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2017 Awards of Excellence Project Winners

Congratulations to the project winners at NAIOP Minnesota’s 34th Annual Awards of Excellence!

See the complete list of 2017 project nominees.

See the detailed list of winners along with their full project teams.

October 10, 2017 at 9:46 am

The Truth about Truth in Taxation

By Quinn Cheney, Director of Public Policy


As I discussed briefly in a recent blog post, a new Citizens League of Minnesota study, commissioned by NAIOP Minnesota, was released that the sheds light on budget transparency at the local government level, particularly the Truth in Taxation (TnT) system. Fundamentally, the TnT process, despite its good intentions, does not fully live up to its expectations and can work much better if local officials want it to.

The goal of TnT is to inform citizens on the relationship between local government budgeting and property taxes through written notification and encourage citizen engagement through public hearings. Yet the Citizens League found that TnT isn’t as effective as it could be since local budgets that drive the tax levies are determined before any tax notices are sent out.

So how can this be fixed? We believe that the local budget and tax process will function more smoothly if people are engaged in the process much earlier. Right now, many citizens get frustrated because they feel their input is ignored or has no impact. If engaged earlier, local governments and their constituencies will gain an improved consensus around the budget/tax process.

I invite you to see the report and its recommendations for yourself—you can view and download a PDF from our website here. Together, we can create a dialogue and spark more citizen engagement in this vital process. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

January 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm

“Thank you, Senator Rest.” – Senator Ann Rest receives NAIOP MN Building Excellence in Leadership award

There is no doubt in my mind that Sen. Ann Rest “gets it.” – Quinn Cheney

On Sept. 22, Director of Public Policy, Quinn Cheney, and Chair of the Public Policy Committee, Phil Cattanach, had the pleasure of honoring Sen. Rest with NAIOP Minnesota’s first annual Building Excellence in Leadership Award. With a passion for supporting a moderate approach to commercial and industrial tax rates, it seemed fitting to honor Ann for her outstanding leadership and over 30 years of support for what we do.

Sen. Rest has devoted her life to public service, truly making it her life’s mission. From when she was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1984 to her present role as a leader in tax policy and reform, Sen. Rest has distinguished herself as a highly intelligent, balanced and committed leader.

Along the way, she has championed thoughtful and moderate reforms to the state’s tax policies.  During the 1990s in particular, Sen. Rest supported a more moderate approach to commercial and industrial tax rates when such a stand was quite unpopular. She led the 2001 reform of education financing and property tax rate reductions. And, in 2015 and 2016, she authored legislation to eliminate automatic increases to the State General Levy.

NAIOP Minnesota shares a kinship of values with Sen. Rest – a desire for a balanced and fair-minded approach to the symbiotic relationship between business and government.


Director of Public Policy, Quinn Cheney, and Chair of the Public Policy Committee, Phil Cattanach, were honored to present Senator Rest with her recognition during the recent NAIOP Minnesota Awards of Excellence ceremony.

September 28, 2016 at 10:50 am

Quinn Cheney Named New Director of Public Policy

cheney_quinn_webNAIOP Minnesota announces the appointment of Quinn L. Cheney as Director of Public Policy, leading the legislative and public affairs programs of the chapter.

Cheney joins NAIOP Minnesota with more than 20 years of government affairs experience, most recently managing her own consulting and lobbying firm. Prior to that, Cheney also served in Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Administration, and as a local policy advisor for the Canadian Consulate General in Minneapolis.

NAIOP Minnesota’s President, Sonja Dusil, of CBRE, commented, “Quinn is an experienced government affairs professional and we are delighted at the energy and skills that she brings to NAIOP Minnesota. She will provide a strong new voice for NAIOP priorities, such as greater transparency of local government spending and lower business property taxes.”

February 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative Announces Scholarship Applications Available

The Minnesota Commercial Real Estate Diversity Collaborative has announced the availability of the Application for its 2014 Scholarships. These scholarships were established in 2013 to support academically promising women and minority students with financial need in Minnesota. The goal of the Collaborative is to support Minnesota’s commercial real estate industry (retail, office or industrial) in reflecting the rich diversity in the community. Two scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to each of two students annually.  The scholarship will be given to the college’s financial aid office to apply toward student tuition.

Scholarship Applications and Information on the Diversity Collaborative.  Scholarship Applications must be postmarked by September 30.

May 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

Event Recap: The Future of Brokerage


By Luke Niethammer,
Welsh & Colliers International

It was a great turnout for the March 25 breakfast program with a panel of brokerage firm leaders at the Golden Valley Country Club. The discussion focused on the future of brokerage and featured Mark Reiling, Executive Vice President of IRET Properties, moderating the panel of Blake Hastings, Managing Director of CBRE Minneapolis, Bill Wardwell, Executive Vice President of Welsh & Colliers International (Minneapolis – St. Paul) and Jim Voss, Principal of Cresa.

It was a great opportunity to hear from some of the leaders in our industry and pick their brains about their vision of the future. The conversation included discussions of:
• current trends in brokerage
• what today’s clients expect from brokers
• how to attract new talent to the industry
• the impact of technology on the industry
• the outlook for the business over the next 5-10 years

The panel was bullish on the future of the business and expected to see continued consolidation among brokerage firms and more specialization as clients are looking for brokers to take on a more advisory role. The panel offered great insights on a variety of topics and the landlords in the crowds enjoyed the opportunity to see the perspective of brokerage firm leaders.

The next program is the always fun University Challenge, April 10, 4:00 pm at the Westin Galleria Edina. It’s also a convenient way to pick up 1.5 hours of continuing real estate education credit (applied for).

April 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Welcome new NAIOP members!

Michael Claassen, CBRE
David Dabson, RPA, CPM, Piedmont Office Realty Trust
John Ferrier, CSM Corporation
Chad Johnson, Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC
Mic Klaith, Beacon Bank
Kevin Lied, Bridgewater Bank
Scott McIntyre, Reliable Property Services
Brian Niehaus, C.M. Architecture
Joseph Peterson, Beacon Bank

March 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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