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NAIOP Legislative Summit 2017

Date: Monday, November 13, 2017 - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Where: Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown | Pittsburgh, PA

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Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Across the United States, every level of government is developing, debating and enacting policies important to the commercial real estate industry. Often what gains traction in one city or state can quickly carry over to another.

The 2017 Advanced Legislative Summit will focus on building successful government affairs program and major policy initiatives facing commercial real estate - primarily in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Each NAIOP chapter is invited to send a representative to this Summit in Pittsburgh this November. The designated chapter representative will be eligible for reimbursement (maximum $500) for hotel and travel expenses.

Space is limited.

Please contact Jessica Nergon via email or call 703-904-7100, ext. 110 for more information.

Event Details


Tuesday, November 15

Meet at hotel lobby

Time: 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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Time: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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Kevin Rathbun Steak
154 Krog St NE #200, Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, November 16

Continental Breakfast

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

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Time: 8 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.

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  • Thomas J. Bisacquino, NAIOP President and CEO
  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs
State and Chapter Updates

Time: 8:10 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

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This session will allow attendees to briefly discuss major public policy issues affecting commercial real estate in their states and localities, and enable the group to identify similar issues they currently face, or are likely to encounter in the near future.

Discussion Leader:

  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs
Commercial Real Estate and the Affordable Housing Debate

Time: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

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As cities look to raise additional revenues for affordable housing through increases in impact or linkage fees impacting commercial development, this session will focus on the industry’s response in addressing the affordable housing issue without inhibiting economic opportunity and commercial development.

Discussion Leaders:

  • Kathie Barstnar, Executive Director, NAIOP Colorado
  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs
Energy Efficiency Benchmarking of Commercial Real Estate

Time: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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State and local governments are increasingly debating legislative proposals on whether to mandate that property owners report the energy use or consumption of their commercial and industrial buildings, commonly referred to as benchmarking. This session will focus on the industry’s approach and response to these policy initiatives.

Discussion Leader:

  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs

Time: 10:45 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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The Influence of Water on Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development

Time: 11 a.m. - noon

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This session will focus on how the supply of water in the southeast region is changing economic development and the commercial real estate landscape, including proposed policies and other measures to maintain a sustainable water supply. The water wars between the states will be a part of the discussion.

Discussion Leader:

  • Russ Pennington, Vice President of State and Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting
Economic Development in the Southeast Luncheon

Time: noon - 1:15 p.m.

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The luncheon session will focus on the economic climate in the south from a public policy perspective. In addition to state competitiveness, the discussion will include the role of government in fostering economic development and job creation.

Discussion Leader:

  • Amy Gerber, Executive Vice President, JLL
The Impact of the 2016 Election on Commercial Real Estate

Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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The summit will conclude with an open discussion and assessment of the 2016 election on NAIOP’s legislative priorities at the federal and state levels. The discussion will include the legislative outlook for 2017, along with effective strategies to educate and engage policymakers through the political and legislative processes.

Discussion Leader:

  • Aquiles Suarez, Vice President for Government Affairs
  • Toby Burke, Senior Director of State and Local Affairs
Summit Concludes

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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