Archives: April 2019

How to Attract and Keep Tenants

In its most basic form, you run a business. You provide a service to your tenants. So they’re more than tenants, they’re actually your clients. And that elevates the relationship beyond them writing you a check every month and you making sure the light bulbs get changed. The civil engineering firm that worked on your Denver development project ensured you have all the pieces you need for a successful venture; now it’s up to you to make the most of it.

Be Responsive

Today’s business and consumer culture influences expectations, and most people’s expectation is that things are done quickly. A timely response to a request, even if it’s to let someone know that you’ll be on it tomorrow, goes a long way in cultivating a positive relationship. Think back to when you hired a company for civil engineering or other work; did your opinion of them change based on how responsive they were? Good communication helps your tenant see you as a valuable resource. Make sure that everyone in your organization has that same philosophy when it comes to meeting client needs.

Be Seen

Even in this age of instant communication, meeting someone in person is important. Be someone that your tenants recognize. Be accessible to their questions, comments, and concerns. Really listen when they talk to you. If you have amenities that aren’t resonating with your tenants, do something about it. Talk to a civil engineering firm if necessary to see what your options are with regard to making changes or improvements. While it isn’t always possible to make all of the tenants happy all the time, remember that these are the people who use the space, and their feedback may include important things that you don’t see from your perspective.

Be Involved

The more you can do to foster a community relationship among tenants and neighbors, the more likely it may be that you’ll rarely have a vacancy; and when you do, it will be filled quickly. Look for engaging and relevant activities, volunteer days, community service opportunities, and other ways to encourage connection with your tenants and among your tenants. Don’t forget how important word of mouth is in developing a good reputation in the community.

Contact a Civil Engineering Firm Today

Part of attracting and keeping tenants in Denver is being a responsive and engage building owner or manager. Civil engineering can only take your building so far; the rest is up to you and the team you put together. Contact CenterPoint Integrated Solutions today for help capturing and keeping tenants at your location!

What are Opportunity Zones and How Do They Work?

Opportunity zones are perhaps the most exciting thing related to civil engineering to come out of the major federal tax cuts and jobs legislation passed in 2017. Their purpose is to foster long-term investment in economically distressed communities in Denver and across the country. These efforts are supported through Opportunity Funds, a way of encouraging private investment in exchange for tax incentives on capital gains.

What are Opportunity Funds?

Opportunity Funds are privately established and managed funds for the exclusive purpose of economic revitalization of distressed communities that meet certain qualifications, including being identified as Opportunity Zones. There is no limit on the amount of money that can be invested by these funds, and therefore no limit to the potential benefit for the communities they’re intended to benefit. Economic revitalization incorporates the activities of many sectors of a community, including banking, a href=””>civil engineering, construction, and legal, as businesses and housing projects get off the ground.

What are Opportunity Zones?

Opportunity Zones are federal census-designated areas that meet a certain definition of economic distress. This label can apply to communities across all states and the cities, towns, and villages within them, including Denver. The labeling process begins with areas designated and nominated by the governor of the state. According to the legislation, up to one-quarter of economically distressed communities can be labeled Opportunity Zones, subject to income limits. Governors of states with less than 100 census tracts can choose up to 25 of them to be considered as Opportunity Zones. A community that’s marked an Opportunity Zone can hold that designation for ten years. These areas are primed and ready for developers, working with a href=””>civil engineering firm, banks, construction trades, and others, to start new and exciting projects.

Why should I invest in an Opportunity Zone?

Those who invest in Opportunity Zones receive capital gain tax incentives. The goal is to spur an infusion of private money instead of public money to support and develop communities that otherwise might be overlooked for a variety of reasons. Capital gains that get invested in opportunity zones are tax-deferred. Gains on long-term investments of at least ten years may be tax free (with certain limitations).

Contact a Civil Engineering Firm Today

The goal of Opportunity Funds and Opportunity Zones is to balance the speed at which economic development can proceed with an ongoing commitment to improvement efforts. Contact CenterPoint Integrated Solutions today to work with a civil engineering firm that is knowledgeable about the program and how it works. CenterPoint Integrated Solutions is well-positioned to help Denver investors make the most of this program.