City of Fayetteville Looks to Hire New Business Recruiter

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA)– The city of Fayetteville is actively working to combat the growing number of empty retail spaces popping up on Dickson St. and throughout the city.

Right now Fayetteville is looking for a business recruitment specialist–an unprecedented job that the city says will bring lots of traffic to our area.

The Director of Economic Vitality, Devin Howland, said “Dickson St. and our downtown, as well as uptown, are the two most desireable areas to operate a business in this city. We get more inquiries for sites in those two spaces than anywhere else.” 

Howland adds those places are also the most expensive.
 
So, in order to attract more businesses to Fayetteville and grow the economy, the city is hiring a buisness recruitment specialist.
 
Chung Tan of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce said this is “to match what our community wants, what our customers want, and that way we can increase the opportunity for success.”
 
The position will focus on reeling in retail and resturant oriented businesses.
 
But, what happens to the places already open?
 
Chelsea Domino, the manager of Jammin Java, said often her business is ignored.
 
She said, “I have people all the time tell me they’ve been in Fayetteville for many, many years and didn’t know we were here and we’re actively involved in getting our name out.”
 
That’s where Start Up Junkie steps in.
 
It’s a service that local businesses can turn to when they’re struggling, at no cost to them.
 
Sitting in the square, Start Up Junkie offers services like marketing, web development, tax strategy and customer development.
 
A service Domino didn’t know existed.
 
“I’m now interested in looking at what they’ve got to do and what we can benefit from their resources,” said Domino. 
 
Although she’s looking for more recognition for her business, she says she’s excited by the idea of a business recruitment specialist bringing more foot traffic to the city.
 
Howland said, “All of those retailers, they feed off eachother. They thrive together and they survive together as well.”
 
He also said his team is looking nationally to fill this position, and would like the new addition to start as soon as they can.
 

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