Shopping Centers Today International

NOV 2015

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and electricity to the event that was just contagious. And it was still easier to move around than Vegas." The September opening of a new subway line directly across from the Javits Center adds to the appeal, whisking attendees to and from mid- town to the center in minutes. "It makes getting to the conference even easier," said Firestein. "I'd like to take credit for that, but instead I'll just say that I'm pleased it happened on my watch," he quipped. T h i s y e a r v e n d o r s w i l l t a k e 165,000 square feet of exhibition space, and for the first time the con- ference will feature a special pavilion dedicated specifically to public-sector organizations, with representatives from state and local chambers of commerce and from departments of economic development present. At- tendees can also look forward to an impressive retail runway with the likes of Century 21, Juice Press, Retro Fit- ness and Starbucks discussing growth strategies, as well as interactive infor- mational sessions on retail technology trends and similar topics. "New York is not only one of the major commercial capitals of the world," McGuinness said, "it's also got great entertainment value." And there are a lot of sponsored parties planned, at some of the most buzzed-about loca- tions in the Meatpacking District and at the Highline — a 1.5-mile-long park built along an elevated section of a dis- used railroad line. From a deal-making perspective, real estate companies have begun to view the New York conference as the must-attend event McGuinness has cited. "I go every year," said Michael Puline, senior vice president of leasing in the Atlanta office of Tarrytown, N.Y.–based DLC Manage- ment Corp. "Aside from Las Vegas, this is one of the most vibrant, well-attended conferences there is. We always have great meetings there." Anyone wishing to make deals should certainly take into account the record number of participants who are expected to turn out this year, urges McGuinness. "This is the event you have to be at in order to complete the full circle of business this year," he said, "and to jump start business in 2016." SCT N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 5 / S C T 53 30 PROGRAMS IN 21 STATES OVER 3,000 ATTENDEES COMING TOGETHER TO NETWORK FOR A CAUSE The NEXT GENerosity campaign gives the entire Next Gen community a unique opportunity to work together for the greater good of our industry and to support the scholarship programs of the ICSC Foundation. Visit www.icscfoundation.org/nextgen for updates on the NEXT GENerosity campaign and programs ofered in your area. The Next Generation of Leaders "I go every year. Aside from Las Vegas, this is one of the most vibrant, well-attended conferences there is. We always have great meetings there."

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