As expected, the Arab City Council approved a contract agreement Monday night with NaviRetail for Economic Development Services. The $15,000 contract will provide for the company to represent the city at retail conventions but also in other ways.

The company recently did a study identifying where people shop using phone data, and also plan to locate local people in the building market due to the large number of jobs coming to Madison and Limestone counties.

At a meeting last month, Mayor Bob Joslin said many people relocating to North Alabama are looking for quality homes in the $200,000 range.

He told the council that the company, based in Tupelo, Miss., plans to meet with the council to make a presentation on its plans for Arab.

The council also agreed to adjust the budget by $6,000 to pay for the 12-month contract as well as an additional $1,000 to provide for a laptop computer and any other needs.

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