Having attended ICSC for the past 20+ years, I’ve witnessed the highs and lows of an ever-changing economy. The past few years have been a challenge for all; government, developers, investors, and entrepreneurs all looking for that one ‘home-run’ idea. In particular, our public sector clients have taken a bit of a hit, complicated by a spiraling economy and the demise of tax increment financing in 2011.
Fast forward five years – this year’s 2016 ICSC conference was an especially outstanding and robust event. There was a noticeable excitement throughout the convention halls during the conference. Perhaps it was due to the plethora of exceptional exhibitors, speakers or innovative technology…but personally I think it had to do the optimistic enthusiasm and growing synergy among the attendees. 2016 appears to have been the turning point for many of our public sector clients; providing an approachable investment platform for developing sustainable Public/Private Partnerships between the public sector and developers while serving as a catalyst for Sustainable Economic Development.
ICSC is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world.
Tierra West is looking forward to next year’s 2017 ICSC/Las Vegas Conference, we look forward to another successful event and serving the needs of both our public and private sector clients.
– John Yonai
Tierra West Chairman and Principal