By Sharon Poland, director of marketing and business development

Mark your calendar for a Nov.14 fundraiser for Georgia ICSC’s political action committee, which lobbies for the shopping center industry. This year, the committee is focused on water and transportation issues, according to Ted Sandler, chairman of the committee.

PAC CincosThe fundraiser will be at Cinco Mexican Cantina and will serve as a kick-off for ICSC’s Southeast Conference that takes place from Nov. 14 to Nov. 16 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. ICSC's Southeast Conference is the largest annual networking, educational and deal-making retail real estate event in the region.

ICSC PAC is the only federally registered political action committee that represents the interests of the shopping center industry and ICSC members. In Georgia, the committee monitors legislative initiatives from the Georgia General Assembly and determines their impacts on the shopping center industry. If legislative initiatives do not support the best interests of the industry, the committee works to have new legislation considered.

Sandler said the Georgia PAC currently has two focuses:

• Supporting a proposed transportation referendum. This month, Georgia’s special transportation districts will be asked to vote on a ballot question to levy a one-percent sales and use tax to fund transportation projects in their regions.

• Dealing with water issues. Once again, Georgia is experiencing a drought. In the 2012 session there will most likely be discussions about the availability of clean water and how storm and wastewater should be handled.

But before we get down to serious business, please join the Hartman Simons team for a margarita (or two) in support of the committee and its efforts.

See below for event details and click here to register!

When: Nov. 14, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Cinco Mexican Cantina (2851 Akers Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30339)

Sponsors: Platinum Sponsors are Hartman Simons, North American Properties, Colliers International and Franklin Street

Gold sponsors are Stafford Properties, Benning Construction Company, DLC Management Corp., Wolverton & Associates, Equity One Inc.The Sandler Law Group, Wheeler/Brand Management Company, SRS Real Estate Partners, RCG Ventures, Grubb and Ellis and Retail Planning Corporation