Washington DC Economic Partnership Marks 15 Years at ICSC RECon in Vegas

April 22, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) today announces its plans to attend the annual global real estate convention – the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference (RECon), taking place May 17 to 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. RECon is the global convention for the shopping center industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for over 35,000 retail real estate professionals from around the world.

This year marks 15 years WDCEP has had a presence at the global convention representing Washington, DC for retail attraction. The District government and WDCEP’s presence at ICSC RECon, have led to deals that landed many popular retailers and restaurants into the District of Columbia. Some key retail successes due to WDCEP’s ICSC RECon efforts include Apple, Costco, H&M, Harris Teeter, Nike, and Nordstrom Rack.

This year, WDCEP and the District government will focus their efforts on promoting retail opportunities throughout the District with meetings scheduled with nearly 80 retailers including restaurants, grocery stores, clothiers, specialty stores, and national retailers. The Washington, DC retail market has been consistently viewed as one of the top retail markets in the U.S. and has been ranked the #1 retail investment market by both Marcus and Millichap and ChainLinks & Terranomics.

“Each year, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership has led the efforts to represent Washington, DC at ICSC to ensure the livability and economic growth of the city. Since we began attending ICSC, DC is now home to 28 grocery stores. Our impact and efforts will result in $86.3 million in annual sales tax revenue by 2018,” says Keith J. Sellars, President & CEO. “Existing retailers represent 7,434 jobs and we estimate that 3,546 jobs will be added to 41 retails locations that are currently under construction. We are very proud of how our organization continues to help bring jobs and revenue to the city.”

WDCEP will kick off Washington, D.C.’s presence at ICSC RECon with a WeDC Reception on Sunday, May 17, from 6-9PM, at the SLS Hotel Las Vegas. Mayor Muriel Bowser will be attending the event. Media is encouraged to attend and may RSVP to Maurisa Potts at maurisa@spottedmp.com for VIP access.

WDCEP and ICSC Mid-Atlantic will also host a free pre-event on Thursday, April 30, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM, How To Navigate ICSC: Best Practices in Courting Retail at RECon. The event will feature a panel of representatives from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia public sector community that will provide tips on the best way to experience the convention, discuss must-attend sessions and events and share best practices for having a productive show. The event will take place at WDCEP’s office located at 1495 F Street, NW. To RSVP, please visit: http://www.icsc.org/events-and-programs/details/how-to-navigate-icsc-best-practices-in-courting-retail

Social Media: @WDCEP #WeDC

Past ICSC RECon Photos: http://www.localhost:10023/news-events/icsc

About Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP)

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) is a 501(c)(3) organization aimed to promote economic development and business opportunities for Washington, D.C. and enhance the city’s economy through jobs creation, increased tax revenues, retaining existing businesses, and attracting new businesses.  The WDCEP facilitates economic development through business attraction and business retention programs and activities including site location assistance, educational seminars and workshops, networking and relationship building events, and serves as a key resource for DC economic development information.  The WDCEP publishes several reports throughout the year including the DC Development Report, DC Doing Business Guide, and Neighborhood Profiles.  For additional information, please visit www.wdcep.com.

Media Contacts

Julie Y. Weber
Director of Marketing & Communications
(202) 661-8679  |  jweber@wdcep.com

Maurisa Turner Potts
Spotted MP (Marketing + Public Relations)
(703) 501-6289  |  maurisa@spottedmp.com





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