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The Commercial Real Estate Development Association

NAIOP Massachusetts is the leading association representing the interests of the commercial real estate industry, and professionals engaged in real estate development, investment and ownership in the Commonwealth. Part of an international organization, the Chapter provides outstanding education and networking opportunities, as well as advances the interests of the industry and advocates for effective public policy.

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DEI Best Practices in Commercial Real Estate: A Roundtable Discussion

As the commercial real estate industry works to advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies, some firms have led the way by making DEI a core aspect of how they do business. Join NAIOP as we hear from industry leaders who will share their strategies and actions to create and sustain an inclusive industry – from hiring, investment, development, programming, and more. The event will discuss best practices, lessons learned, and goals for commercial real estate in Massachusetts. A robust conversation with attendees will be a key component of this event. Space is limited – sign up today.

April 11 | 8:00 - 9:30 AM | Studio G, 125 High St.


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Zoning 101

Whether developing, buying, or selling commercial real estate, a basic understanding of zoning is a vital skill. Knowing how to read a zoning ordinance can unlock the development potential of an underused property and avoid unplanned for zoning issues which can quickly sink a project or deal.

Join NAIOP and professionals from Nutter for a 3-hour seminar intended to review the basics of zoning in Massachusetts, including due diligence traps, the municipal permitting process in Massachusetts as well as in Boston, and what happens when your project approval is appealed. This course will help students to gain an understanding of how to review and apply a zoning ordinance or bylaw; how to be effective in presenting before zoning boards; and how to prepare your project for a smooth review process.

April 28 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Zoom


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How to Protect our Economic Growth and Fight for our Climate Future

By Tamara Small | March 28, 2023

Climate change is an economic development, public health and environmental issue that affects every resident and business in the commonwealth. Bold action must be taken, along with critical short-term strategies that effectively balance our continued economic growth with our long-term decarbonization and environmental goals. Only this approach will ensure that Massachusetts is put on a responsible, achievable path to mitigate and manage the devastating effects of climate change.  

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By Tamara Small | February 1, 2023

This excerpt was written by NAIOP CEO Tamara Small was originally published in the Boston Business Journal on January 27, 2023.

The year 2023 is expected to be a bumpy one for commercial real estate. The Financial Stability Oversight Council‘s Annual Report recently listed commercial real estate as one of its top market and credit concerns due to rising interest rates, borrowing costs, and uncertain economic conditions. In the Greater Boston market, the “flight to quality” trend where tenants are opting for new, highly amenitized Class A space will continue this year — particularly for lab and office tenants. Sublease space and vacancy rates, already at the highest point in 20 years in Boston, will continue to climb in both the downtown and suburbs.

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Strategies for a Strong and Resilient Massachusetts

By Tamara Small | December 19, 2022

With a new gubernatorial administration comes new opportunities to shape the future of Massachusetts. As we look ahead to 2023, there is little doubt that it will be a difficult year for businesses. The incoming Healey-Driscoll administration must be a partner with the business community to ensure that safeguards are in place so the commonwealth can weather the economic storm. Only together can we work to secure the livelihoods and futures of Massachusetts’ residents and businesses.  

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