You wouldn’t know it by the last four months, but major news stories are always prone to ebbs and flows. The federal Opportunity Zone program is a case in point when it comes to commercial real estate publications. The investment vehicle has been all the rage at various points since it was created in late 2017, only to take a step back as buzz died down.
Industrial space remains a coveted asset class for investors, despite questions about short-term rent growth and other uncertainties in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
More than 1,000 industry professionals have registered for this week’s I.CON event, NAIOP’s flagship conference for the industrial sector, despite its move this year to a virtual format. And with an industry that appears to be as bullish as ever, organizers believe they can still deliver the kind of experience and value that attendees have to come to expect from the annual gathering.
Industrial real estate is still surging as commercial real estate’s hottest property type, and that’s no more evident than right here in New Jersey, providing a chance to showcase the innovation and creativity that’s taking place in the industry.
Retailers and other industrial tenants have long counted on northern New Jersey as a hub for distribution into New York City, but the need for same-day and even two-hour delivery has pushed developers to make big bets in the outer boroughs.
As New Jersey has shown, the industrial sector has become the new darling of commercial real estate in recent years. That was all too clear from the sold-out crowd of more than 850 development executives and other key players who descended on this year’s I.CON event in Jersey City.