Grow Haralson to Discuss Retail Strategy in Public Forum

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  • (1888PressRelease) September 16, 2017 - BREMEN, Ga. – Grow Haralson, a 501c3 economic development foundation, was created as a catalyst for growth in Haralson County. The organization, led by Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Eric McDonald, is holding a public forum on retail trends and strategies for the area moving forward. The event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 11:45a.m. – 1:30p.m. at Mill Town Music Hall (1031 Alabama Avenue). Lunch is available for all attendees ($15 for Chamber members/$25 for non-members) by RSVP’ing to Elizabeth Langley at 770-537-5594.

    Grow Haralson partnered with Birmingham-based Retail Strategies to review our retail market and analyze it using the same data, methodology and approach as a retail site planner. The organization will use this data to proactively approach potential retailers and present the area as an ideal spot for their next location. The study was paid for by Grow Haralson and its 35 investors.

    “I’m excited to present our initial findings to the community,” said McDonald. “The Haralson market is larger than just the county, it extends west to Alabama, east past Temple, south to Linda Lane in Carrollton and north to Cedartown. So, there is lots of opportunity for growth and expansion.”

    Retail Strategies initial findings from the market study included:
    · How much money are residents spending to dine out, purchase groceries and furniture or order flowers.

    · Analyzed spending patterns where we spent that money, as related to the market.

    · Measured the leakage of how much money is spent outside of the market.

    · Discovered what people spent their money on when they entered our market.

    In 2012, the Grow Haralson Strategic Plan was published with an enormous amount of community participation, which resulted in identifying key opportunities for Haralson County. The Grow Haralson campaign seeks to secure 1,500 new jobs and $50 million in new payroll during the next five years. To accomplish its ambitious goal, the campaign has set the following strategic goals: expand the industrial base; increase the workforce pipeline and improve the educational opportunities; and support existing industry and commercial development.

    The following list of individuals, companies and government offices are the initial Honor Roll of investors in Grow Haralson: 1st Franklin Financial; Associated Industrial Riggers; Aubrey Silvey, Inc.; Bremen Eye Clinic; Bremen Rotary; Carroll EMC; City of Bremen; City of Tallapoosa; Commercial Insurance Agency, Rob Goldin; Ellis Building Components; Georgia Power; Gradick Communications; Haralson County Board of Commissioners; Hightower Family Funeral Homes; Honda Precision Parts of Georgia; Hutcheson’s Funeral Home; Julie Williams Cain, Attorney; Louise & Jay Sutton; Lovvorn Pharmacy; Miller Funeral Home; Principal Mortgage; River City Propane; R.K. Redding Construction; Systems & Methods, Inc.; Smith Farms Trucking; Southeastern Hose; SoutheasTrans; Southern Medical Group of Georgia; State Farm, Jamie Bragg; Syncronet, Inc.; Tanner Health System; Wayne Davis Concrete; West Georgia Electric; West Georgia Technical College; Will M. Robinson, CPA; and Warren & Ava Sewell Foundation.

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