Downtown Retailing and Merchandising for the 21st Century City

APA Florida, Treasure Coast Section


Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 8 p.m. EDT

Delray Beach, FL, United States

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The City of Delray Beach in partnership with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, Treasure Coast Section of the Florida American Planning Association, Florida Atlantic University School of Urban and Regional Planning, Palm Beach County Planning Congress, Inc., Abacoa Partnership For Community, and Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority has initiated a public education lecture series for planners, residents and visitors of the Region. The series is intended to focus on town planning, urban design, historic preservation, and the changing demographic and market trends that will affect and influence the long-term health and redevelopment of cities. This public education lecture series will showcase six distinguished speakers. The series is scheduled from December 2013 through May 2014. The sixth session will feature Robert Gibbs who is a leading planning and retailing consultant. His firm, Gibbs Planning Group, has contributed to over 400 master plans across the U.S., including Alexandria, Birmingham, Charleston, Houston, and Naples. In his lecture he will provide an education on the historic and current retail market, and demographic trends that are expected to transform retail markets in the future. He will examine retailing and merchandising “tricks of the trade” that can be used by cities and downtown merchants to better compete with nontraditional retail locations along major highways and interstates. There will be an examination of the recent shift among large, national retail chains to smaller in-town locations, and how redeveloping cities and towns can capture this market without destroying their small town attributes. Finally, there will be some discussion about the kind of retail mix downtowns may want to consider that will better-align downtowns with the demographic mix of new homebuyers and renters expect to move to in-town neighborhoods and districts.

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