Government Affairs Awards of Recognition – The GOVIES
BOMA State and Local Associations Honored for Advocacy Excellence
During its 2017 Winter Business Meeting, BOMA International recognized four BOMA local associations for their excellence in grassroots and issues advocacy through 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 the state and local level.
And the Govie goes to…
BOMA/Utah was recognized in the category of Outstanding Ongoing Advocacy Program – Medium BOMA Local Association for the growth and development of a very active and influential government affairs program that contains several important functions that are vital to the continued maintenance of Utah’s commercial real estate industry. The program has focused on three main goals: 1) To continue to build working relationships with Utah state legislators, 2) To continue to become an expert resource in the commercial real estate area for Utah state legislators and other elected officials, and 3) To bring political and legislative awareness to the members of BOMA Utah and Utah’s commercial real estate industry.
BOMA/Oregon was honored for Outstanding Single Government Affairs Issue – Small BOMA Local Association for being a leading member of the Safe and Livable Portland Coalition, a group composed of neighborhood associations, nonprofits, and local businesses that want real solutions to Portland’s housing and homelessness crisis. The coalition filed suit against the City and the Mayor of Portland over his decision to permit sleeping on Portland sidewalks, calling the pro-camping policy an illegal abuse of power. After six months, the Mayor ended his experiment of allowing the homeless to camp on the streets of Portland. The coalition said that “The Mayor’s policy failed, in part, because he ignored the voices of affected Portland residents and businesses.” In particular, BOMA/Oregon emphasized that a new solution needs to be crafted by the City Council that includes public feedback and considers public safety.
BOMA/Greater Cleveland was chosen for Outstanding Single Government Affairs Issue – Medium BOMA Local Association for leading a coalition that successfully lobbying for numerous changes to a proposed ordinance requiring periodic façade inspections of buildings in Cleveland, making the final ordinance much less onerous to building owners and managers. While advocating for these changes to the proposed ordinance, BOMA/Greater Cleveland still emphasized safety and incorporation of best practices into building operations.
BOMA/Toronto, the first Canadian BOMA local association in 16 years to win a GOVIE Award, was selected in the category of Outstanding Single Government Affairs Issue – Large BOMA Local Association. When a proposed mandatory energy benchmarking ordinance was a possibility, BOMA/Toronto Leaders and Staff reached out to the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, worked with city and provincial officials so that the overall outcome of the legislative process would be satisfactory to all parties concerned and to all stakeholders, and effectively influenced the outcome of the proposed benchmarking ordinance to be fair and beneficial to all parties. Almost all of BOMA/Toronto’s recommendations for a workable ordinance were considered and included in the DRAFT amendments to the ordinance.
Congratulations to all local associations who submitted outstanding entries for this year’s GOVIES Awards.
For more information on the State Government Affairs Awards of Recognition, including the rules and instructions, criteria for each of the categories, and entry forms, please contact John Bryant, BOMA International’s Vice President of Advocacy, Codes and Standards, at firstname.lastname@example.org..