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Jenn Gregory and Joe Strauss Join ICSC Next Generation Leadership Network

ICSC Next Generation, Jenn Gregory and Joe Strauss
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Jenn Gregory and Joe Strauss Join

ICSC Next Generation Leadership Network

ICSC (Innovating Commerce Serving Communities) has named Jenn Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies, and Joe Strauss, vice president of development, to the Next Generation Leadership Network (NGLN) class of 2022-2024. Members of the new class were chosen based on leadership, creativity, and vision needed to advance their organizations and the Marketplaces Industry. The class was nominated by a diverse group, including ICSC trustees and members at-large, in recognition of contributions and potential to lead the industry in the future.

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“I’m extremely proud to be part of ICSC’s Next Generation Leadership Network,” said Jenn Gregory, president of Downtown Strategies. “It is an honor to be nominated and selected to serve among other leaders in the marketplaces industry. Community development is something that is constantly changing and I’m excited to be a voice for communities and downtowns in this network.”

Jenn is the president of Downtown Strategies, where her focus is on the revitalization of downtowns for our client communities. She advises communities on market analysis, tourism, economic vitality, and design updates for downtown areas.

Joe Strauss, CCIM

“I’m excited to be joining the newest class of ICSC’s Next Generation Leadership Network,” said Joe Strauss, CCIM, vice president of development. “I’m excited to bring real estate knowledge to this network of marketplace leaders. I look forward to representing our team with this nomination.”

Joe is the vice president of development for Retail Strategies, where he specializes in retail recruitment and focuses on the identification of companies to fill the product and service gaps within our client city’s trade areas.

About Retail Strategies

Retail Strategies is the national expert in community development and retail economic development. Our mission is to provide the real estate expertise, tools, and human effort that position deserving towns as alluring locations for national businesses and destinations for tourism and quality-of-life amenities. We confidently pursue this mission by delivering unparalleled customer service as a unified team with unmatched real estate and community development expertise. Our activities pay a return in sales taxes, added jobs, and businesses that enhance and add to the unique qualities of your community.

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Retail Strategies has been a tremendous asset to Cypress. They have access to industry and business intelligence in an immensely competitive retail environment. The relationships they develop with commercial/retail property owners delivers results for the city because Retail Strategies excels at marketing their clients.

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Cypress, CA

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