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Mississippi County, Arkansas Leaders Complete Retail Academy


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Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 29, 2022) – Retail Strategies, the leading national retail recruitment firm, is partnering with Mississippi County, Arkansas, to deliver Retail Academy. 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.

Mississippi County benefitted from this training through Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for Economic Development’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency program initiatives. Thirteen attendees participated in Retail Academy in Birmingham, Alabama, for the day-long workshop.

“Like higher-paying jobs and quality schools, retail development is an integral part of attracting residents to live in your community and building a robust economy,” said Andrea Allen, executive director of the Delta Center for Economic Development at Arkansas State University. “This learning experience has given Mississippi County community leaders the skills and knowledge to draw national retailers to their towns and to build on the growth that they have experienced in the last year. The Delta Center is pleased that we were able to facilitate this unique opportunity for the County.”

“We hosted a unique Retail Academy for Mississippi County with multiple cities represented. The county is getting a new steel plant that is bringing over 800 jobs, so it is imperative that the city have a plan for retail growth,” said Madeline Farr, director of Retail Academy. “The group that participated was active in creative conversations and eager to learn.”

“Retail Academy is an outstanding and comprehensive program that I would highly recommend,” said Mallory Darby, Mississippi County’s vice president of economic development. “Retail Strategies provided us with a Retail Recruitment Plan identifying retailers that match our market. Their team also spent time giving us the tools and skills needed to execute the plan and support existing businesses in our area. We left the workshop with a better understanding of our market and greater relationships with the dedicated partners and leaders from the county.”

About Mississippi, Arkansas

Mississippi County, Arkansas is in the far Northeast of the State of Arkansas and named for the mighty river that flows along its eastern border. Formed in 1833, Mississippi County is part of the First Congressional District in Arkansas.

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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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