When you’re researching Retail Attractions, you’ll find quite a few articles and testimonies talking about Rickey Hayes’ work in Owasso, Oklahoma. You might wonder what’s so special about Owasso and why Rickey’s work there makes him qualified to help your city attract new retail, or to advise your development firm in finding the best locations for investment.
Before he founded Retail Attractions, Rickey served as Owasso’s Economic Development Director for six years. Robin O’Grady, a Retail Specialist with NAI Sullivan Group, says that the retail development brought to Owasso “is in itself a testimony for Rickey’s hard work, knowledge, and experience in the business. Rickey not only understands the economics of the project, but he also understands the needs and concerns of the developers and retailers.” For retailers building in Owasso, the project was a success monetarily and in terms of how easy it was to work with the city.
It wasn’t just large retailers that benefited from Rickey’s involvement. Small business owners like Angela Ritchie say, “I have watched him work to create an environment that will allow large corporate chains, as well as small businesses to flourish in Owasso.” When Rickey Hayes and Retail Attractions work in a community, everyone benefits.
Owasso serves as a case study for retail success made possible when working with Retail Attractions. Part of the reason for Owasso’s success had to do with the city’s location and surging residential growth. But even with these advantages, the city probably wouldn’t have attracted such successful retail development without Rickey’s knowledge and planning strategies. During his tenure, Owasso experienced tremendous commercial and residential growth that more than tripled the city’s sales tax revenue.
The economic growth in Owasso had far-reaching benefits for residents. For example, Superintendent of Owasso Public Schools Dr. Clark Oglivie says, “Rickey’s role as the City of Owasso’s Economic Development Director was of paramount importance to the school district.” As a direct result of the new revenues from increased city growth, the Owasso Independent School District was able to build over $100 million in new facilities without a single tax raise.
What About You?
If your community is looking to encourage economic and residential growth, you’re in the right place. Rickey has years of training and experience, having worked directly or indirectly in over 300 cities in 35 different states. We’re eager to talk with your city and learn exactly how we can help you. You can find out more about our economic development services here on our website, or click here to contact us.
If you’re a retail development group interested in working with a company that has extensive experience connecting developers with good retail locations, we can help. Rickey has been involved in the completion of millions of square feet of retail, residential, medical, office and other commercial real estate, and your development can be the next one he facilitates. Click here to learn more about available properties in our client communities.