District leaders heading to Vegas for conference

Local,DC,Alan Blinder

District leaders are hoping what happens in Las Vegas this weekend doesn’t stay in Vegas.

Mayor Vincent Gray and Council Chairman Kwame Brown are among the city officials traveling to Nevada for a convention sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers, and they're hoping to bring back some big retail investments for the District.

“As our city grows and flourishes with emerging economic development projects and vibrant neighborhoods, it is important that we attract first-rate retailers and businesses to meet the needs of our residents,” Brown said in a statement. “This conference is a chance for our city to highlight our superior assets and numerous opportunities to attract new investment by retailers and businesses.”

A spokesman for Gray, citing the sensitive nature of business negotiations, declined to specify the companies the mayor will meet with during his visit to Las Vegas, but said they include supermarkets, restaurants and so-called “big box stores.”

“You name it, they’re meeting with them,” mayoral spokesman Pedro Ribeiro said.

D.C. officials didn't say how many people would be making the trip.

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