Jason Claunch of Catalyst Commercial Inc. told the Jackson Board of Aldermen during a presentation Monday night the results of his company’s retail market analysis of the city are better than expected. The assessment, which has been conducted since this past summer, examined existing businesses and organizations; Jackson demographics, shopping habits and traffic patterns; and available properties to identify opportunities to grow the area’s retail environment. The city hired Catalyst for a 12-month plan costing $68,000 plus expenses not to exceed $5,000. The next phase is to approach potential investors and retailers. Claunch says the median home value in Jackson is the highest in the southern Missouri region and more than 50 percent of Jackson’s population is younger than 35. The opportunity he seems most excited about is of Interstate 55’s Exit 99, which he called a “jewel asset” and “the apex of the market.” After that, he said his company identified the interstate’s Exit 102, East Jackson Boulevard and the Main Street corridor as other areas of standout opportunity. Business types that seem most likely to fit in Jackson would be grocery stores, healthcare/pharmacies and restaurants.