Bowie, Maryland, referred to by many as Old Town Bowie, is slated to benefit from a partnership with Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, to create a comprehensive five-year strategic plan. The aim of this partnership is to revitalize the original center of the City and attract more visitors and businesses, bringing renewed life and prosperity.

The strategic plan, which will be based on five key pillars including market analysis, policy and administration, design, tourism and promotion, and economic vitality, will be customized for Bowie’s unique downtown.

“Here in Bowie, we are dedicated to preserving our city’s rich history while transforming our Old Town Bowie area into a center of activity for families to gather, enjoy year-round events and activities, and to support local businesses, while attracting new ones,” said John Henry King, Alfred Lott, Economic Development Director for the City of Bowie.

“We look forward to working with Downtown Strategies, toward our community’s vision of Old Town Bowie as a vibrant and thriving destination.”

John Henry King

Maryland is the 25th state in which Downtown Strategies has worked, demonstrating their expertise and effectiveness in fostering economic development and growth in downtown regions across the country.

“As we see growth and investment in cities across Maryland, we are determined to leverage this trend and enhance the Old Town Bowie area to provide visitors, shoppers, and diners with exceptional experiences,” said Elliott Cook, director of real estate at Retail Strategies. “We believe that our partnership with the city will unlock its full potential and drive continued growth for the benefit of Bowie and its residents.”

About Bowie, Maryland

Bowie, Maryland, is the largest municipality in Prince George’s County and the fifth most populous city in the state. CNN Money ranked 28th in its Best Places to Live list in 2014. The city has a population of 58,329 and is conveniently located near Washington, DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore. It spans approximately 18 square miles and boasts over 1,100 acres of parks and open space, including 22 miles of paths, trails, and 75 ball fields.

About Downtown Strategies

Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, exists to provide realistic, implementable strategies to communities for revitalizing their downtowns. Led by a team of former downtown revitalization practitioners and real estate experts, our combination of real-world experience, plus expertise in real estate and retail uniquely qualify us to assist communities with backfilling vacancies, increasing tourism, and enhancing the sense of place in their downtowns. Serving rural communities in 25 states, Downtown Strategies is the leading national firm for downtown revitalization planning, emphasizing real estate and retail.

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