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For 59 years, he International Council of Shopping Centers has been highlighting the importance of the industry in the distribution of retail goods and services.  Shopping centers are economic drivers providing jobs and amenities to the communities in which they are located. 

Research and studies conducted by ICSC are useful tools for every type of business.  The Staten Island Downtown Alliance's membership in ICSC will give our members access to demographic and economic information to help them grow their business and improve the quality of life along the Bay Street corridor in order to make Downtown Staten Island tourism ready.   

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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 www.icsc.org and for the latest news from ICSC and the industry go to www.thecenterofshopping.com. 

ICSC Benefits

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The purpose of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services by:

  • Providing educational programs and publications in all aspects of shopping center development, finance, management, marketing and other specialized areas of professional interest;
  • Conducting meetings and other programs designed to promote the exchange of ideas among members and to facilitate the conduct of their business;
  • Collecting and disseminating information pertaining to the shopping center industry, includingstatistical data and other statistical research;
  • Developing and maintaining professional certification programs to encourage high standards for shopping center professionals;
  • Advocating the interest of the shopping center industry to local, state/provincial, federal and international governmental bodies; and
  • Publicizing to the general public promotional and educational shopping center business information.

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