NAIOP honors new hall of fame class, CRE industry leaders

A crowd of nearly 400 turned out Monday night as NAIOP New Jersey inducted three commercial real estate leaders into its hall of fame, while honoring a longtime state government leader and three key industry professionals.

Big data: Many challenges but a wealth of next-gen jobs

The influx of “big data” can be overwhelming and complex — coming with privacy concerns and other challenges — but it provides a great opportunity to help developers and landlords improve operational efficiencies and attract and retain tenants.

Murphy signs law to create new TOD office at NJ Transit

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill that requires NJ Transit to establish an office of transit-oriented development and conduct an annual inventory of its real estate holdings, potentially paving the way for new opportunities across the state.

NAIOP panel: Building trends pointing toward employee health, ecofriendly design

Amenities, collaboration space and access to transportation will all remain important in the office sector, experts say, but those features must be increasingly focused on wellness, sustainability and energy savings. That’s not to mention diversity and the ability for employees to choose how they work.

Growing fiscal problems demand action

Business as usual is just not possible anymore. New Jersey’s underperforming economy, bloated public sector spending and rising cost of living, along with Congress’s decision to reduce the state and local tax deduction, are forcing our collective hands to do better. There is no better place to start than at home in our local municipalities and school districts, where consolidations and sharing of services can produce both real financial savings and better outcomes. Simultaneously, state and county governments need to do likewise. Taxpaying businesses and residents deserve accountability, and this may require audits of how and where every dollar of taxpayer money is being spent.

DEP plans new and improved online permitting system, commissioner tells NAIOP

The Department of Environmental Protection is taking a page out of the TurboTax playbook — at least when it comes to permitting for land use and other areas — with plans to roll out a new electronic submission system for more than 100 permit activities in its ongoing effort to streamline New Jersey’s regulatory structure.

NAIOP unveils honorees for annual N.J. awards, hall of fame dinner

NAIOP New Jersey will honor one of the state’s key government officials in recent years alongside one of its best-known developers as part of its upcoming fall awards dinner, where the association will also recognize several influential industry professionals.

Logistics, workforce could help Jersey weather next downturn

With the incredible growth of this sector in recent years, could logistics help make New Jersey cliff-proof? I think so, but only if we take steps to address serious workforce challenges, especially those related to affordability and accessible transportation. With the increasing likelihood of a recession in 2020, we need to act now. The importance of the port region to New Jersey’s economy cannot be overstated, and continued investment is critical. We also need to solve the “last mile” conundrum that presents transportation and lifestyle challenges.

Stro announces two new hires

The Stro Cos. has made two recent additions to its team to bolster its efforts in acquisitions, leasing, management and other areas.

Living on borrowed time: Build Gateway now

No one infrastructure project has the potential to cripple our economy, disrupt our lives, lower real estate values and drive employers to seek alternative locations than the Gateway Project to expand and repair the Hudson River rail tunnels and replace the Portal North Bridge. Why, then, haven’t our local, state and national leaders yet secured the funding, approvals and entitlements needed to get this project done, despite the wakeup call back in 2012 when Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on a single tunnel in an area responsible for 20 percent of the U.S. GDP?