AAED and ICSC April Symposium to Discuss “Retail 2015: Renew, Refill and Repurpose”

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Garrett-NewlandThe Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) will be hosting a retail symposium on Tuesday, April 7 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

Garrett Newland, vice president of development for Macerich, will deliver the keynote address, “Renewing Retail.”  He will discuss the health of retail, what trends retail developers are seeing and what types of joint ventures may be on the horizon.

Leslie Fox, communications director, ICSC, will share insight on Main Street Fairness legislation, which could impact sales tax collection and remittance for out-of-state retailers.

The symposium will open with “Case Studies – Retail Renewed and Repurposed,” featuring panel speakers Andrew Clegg, economic development project manager, city of Mesa; Walter Crutchfield, partner, Vintage Capital/Vintage Partners LLC;  and Martin W. De Rito, chief executive officer, De Rito Partners, Inc. The discussion will be moderated by James Smith, city of Chandler.

Another panel, including James T. “Nate” Nathan, president and designated broker, Nathan & Associates; Elliott Pollack, chief executive officer, Elliott D. Pollack & Associates; and R. Chapin Bell, president, P.B. Bell Companies, will focus on the supply and demand of residential housing and its impact on retail.  Todd Sergi of Capital Development Partners will serve as moderator.

Additionally, Kim Ryder, Goodwill of Central AZ, will moderate a “Meet the Retailers” session.

The cost of the symposium is $60 for AAED members, $70 for non-members before April 3; and $85 for late registrants.  To register, visit www.aaed.com/events.

The registration deadline is Friday, April 3.  Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance.  For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission n to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.

For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com or call (602) 240-2233.

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