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Decatur, Georgia City Leadership Attends Retail Academy


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (October 25, 2022) – The City of Decatur is set to focus on the future of retail and restaurant development in the community by attending Retail Academy. City staff will attend the day-long Retail Academy program in Birmingham, Alabama on October 25. They will learn about the consumer population and how to turn that data into action by speaking to retail real estate decision-makers.

“Our city leaders are more than excited to begin educating ourselves on the best practices for speaking ‘real estate’ when attracting new businesses to Decatur,” said Angela Threadgill, planning and economic development director for the city of Decatur. “We are excited to learn about what retailers look for when they are looking to move into new cities, and we firmly believe that the Retail Strategies team will be able to provide us with that knowledge.”

“Before Retail Academy, our team will become familiarized with the city of Decatur’s real estate and will be able to provide our expertise and knowledge to city leaders to train them on the best practices and processes for recruiting retail,” said Madeline Farr, director of Retail Academy. “The attendees of Retail Academy will walk away with comprehensive knowledge, data, and contacts to begin the retail recruitment process that will maximize their real estate.”

About Decatur, Georgia

The City of Decatur, located just east of Atlanta and home to 22,000 people, is characterized by world class big-city business assets, progressive attitudes, highly educated people, an accessible government and superb quality of life for those who live and/or work here. The city was recently listed as the 2018 Best Neighborhood in Atlanta by Creative Loafing.

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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.

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