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Washington, Georgia Uses USDA and EMC Funding to Participate in Retail Academy


CONTACT: Caroline Hannum
Retail Strategies

BIRMINGHAM, AL (October 26, 2021) – Retail Strategies, the leading national retail recruitment firm, has partnered with Washington, Georgia, to offer Retail Academy to city leaders. The city received a USDA Rural Business Development Grant and is receiving support from Rayle EMC to fund the project.

Created by Retail Strategies, Retail Academy educates community leaders on best practices to attract new retail and restaurants while providing resources to support and grow existing businesses. Washington city leaders attended Retail Academy in Birmingham, Alabama on October 20.

“It is important to the city leadership in Washington to provide every resource available to our community. Retail Academy is giving our team practical tools that will aid in the retail recruitment process. We look forward to advancing our retail recruitment efforts with the data and resources provided during the course.”

Janet Parker, Economic Development Director

“Retail Academy is a program that has proven to be beneficial for community leaders across the United States,” said Mill Graves, director of business development. “Washington city leaders will gain key insights and learn to maximize their real estate assets. Our team is excited to watch retail development grow now that they’ve been through Retail Academy.”

Retail Academy is designed to educate city leaders on retail and business recruitment, real estate, and small business support. As businesses and communities continue to adapt during the pandemic, Retail Academy provides local leaders the necessary tools to continue supporting retail and restaurant businesses.

“Washington’s city leadership will feel empowered to reach out and accurately market their community after attending Retail Academy. Our team enjoyed delivering the data, marketing tools, and market analysis information to Washington,” said Madeline Farr, director of Retail Academy.

About Washington, Georgia

Washington, Georgia is the county seat of Wilke County. The city is located 90 miles east of Atlanta and centrally located between both Athens and Augusta. Washington has a population of roughly 4,000 people and is home to a downtown area that contains local businesses that service shopping, food, and convenient service shops. Visit Washington and explore all the city has to offer!

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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.

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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