Now more than ever, state legislatures and regulatory agencies are poised to impact the commercial real estate industry. Increasingly, "hot" issues often take root in numerous legislatures simultaneously. State and local trends, whether motivated by public officials or private interests, play a larger role in advocacy programs across a wide spectrum of organizations.
BOMA International’s advocacy team works in close coordination with BOMA’s state and local associations to protect commercial real estate’s interests before state and local governments.
BOMA International encourages all members to subscribe to its State and Local Issues Forum Listserv, which is a great venue to exchange valuable information on state and local government issues affecting the commercial real estate industry throughout the country. To subscribe to the listserv, please contact Scott Morris, BOMA International’s Director of State and Local Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State and Local Issues
A strong advocacy program is built on relationships with those individuals who make and enforce laws impacting our industry. State Capitol Day 2017 is a time for your local association to participate with other BOMA local associations around the country in reaching out to state legislators and state government officials.
BOMA associations play a critical role in developing relationships with state government officials. Please remember that it is not necessary to host a major event, such as a legislative reception, to participate. Inviting a state public official to speak at a monthly meeting is another effective way to reach out - and it counts as a State Capitol Day event.
Members can access the State Capitol Day toolkit and find information and tips that will help organize your event. If you need more information or assistance please contact Scott Morris, BOMA International’s Director of State and Local Affairs, at email@example.com.
State & Local Resources
BOMA State and Local Associations
Honored for Advocacy Excellence
Board of Governors meeting at BOMA International’s Winter Business Meeting in February, four BOMA state and local
associations were recognized for their excellence in grassroots and issues
advocacy though the Government Affairs Awards of Recognition Program, popularly
known as the “Govies.” The entries
highlight the creative initiatives designed to strengthen commercial real
estate’s voice at both the state and local level.
BOMA/Miami-Dade was recognized in the category of Outstanding Ongoing Advocacy Program for a small BOMA local association for the creation of an Advocacy Speaker Series to educate, energize, inform and involve BOMA/Miami-Dade members in the political and legislative processes. To that end, the association added to their monthly luncheon schedule addresses by elected and appointed state and local officials to encourage and reinforce upcoming state advocacy initiatives. Speakers included Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera; Carlos A. Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade County; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Pepe Diaz; and Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
BOMA/Utah was honored in the category of Outstanding Ongoing Advocacy Program for a medium BOMA local association for developing, in recent years, a very active and influential government affairs program with several important functions. Key among these has been continuing to build relationships with state legislators and serve as an expert resource for these lawmakers as they draft and review legislation that involves commercial real estate in the state. In this capacity, BOMA/Utah can help shape legislation that positively affects the commercial real estate industry.
BOMA/Georgia was chosen as the winner in the category of Outstanding Ongoing Advocacy Program for a large BOMA local association for demonstrating an innovative use of technology to inform members of advocacy initiatives. For example, BOMA/Georgia has utilized web-based grassroots lobbying software to inform members of pertinent legislative issues and help them respond quickly to any calls to action. The software automatically identifies each member’s elected officials and allows the member to reach out to their lawmakers for support as constituents. BOMA/Georgia also engages its members and shares its advocacy successes via various social media platforms.
State association BOMA Ohio won in the category of Outstanding Single Government Affairs Issue for successfully saving the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit for property owners and developers who take on challenging historic preservation and redevelopment projects. The vast majority of these tax credits support the renovation of vacant and run-down buildings, which helps improve and enhance the quality of life in municipalities across the state of Ohio. Since the inception of the tax credit in 2006, there has been more than $1.4 billion invested in redevelopment projects in Ohio. However, in June of 2015, the Ohio Senate’s version of the operating budget essentially ended this important program. As a result, all six BOMA local associations in Ohio, which collectively make up BOMA Ohio’s Board of Governors, joined a large and diverse coalition that successfully saved the Historic Preservation Tax Credit.
Many thanks to the judges for reviewing and judging all of the impressive entries that were submitted in each of the categories. And congratulations to all of the entrants; there was strong competition among cutting-edge programs, which can only serve to benefit all BOMA members and the commercial real estate community.
The application for the Government Affairs Awards of Recognition can be accessed here.
For more information on the State Government Affairs Awards of Recognition, including the rules and instructions, criteria for each of the categories, entry forms and how to submit the entry forms, please contact Scott Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 326-6364.