The shopping center industry is gathering in Las Vegas this week for RECon, the International Council of Shopping Center's large national convention. People attend not only from the United States, but from all over the world. It's a dynamic mix of retailers, developers, owners, brokers, architects, engineers, lawyers, CRE tech, media and more. Over 32,000 have pre-registered, and thousands more will register at the door. It's going to be BIG. How big? 1200 exhibitors filling up 853,000 square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center big. Plus dozens of parties, dinners and gatherings both in the Convention Center and throughout Las Vegas.
This is my 30th or 31st consecutive time attending this convention. In addition to being a great way to network, make new connections, and catch up with old friends, RECon is a fantastic opportunity to take the pulse of the industry. What better way to do that then to ask the simple, direct question, "Are you optimistic about the future of the shopping center industry?" We took our choice of answers from the old Magic 8 Ball. Your choices are Yes, No, Maybe, and Ask again tomorrow. You can take the poll one of three ways.
You can stop by our booth, S246 S Street in the South Hall and drop your card in our Voting Machine. Otherwise, take the poll below. I'm telling you right now, my own answer is yes, and if you stop by my booth, I'll tell you why, otherwise check back after Memorial Day for my reasons why I am optimistic.