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Grant County Represented at Retail Convention

Posted on Jul 26, 2013

Grant County and Moses Lake's booths at the Las Vegas RECon Convention.(May 20-22 Las Vegas, NV) Eight representatives traveled to the Las Vegas Convention Center to attend the Global Retail Real Estate Convention (RECon) to meet with developers, retailers and other municipalities. More than 32,000 participants came together during the three day show in Las Vegas.
RECon took up all three sections of the Convention Center with booth displays by many different organizations. The Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Grant County Economic Development Council each had a booth at the show.

Emily Braunwart, Accounting and Communications Manager at the EDC commented, “It was such a great experience to see how the other cities were marketing their communities for retail and to learn from the developers what they are looking for in a community. I am excited to see how this convention will help our long term goal of recruiting more retail to the Grant County area.”

Leading up to RECon, the EDC and the Moses Lake Chamber helped to organize the Retail Task Force. The group’s focus was on gathering information about Grant County that would be important to developers and retail companies. Information collected included; traffic counts on main highways and roads, the number of new housing permits issued in recent years, data on the school districts and hospitals, and much more. “It was the combined effort of this group that was able to make our marketing outreach valuable at RECon. We are so happy to be a part of such a great group,” said Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the EDC.

The Grant County representatives were able to distribute information about local demographics, available properties and market trends in the area. Grant County’s population growth, 3% a year, the diversified industrial companies that call Grant County home, and its location on the I-90 highway, make it an area of interest for new retail development.

Plans are already in the works to attend next years convention and further develop the relationships established this year.

(May 20-22 Las Vegas, NV) Eight representatives traveled to the Las Vegas Convention Center to attend the Global Retail Real Estate Convention (RECon) to meet with developers, retailers and other municipalities.