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Portage County, Ohio Taps Retail Strategies to Drive Retail Recruitment

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CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (August 10, 2022) – Portage County, Ohio has chosen Retail Strategies, the leading national community development firm, to develop and execute a retail recruitment strategy and provide small business support on behalf of the county. The county will receive a tailored retail recruitment plan along with proactive retail and broker outreach by the Retail Strategies’ team. The county will also receive resources and support for the small business community.

“It has been a goal of mine to partner with a retail recruitment expert for the county,” said county administrator Michelle Crombie of Portage County. “The Retail Strategies team has strong retail relationships that the county will benefit from greatly. The team will become knowledgeable with available real estate in our market to tell our story to their retail connections. In addition to a focus on new business recruitment, the small business support part of the relationship will bring training and resources to small business community.”

Beth Miller, portfolio director for Retail Strategies said, “The Retail Strategies team will ensure the county has a proactive strategy for recruiting expanding retailers to the county and is well positioned for the growth county leaders envision. Our offering for local business owners in the county is a great training to elevate their marketing and online experience.”

Through the new partnership, Retail Strategies will perform a real estate market analysis of the businesses located in Portage County and identify areas of opportunity with expanding businesses. The Retail Strategies team will work with county leaders to help them understand their retail trade area and highlight opportunities for development and business recruitment. Additionally, the team at Retail Strategies will proactively reach out to potential businesses, property owners, brokers and developers on behalf of Portage County.

Small business owners will receive a live training that focuses on improving the online presence of their business. Additional resources include how to guide’s for marketing, social media, and sales.

About Portage County, Ohio

Portage County is a county in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 161,791. The name “Portage” comes from an old Indian path called “Portage Path”, which ran between the Cuyahoga and Tuscarawas rivers, where travelers portaged their canoes. The location of the trail today is within the boundaries of neighboring Summit County.

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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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