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.
NAIOP New Jersey has hired a new director of membership and special events.
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.
Gretchen Wilcox, CEO, president and founder of G.S. Wilcox & Co., has been appointed to the national board of a commercial real estate development association and to the executive board of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, the firm announced