By Shawn Moura, Ph.D., NAIOP | 2/4/21
Respondents to a recent NAIOP survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on CRE reported improved rent collection rates, an increase in industrial investment activity, and an improved outlook for employment in their firms. However, respondents also reported continued disruptions to ongoing development projects.

Creating a Workplace Culture of Inclusion

By Trey Barrineau, NAIOP | 2/12/21
To create a workplace culture of diversity, inclusion and equality, “You have to do the work of analyzing where you are to know where you will go,” said Equality Institute CEO Bernadette Smith. “You have to have specific, clear goals, and you have to make those goals public.” Smith shared ways to let underrepresented talent know that they are valued.
Part two of a two-part series

Leveraging Diverse Teams to Build a Profitable Culture of Inclusion

By Trey Barrineau, NAIOP | 2/9/21
Research conducted in 2017 showed that white men held more than 75% of C-suite jobs in the U.S. CRE industry. Bernadette Smith, CEO of the Chicago-based Equality Institute, shared strategies to help companies address the longstanding issue, which has taken on greater urgency amid the country’s rapidly changing demographics.
Part one of a two-part series

President Biden’s Tax Agenda: Issues for Commercial Real Estate

By Aquiles Suarez, NAIOP | 2/4/21
NAIOP members had the opportunity to learn about the association’s legislative agenda and its priorities for 2021 during the virtual Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat (CL&LR), including specifics regarding what might await the industry on tax policy in the new presidential administration.

Making Innovation Happen in the Turbulent Twenties

By Marie Ruff, NAIOP | 2/3/21

We “have found ourselves in the ‘discontinuous next’ – a period of radical uncertainty, volatility and risk,” said Jeff De Cagna FRSA FASAE, executive advisor for Foresight First LLC, during the keynote address at the virtual CL&LR. This time of the “discontinuous next” can be unsettling but also prompt innovation, he said.

Benchmarking Development Approvals Processes Across the U.S.

By Brielle Scott, NAIOP | 2/3/21
Many municipal approval processes tend to be opaque and provide developers with limited information. To help address these issues, the NAIOP Research Foundation commissioned a Development Approvals Index to evaluate the transparency, consistency and accountability of municipal permitting and inspection processes.