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Clinton, Iowa sets sights on retail attraction efforts and downtown revitalization


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Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 5, 2022) – The city of Clinton, Iowa has selected the community development firm, Retail Strategies, to help expand the city’s business recruitment efforts. The newly-formed partnership also includes a focus a Downtown Strategic Visioning Workshop to help refresh and revitalize the existing downtown corridor.

“We understand that when citizens of our community shop, oftentimes they spend their dollars elsewhere,” said Matt Brooke, Clinton’s City Administrator.

“In order to keep those dollars local, we’ve decided to bring in the Retail Strategies team to really focus on bringing new retail brands and restaurants to Clinton so that people can shop and dine locally.  We have some of the best local dining options in the Midwest, many homegrown, but believe the long-term goal is to make available as many options as possible to truly have Clinton be the location for their retail and dining needs.”

Matt Brooke, Clinton’s City Administrator

The retail recruitment portion of the partnership entails both a data and analytics approach as well as a boots-on-the-ground tour of the market. The Retail Strategies team will act as an extension of the city’s economic development department, making outreach to expanding retailers, local property owners, brokers, and developers to generate interest in the Clinton market.

The Downtown Strategies division of Retail Strategies will conduct an in-market workshop where downtown stakeholders will provide input about downtown Clinton. A five-year strategic plan will be delivered to the city after the Strategic Visioning Workshop.

“Clinton is a community that is ripe with opportunities for growth,” said John Tiedt, Retail Strategies’ business developer. “The city-owned land, riverfront, established downtown and casino are all force multipliers for ideal sites for new business. We are very excited to partner with the city to utilize their unique characteristics and take their downtown corridor and overall retail portfolio to the next level.”

Clinton is a community that is ripe with opportunities for growth.

About Clinton, Iowa

Clinton is a beautiful river town located in eastern Iowa directly along the Mississippi River, which has grown from a prosperous logging town into a prime location for industry and commercial development.  It is currently home to many businesses that include national and local retailers, factories, and restaurants. 

The historic riverfront is home to several amenities that allow citizens and guests to have an experience like no other. Clinton is an Iowa Great Place and continues to hold that designation as it grows and improves in all aspects.

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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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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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