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Global Public Policy

SLS 2019: ICSC members visit Congress to advocate for the industry

June 27, 2019

ICSC members turned out in force for the 31st Annual Strategic Leadership Summit in Washington, DC on June 17-19. ICSC members from 32 states met with 206 Congressional offices to discuss key legislation impacting the retail real estate industry.

Members attended policy briefings on top ICSC issues such as tax reform implementation and infrastructure investment.

“The Strategic Leadership Summit is critical to ICSC’s advocacy efforts because it puts our members face-to-face with Congress,” Betsy Laird, ICSC senior vice president for Global Public Policy, said. “There is nothing more powerful than our members telling legislators how these issues impact their businesses.”

Prior to the Congressional meetings ICSC members participated in legislative briefings by policy experts and a Congressional panel session with freshmen members Ben McAdams (D-UT), Denver Riggleman (R-VA), Haley Stevens (D-MI) and William Timmons (R-SC). The panel discussed the legislative challenges and opportunities facing the retail real estate industry.

The event also included a luncheon with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and ICSC Chairman Dan Hurwitz.

L to r: Scott Delaney (Delaney Property Group), William Barrois (Stirling Properties), Yolanda McLain and D. Scott McLain (Coldwell Banker Commercial McLain Real Estate), Lacy Beasley (Retail Strategies), Park Grimmer and Jamie Grimmer (Grimmer Realty Company, Inc.).

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) addresses ICSC members at SLS luncheon in Washington, DC.

L to r: ICSC Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy Betsy Laird, Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-VA), Rep. William Timmons (R-SC), Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) and Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI).

L to r: Betsy Laird (ICSC), Alan Marshall (The Keith Corp.), Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), legislative aide and Darrell Palasciano (TSCG).

L to r: Jesal Patel (Village of Lincolnwood), Melissa Noesges (Pine Tree), Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), Larry Kilduff (JLL), Todd Berlinghof (Hamilton Partners), Donna Pugh (Foley & Lardner LLP) and Lawrence Falbe (Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone).