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2018 Craft Brewers Conference Highlights

RMA’s Kevin Crowder and Farrell Tiller, Economic Development experts, recently attended the Brewers Association’s (BA) Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC) in Nashville, Tennessee. Over 15,000 industry members took center stage at the Music City Center, from April 30…

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Can Social Media Help Save The Planet?

By Terra Spero, CEO at Real Time Marketing Group & Jessica Mulder, Creative Director at RMA So much thought has been given to the idea that social media is degrading society, but if we take social media for what it…

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Transportation Innovations and Urban Growth

By Max Wemyss, Planner While cities are shaped by many influences and urban expansion can take many forms, transportation and the way in which people move about cities is a significant factor in a city’s shape and size. Through our…

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Retail Reenvisioned: Shift in Sector Uses

By Jenae Valentine, Economic Development Coordinator/Real Estate Associate In 2017, the retail sector proved to be the most volatile of all the major real estate sectors. Retail store closings and retail bankruptcy headlines dominated the real estate industry. According to…

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Breaking the Bureaucracy

By Kevin Crowder, CEcD, Director of Economic Development Regulations exist for a reason. They help protect the health and welfare of a community and guide the city toward realizing its vision. Regulation is where a local government can significantly influence…

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Food Halls on the Rise

By Lynn Dehlinger, Sr. Economic Development Manager/ICSC P3 Florida Co-Chair and Allison Justice, Sr. Project Manager The food hall phenomenon has officially transcended trendiness. These sprawling markets showcasing a variety of mini-restaurants and retail food vendors under one roof have…

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Retail Industry Renaissance

By  Lynn Dehlinger, Sr. Economic Development Manager/Broker Associate The party line is that physical retail is dying, however this industry, as well downtowns, are in the midst of an amazing renaissance – diversifying their offerings like never before to create unique…

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