The real estate industry has a number of industry associations designed to educate members, provide networking opportunities, and encourage best practices. These organizations provide students with the same opportunities to learn more about various aspects of the real estate industry. The Real Estate and Economic Development program has established partnerships with the local chapters of the following associations:
BOMA (Business Owners and Managers Association): Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types. Its mission is to advance the interests of the entire commercial real estate industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information. BOMA Baltimore is a partner in providing mentors and educational opportunities to real estate students at UB.
CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women): Founded in 1989, CREW Network is the industry's premier business networking organization dedicated to advancing the achievements of women in commercial real estate. CREW provides annual scholarships to women throughout the country, a testament to their commitment to the next generation of real estate professionals. To date students have been awarded $30,000 in scholarships from CREW. In addition CREW Baltimore provides an annual event, UCREW, for all students to meet industry participants.
IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management): IREM® is an international membership community of real estate managers that span across all property sectors and are dedicated to ethical business practices and maximizing the value of investment real estate. Through IREM's real estate degree fast track, University of Baltimore Real Estate and Economic Development graduates can waive seven courses toward obtaining the CPM® (Certified Property Manager®) designation.
The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) enhances the knowledge and skills of its members, encourages partnerships and networking among people committed to bringing jobs and capital to Maryland, and promotes economic development as an investment in Maryland. MEDA is a nonprofit organization of economic development professionals. Established in 1961, MEDA members promote the economic well-being of Maryland by working to improve the state’s business climate and the professionalism of those in the field of economic development.
ULI (Urban Land Institute): Founded in 1936, ULI has members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service. Real Estate and Economic Development students attend ULI events and network with members throughout the year.