Troup County Commission on Tuesday is expected to vote on investing $12,500 for a Chamber of Commerce-contracted study and recruitment group to help attract retailers to Troup County.
Page Estes, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce president, said the Chamber has found a lot of people won’t move to Troup County because of a lack of shopping options. The amount in special-purpose, local-option sales tax revenue that the county is missing out on from people who choose to shop in surrounding areas amounts to about $350 million, she said.
The chamber wants to contract with Retail Strategies of Birmingham, Ala., for a three-year, $94,850, agreement to implement studies for retail options and recruit retailers for the area. The city of LaGrange already has agreed to pay $12,500, or 25 percent of the first year of the contract, while the LaGrange Downtown Development Authorities has agreed to contribute $2,000. In West Point, the city, DDA and Industrial Development Authority have pledged a collective $5,000. The chamber plans to approach Hogansville for a contribution if Troup throws in the $12,500.
County leaders said the $12,500 could be paid from the county’s hotel-motel tax fund collected locally.
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