This month, thousands of public officials, including Wilson County Joint Economic & Community Development Board (JECDB) representative Tammy Stokes, will gather in Las Vegas to meet with over 35,000 attendees at the largest retail real estate event in the world to seek out potential private partners and development opportunities for their communities.
A four-day event, RECon, the annual global conference sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), features educational sessions on retail and economic development issues, engaging keynotes and a myriad of networking and deal-making opportunities. ICSC estimates that approximately 50 percent of all industry deals are conceived of or consummated at RECon.
"ICSC's RECon is an opportunity like no other if you are trying to create or encourage any type of retail real estate development in your community," Stokes said. "In just four days, we will be able to meet and build relationships with the leading shopping center developers, owners and retailers who may not have otherwise been aware of the economic development opportunities in our community."
In addition to the public officials who attend the event, nearly 100 cities, economic development agencies and other public sector groups will exhibit at this year's convention. Public sector groups began exhibiting at the event in 1982 as a way to increase awareness about the development opportunities in their communities.
The JECDB's booth will feature information about Wilson County, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown. During the convention, members from Wilson County and its three cities plan to meet with shopping center owners, developers and retailers to highlight the county's development opportunities.