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Jasper Economic Development Corporation Hires Downtown Strategies to Develop and Advance Downtown Jasper


CONTACT: Caroline Hannum
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (November 6, 2020) – The Jasper Economic Development Corporation has selected Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, as its partner for downtown revitalization and strategic visioning for Jasper, Texas. The partnership will focus on Downtown Jasper, conducting a market and real estate analysis on downtown to formulate a strategic plan. This partnership also includes a Strategic Visioning Workshop with downtown stakeholders and ongoing support to implement the strategic plan.

“The team at Downtown Strategies will be immersing themselves in Downtown Jasper and we can’t wait to get started.”

Eddie Hopkins, Executive Director, Jasper Economic Development Corporation

“JEDCO is excited for this partnership and we see this opening new doors and opportunities in Downtown Jasper,” said Eddie Hopkins, executive director of the Jasper Economic Development Corporation. “Downtown Strategies has a multitude of resources aimed at providing downtown support. We are pleased to continue working with business owners and residents in our community to further enhance our downtown. The team at Downtown Strategies will be immersing themselves in Downtown Jasper and we can’t wait to get started.”

“Jasper is an exciting new partnership for our team,” said Jenn Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies. “The downtown has a historic built environment and recent success with job growth. Our goal is to identify a strategic path for redevelopment and to classify catalyst opportunities aimed at increasing the economic vitality of the area.”

“Our team will provide a step-by-step process with ways to invest in the downtown area by further improving various tourism and retail aspects, as well as helping the city understand how to best utilize its real estate assets,” said Elliott Cook, director of real estate for Downtown Strategies. “We’ll assist with implementation along the way to help grow Downtown Jasper.”

The Retail Strategies team will host an in-market workshop with business owners, merchants, business owners, community leaders, and elected officials to gain feedback and allow dialogue to provide immediate assistance to those needing it most. The team will then execute a market and real estate analysis taking a deeper dive into Downtown Jasper. A customized Downtown Strategic Plan will be developed with specific strategies focused on policy, design, tourism, and economic catalyst opportunities for the downtown area. Ongoing support and assistance with implementation will begin once the plan has been delivered.

“Downtown Strategies understands the vitality of expanding and retaining local business,” said Lacy Beasley, president of Retail Strategies. “JEDCO is taking the proactive step in progressing Downtown Jasper into an advantageous position. Our team looks forward to the relationship and lending support to the JEDCO and the City of Jasper.”

About Jasper Economic Development Corporation

Located in Jasper, Texas, the JEDCO’s mission is to promote, encourage and enhance the creation of jobs and expansion of the local tax base through projects which assist in the retention and expansion of existing primary employers and serve to attract new primary employers. The corporation also aids in the development and growth of the local businesses and residents in the area. Jasper serves as the county seat in Jasper County and provides abounding recreational opportunities including B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir and Lake Sam Rayburn, the largest lake in Texas.

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About Downtown Strategies

Downtown Strategies, a division of Retail Strategies, specializes in downtown revitalization, placemaking, strategic visioning and planning, community engagement, and development for the purpose of enhanced economic vitality and social wellbeing for communities and their citizens.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is a leading national advisory firm focused on retail market analysis, strategic planning, retail recruitment and development. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses. With confidence, we pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate 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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