Ft. Worth Business Press has a timely article on what different Cities are doing to attract retailers:
Wetzel said cities can begin the process of aggressively marketing to retailers by cleaning up their permitting process, which makes building new stores easier for retailers and developers alike, as well as creating an up-to-date inventory of all retail sites in the city and creating incentive plans, which don’t have to include tax cuts, to attract retailers to the city.
“All of these things let retailers know that you’re going to work with them better than the city next door and that’s the kind of thing that can make a decision for a retailer,” she said. “An incentive for them could be you helping them with an expedient permitting and code process. If you’re invested in streamlining your process, they’ll want to do business with you.”