I.CON Explores The Not-Too-Distant Future Of Industrial Real Estate

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The blend of conference sessions at NAIOP’s industrial conference will address not only today’s trends and issues but also the topics that the commercial real estate industry is facing just around the corner, said Rob Antrobius, Prologis’ senior vice president and market officer for Los Angeles. Antrobius serves as chairman of the planning committee for NAIOP’s I.CON: Trends and Forecasts conference, so spoke with him to get a big-picture look at the topics being examined at the conference as well as the state of the industrial real estate landscape. What should attendees expect to take away from the conference sessions?

Antrobius: At past conferences, there was a lot of forecasting having to do with e-commerce, alternative uses and local governments possibly inhibiting the growth of our industry. Now, all these items have gone from being forecasted to a reality: Our industry has seen incredible growth, and e-commerce is here to stay. You’re seeing conversion of sites to different uses, and many local governments are unfortunately getting in the way of some of the growth where there is really demand for development to benefit local communities and their economies. This year’s sessions will address all of these trends and more. What else is new at this year’s conference?

Antrobius: Besides sessions geared toward today’s industry trends, the local market tours will showcase new developments and technologies. There is a tour of an Amazon distribution center, and some tours that will showcase alternative uses, which are not just isolated to L.A. The breakfast keynote on Friday will deal with value propositions and technology, bringing together individuals who on a regular basis are exposed to current technologies and also emerging technologies. It’s great to give members an idea of what to expect in the next year or so. We will also have the return of Shark Tank, a popular interactive session which this year will focus on pitching port partnerships.

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