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Corbin, Kentucky Participates in Retail Academy


CONTACT: Caroline Hannum
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (February 10, 2022) – Retail Strategies, the leading national retail recruitment firm, has partnered with Corbin, Kentucky, to offer Retail Academy to city leaders.

Created by Retail Strategies, Retail Academy educates community leaders on best practices to attract new retail and restaurants while providing resources to support and grow existing businesses. Corbin city leaders attended Retail Academy in Birmingham, Alabama on February 3.

“Retail Academy is an outstanding and comprehensive program that I would recommend to any colleague who is looking to recruit additional retail businesses into their communities,” said Maggy Monhollen, Director of Corbin Tourism. “The experience was invaluable. I feel armed with the knowledge that I need to be able to bring economic growth and development to our community.”

“Retail Academy provides invaluable data and resources while also teaching communities on how to implement these practices to optimize their community,” said Mill Graves, director of business development. “Corbin’s city leaders were very eager throughout the program on finding ways to propel Corbin forward. We look forward to a continued partnership with the city.”

Retail Academy is designed to educate city leaders on retail and business recruitment, real estate, and small business support. As businesses and communities continue to adapt during the pandemic, Retail Academy provides local leaders with the necessary tools to continue supporting retail and restaurant businesses.

“Corbin’s participation in Retail Academy is a testament to the city’s diligent pursuit of ways to grow Corbin,” said Madeline Farr, director of Retail Academy. “The Retail Academy program invigorated many productive conversations and creative solutions among our team and the city leadership. We are excited to watch the continued development of Corbin.”

“I would recommend any city take this course to improve their retail impact in recruiting for businesses to locate within their city,” said Marlon Sams, Corbin City Manager.

About Corbin, Kentucky

Corbin, Kentucky is a city located in southeast Kentucky. The city is right off Interstate 75 at Exit 25 by Laurel Lake. Corbin is the perfect outdoor destination with proximity to the lake and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. The city has a variety of local restaurants, specialty shops, and the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken!

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About Retail Academy

Retail Academy is a program developed from the leading national retail advisory firm, Retail Strategies. The program assists communities in strengthening their retail landscape. Communities will be trained and equipped with the tools and education necessary to attract new retailers to their markets, while providing support to their existing local businesses.

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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