The NAIOP Maryland Developers Council recently hosted three Maryland gubernatorial candidates, for separate meet-and-greet sessions with top executives of the commercial real estate association. The Council, which is comprised of senior-level management executives of NAIOP Maryland member companies, gathers periodically throughout the year to discuss timely issues impacting the regional commercial real estate industry.

Peter Franchot

“I am proud to report that the State of Maryland presently has a $7.5 billion surplus, partly due to the influx of federal relief funds, which provides our state the tremendous opportunity to perpetuate the momentum of strong economic growth. Many impressive commercial real estate projects, including Tradepoint Atlantic, are attracting out-of-town companies and adding important jobs, and I value the contributions of the commercial real estate sector in our state’s economy. For this to continue, it is important for commercial real estate developers and the local community to achieve better relationships and I pledge to be a part of this.”

Wes Moore

“The economic growth I foresee in the future for both Maryland and Baltimore City is very real, and the next decade can be our opportunity to elevate the entire region and attract the very best companies and people,” Moore expressed to the NAIOP Maryland audience. “We have the best technology and the best companies in Maryland now, but face challenges. It doesn’t matter where the idea is coming from, instead, it is a matter of building a coalition to make a meaningful and long-term difference. It is vital to provide NAIOP Maryland with a seat at the table to provide meaningful input and guidance.”

Kelly Schulz

“Our campaign is focused on making sure that Maryland is safe, steady, and prosperous. As a mother, I know that if you and your family don’t feel like you are safe, nothing else matters. We’ll make sure to treat police like heroes and criminals like criminals. We also need to make sure that every Marylander has the opportunity to fulfill their own dreams, and that starts with ensuring that every child receives a world-class education, regardless of their zip code. I’m proud that when I was at the Department of Commerce, Maryland was ranked as the most improved state for business – but there’s still more we can do. I want to make our state more affordable for job creators and families, and that starts with providing tax relief. Let’s work towards eliminating taxes on the retirement income of Marylanders.”


The statewide association has approximately 400 members and represents the interests of the commercial real estate industry throughout the state. Part of NAIOP, a network of approximately 55 chapters in North America, NAIOP Maryland consists of commercial real estate development companies and professionals engaged with affiliated service companies including the architectural, brokerage, construction, interior design and law industries.