City leaders are hoping to attract more retail stores with the help of a sales tax incentive.
At Monday's city council meeting, aldermen voted 9-5 in favor of using the city's 1% food and beverage tax to fund the incentive program.
The council will vote each time one of the retail incentives are to be used.
Mayor Kyle Moore said this is just the beginning of his 45x30 plan to grow the city's population to 45,000 by the year 2030.
"We need to something in these areas and so we led with retail as we discussed. We are then going to follow up on tourism in the next few months and you're going to start seeing throughout the year more of these programs come to city council," said Moore.
The council also voted 10-4 to approve spending at least $50,000 per year on a retail marketing campaign.