Arab officials work to bring in more businesses to the city

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- The city of Arab is working constantly to bring more businesses to the area.

"Every day. We're out there looking at developers, trying to talk with retailers to make a matchup with the Arab area and make something attractive to them, make an incentive package to make them want to come here," Arab Mayor Bob Joslin says.

As big name stores announce moves to other Marshall County cities, Arab officials are working to bring in similar businesses to the area.  The city has undergone a revitalization of sorts. Improving infrastructure is part of the process.

"To make it an attractive place for people to come and want to open a business, open an industry, and even come and live here," Mayor Joslin says.

Mayor Joslin says part of the process includes attending conventions, where they can create relationships with developers and show them what Arab has to offer. "For example, we have 21 acres on North 231 that's available for retail, and we could make some very attractive incentives for people to come to that area," Mayor Joslin says.

Also, Joslin says growing existing industries would be beneficial for Arab. "We want to help them grow, because if we can grow the existing industries that we have by 10, 20 people collectively, that's like getting a new industry in town," Mayor Joslin says.

Efforts to bring in businesses and industries is not a short track. Mayor Joslin says they'll continue to plan and develop that process.