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Crockett, Texas to Utilize American Rescue Plan Funds for Downtown Revitalization Plan


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (April 27, 2023) – Crockett, Texas has announced plans to use funding from the American Rescue Plan to develop a new strategic plan for the revitalization of the city’s downtown square. Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, will develop a comprehensive five-year strategic plan for the revitalization of the city’s downtown area.

“Crockett is one of the oldest communities in Texas, so it’s full of historic charm,” said John Angerstein, Crockett’s City Administrator. “We believe investing our American Rescue Plan funds in a downtown plan will pay dividends for many years to come. I met with the Retail Strategies team at the Texas Municipal Conference last fall where I learned about their community development services for downtown. Their proven track record of successful downtown revitalization projects across the United States impressed us and gives us confidence in their ability to provide the expertise and guidance necessary to help us take our downtown to the next level.”

“We believe investing our American Rescue Plan funds in a downtown plan will pay dividends for many years to come.

John Angerstein

The partnership comes at a time when Crockett is experiencing a surge of interest from investors and developers looking to capitalize on the city’s unique history and character. The city boasts a rich cultural heritage and is home to a number of historic landmarks, including the Houston County Courthouse, the Methodist Church, the Downes-Aldrich House and the Monroe-Crook House.

“We are excited to work closely with city officials, business owners, and community stakeholders in Crockett to identify opportunities for growth and development in the downtown area,” said Christopher Bontrager, vice president of Retail Strategies. “The strategic plan will include recommendations for improvements to the physical infrastructure of the downtown, as well as strategies for attracting new businesses, increasing foot traffic, and enhancing the overall vibrancy and vitality of the area.”


About Crockett, Texas

Crockett is a historic city located in the heart of Houston County, Texas. Founded in 1836, the city is named after Davy Crockett, Tennessee’s legendary frontiersman and Congressman. Today, Crockett is home to a diverse population of approximately 6,500 residents and is known for its small-town charm, historic landmarks, and beautiful natural scenery.

As a growing city, Crockett is committed to providing its residents with the best possible quality of life. The city offers a range of services and amenities, including excellent schools, modern healthcare facilities, and various shopping and dining options. With its unique history, beautiful natural surroundings, and a strong sense of community, Crockett is a city that offers something for everyone.

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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.

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. We confidently 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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