Attendance was up and the mood was upbeat at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) PA/NJ/DE Idea Exchange on September 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. For the 7th consecutive year, Gibbons P.C. exhibited at the show. Five Gibbons lawyers, from the firm’s Philadelphia and Newark offices, attended.
Unlike the last two years, when attendance was lower and the mood was palpably negative, this year’s show was better attended and there was a noticeable change in attitude as more deals and more opportunities seemed to be on the horizon. Attendance remained solid well into the afternoon. Howard D. Geneslaw, a Director in the Real Property & Environmental Department at Gibbons, said, “The atmosphere is much different this year, much more positive than it has been for several years, and many of those attending have more appointments this year and are making more progress on deals. This a positive sign in view of the continuing uncertainty we see in economic reports.”
The Philadelphia show is a precursor to the New York gathering, scheduled for December 6-7, 2010, and the positive mood bodes well for a successful New York show with better attendance and a more positive outlook. Gibbons will be exhibiting at the New York show in America’s Hall II – come by and say hello.