Friday, October 16, 2009

Meeting the Retailers and Developers at ICSC in Atlanta

(Photo- Greg Lowe and Mike Wiles at ICSC-Southeast in Atlanta)

The International Council of Shopping Centers Southeast Conference was held on Oct. 5-7 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Convention Center and brought retailers, developers, brokers and economic and community development professionals from around the southeast and along the east coast to discuss the state of the economy, new retail expansion projects and possible future developments.
Marshall Co. JECDB Director Mike Wiles and Greg Lowe of the City of Lewisburg attended the conference for the second year to showcase available retail properties in Marshall County as well as discuss future retail projects with developers and retailers.
After working with Buxton Company to help determine retail gaps in Marshall County, the ICSC Southeast conference provided Wiles and Lowe the opportunity to seek out specific retailers that would benefit from starting operations in Marshall County. Contacts with developers and retailers have led to discussions about new retail coming to Marshall County; but as expected, the state of the current economy is playing a role in new retail development across the United States.
Still, several promising leads were contacted at the ICSC Southeast and continuing discussions hope to result in future retail development in Marshall County.

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