We've seen more and more e-mails lately regarding theInternational Council of Shopping Centers' national convention inLas Vegas. Newly branded RECon, the event isthe equivalent of a Grateful Deadconcert for the industry.We are again remiss in looking at ourcalendar, because, like every year, the damn thing has crept up onus. We're exhausted just thinking about it.For those ofyou not familiar with the event, there are tons of people all overthe place (upwards of 50,000 attended last year), making thesizable Las Vegas Convention Center seem more packed than aManhattan supermarket on a Sunday. Attendees are booked solid withmeetings for three days. And no one sleeps at all because after theevent every night there are parties and receptions, and hell,you're probably in a freaking casino 90% of the time you're not atthe convention center. ICSC even puts out a "survivalguide" for potential attendees, kind of like the pamphletsmunicipalities put together for natural-disaster awareness.For ourpart, GlobeSt.com's retail page will coversessions and breaking news there daily. It is also our goal to meetwith more retail and restaurant operators, so if you are theoperator of a chain or a new concept and would like to set up anappointment to talk to us about your expansion strategy, shoot ane-mail over here.If you'reattending, what are your plans for RECon? Do you think theconvention's annual rising attendance with change this year becauseof the problems the economy has faced? Do you see the overallclimate hitting a more morose tone than previous years, when itseemed like the industry prevailed over macroeconomic hardships?How are you changing your strategy at the event, if at all?

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