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Leaders from the City of Marshall, Illinois to Participate in Retail Academy


CONTACT: Courtney Hall
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (March 11, 2022) – The City of Marshall 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 where they’ll learn about the consumer population and how to turn that data into action by speaking to retail real estate decision makers.

“We attended a large retail real estate conference in 2021 and realized that our team could use assistance in speaking ‘real estate’ when attracting new businesses to Marshall,” said Joel Sims, Senior technician of Zoning and Development for the City of Marshall. “We know that the Retail Strategies team has the real estate expertise to train us on the best practices and process for recruiting retail. We’re excited to attend Retail Academy and immerse ourselves with their team.”

“With the ideal location of Marshall being situated just off of I-70, there are opportunities to bring new retail and restaurant brands to the community,” said Beth Miller, portfolio director for Retail Strategies. “Navigating the retail recruitment process and understanding the numerous roles in the decision-making process is challenging. The attendees of Retail Academy walk away with the necessary data and contacts to begin the process.”

About Marshall, Illinois

Marshall is the county seat for Clark County, starting from an agricultural base growing into a manufacturing and industrial economy, the strong work ethics of our work force is leading Marshall as their new location. Marshall has a strong consumer base of nearly 59,000 residents and 24,000 workers in the trade area. I-70, which cuts through the north end of town carries over 21,000 motorist each day and Route 1 and Route 40, carry thousands more to the downtown area.

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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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