We need more than a name change

I would argue that Gov. Phil Murphy’s vision for New Jersey as a state of innovation nicely captures the element of inclusion in its goals. However, our state still needs to meet today’s demands: retaining and growing jobs; remaining relevant to attract emerging industry sectors; and, perhaps most importantly, making New Jersey sufficiently affordable for the workforce.

NAIOP reveals 2019 slate of honorees, hall of fame inductees

A group of top development executives and industry professionals will take center stage in early November when NAIOP New Jersey hosts its fall awards dinner and hall of fame induction.

Gridlock in Trenton: Not what investors want

Messaging from Trenton over the last several months, “airing dirty laundry” and delayed payments and responses to companies involved in the state’s incentive programs are scaring away legitimate businesses from setting roots in New Jersey. Businesses need certainty and clarity. Why don’t we pivot the conversation to one about how to make robust investments in our people and infrastructure without any further distractions and political roadblocks?

NAIOP panelists tout lessons learned amid updates to environmental cleanup program

Technical changes to the 10-year-old Site Remediation Reform Act incorporate many lessons learned since the law was originally enacted, industry insiders said last week, as a bill that would update the program now awaits a decision by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Industrial sector thrives on innovation and institutional investors

Amid a strong economy and surging demand for consumer products, industrial remains one of the hottest segments in the commercial real estate industry. The strong demand for space is pushing industrial developers to innovate, leading to multistory distribution centers, on-demand space, robotics and online freight brokerage services

Improved transit is key to New Jersey’s future

Legislation was enacted last November that requires NJ Transit to establish an office of real estate economic development and transit-oriented development to assess all its properties and annually recommend how best to increase NJT’s non-fare revenues. The goal is to enable NJT to have more funds to invest in its operations, maintenance and capital projects in order to improve performance for bus, rail and light rail passengers.

NAIOP honors transformative deals, industry icons at annual gala

Two of the state’s most ambitious redevelopment and adaptive reuse projects were among the top honorees Thursday at NAIOP New Jersey’s annual gala, where a crowd of hundreds celebrated the commercial real estate industry and some of its leading figures.

Seeking a solution, Assembly budget leader calls for extending deadline for state incentives

With the state’s two main incentive programs set to expire on June 30, a high-ranking state lawmaker called on Gov. Phil Murphy to consider extending the deadline and allow policymakers to revamp the tax credit offerings without interruption.

Earth Day 2019 Rx: Focus on recycling

April 22 is Earth Day, always a great time to reflect on what we as citizens can do to make the planet a little greener: reducing waste, conserving energy, reusing or donating products and recycling.

Trifecta of sweet spots: Urban revival, suburban makeovers and industrial boom

Commercial real estate developers and their professionals are a tough breed of entrepreneurs who thrive on thinking outside the box. My recent observation of presentations to the judges for NAIOP’s Deal of the Year awards (to be announced at the May 16 Gala), confirmed the latent creativity and tireless work ethic in this business — a business that is, in reality, all about hospitality and human resources as developers and brokers focus on creating amenity-rich spaces to compete for tenants and the modern workforce.