Research Foundation

The NAIOP Research Foundation helps build better communities through practical research and education. 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 in meeting and exceeding the needs and expectations of our communities, now and in the future.

Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

Kat Grimsley

Kat Grimsley, Ph.D.

Kat Grimsley is the Director of the Masters in Real Estate Development program at the George Mason University. She is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the program including community building, curriculum management and strategic development.

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Research Reports

economic impacts commercial real estate

Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, 2020 U.S. EditionSubmitted By: Stephen S. Fuller, Ph.D.

The impact of new development and of the ongoing operations of existing commercial real estate buildings in the United States – office, industrial, warehouse and retail – has grown to support 9.2 million American jobs and contribute $1.14 trillion to the U.S. GDP in 2019, according to a new report by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

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The Foundation's Governors support the Foundation's work through their contributions and sharing their expertise.