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July 12, 2011
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Leasing skills critical for industry success

July 2011, Brussels.  Leasing is seen as the most essential skill within the Retail Real Estate Industry according to students attending the 2011 International Council of Shopping Centre's European Retail Property School. More than double the number of students attended the 2011 school than the previous year, and far more students registered for this topic…

July 8, 2011
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Industry Loses A Friend, Past ICSC Chairman John Ingram Dies

John M. Ingram, a retired development and retailing executive and former chairman of ICSC, has died. He was 76. Ingram served as ICSC’s 42nd chairman for the 2001-02 term while a vice chairman of The Mills Corp, Arlington, Va., creator of the value-oriented megamall concept. In addition to his role at Mills, Ingram was also…

July 1, 2011
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ICSC Student Comments About RECon

What are you doing for your future and how are you assuring your success? If you are looking for opportunities, connections and knowledge, read on. In real estate, it is not always what you know, but who you know. Business transactions are done with mutual trust and established relationships. When you are in college the…

June 29, 2011
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BLACKSTONE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF CENTRO PROPERTIES GROUP US

- POSITIONS COMPANY TO DRIVE LEASING AND REDEVELOPMENT EFFORTS – NEW YORK, June 28, 2011 – BRE Retail Holdings Inc., an affiliate of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI L.P. (“Blackstone”), today announced that it has closed the previously announced transaction to purchase the US assets and platform of Centro Properties Group and its managed funds…

June 21, 2011
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“What a difference a year makes.”

By Jesse Tron The title, while perhaps trite, is apropos in the case of RECon and the shopping center industry at large. Last year’s conference was certainly long on optimism but somewhat short on action. In 2010 most attendees were seeing the same amount of meetings they had on their schedules as in pre-recessionary years;…

June 15, 2011
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Banks more picky, Europe Conference told

Have Europe's retail property owners, banks and regulators learned any lessons from the Great Recession they are just now climbing out of? Yes and no, the continent's top executives said during a panel discussion at the ICSC European Conference in Paris today. On the one hand, owners and banks are basing financing on cash flow…

June 10, 2011
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RECon: A View from a Newcomer

Emily Corbin, marketing & real estate student, Sam Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas My Father, a small carwash developer based in Arkansas, is always traveling and going to different meetings or conferences across the United States to promote his business. Since I was young, he has asked me to go with him, but…

May 24, 2011
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The Social Media Pavilion at ICSC RECon

For executives looking to integrate rapidly evolving social-media technology into their daily work, the Social Media Pavilion, located at S222 Q Street, is probably the place to be. The pavilion, sponsored by Cohn Marketing, is where they can explore ways that social technologies are applied in retail real estate and shopping centers both locally and…

May 18, 2011
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Bringing outlet centers to Canada is Anthony Grossi’s new mission

By Anna Robaton Growing up in the 1960s, Anthony Grossi watched Toronto's transformation through the eyes of his father, a construction worker who labored on the iconic Toronto-Dominion Centre and other projects developed by The Cadillac Fairview Corp. “Toronto was breaking out of its stodgy mold and becoming a world-class city with gleaming skyscrapers,” Grossi…

April 14, 2011
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What did you do for your birthday? Meet John Crossman!

By Janelle Wellman I have worked with John for the past six months and I like to describe him as vibrant, passionate, full of talent and optimism, and an all-star volunteer – I absolutely love working with him. Based on his enthusiasm, energy, and involvement with the ICSC Next Gen program, it is almost impossible…