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Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp

Mark Stapp is the Executive Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program and the Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He serves as a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU. An active member of the Phoenix development community, Mark has been a part of various business enterprises and development projects for over 34 years. He currently serves as co-chair of the Academic Research Committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), is a member of ICSC’s North American Research Task Force and the Editorial Board of the Homburg-Oxford University Press. Mark is also the Managing Member of Pyramid Community Developers, LLC, an investment and development firm of projects throughout the United States, and provider of asset management and design consultation services. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from William Patterson University and is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive and Professional Education program in the Graduate School of Business.

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Research Reports

The Contribution of the Commercial Real Estate Sector to the Canadian EconomySubmitted By: Real Property Association of Canada (REALpac) and NAIOP Research Foundation; Prepared by Altus Group Economic Consulting

The commercial real estate sector makes a substantial contribution to the Canadian economy, generating $63.3 billion in economic activity in 2011, according to a groundbreaking research report. Prepared by Altus Group Economic Consulting, "The Contribution of the Commercial Real Estate Sector to the Canadian Economy" shows that capital investment in the CRE Sector totaled some $21.6 billion in 2011, accounting for about half of the total spending in Canada on non-residential construction. Some $14.9 billion was spent on new buildings; the rest ($6.7 billion) accounted for capital improvements, renovations and the upgrading of existing buildings.

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Foundation News

New National Report Shows Commercial Real Estate Recovering But Still Not Up to Full Potential

Development and construction of new commercial real estate – office, industrial and retail buildings – continued its climb in 2012, supporting approximately 2.3 million American jobs and contributing $303.4 billion to the nation’s economy, marking the second year that the sector posted gains since 2007, according to a new report released today by the NAIOP Research Foundation. But industry experts warn that global economic sentiment and uncertainty in Washington and state capitals are dampening a more fulsome recovery in the sector.

U.S.-Based Manufacturing: What Industries Will Grow and Where?

A study by the NAIOP Research Foundation concludes that the reshoring trend of manufacturing industries to the United States yields stabilization of jobs, but not net growth. Some industries will add jobs as others shed them, resulting in no change to the total number of manufacturing jobs but halting a decades-long trend of losing more jobs than added.