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January 27, 2012
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ICSC Wins Big with AVA Awards!

The International Council of Shopping Centers is excited to announce our win of eight AVA awards!  From ICSC's Social Network to the new and improved website design as well as our ICSC Social Media iPhone App we came home with the platinum and gold.  AVA Awards is an international competition that celebrates and recognizes outstanding…

January 20, 2012
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New U.S. visa policy bodes well for outlet centers

Brazilians and Chinese who want to visit the United States will have a much easier time under an executive order issued by President Obama on Jan. 19. "The more folks who visit America, the more Americans we get back to work," he said. "It’s that simple." This is good news to outlet centers in the…

January 13, 2012
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Sonae Sierra’s Elsa Monteiro is on a green mission

The debate over the need for strict and costly environmental regulations may continue to rage, but some mall owners are already seeing positive results from their early efforts to curb energy and water consumption. Sonae Sierra is one of them. Last year the Lisbon, Portugal–based mall developer was named the most sustainable retail real estate…

January 6, 2012
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Bet on art, accessories, and tire start-ups in 2012, report says

Many small retailers struggle to overcome overwhelming competition from national chains and big-box stores, causing most to go out of business within a couple of years after opening shop. But research firm IbisWorld has singled out four small-business retail sectors where mom-and-pops still have great prospects for success due to low costs, low barriers to…