SPRING HILL, Tenn., Apr 14, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode today joined Rep. Marsha Blackburn and local leaders to announce funding for the development of a comprehensive retail development strategy to create local jobs, increase sales tax revenue and improve the local quality of life in Spring Hill. The announcement was made at City Hall.
“It's smart to do the homework and start with a plan,” said Blackburn. “Growing the community in a thoughtful way lays a strong foundation for brick and mortar, and click and mortar jobs. Maury Alliance and USDA are helping local leaders make Spring Hill a destination for families to live and businesses to grow.”
According to local officials Spring Hill has an established retail core, but as the population increases there is a lot of potential for growth. The recruitment of retail businesses is extremely competitive and municipalities must have a well-defined strategic retail development plan in order to get the attention of potential businesses and restaurants.
“Retail not only grows jobs, it attracts other businesses,” said Goode. “When goods and services are available nearby, both people and money stay in the local economy. That helps build community and a sense of local identity.”
The program is funded with a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant of $29,581, plus $5000 from the city and an in-kind contribution from the Maury Alliance of $2,101. The city will contract with a professional retail consultant to identify local consumer spending habits, develop a community profile, and identify retailers that would complement the area’s strengths and add to the quality of life. With these tools the consultant will help the city develop and produce marketing materials and a strategy to attract complementary retailers and develop and implement tactics to generate additional economic growth.
Others participating in the event included Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham, Aldermen Susan Zemek and Kayce Williams, City Administrator Victor Lay and RD Area Director Faye McEwen and Specialist Susan Shuff.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, community development, health, education, homeownership and affordable rental housing to improve the lives of people in rural areas and the economic health of rural communities. During the last four years the agency has assisted more than 1.5 million Tennessee families and businesses in 158 communities, investing more than $3.7 Billion into local economies through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on USDA Rural Development programs available in Middle Tennessee contact the Lawrenceberg Area Office at 931-762-6913 x4, or 800-342-3149 x1494. Visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/TN.
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