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  • Industrial market contends with complex conditions

    Industrial market contends with complex conditions

    Ranked as the highest performing asset class in commercial real estate for years, today’s industrial market in Maryland is anything but a simple path to robust profits, rapid deals or shovel-ready development opportunities. The state’s industrial sector is experiencing high occupancy levels, healthy rent increases, space requirements from a diverse…

  • State prepares for new debate about energy regulations for commercial buildings

    State prepares for new debate about energy regulations for commercial buildings

    The debate over decarbonizing Maryland buildings is about to enter a new round and that could present opportunities to commercial real estate owners. Shortly before the 2024 General Assembly session ended, legislators amended the state budget to prevent the Department of the Environment (MDE) from spending any funds on “adopting,…

  • Design principles show how to  build safer CRE

    Design principles show how to build safer CRE

    From secure building entrances and radio frequency blocking devices to elaborate lighting, colorful walkways and high-quality pedestrian environments, CRE professionals are employing a variety of discreet techniques to make properties safer and more secure. Many office properties have long employed core design principles to heighten the safety of workers and…

  • Industry Roundtable: The Future Workforce

    Industry Roundtable: The Future Workforce

    (Left to right) Marty Copsey, President and COO, MacKenzie Contracting Company; Holly Haseltine, Manager, Lease Administration, MCB Real Estate; Johnny Black, Managing Partner, Chesapeake Search Partners. Companies invest considerable resources to recruit and train all sections of their workforce, so it is imperative to maintain challenging, comfortable, and…

  • Community solar creates new CRE opportunity

    Community solar creates new CRE opportunity

    The 55 community solar installations planned for Public Storage facilities in Maryland will create 27.9 megawatts of solar capacity – enough to power nearly 2,600 homes. Photo courtesy of Solar Landscape. A Maryland law that permits unlimited community solar installations is presenting a new business…

  • Business groups release plans to boost growth in greater Baltimore

    Business groups release plans to boost growth in greater Baltimore

    Industry/innovation, place/community, and talent/people will be the three keys to growing economic opportunities in greater Baltimore over the next decade, according to a newly released report. The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) unveiled its 10-year economic opportunity plan for the metropolitan region at an event held at Tradepoint…

  • Governor orders agencies to implement climate plan

    Governor orders agencies to implement climate plan

    Maryland Governor Wes Moore has signed an executive order directing state agencies to implement the Department of the Environment’s Climate Pollution Reduction Plan. The executive order creates a Subcabinet on Climate to coordinate implementation. It will be chaired by the Secretary of the Environment…

  • A conversation with Owen Rouse

    A conversation with Owen Rouse

    Owen Rouse, Senior Vice President, MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate Services, LLC, recently reflected on the journey taken over his more than 40-year commercial real estate career, a path in which he has functioned in disciplines including investment, acquisition and disposition, development, and capital markets. The 2024 NAIOP-MD Lifetime Achievement…

  • Two-decade effort creates effective CRE lobby in Annapolis

    Two-decade effort creates effective CRE lobby in Annapolis

    What started 19 years ago as a contract between NAIOP Maryland and Manis Canning & Associates to mount a lobbying effort on a single bill has flourished into expansive advocacy effort that tackles hundreds of pieces of legislation annually and ensures the perspective of the commercial real estate industry…

  • Projects deliver impact throughout communities

    Projects deliver impact throughout communities

    Some projects do more than deliver a building. Some change communities. In Columbia, COPT Defense Properties found a solution to a longstanding need by the United Way of Central Maryland. The nonprofit was striving to build a Family Center which could provide affordable childcare to low- and moderate-income families…