After a catered lunch provided by Washer’s IGA, Teresa Taylor spoke to the crowd about retail development and retention of businesses. Taylor is the senior project manager and community coordinator for the Tennessee Valley Authority, and was in town for the day to have workshops for the Retail Task Force.
The purpose of the task force is to draw retail businesses to Trigg County. Paul Fourshee, chairman of the task force, said this was third time Taylor had come to meet them for a full day. Each workshop was a month apart, he said.
Taylor gave a presentation called “The Community Connection,” in which she talked about how important it is to draw more retail businesses into small towns. She said this was critical not simply to create more jobs, but also to provide services that people sorely need but currently have to leave town for. For example, she said that although there are many items that can be purchased in Cadiz, if a man needs a dress shirt, he has no choice but to drive to Hopkinsville. Because of this gap, she said that Cadiz is missing out on opportunities to keep money in the town instead of having it spent elsewhere.
Taylor said the key was to get business leaders to be proactive in trying to lure retailers here. The best way to achieve this goal is through a marketing strategy that would turn Cadiz into a “brand” that makes retailers remember the city.
“The more you establish Cadiz as something unique and promote yourself, the more attractive you become to retailers,” she said.
The Cadiz Retail Task Force will be attending a conference in Nashville with Taylor on Aug. 2 and 3 known as the Tennessee/Kentucky Idea Exchange. The International Council of Shopping Centers will host the conference.
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