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Strengthening the industry through advocacy.

NAIOP represents the interests of the commercial real estate industry at the federal, state, and local levels. Through regulatory, legislative, and judicial advocacy, NAIOP works to advance economic development, strengthen communities, and ensure that issues facing the industry are understood by leading policymakers.

See NAIOP in action. Review the 2020 Government Affairs Accomplishments.

Interested in shaping NAIOP’s advocacy work? NAIOP members are encouraged to join the Government Affairs Committee. For more information, contact Anastasia Nicolaou, NAIOP’s VP of Policy & Public Affairs.

Advocacy News

Opinion: The Future of Work Report Misses the Mark

By Tamara Small | July 14, 2021

But there is a big miss in McKinsey’s report. It’s no secret that office space was hard hit by the pandemic — walking in downtown Boston for the past year has been more akin to walking in a ghost town. But McKinsey’s topline conclusion that the demand for office real estate may fall as workers spend more time in residential areas due to hybrid work, uses employer and employee data from before vaccines were available to everyone, and conflates a hybrid work-schedule with the need for less physical space.

City at Dusk

Optimism and Recovery Expected for CRE in Second Half of 2021

By Tamara Small | June 29, 2021

While certain sectors are leading the way and others are still catching up, the overall projections for the market are optimistic. Just like in 2008, the Greater Boston market’s access to talent, driven by the many top-tier colleges and universities, is our greatest competitive advantage.

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

COVID-19 UPDATE: Critical End of Pandemic Extensions Enacted; Baker-Polito Administration Releases New Guidance for State Permits

By Anastasia Nicolaou | June 17, 2021

On June 15, the Massachusetts Legislature struck a deal and passed a final version of An Act Relative to Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures Adopted During the State of Emergency. The legislation was signed by the Governor the morning of June 16.

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Baker Announces Repeal of COVID Restrictions and State of Emergency

By Anastasia Nicolaou | May 17, 2021

On May 17, Governor Baker announced that, due to positive health metrics and the wide availability of vaccines, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted effective May 29.

Later that day, Acting Mayor Janey announced that the City of Boston will align with the state’s reopening timeline.

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Baker Announces Timeline for Continued Reopening; Mayor Janey Releases Slightly Altered Timeline for Boston

By Anastasia Nicolaou | May 4, 2021

On April 27, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts will reopen some outdoor Phase 4, Step 2 industries effective May 10th and put plans in place for further reopening on May 29th and August 1st. The Administration continues to take steps to reopen the Commonwealth’s economy with public health metrics continuing to trend in a positive direction.

The Rubber Meets the Road with Realities of Resilient Reentry

The Rubber Meets the Road with Realities of Resilient Reentry

By Tamara Small | March 30, 2021

Last year was a pivotal time for commercial real estate across Massachusetts, and while 2021 is showing promise, there is a long way to go before we get back to pre-pandemic market stability and growth. In addition to the vaccine rollout there are a few critical components to the successful and resilient reopening of the economy.

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1; Replaces Travel Order with Advisory

By Anastasia Nicolaou | March 18, 2021

On March 18, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that beginning on Monday, March 22, the Commonwealth will advance to Phase 4, Step 1 of the Reopening Plan. This decision was made in light of positively trending public health metrics.

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

COVID-19 Update: Governor Baker Releases Full Vaccine Eligibility Timeline

By Anastasia Nicolaou | March 17, 2021

On Wednesday, March 17, the Baker-Polito Administration released the full vaccine eligibility timeline for Massachusetts residents. Read on to learn more about eligibility and how to schedule and appointment.

Kennealy Cheers “Easier Path” to More Housing & Production

By Anastasia Nicolaou | March 3, 2021

On March 3, NAIOP hosted a briefing on Housing Choice with EOHED Secretary Kennealy and Chris Kluchman. You can find accompanying coverage and links to resources on this event here.

COVID-19 Update: Baker-Polito Administration Moves Forward with Transition to Phase 4, Step 1

Governor Baker Announces March 1 Date for Advancement to Phase 3 Step 2; Tentative Date for Phase 4 Reopening to be March 22

By Anastasia Nicolaou | February 25, 2021

On February 25, in light of recent positive public health trends, Governor Baker made several announcements related to reopening protocols in Massachusetts.

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