FOR LEASE — River Bend Business Park IV

River Bend Business Park IV
315 Randolph Ave | Saint Paul, MN

Property Highlights:

47,000 SF build-to-suit office/flex/showroom or warehouse opportunity For Lease
Approximately 10 acre site located just off Shepard Road, with easy access to I-35E, I-94 and Hwy 52
Close proximity to downtown Saint Paul and MSP International Airport
Overlooking the Mississippi River with direct access to the Samuel H. Morgan Regional Trail
24’ clear height in warehouse; docks and drive-ins build-to-suit
Strong local ownership and management


Phil Simonet | (952) 854-8381 |
John Young, CCIM | (952) 854-5067 |
Connor Ott | (952) 854-8309 |
We’re the people you want on your side.

TCN Worldwide State of the Market – Central Edition (2017-Q1) | by Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE

Central Region Economic Conditions
Temptation for economists, leading to forecasting out of the rear view mirror. Stresses over the past several years in key industry sectors
in the Central states have meant an unaccustomed slowdown of growth in many key states. But this now appears to be changing as the forces
shaping manufacturing, agriculture, and energy either find their bottoms or begin to accelerate from a period of sluggishness.
The precipitous drop in energy prices, for instance, seems to have run its course. For the past year, crude oil prices have settled into a narrow range close to $50 per barrel. Expectations that economic growth will spur demand is encouraging an increase in rig counts in the Permian Basin and increasing exploration in the Bakken region further north. The multiplier effects of renewed energy industry growth are positive for the Central states as a whole. The year is beginning with fairly positive conditions for the Breadbasket, with strong prices for a variety of agricultural products, including soybeans, cattle, hogs, and winter wheat.
Read more: Central_2017_Q1_State_of_Market_web
Economist Hugh F. Kelly PhD, CRE, who leads TCN’s Real Estate Economic Committee, is Clinical Professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate where he has taught for 30 years. He is widely cited in the real estate industry and is a frequent speaker around the world.

TCN Worldwide Ranks in Top 10 Brokerage Firms | by H. Ross Ford III

TCN Worldwide Ranks in Top 10 Brokerage Firms in NREI’s 2016 Top Brokers Survey
Commercial real estate brokerage firms posted another strong year, growing both leasing and investment sales volumes, according to data provided to National Real Estate Investor as part of their annual ranking of top commercial real estate brokers.
We are pleased to announce TCN Worldwide was recognized as one of the industry’s top brokerages, ranking 8th (by Deal Volume at $58.6 Billion), in National Real Estate Investor’s 2016 Top Brokers Survey.
The top commercial real estate brokerage firms posted robust year-over-year gains in deal volumes in 2015. National Real Estate Investor reported that the firms that ranked in the top 20 in each of the past two years posted average transaction volume growth of 15.0 percent from 2014 to 2015.
The NREI ranking reaffirms TCN Worldwide’s position as an industry leader, and one of the top brokerages in the commercial real estate industry.
See TCN’s Top 10 Member Deals for 3rd Quarter 2016.
Read more: TCN Worldwide’s Commercial Focus Newsletter | 2016_Q3
—H. Ross Ford III
President & CEO, TCN Worldwide

TCN 2016 Fall Conference Wrap Up

Paramount Brokers Attend TCN Conference in New Orleans
Three Paramount brokers attended the TCN 2016 Fall Conference in New Orleans in September.  Fred Hedberg, John Young and Jeffrey Swanson were among the attendees.
This year’s Fall Conference offered a full lineup of educational and motivational career building sessions. Attendees were entertained in fashionable New Orleans style as they reconnected with TCN friends and made new ones!
The agenda included a variety of outside educational speakers, panel discussions and interactive networking sessions that were designed not only to help build TCN connections, but also motivate and strengthen industry knowledge.
While there were many, one of the highlights of this year’s Fall Conference was a presentation from keynote speaker, Mike Dunleavy, Sr., Head Coach, Tulane Green Wave Men’s Basketball Team. As part of his participation at this year’s Fall Conference, TCN Worldwide was able to auction off several official ‘Dunleavy signed’ basketballs within its charity fund-raising efforts to help those impacted by the recent flooding in southern Louisiana.
Across the region, more than 60,000 homes have been destroyed.  St. Bernard Project, a nationally-recognized disaster recovery nonprofit that is based out of New Orleans, will be leading recovery and rebuilding efforts across South Louisiana. Thank you to all who participated in our fund-raising efforts!  TCN Worldwide is proud to support St. Bernard Project and will be making an additional donation on behalf of the speakers at this year’s Fall Conference.  All donations from this year’s event will directly fund the rebuilding of homes for those displaced by the historic August flooding of 2016.
By:  Claudia Crow-Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy | TCN Worldwide

TCN Worldwide State of Market – Central Edition (2016-Q3) | by Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE

National and Macroeconomic Market Overview
The Bureau of Economic Analysis “final” GDP estimate for the Second Quarter was released on September 29, 2016.   It showed overall economic growth at a 1.4 percent annual rate.  This was the third consecutive subpar quarter, and confirmed that the long expansion (now at 86 months in duration) is slowing its momentum.  The initial Third Quarter estimate will not be out until early November.  Preliminary data indicate continued sluggishness. Retail sales are up just 1.9 percent year over year.  Housing starts, permits, and home prices slipped during the summer.  Industrial production and capacity utilization are also in decline from 2015.
More positively, net real exports have risen for the last several months, and this should be strengthening GDP during the second half. The
auto industry has also been trending upward. Incomes have started to rise, and for the first time in this cycle lower and middle-income households are benefiting materially, according to a Census Bureau study released in September. This is contributing to a small uptick in inflation, with core CPI now up 2.3 percent year over year.
Read more: 2016-central_q3_state_of_market
Economist Hugh F. Kelly PhD, CRE, who leads TCN’s Real Estate Economic Committee, is Clinical Professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate where he has taught for 30 years. He is widely cited in the real estate industry and is a frequent speaker around the world.

High-End Amenities Not Just for Office Buildings | RE

Industrial spaces with high-end amenities

High-End Amenities Make Employees More Productive
More and more industrial spaces are becoming “the place” to work.  The amenities offered in newer industrial buildings rival those of modern office buildings.  Natural light, shower facilities, work-out rooms, beautifully landscaped grounds are becoming more common in warehouse buildings.  Dan Rafter’s RE Journal post discusses industrial companies need to be more competitive in the labor force.  They do this by considering not only location but higher-end amenities that make warehouse employees happier and more productive.
READ MORE: High-end amenities no longer just for office buildings — Industrial Spaces Offer Perks Too
By Dan Rafter, RE, October 6, 2016

Why Corporate America is Leaving the Suburbs | The New York Times

Companies are leaving the suburbs for downtown.
Corporate America is changing.  Companies like General Electric and McDonalds are joining a long list of companies that are leaving the suburbs and returning to the city.  Cities provide tax incentives and young people want to live and work in the city.  The structure of companies is changing as well.  The executive offices may be in the city, but various other departments of the company may be in different other states or other countries.    States compete for companies to locate there by offering tax incentives.
Where you work matters.
Employees want to work in an energetic, vibrant and diverse atmosphere. Motorola Solutions executives will be locating 1,100 employees in downtown Chicago.  The response to job postings for positions located downtown are much higher than those located in suburban areas.
Advance communication tools are making it easier for headquarters and other corporate functions to be in separate locations.  Corporations also encourage employees to use public transit because corporations with downtown locations have eliminated parking lots and security gates.
Other corporations attempt to have an urban atmosphere in a suburban location to be avoid the cost of moving.
READ MORE: Why Corporate America Is Leaving the Suburbs for the City

The Ideal Office Floor Plan, According to Science | Bloomberg

The open office plan is here to stay.
Where you sit matters.  According to Harvard Business School, in an open floor plan the idea is for co-workers to sit very close to one another.  What changes, however, is who sits next to whom.
Research conducted at one technology company shows, the denser an area is with productive people, the better nearby worker’s productivity, effectiveness, and quality of work.  The study measured proximity and productivity of 2,000 workers.   The converse is also true for “toxic” workers causing disruptions.  People rub off on each other, for good and for bad.  The open office floor plan  started as a way to for employees to share creativity and productivity.  Both Google and Pixar specifically have successful work places because of a collaborative office space.
Optimize Open Office Efficiency.
Employees tend to dislike open office floor plans claiming it is disruptive, distracting and stressful.  The thought is that workers with different strengths should be grouped together, mixing high-productivity employees with lower-quality work with slower people generating high-quality work.
READ MORE:  The Ideal Office Floor Plan, According to Science
By: Rebecca Greenfield – August 1, 2016

Economic and Real Estate Market Snapshot-Q2 2016 | Shenehon Co.

Shenehon Company has released the 2nd Quarter 2016 Economic and Real Estate Market Snapshot.  The report highlights the following topics:

U.S. economy continued to expand in the first half of 2016
The energy industry continues to be hamstrung by a glut of supply and tepid demand
Leading indicators suggest economic growth at a modest pace through at least the immediate future
Tighter unemployment rates are putting upward pressure on wages
Home sales in the Twin Cities increased by 6.2% through May and sale prices rose by 5.6%
Twin Cities multifamily permitting activity is down

READ ENTIRE MARKET REPORT—Shenehon Twin Cities Market Report – Q2 2016

TCN Worldwide Economic Report – Central Edition (2016-Q2) | by Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE

Regional Conditions in the Central States                               
The Central states, with an employment base of 55.6 million, has the largest number of jobs of the three regions analyzed in our newsletters.  However, with an aggregate job growth of just 31,000 spread over nineteen states, the Central region has the lowest number of additional jobs and the slowest growth rate (1.1%). Texas, with a year-over-year job gain of 171,800 (1.5%) is the regional standout in absolute growth, but Tennessee posted a faster pace of job gains, 2.1% (versus the US average of 1.7%) on the addition of 60,900 positions. On the other side of the coin, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota, and Oklahoma saw employment contract in the past twelve months. Unemployment ranged from a low of 2.5% in Tennessee and 3.0% in Nebraska, to highs of 6.3%
in Louisiana and 6.4% in Illinois.
Although far from the oceans, the Central region has an extraordinary role in international trade. Texas has an annual import/export volume of $502 billion, with Michigan ($177 billion) and Illinois ($185 billion) in the top tier trade states as well.  Tennessee and Ohio also engage in more than $100 billion in global trade annually. While lower in volume, four states with agricultural and/or energy concentrations in their economies show surplus trade balances (more exports than imports) in an era where the country as a whole has long been in a deep trade deficit.
Texas, with its enormous total volume, has a very thin trade deficit of just $404 million. Globalization, then, has been a mixed blessing for the region – possibly costing a number of jobs, but generating employment as well in sectors ranging from agriculture and energy to transportation and wholesales, and in manufacturing sectors including precision instruments and transportation

Healthcare is reported to be a bright spot in the regional economy, as is professional and business services in and around Minneapolis, Kansas City, and Dallas. The energy slump has impacted several parts of the region, and accounts for the bulk ofthe economic contraction in states like Louisiana, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. Residential construction is constrained by rising labor costs
and by tightening underwriting standards at bank lenders. Commercial development lending is also being carefully underwritten, limiting new development. This will have the likely effect of lengthening the real estate cycle, which has not seen the volume of construction that is typical in a late-stage business expansion.  Basel III capital requirements, the regulatory impacts of Dodd-Frank oversight, and the “lessons learned” by banks caught with billions of land and development loans in the Global Financial Crisis all contribute to the constrained credit environment.
READ ENTIRE REPORT–TCN Economic Report – 2016_Q2_Central
Economist Hugh F. Kelly, PhD, CRE, who leads TCN’s Real Estate Economic Committee, is a Clinical Professor at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate where he has taught for 30 years. Kelly specializes in development of economic and market forecasts, portfolio strategy, as well as seminars and workshops. He heads his own consulting practice, Hugh F. Kelly Real Estate Economics, which serves national and international real estate investment and services firms, governmental organizations, law firms, and not-for-profit agencies. Kelly is widely cited in the real estate industry and is well known for his research on 24-hour cities and commercial real estate investment performance.