From staff reports
Seven leaders from Marshall County communities are going to Atlanta next week to recruit more retail businesses during the annual southeastern convention of the International Council of Sopping Centers.
Mike Wiles, the recently-hired executive director of the local Joint Economic and Community Development Board, is leading the delegation that will set up a booth to display what Marshall County offers with commercial sites, demographics and local incentives.
"We've seen significant growth in the retail area in the past five years from Wal-Mart and Walgreesns to ACE Hardware and Peebles," Wiles said.
"But we can grow even more and broaden our retail," Wiles said.
Economic experts from the state and ther related organizations have suggested that Marshall County raise its retail employment percentage to balance out its top-heavy industrial employment percentage, according to a report distributed by the delegation going to Atlanta.
The delegation led by Wiles includes: Ritaanne Weaver, executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce; local banker Barry white who serves on boards dedicated to economic development; Lewisburg Economic and Community Development Director Terry Wallace; Greg Lowe, the codes enforcement officer for Lewisburg; Chapel Hill Town Administrator Mike Hatten, and; Taylor Brandon, administrator of Cornersville.
"We have a good group of people from Marshall County deading down to Atlanta," Wiles said. "Together, we will have a strong presence to meet with developers and retailers looking to bring retail to Marshall County."