Toby Burke

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Toby Burke

Toby Burke is the Associate Vice President of State and Local Affairs for NAIOP.
NAIOP of North Carolina Advocate for CRE with Lawmakers
Members from the three NAIOP chapters in North Carolina traveled to Raleigh last week for their legislative advocacy day within the state capitol. The two-day event provided an important opportunity for attendees to collaborate on the issues facing commercial real estate and advance the industry’s interests with state lawmakers.
Western States Take Up Permit Reform
Local permitting processes vary and too often become unnecessarily delayed. Because of this, NAIOP chapters across the U.S. are using Georgia’s legislation as a template in advocating for reforms that bring predictability,  consistency and transparency to the local permitting processes within their respective states.
States are at the Forefront of Transportation Electrification Infrastructure
During NAIOP’s Chapter Leadership and Legislative Retreat this week in Washington, D.C., chapter leaders and staff attended a session that recognized the leading role of state governments in establishing a national network of public EV charging stations following the passage of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021.
State Elections Are Important to Commercial Development
The political battle over the presidency and the control of both chambers on Capitol Hill is expected to garner most of the attention of the national media this year. While the outcome of these campaigns will have significant implications on policy debates at the national level, they should not overshadow or minimize the important political races for control of state legislatures and gubernatorial offices across the country. The outcome of these more-grassroots races in comparison to control of state capitols may be more reflective of the policies of importance to the American people.
NAIOP Hosts Texas State Summit
NAIOP hosted a Texas summit meeting in Dallas last week for members of our Austin, Houston, and North Texas chapters to discuss the major issues facing the industry in the state. The summit provided members with the opportunity to engage in discussions on major trends and topics of importance to NAIOP and the commercial real estate industry.
NAIOP Chapters Advance the Interests of CRE with State Legislatures
NAIOP chapters and members are advancing the interests of commercial real estate within state capitols across the country. Last week, members in North Carolina and Ohio traveled to their respective state capitols to engage lawmakers on solutions to the challenges facing the commercial real estate development industry.
NAIOP of Florida Holds Successful Advocacy Day at the State Capitol
Members from the five NAIOP chapters in Florida traveled to Tallahassee last week for a joint NAIOP-ICSC legislative advocacy Day at the State Capitol. The two-day event provided an important opportunity for attendees to meet with their state lawmakers and government officials and advance the interests of the commercial real estate industry.
Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Top Priority for Local Governments
Cities and counties are increasingly adopting local ordinances that are intended to spur the electrification of our transportation system in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuels. Local efforts to support the use of EVs by both the public and private sectors will require the development and expansion of a reliable and sustainable EV charging system.
State Election Successes for Both Political Parties in 2022
While the primary focus of the national media during the 2022 election may have been on a potential “red wave” for control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, there were over 6,200 state legislative races in 46 states. The outcome of these state races has significant impacts on core policy issues of importance for commercial real estate, such as taxes, regulations and economic development.
NAIOP Hosts Western Chapters and Nevada State Meetings
NAIOP Corporate hosted two meetings in Las Vegas last month designed to bring chapters together to highlight common legislative and policy challenges, and to share successful advocacy strategies and approaches. The first meeting was a policy summit for NAIOP chapters located in the western United States, with chapters from New Mexico to Washington state invited […]

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