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Shelbyville, Tennessee, Set to Elevate Retail Recruitment with Participation in Retail Academy


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (January 17, 2024) – City leaders from Shelbyville, Tennessee, will participate in Retail Strategies’ Retail Academy program to kick off the new year with a focus on retail economic development. This one-day educational course will equip community leaders with essential skills for enhancing retail recruitment efforts. By participating in the Retail Academy program, the city is taking a proactive step towards creating a thriving retail environment.

Set for January 23, participants will learn tactics for developing and expanding retail in Shelbyville. Under the guidance of retail real estate industry experts, the program will provide valuable education to local leaders.

Randy Carroll, Mayor of Shelbyville, stated, “We are excited to have staff participate in the Retail Academy event. Becoming more educated in retail recruitment is a significant step forward for our community, and we anticipate its positive impact on Shelbyville. We’ve see what Retail Strategies has been able to do for other communities in this region of Tennessee, so implementing a similar strategy for Shelbyville is a great way to start the year.”

The program’s curriculum will include three major areas:

Market Analysis: Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of their local market through customer and trade area data, enabling them to make informed decisions about retail recruitment.

Real Estate Focus: The program will highlight strategic real estate opportunities that can attract retail businesses to Shelbyville, fostering economic growth.

Retail Recruitment Strategies: Participants will be trained in effective outreach methods to engage with brokers, developers, and expanding retailers, paving the way for successful retail recruitment.

Mill Graves, senior director of community partnerships at Retail Strategies, said, “Education is the foundation of effective retail recruitment. Through Retail Academy the city will receive a market analysis, real estate training, and a list of retail and restaurant brands that fit the market. They’ll also have direct access to a panel of retailers in our office during the event – I’m excited for city leadership to be a part of it.”

About Shelbyville, Tennessee

Shelbyville, Tennessee, a charming community in Bedford County, has a population of around 22,000 residents. Notably, it is the proud host of the annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, a renowned equine event. With its rich history and welcoming atmosphere, Shelbyville offers a delightful blend of tradition and progress, making it an inviting destination in the heart of Tennessee.

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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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