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Southbank Partners Focus on Community Development with Retail Strategies


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (January 5, 2024) – Southbank Partners, a nonprofit regional economic development organization in Northern Kentucky, is partnering with Retail Strategies for a market analysis of several commercial corridors in the region. The downtown division of the company, Downtown Strategies, will conduct the market visits and provide an analysis for each corridor.

“Over the last several years, Northern Kentucky has seen unprecedented public and private investments that continue to transform our region. Having an outside partner like Retail Strategies spend time in each community making recommendations on community development and placemaking will further our efforts for long-term growth of the area,” said Will Weber, President & CEO of Southbank Partners. “Focusing on pivotal corridors in each locality strengthens the region and our mission to create connected communities and resilient downtowns for small businesses and enhanced quality of life for residents and visitors alike.”

“It’s been incredibly rewarding to engage with Southbank Partners and their stakeholders as they collaboratively address economic development challenges and opportunities on the southside of the Ohio River,” said Mill Graves, Director of Community Partnerships for Retail Strategies. “Through our discovery and exploration of the Northern Kentucky market, our Retail Strategies team is excited to offer a corridor-centric project that focuses on corridor transformation and improved connectivity across the urban core of Northern Kentucky. Our team will provide resources and recommendations to enhance and advance economic development initiatives across the Southbank communities.”

The Downtown Strategies team will conduct in-market visits in each focus corridor and provide a market analysis and downtown corridor assessment from each individual visit. The assessments will include actionable and transformational strategies for community and downtown advancement.

About Southbank Partners

Southbank Partners is a nonprofit regional economic development organization serving the urban core of Northern Kentucky in the cities of Ludlow, Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Fort Thomas, and Silver Grove. For over 25 years, our mission is to promote and coordinate economic development for the creation of connected communities, vibrant riverfronts, and resilient downtowns by facilitating collaboration, bringing vision to reality, and providing a unified voice to represent the common needs and interest of our partnering cities. We are proud to be a trusted partner and credible convener in the successful development of the riverfront and urban core of Northern Kentucky.

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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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