Market Trends

Beyond “Best Efforts”: Why Commercial Real Estate Needs to Catch Up on Diversity

Five strategies to increase racial, ethnic, and gender diversity—and reap better performance.

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Three Trends Shaping Retail’s Great Transformation

We are long past the point of discussing how technology has interrupted our lives and changed our perspective of the world. We are now in the post-disruption era, and in many sectors including retail, a new normal is emerging. At the same time we are finally at a place where we can connect the dots to understand how retail is evolving—more efficient through technology and more engagement-focused through experience. The biggest idea driving the newest and most successful retail strategies is wrapped around how we value things—especially time.

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Is There a Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion?

How D&I principles worked in the development of the Omni Boston Seaport Hotel.

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In Brief: Tech Employment Growth Spilling Over to Less Established Markets

Tightening availability of tech talent in leading markets has spurred hiring momentum in smaller and upstart markets in the United States and Canada—such as Tucson, Arizona, and Waterloo, Ontario—as expanding tech employers seek additional labor pools, according to CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent report.

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Recent Articles

  • Preparing the Workforce of the Washington, D.C., Region for a Tech-Focused Present and Future

    August 19, 2019

    Amazon’s choice to locate a second headquarters in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area is highlighting the region’s need to provide an ever-increasing number of educated workers to fill new technology jobs each year. While many groups are working to address this issue, the Greater Washington Partnership (GWP) has launched a well-funded effort to “create impact at scale.” GWP’s Capital CoLAB—which stands for Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business—is moving quickly to carry out its mission and already has garnered more than $6 million in grants.

  • Working with the Private Sector to Tackle the Workforce Housing Shortage in the Washington, D.C., Region

    August 7, 2019

    The Washington Housing Initiative wants to put capital to work to preserve a dwindling supply of workforce housing across the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, bringing together a large group of public and private stakeholders—including experienced multifamily developers, owners, and operators—to create a strategic model addressing the workforce housing shortage that can be shared broadly with other communities battling the same problem.

  • Reinvesting in Smaller U.K. Cities with Micro-units, Smart Sensors, and New Approaches to Finance

    July 22, 2019

    At the ULI U.K. Annual Conference, a range of speakers from across Europe provided fresh perspectives on how the real estate industry is evolving to meet the needs of both the economy and society, including use of smarter sensor technology, creation of micro-units for both housing and retail space, as well as assistance for British cities in tapping sources of capital for regeneration.

  • Municipalities and Developers Turning to Online Platforms to Get Civic Input

    July 18, 2019

    The city of Detroit used an online platform to get more community feedback on the city’s first Sustainability Action Agenda. In addition to traditional community outreach, community members were solicited with a multilingual campaign using text messages, a web platform, and traditional yard signs, helping the city gather input from thousands of respondents, more than would be possible at a traditional community meeting.

  • How Mobility Ties into the Future of Urban Retail, Office, and Residential

    July 15, 2019

    At the 2019 ULI Florida Summit, futurist Greg Lindsay, a futurist and senior fellow with the NewCities nonprofit organization, detailed change agents of future development including the electric scooter mania, shops without checkouts, and “urban cabins.” Lindsay described broadly how the disruption of retail, office, residential, and transportation will continue around the globe—and, in some cases, increase.

  • Product Council Outlook on Travel Trends

    How are tourism trends shaking up the real estate industry?

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