For 50 years NAIOP has proudly taken the lead in advancing the interests of commercial real estate.
Today, it continues to deliver its members unparalleled advocacy, education and business networking opportunities. (0:14)
Founded in 1967 by nine developers and owners, what was then called the National Association of Industrial Parks, was established as a forum to organize lobbying efforts before congress.
For the first time, developers were working together. NAIOP achieved its first legislative victory in 1971, delivering exemption for qualified industrial parks from the Interstate Land Sale Act, proving the value of their newly unified voice.
Building on this early momentum, the 70s would mark a series of additional firsts for the young organization, including the formation of the first local chapter in New Jersey, the creation of its first professional development courses, and the first Developer of the Year award.
By the late 80’s, membership had reached 7,500, and extended beyond developers to include owners, investors, lenders, brokers and architects. And with the addition of the first Canadian Chapter in Toronto, NAIOP now represented the entirety of North American commercial real estate.
If the first half of the 80s was a time of awesome growth, 1985 would test the new-found strength of the association and the industry: first as NAIOP sought to defend its members from the 1986 Tax Reform Act; and then, again, in 1989, as it came to the aid of members in the aftermath of the U.S. Savings and Loan Crisis.
In 1995, the National Forum program was created, expanding NAIOP’s networking offerings beyond local chapters.
Again, NAIOP stood unwavering as the industry weathered the great recession.
The establishment of the NAIOP Research Foundation, the Developing Leadership Program, and new tools and resources, like the Industrial Space Demand Forecast, have helped members stay ahead of today’s rapidly changing marketplace.
While our membership now exceeds 18,000, and represents business interests extending far beyond office and industrial real estate, NAIOP is steadfast in pursuing the goals envisioned by its charter members.
With 51 chapters throughout North America, a vibrant membership base, strong legislative support and ample opportunities for both the industry and the association, NAIOP is celebrating its fiftieth year with a solid track record of industry leadership, and a future rife with possibilities.
Today, we are more diverse, and more engaged than at any time in our history. And together we will continue the work begun in 1967, united in the pursuit of new opportunities that to empower our members, amplify our collective voice, and represent and advance commercial real estate for the next 50 years.