REBIC BBQ on October 9th

REBIC BBQ on October 9th

Meet the candidates | Discuss the issues

Thursday, October 9, 2014
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The SMS Catering Facility
1764 Norland Road, Charlotte


Mark your calendar for the 2014 REBIC BBQ and join us to meet the candidates for NC State Senate, NC House of Representatives, Mecklenburg County Commissioners, Judicial, Clerk of Superior Court, and Sheriff.


Here are the candidate RSVP’s for the BBQ so far:
  • Joel Ford – NC State Senate District 38
  • Joyce Waddell – NC State Senate District 40
  • Rob Bryan – NC House of Representatives District 88
  • Charles Jeter – NC House of Representatives District 92
  • Tricia Cotham – NC House of Representatives District 100
  • Beverly Miller Earle – House of Representatives District 101
  • Emily Zuyus – Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners At-Large
  • Leonard Richardson – Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners District 1
  • Jim Puckett – Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners District 1
  • Art Cardenas – Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners District 5
  • Matthew Ridenhour – Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners District 5
  • Chris Hailey – Sheriff
  • Eric Lee Levinson – NC Supreme Court Associate Justice (Hudson Seat)
Tickets are $20 per person – all you can eat. To pay online with a personal credit or debit card, click on the button below. Tickets for online orders will be available at the event.
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Please note that this purchase is a voluntary contribution – Proceeds benefit the Shelter Providers Political Action Committee Enterprise (SPPACE). SPPACE is a voluntary, non-profit, unincorporated political action committee of individuals and their families who are members of, or employed by, or otherwise affiliated with, the member organizations and corporations of REBIC and is not affiliated with any political party.  

To Attract Millennial Workers, Ditch the Cubes

Over the past several years, the office has been “morphing into something less geometric,” and one interior designer told Boston Public Radio’s WGBH reporter Cristina Quinn that’s because millennials don’t want to work in a box.

The high turnover rate among millennials has many companies concerned. One approach to retaining them involves eliminating cubicles and instead providing office workers with “varied spaces where they can interact with other people in their organization to come to collaborative solutions on problems they are trying to solve for their companies,” said interior designer Jeff Tompkins. He added that many companies are moving toward open layout office plans, “with a few private spaces and offices thrown in — but those private offices are not for the people you’d think they’d be for.” Today’s private offices are being occupied by those who need privacy rather than status symbols; CEOs and COOs are ceding their enclaves to HR and R&D directors.

But redesigning office space isn’t enough, warned workplace-practice consultant Richard Kadzis: “If you have a top-down, hierarchical, paternalistic management style, and you superimpose that over an open, progressive contemporary workplace design, you’re mixing gasoline and fire. That’s a prescription for really bad productivity and loss of employees.”

Intermodal Sector Growing Pains

The U.S. intermodal sector is experiencing significant growing pains, including the concentrated discharge of import cargo at marine terminals, deterioration of rail service and the inability of motor carriers to attract enough drivers to handle the growth in demand.

In a Sept. 9 Journal of Commerce article, “Bigger Ships, Service Delays Test US Intermodal Sector,” Mark Szakonyi reports on his discussion of these challenges and potential solutions with five industry experts and explores what’s ahead for one of the fastest-growing freight transportation modes.

Representatives from BNSF Railway, C.H. Robinson, NFI Industries, TRAC Intermodal and the Intermodal Association of North America discussed the challenges marine terminals are facing as larger vessels discharge more cargo, the deterioration in intermodal service that resulted from last year’s severe winter, truck driver compensation issues, decreasing intermodal rail service costs and more.

Congress Leaves Town, Terrorism Insurance Up in the Air

Members of Congress took to the air this week, returning to their home districts for the midterm election recess, all the while leaving a top priority for the nation’s economic security up in the air.

Set to expire at the end of 2014, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) provides a federal backstop against catastrophic terrorist attacks. Earlier this year, committees in both the House and Senate passed legislation that would renew TRIA, albeit with changes.

The Senate’s bill, which extends TRIA for an additional seven years through 2021 and calls on insurance providers to bare an increased financial share, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 93-4. The House bill, which makes substantial revisions to the program which many in the insurance industry say would undermine the program, has stalled in the House after advancing out of committee.

NAIOP and its real estate allies continue to sound the alarm on TRIA. While some in Congress appear to be heeding the warning, many appear to think a short-term extension would suffice in the absence of more comprehensive reforms. Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) believes the program will get extended. “The question is,” said Ryan, in an interview with The Hill, “do you do reforms now and negotiate, or do you just do a short-term extension into next year and then negotiate reforms?”

Renewal of TRIA continues to be a top priority for NAIOP and the commercial real estate industry, but a short-term extension would only continue the uncertainty in the insurance marketplace for commercial real estate. While Congress has recessed until after the elections, NAIOP and other members of the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism (CIAT) will continue to meet with congressional staff to advance TRIA reauthorization in the lame duck session of Congress.

Is U.S. CRE Overbuilt or Underbuilt?

Mounting evidence tells us that commercial real estate development activity is picking up across the country. Growth in the value of construction underway has been in the double digits for almost 30 consecutive months and, in some sectors, has topped 65 percent. A recent Cassidy Turley report, “Over- or Under-building? State of Commercial Real Estate Development Across the U.S.,” details activity by sector and market.

While the office sector “has had a slower-than-average recovery,” the report notes that aging office inventories and tenants’ desire for more modern space have spurred a “flight to new” trend that is stimulating new construction and will continue to do so. “Given the strong demand trends for new space and the fact that 60% of all metros are now reporting that their vacancy rates have fallen below historical averages, we expect the office construction cycle to accelerate from this point forward,” Cassidy Turley concludes.

On the industrial side, “with e-commerce powering a new engine of industrial growth, developers seemingly can’t build fast enough,” the report notes, adding that the “U.S. industrial sector has absorbed a staggering 426 million square feet (msf) of industrial space since 2011” and that in the past four quarters, the amount of industrial space underway has more than doubled.

The report also features an interactive “CRE Construction Tracker” that enables readers to view office, industrial and multifamily development by city, as of the second quarter of 2014.

Less is More When it Comes to Conference Space

The fate of expansive high-tech conference rooms located on multiple floors of a highrise or in corporate suites may soon be a thing of the past, according to an article in the summer issue of Development magazine. In 2009, Ryan Simonetti, CEO and co-founder of Convene, sought out to create day conference centers in office buildings in key markets throughout the U.S.

His hunch that the rise in mobile workforces and open office environments would generate a need for flexible private meeting space was spot on. Four years later, with conference centers in Manhattan and in suburban Washington, D.C., Simonetti’s firm was ranked as the fastest growing business in New York City by Crain’s New York Business.

What makes Convene so unique that it expects to expand into other markets within the next two years? Find out by reading the “Conference Space Meets the Sharing Economy” in the summer issue of Development magazine.

NAIOP Selects 10 Visionaries for Developing Leaders Award

NAIOP has selected 10 young professionals to receive its coveted 2014 Developing Leaders Award. Given to up-and-coming professionals under the age of 35 who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues and show great promise as future industry leaders, the award will be presented at Development ‘14: The Meeting for Commercial Real Estate, October 27-29 in Denver, Colorado.

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