Duvall encourages positivity, investment in local business

Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall speaks Tuesday during the Radcliff Small Business Alliance luncheon at Colvin Community Center.

It is up to those in the community to create a positive message about their community, Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall told those in attendance Tuesday at a Radcliff Small Business Alliance monthly luncheon.

“If we’re not delivering that positive message, then what are we actually selling?” he said. “Just be positive about what we have here is my message for you today. Be positive and celebrate the things that are good in our community.”

Along with Duvall’s focus on a positive attitude, he also addressed the importance of positivity and determination for future development and growth within the city.

With that, he mentioned the redevelopment of Redmar Plaza, a va­cant shopping center. The Cameron Group plans to replace the dilapidated retail buildings and develop a destination around restaurants, retail and hotels. The project also is expected to feature an apartment development, The News-Enterprise previously reported.

Duvall said he’s been in talks with The Cameron Group for about a year.

He then went on to talk about Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steak­burgers, which plans to open later this year. He said getting to this point took the new franchisee more than five years.

Duvall used those two examples to show the length of time it can take for business and development to occur in a community.

“That is just sometimes the scope of how development works,” he said.

Duvall also addressed the need to go out and support local businesses.

“Networking is good, but networking does not always put money in pockets,” he said. “Sometimes we have to do more than just come to a monthly meeting.”

Duvall reminded att­en­dees of the public hearing for a special taxing district in Radcliff to fi­nance public improvements involved in redeveloping Redmar Plaza is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday during the regular council meeting.

Attendees also were reminded of the Radcliff Cultural Festival set for Sept. 14 at Radcliff Square Shopping Center. The Radcliff Day Parade kicks off the celebration at 10 a.m. The parade route follows Dixie Boul­evard from Walmart and ends at Radcliff Square at the intersection with Lincoln Trail Boulevard, where festivities take place the majority of the day.

Anyone interested in parti­ci­pating in the festival or volun­teer­ing can email radcliffculturalfestival@gmail.com.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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