Marketing Center & DC Delegation at ICSC
May 22-25, 2005, marked the sixth consecutive year that the Washington, DC Marketing Center coordinated the District’s presence at the International Council of Shopping Centers Spring Convention.
The DC delegation included Mayor Anthony Williams, Council members Evans, Orange and Brown, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Stan Jackson, NCRC President Anthony Freeman, Washington, DC Marketing Center President and CEO Michael Stevens, Keith Sellars, Director, Retail Attraction for the Marketing Center and Chad Shuskey, Director, Research and Information for the Marketing Center.
The Marketing Center team and members of the DC delegation met with retailers from all categories in retail such as apparel, home furnishing, big box, department stores, restaurants and neighborhood serving retail. In total, the delegation met with more than 57 retailers, brokers and developers representing over 114 retailers. Some of the restaurants the delegation met with included Famous Dave’s, Macaroni Grill, Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Carraba’s. High-end retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdales, Searle, Ferragamo and Swaroski also met with the delegation.
The Marketing Center board members hosted two separate dinners for retailers and developers during the convention. Reed Smith and NCRC hosted a dinner for retailers on Monday evening, then Nixon Peabody and PEPCO hosted the developers dinner on Tuesday evening. Both dinners were “sold-out” events and allowed retailers and developers a chance to dine with Mayor Williams and the DC delegation. The annual DC ICSC Reception, hosted by Nixon Peabody, the Marketing Center, the Downtown BID and Chicago Title proved to be a popular event again, as more than 380 attendees mingled at the House of Blues Foundation Room in the Mandalay Bay hotel complex.
The Marketing Center is currently planning its Retail Summit as a follow-up to the ICSC Spring Convention. The Summit, which will occur in October 2005 and will provide several of the retailers, brokers and developers we met with at ICSC to learn more about the District through city tours and site visits.
To learn more about the Washington, DC Marketing Center’s retail attraction efforts, please visit the retail section of this website.