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.
Current and accurate data on population shifts and consumer spending enables the real estate industry, government officials and businesses to make informed choices on investments and resource allocation.
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.
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.
Commercial real estate faces no shortage of disruptive forces, a panel of industry leaders told NAIOP New Jersey last week, citing everything from ridesharing services and automation to changing corporate and consumer preferences.
As Dave Gibbons wraps up his two-year term as NAIOP New Jersey’s president, he says the organization has made strides with public policy goals such as a new performance bond law and liquor license reform, while growing to nearly 850 members to become the association’s sixth-largest chapter in the country. But he believes there is always more work to be done in both the legislative arena and when it comes to networking and recruitment.
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.