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The NAIOP Research Foundation fosters building better communities through practical research and education that advances the quality and makes evident the benefits of commercial real estate ownership and development.

The Foundation's research projects, educational programs and outreach activities have a united purpose: to support developers, owners and others involved in commercial real estate to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.

Everyone involved in the work of the Foundation is a member of a community that is being shaped and created by commercial real estate development. It is this sense of purpose, ownership, trust and giving back that drives our work. Among the Foundation’s activities are:

  • Conducting research activities on how real properties, particularly office, industrial and mixed-use properties, impact and benefit communities throughout North America
  • Developing resources and disseminating research findings for individuals and organizations engaged in real estate development, investment and operations to plan and develop better communities
  • Building the capacity of the profession's current and future leadership to address economic and other challenges the industry faces, and to successfully capitalize on new trends.



The NAIOP Research Foundation newsletter compiles strategic resources and analysis selected from the Foundation’s work and features its Governors and Visionaries. It is published by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

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Annual Report

This annual report highlights some of the Foundation’s activities in 2020, with an eye to the exciting research, activities and deep dives to come in 2021 and beyond. It is published by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

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