By Casey Kidd Following the ICSC RECon 2019 trade show in Vegas, I came to several realizations about the purpose(s) brick and mortar retail is currently serving, as well as where it’s headed in the not so distant future. While it is true that retail today doesn’t look quite like it did 20 years ago, […]
The Exploring Census Data Webinar Series Is Coming Soon Interested in finding business data and valuable resources from the Census Bureau? If you answered yes, then this webinar series is for you! During this webinar series, you will explore our data with Subject Matter Experts. Each session will dive into the value of our data […]
Well, it’s official. The podcast craze is here. Rarely do I spend any time in my car without something blaring from Spotify, iHeartRadio, or Apple Podcasts. I recently discovered a podcast for Economic Developers called Develop This! Episodes are usually about half an hour or so and the topics are timely and the conversation enlightening. […]
More than a decade ago, WTIA began capturing data for our communities based on the 2002 IEDC Data Standards for site selection. As one can imagine, this data transitioned many times through the years. Everything has changed; from the original capture mechanisms in Excel to the printed 11″ x 17″ one-fold information brochures. Data is […]
We recently had a chat with Gibson County Economic Developer Kingsley Brock about the Tyson Project. What are the takeaways from that process? How does it impact all of us? Take a look at the video to see what Kingsley had to say!
On November 8, the Department of Commerce approved the service area of FTZ #283 to include all of Crockett County along with portions of Weakley, Henry, Carroll, and Henderson Counties. This expansion puts 95% of the geographically allowed area of West Tennessee within the FTZ. Below is a rough outline of the new service area. […]
The West Tennessee Retail Alliance Team, sponsored by WTIA, recently attended the ICSC Southeast Conference and Deal Making Session in Atlanta. Special thanks to Jim Blankenship for signing on to lead the group! Here are his thoughts on the trip. “Our participating communities enjoyed a successful attendance in this year’s ICSC Southeast Retail Event held […]
The West Tennessee Industrial Association had its beginning in 1956 as a membership organization consisting of banks, electric and gas departments, and even interested individuals. In 1960, the Tennessee Valley Authority allowed their power distributors to form regional industrial development organizations. The first such organization was located in West Point, Mississippi and in 1961 became […]