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Okmulgee Economic Development Authority met Tuesday Feb 21. Retail Attractions representative Rickey Hayes Economic Development Consultant reported to the City Council. Hayes brought a power point presentation to show the research findings for Okmulgee County retail development. Hayes gave a positi...

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City officials hope to finalize a plan next month that would spark revitalization for an area in northwest Muskogee. Urban Renewal Authority members will be reviewing during the next few weeks a draft plan they received Wednesday. Commissioners will bring back next month any concerns, criticisms ...

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Consultant touts proposal; says plan should allow for flexibility An economic development consultant breathed an air of excitement into the urban renewal process, offering ideas and pointing out opportunities for an area along the West Shawnee Bypass corridor. Rickey Hayes of Retail Attraction...

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OWASSO — In hopes of the city's landing an undisclosed "substantial retail prospect," the City Council on Tuesday night renewed a one-year contract with an economic development consulting firm. The panel approved the contract for Owasso-based Retail Attractions, led by the municipality's former eco...

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Rickey Hayes, who has a contract with the Paris Economic Development Corporation to market Paris to major retailers, told the Paris City Council on Monday about some of his successes and said more new stores and restaurants are on the way. “If I told you that IHOP wants to be in Paris, I&rsqu...

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A larger than normal audience stayed throughout a two-hour meeting Monday and listened to a presentation by Paris native Rickey Hayes of Retail Attractions, the Oklahoma firm contracted by Paris Economic Development Corp. to promote Paris as a favorable retail market. The presentation came at the e...

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Paris City Councilman Matt Frierson said nothing has generated as many calls in his time on the council as the recent decision to take the R3bi incubator and Rickey Hayes’ Retail Attractions out of the PEDC budget. On June 24, the council voted 4-2 to reject the PEDC’s proposed $600,000...

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The consultant hired by Paris Economic Development Corp. to attract retail businesses to Paris says what he terms large deals he is working on could fall through because of the action Paris City Council took earlier this week. With a 4-2 vote Monday, the council sent the PEDC’s budget back to...

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