DALLAS--Project REAP is coming to Dallas.

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Beginning March 3, 2015, the New York-based organization --whose goal is to link professionals of color to commercial realestate companies -- will offer ten weeks of classes taught by theregion's industry leaders.

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“REAP [real estate associate program] has long wanted to enterthe Dallas market due to its explosive growth and numerousopportunities,” Gregg McCort, REAP's executivedirector, told GlobeSt.com. “The ability to shorten the linebetween the market's base of talented minority professionals tocompanies looking for that talent is REAP's strength. It is my hopethat the industry at large supports this program and benefits fromit accordingly.”

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After establishing a foothold in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago,Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, REAP will make its firstentry into the southwest. Dallas has been in the organization'splans for several years.

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Executives from local companies including CBRE,Howard Hughes Corp., E Smith RealtyPartners, Behringer and DukeRealty are involved in planning the program along withexecutives from the local BOMA, NAIOP, ULI and CREW chapters.Topics will range from market analysis, financial analysis, siteselection, development, leasing and brokerage.

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REAP is sponsored nationally by Wal-Mart Realty, McDonald's,American Express and supported by the International Council ofShopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI), BOMA, NAIOPand the National Multi Family Housing Council (NHMC).

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Those interested in taking the class can find applications atwww.projectreap.org.Applicants must have a four-year degree and 3 to 5 years ofprofessional work experience post-college. Classes will be heldevery Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Behringer, located at 15601Dallas Parkway. All applicants will be screened and finalists willbe selected for interviews to determine the final class; tuition is$500. Real estate experience is not necessary for selection, asREAP seeks to identify candidates from across a wide spectrum ofdisciplines interested in a career in commercial real estate.

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