Sandy Paul and Gov. Hogan

WASHINGTON, DC–As part of Newmark Knight Frank’s BenchMarks 2017 event last week Sandy Paul, NKF’s Senior Managing Director of National Research spoke with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on stage in a one-on-one conversation. Following are excerpts of Paul’s take on the conversation.

On transportation and the Purple Line

One of the topics that we concentrated on was transportation, and that is particularly critical to the future of development in this region. We talked about the Purple Line and how investments in that transportation system could lead to additional development in the region, commercial real estate development. One of the points that Governor Hogan brought out was that there are going to be 21 stations along the Purple Line, and when I asked him about opportunities for real estate development over the next few years, he said that the audience ought to focus on where the state is investing its money.

Emphasizing public-private collaboration

If the state is investing taxpayer dollars in transportation systems — whether that’s the Purple Line, or whether it’s an expansion of roads and exits along the beltway or 270 or the Baltimore Washington Parkway, or whether it’s the Hyperloop, which is something that they’re not investing public dollars in just yet, but has given an authorization to begin building between Baltimore and Washington — I think that that is a place where the private sector should consider additional development because as we know, transportation is critical to getting people from home to work and back.

On regional collaboration and the Metro

Regional collaboration has been an enormous challenge for our region and it really puts us at a competitive disadvantage when we cannot collaborate in the same way that, say, the several counties around the Denver metro area can collaborate, or around the Austin metro area, other places that have high-tech workers, but don’t face the same kind of cross-border challenges that we face in our region with so many different jurisdictions.

I thought that the first step, and one that I think he has certainly achieved, is a spirit of bipartisanship and a willingness to work across the aisle. He talked quite fondly about his working relationship with Governor [of Virginia] McAuliffe and I got the sense that that would continue under [Governor-elect] Ralph Northam.

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Erika Morphy

Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.

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