Piedmont leaders looking to attract new industries

PIEDMONT, Ala. (AP) – Piedmont city officials say they’re considering hiring an industry recruiter or undergo an analysis by a local university to try reviving its local economy.

Mayor Bill Baker tells the Anniston Star the city is considering having Jacksonville State University assess the city’s retail sector to try determining its assets and needs.

The newspaper reports downtown Piedmont has lost several longtime businesses in recent years.

Jacksonville State University economics professor Christopher Westley says recruiting new industries to the area could help Piedmont residents get the jobs that would give them enough disposable income to eventually support local retail businesses.

Piedmont is about 25 miles northeast of Anniston.


Information from: The Anniston Star

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