International Council of Shopping Centers

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Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors. For more information about ICSC visit and for the latest news from ICSC and the industry go to

Resources for Cities
  • Retail as a Catalyst for Economic Development, Second Edition
  • Improving Tenant Mix: A Guide for Commercial District Practitioners is an invaluable guide for economic development practitioners leading retail attraction efforts in downtowns and neighborhood business districts. This guide is written for public-sector officials as well as staff at Business Improvement Districts and community-based non-profits—anyone leading efforts to improve tenant mix along traditional retail corridors and districts. Designed in an easy-to-follow format, Improving Tenant Mix will ensure that practitioners have the information they need to design and execute successful retail recruitment efforts, improve retail offerings, and attract more shoppers, resulting in more retail sales for district businesses over time. Peppered with real-world advice from an expert advisory panel, this guide will be the one you reach for again and again.
What is the P3 Retail Program?

ICSC launched the P3 Retail Program (formerly known as Alliance) in 1997 to bring about a greater understanding of the positive economic effect the shopping center industry has on communities and to provide a forum to initiate dialogue and develop better working relationships between developers, retailers, brokers, lenders, and local government officials.  

  • Networking between local public officials/private industry for deal making and relationship building (non-lobbying)
  • Open dialogue on emerging issues affecting the industry and the quality of life in local communities
  • Idea/best-practice sharing to enhance communities
Contact Information

Washington DC Office:
International Council of Shopping Centers
Office of Global Public Policy
555 12th Street NW Ste 660
Washington DC 20004 

Primary Contacts for Local Government Officials:
Cynthia Stewart, Vice President, Community Development
555 12th Street NW Ste 660
Washington DC  20004 

Michael Cowden, Community Outreach Manager
555 12th Street NW Ste 660
Washington DC  20004