NAIOPWA Celebrates First Recipients of DEI Scholarship

Scholarship Blog

NAIOP Washington State has partnered with University of Washington (UW) to create the NAIOPWA Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Scholarship to support women and underrepresented minorities seeking ways to strengthen their place in the CRE industry. This scholarship provides financial aid to students enrolled in UW's Commercial Real Estate Certification Program, an eight-month course that prepares students for a career in CRE by providing insight into best practices and trends and helping them build industry connections. 

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Navigating the Carbon Offset Market: Sustainable Development Event Recap

Carbon Offset Blog

During the NAIOPWA event, “Navigating the Carbon Offset Market” attendees met in a cozy lounge space at MG2 to network and listen to four diverse local industry experts talk about a timely topic: carbon offsets.

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Concrete & Carbon Reduction: Challenges, Innovations, and a Sustainable Future

Concrete Blog

Across the AEC Industry, many are focusing on how to reduce the embodied carbon in our projects. With concrete and steel being the biggest culprits in ground-up projects, it’s only fitting that they get the most press. In this piece we’re focusing on the cement component of concrete.

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NAIOPWA Foundation: Building Community, Advancing the Industry, and Supporting the Future of CRE

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Through the NAIOP Washington State Foundation, NAIOPWA is able to apply the skills and resources of our membership to initiatives that give back to our community, engage students and foster their careers, and help create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive commercial real estate industry. These initiatives are possible because of the generous support of our Foundation Committee Sponsors. Click on any committee name below to learn more about these sponsorship opportunities:

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Panattoni's Travis Hale Receives National NAIOP Award

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2024 Legislative Report - Week 3

Major Week for Priority Bills: Housing Affordability, REET, Energy Efficiency, Rent Control. 

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Policy Points: Transportation Impact Fees

The Seattle City Council recently rejected a proposal to move forward with a comprehensive plan amendment that would pave the way for Transportation Impact Fees in the City. As a commercial real estate association that advocates on behalf of our members, NAIOP Washington State opposed this effort to add unnecessary and harmful fees to the already costly development process. Though the City made the right decision, other municipalities continue to consider impact fees or fee increases, and the proposal could come forward again in Seattle in the future.

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Policy Points: Real Estate Excise Tax

In 2023, NAIOP Washington State successfully defeated a bill during the legislative session that would have increased the real estate excise tax (REET). We anticipate similar legislation during the 2024 Washington State Legislative Session. During this session, REET may be rebranded as a “transfer tax.”  While we were previously successful in our efforts to stop a REET increase from moving forward, NAIOPWA’s Government Affairs team is actively engaged to defeat its passage once again.

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Policy Points: Rent Control

With the start of the 2024 Washington State legislative session, bills overturning the current state pre-emption to rent control have been brought forward, as well as proposals which would implement state-wide rent control measures.  We strongly oppose any efforts to implement rent control, as well as efforts to overturn the state’s pre-emption.  It is important to take a sober look at why rent control is bad policy.

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Local Elections Signal Cautious Optimism for CRE, Advocacy Wins in City of Seattle

The latest results of the 2023 Seattle City Council election indicate a new phase for NAIOPWA’s local advocacy.  Through a substantial fundraising effort, we were able to support candidates in key races who offer a change in direction for many important issues our industry faces.

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Congratulations 2023 Night of the Stars Award Winners!

SEATTLE – Presented on Friday night at the NAIOPWA 2023 Night of the Stars Gala, the awards honored an impressive slate of commercial real estate projects that serve the community with innovations in retail, office, industrial and multi-family development.

The projects, and the developers who engaged them, demonstrate the flexibility and ingenuity of the CRE community. Additionally, NAIOPWA’s 2023 Night of the Stars finalists highlight important strides made in sustainable development, unique historical renovation, and a continued commitment to world-class development in the Greater Puget Sound area. 

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2023 SIOR Broker of the Year Finalists Announced

SEATTLE – NAIOP Washington State is proud to announce the SIOR Broker of the Year Finalists.  These finalists are recognized for their outstanding achievements in office, industrial and investment brokerage.  SIOR, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, is the leading global professional office and industrial real estate association.  The winners of the following SIOR Broker of the Year categories will be announced alongside this year's outstanding development projects at the 2023 Night of the Stars gala and awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Friday, November 3, 2023. 

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Tom Parsons to be Inducted into NAIOPWA Hall of Fame at 2023 Night of the Stars Gala

Tom Parsons, prominent figure of the Puget Sound commercial real estate community, will be inducted into the NAIOP Washington State Hall of Fame on Nov. 3 at the annual Night of the Stars awards ceremony and gala. The honoree is well-known for his time at Holland Partner Group, where he served as Executive Managing Director. Parsons was responsible for all development operations and strategic planning, including site acquisition and project entitlement, design, and execution. He oversaw the development of over 5,000 apartment units while at the company.

The 2023 inductee previously held roles at Opus Northwest, Fisher Properties, and Bircher McDonald Frank before joining Holland. He has taken many leadership roles throughout his professional career, including serving as President of NAIOP Washington State in 2001. His professional affiliations include 20+ years as a member of NAIOPWA and extend to NMHC, ULI, DSA, and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Parsons has been a longtime volunteer with the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County on the organization's Champions Council. 

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2023 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Finalists + First Winners Announced!

2023 NAIOPWA Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winners Announced | Annual People’s Choice Award with Daily Voting Runs Sept 20 – Oct 6

SEATTLE – Announced at NAIOP Washington State’s September Breakfast, the slate of competitors for the association’s annual Night of the Stars Awards once again showcases the best commercial real estate development projects across the state completed in the past year. With the announcement, People's Choice voting begins online and runs through Weds., Oct. 6

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2023 State Legislative Session Lookback

The 2023 legislative session drew to a close in April, marking the end of a session that has been billed by some as the ‘Year of Housing’ for Washington State. A remarkable 1,776 bills were introduced, and a staggering number of those bills pertained to housing, development, and commercial real estate.

NAIOP Washington State, a nonpartisan organization committed to creating a favorable political and regulatory environment for the commercial real estate industry, engaged deeply with lawmakers to advise on these bills and advocate for our industry. Lawmakers engaged NAIOPWA’s Government Affairs Committee leadership before session, requesting input on proposed bills and assistance in authoring bills, and continued to engage with NAIOPWA throughout the legislative session.

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Electing Local Business-Friendly Candidates: NAIOPWA August 1st Primary Election Voting Guide

Ballots are now in the mail for the August 1st Primary Election, and to help NAIOP members support business-friendly candidates in key local races. Please see our Primary Election Voting Guide for voting insights. It recommends the top two most business-friendly candidates in important local races. 

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NAIOPWA Honors Legislators of the Year: Sen. Mark Mullet & Rep. Strom Peterson

Leg of the Year

NAIOP Washington State is proud to announce the recipients of its 2023 Legislator of the Year Awards: Senator Mark Mullet and Representative Strom Peterson.

Senator Mullet, a Democrat representing the 5th Legislative District, showed a commendable commitment to understanding the concerns of the commercial real estate industry during this year's legislative session. His leadership on bills to streamline and expedite the land use review and permitting process has better positioned our industry to address our pressing housing crisis and will enable greater investment in Washington. Senator Mullet also sponsored legislation that, if passed, would have greatly expanded allowable density near high-capacity public transit and would have required deeper study of anticipated costs associated with the state energy performance standards prior to code implementation.

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Sustainability Case Study: Verde Esterra Park


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Adaptive Reuse: Sustainable Development Event Recap

Adaptive Reuse

NAIOP Washington State’s Sustainable Development Committee elected to undertake a hot topic for 2023: Adaptive Reuse. The buzz is everywhere, so how do we synthesize that broad topic into bite size chunks? On April 6, 78 attendees took on that task with great energy.

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Protecting Your Industry: Substantial Wins for NAIOPWA Members this Legislative Session

The 105-Day 2023 legislative session wrapped up as scheduled on April 23, with legislators approving a final budget and related policy bills before session adjourned sine die. NAIOP Washington State defended against numerous bills that would have negatively impacted the commercial real estate market. In fact, no bill that NAIOPWA opposed passed into law.

To read more, click below. You must be logged in to your NAIOPWA member profile to access the full report. For more details about membership, email Danielle Duvall, [email protected].

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