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Retail Strategies to Spearhead Proactive Retail Recruitment in Okeechobee, Florida


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Okeechobee, Florida Invests in Partnership with Retail Strategies to Boost Retail Growth

BIRMINGHAM, AL (July 19, 2023) – Retail Strategies is partnering with the community of Okeechobee, Florida to attract new retailers, promote economic diversity, and propel development activities. The partnership with the city and county will include a strategic retail recruitment plan identifying prospective retailers and facilitating connections with local brokers and developers. The alliance intends to revitalize the region, create new job opportunities, and boost economic growth.

“We are thrilled to work with Retail Strategies, as this marks a pivotal moment for Okeechobee’s growth and economic development efforts,” said Kaylee King, President of Okeechobee Economic development Corporation.

“With Retail Strategies’ team of real estate experts and their nationwide connections, the community will benefit from their wealth of experience and knowledge in attracting diverse retail options. The collaboration is intended to attract new businesses and offer job opportunities for citizens, resulting in enhanced economic growth and stability for the community.”

Kaylee King, President, Okeechobee EDC

Sarah Beth Stewart, vice president of business development for Retail Strategies, said, “By working hand in hand with city and county officials, we will pave the way towards a brighter future for Okeechobee. With its prime location, thriving business community, and strong leadership, Okeechobee has immense potential to attract new retail and restaurant brands.”

Through its partnership with Retail Strategies, the city and county of Okeechobee will receive a tailor-made retail recruitment plan and a marketing guide highlighting the community’s commercial potential and demographics. These resources will aid in attracting new retail and restaurant brands that will enrich the community’s vibrancy. Additionally, Retail Strategies will represent both the city and county’s real estate opportunities at retail conferences both in Florida and nationally year to showcase the community’s potential to a regional and national audience.

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About Okeechobee, Florida

Okeechobee is a thriving city in central Florida known for its natural beauty, diverse business community, and welcoming small-town atmosphere. With a population of approximately 50,000, the city and county offer excellent schools, affordable housing, and easy access to major highways and airports. Its leadership is dedicated to driving growth and economic development through strategic partnerships and initiatives that highlight Okeechobee’s unique commercial opportunities and demographics.

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About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in community development and retail economic development. 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. We confidently 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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