Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program), the industry-leading effort to link individuals of color to careers in real estate, has opened applications for its program taking place in Kansas City, Missouri beginning March 2017. Kansas City will be REAP’s ninth market following Washington, DC; Atlanta; New York; Chicago; Los Angeles; Cleveland; Columbus and Dallas-Ft. Worth. To date, over 1,000 minority professionals have gone through the REAP program with roughly 300 entering or ascending careers in commercial real estate.
Mayor Sly James believes the program can accomplish two goals: “REAP presents an opportunity for our city to continue our commitment to diversity and inclusion within our business community, while empowering and training local professionals to ultimately play a role in the vision for economic development right here in Kansas City.”
Mayor James noted this program’s launch represents one of several ongoing initiatives aimed at bringing more diverse and inclusive stakeholders into economic development in Kansas City.“This program’s success,” said James, “is its specialization and focus. I believe we can benefit from broadening and diversifying the talent pool of real estate professionals working to realize the full economic potential of our entire city.”
The Mayor also applauded the work of Councilman Scott Wagner. “I’ve challenged our city leaders and local real estate companies to address the lack of diversity in commercial real estate development,” said James. “Councilman Wagner convened stakeholders to do more than just talk about the problem, but to find solutions. It was this group, including Councilman Wagner, members of my staff, representatives of local economic development organizations and real estate companies, who are responsible for bringing REAP to Kansas City.As a result, we have a great opportunity through Project REAP.”
Applicants must have a four-year degree and three to five years of professional, post-college work experience. Topics range from market analysis, financial analysis, site selection, development, leasing and brokerage with a focus on the major asset classes including retail, office, industrial and multifamily.
All applicants will be screened, and finalists selected for interviews to determine the final class. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning March 7 until May 11. Real estate experience is not necessary for selection, as REAP seeks to identify candidates from a wide spectrum of disciplines interested in a career in commercial real estate. Applications are available at www.projectreap.org.
REAP is a 501C3 corporation headquartered in New York City.