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Thomaston, Georgia Leaders to Attend Retail Academy


CONTACT: Katelyn Little
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (May 5, 2023) – The City of Thomaston will attend Retail Academy in an effort to focus on the future growth of restaurants and retail in their community. City leaders will participate in the day-long Retail Academy course in Birmingham, Alabama on May 10th where they will learn how to speak to retail real estate decision-makers and discover more about their population demographics and how to use that information to take action.

City of Thomaston Economic Development Coordinator, Taylor Smith, stated, “Our municipal leaders are delighted to begin educating ourselves on the best practices for speaking ‘real estate’ when recruiting new businesses to Thomaston. We are looking to determine what factors retailers consider when expanding to new cities, and we are confident that the Retail Strategies team can provide that information.”

“Before Retail Academy, our team will become acquainted with Thomaston’s real estate, enabling us to train the city’s officials in the finest methods and procedures for recruiting retail,” said Madeline Farr, director of Retail Academy. “The Retail Academy attendees will leave with thorough knowledge, information, and contacts to start the retail hiring process that will maximize their real estate.”

About Thomaston, Georgia

Thomaston is the county seat of Upson County, Georgia. Thomaston serves as the Socio-Economic hub of the West Central Georgia Region, being the largest city in a seven-county radius. The population was 9,816 at the 2020 census or 7% higher than 2010. Thomaston is best known for its textile industry, especially the Martha Mills, which produced tire cord for the B.F. Goodrich Corporation for nearly a century. Thomaston’s geographic proximity to much larger metropolitan areas like Atlanta, Macon, and Columbus, have it primed for growth throughout the next decade.

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About Retail Academy

Retail Academy is a program developed from the leading national retail advisory firm, Retail Strategies. The program assists communities in strengthening their retail landscape. Communities will be trained and equipped with the tools and education necessary to attract new retailers to their markets, while providing support to their existing local businesses.

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