SPOTLIGHT / LEGISLATIVE
Just as 2017 was a year of change for federal, state
and local governments,;IREM’s;government;affairs;pro-
gram underwent a number of changes as well.
One of the most anticipated changes was the debut of the
IREM Congressional In-District program. With the spring
conference shifting to a regional format, IREM’s federal advocacy was also set to take a more local approach. Rather
than meeting with federal legislators in Washington, D.C.,
Holding meetings locally increased accessibility by reducing the cost of participation. According to Idaho Snake River
Chapter No. 107 Legislative Chair, Mindy Gronbeck, CPM:
MEETING WITH MY CONGRESSMAN IN-DISTRICT
PROVIDED MORE TIME TO SPEND WITH HIM AND
EDUCATE HIM ON THE ISSUES. IT WAS EVEN BETTER
THAT I GOT TO TAKE OTHER EXECUTIVES IN MY
ORGANIZATION THAT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO
ATTEND IF IT WAS IN D.C.
THE IREM CONGRESSIONAL IN-DISTRICT PROGRAM
Beginning in April, real estate managers across the country
and retention of the 1031 like-kind exchange. Members participating in the meetings reported many positive experiences. One of the most common sentiments shared was that the
meetings were very fruitful. With fewer interruptions and less
IREM CHAPTER REPRESENTATIVES
MEET WITH THEIR FEDERAL
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ALABAMA
CHAPTER NO. 43 WITH REP. GARY
PALMER (AL-06); SAN JOAQUIN
CHAPTER NO. 85 WITH REP. KEVIN
MCCARTHY (CA- 23); CENTRAL VIRGINIA
CHAPTER NO. 38 WITH REP. DAVE BRAT
(VA-07); GREATER PHOENIX CHAPTER
NO. 47 WITH REP. ANDY BIGGS (AZ-05).
BOTTOM LEFT: REP. BRAT PARTICIPATES
IN A PANEL DISCUSSION AT AN
EVENT HOSTED BY CENTRAL VIRGINIA
CHAPTER NO. 38.
detailed, with legislators seeming more at ease and attentive
than on Capitol Hill.
While the vast majority of experiences were positive, initial
feedback suggested some challenges too. As a result of the uptick in town hall protests and similar activity witnessed this
year, some legislators have been cautious about encounters
with constituent groups, reducing opportunities for meetings.
Fortunately, there are other ways to engage with Members
of Congress. In addition to the traditional meeting in the dis-trict;office,;some;found;it;productive;to;invite;their;legislators
to speak at chapter events.
For example, Central Virginia Chapter No. 38 hosted such
an event in August. One of the organizers, Carrie Woodring,
CPM, said of the event:
OUR MEMBERS TALKED ABOUT IT FOR MONTHS.
EVERYONE AGREED THIS NEEDED TO BE AN
ANNUAL EVENT. THIS YEAR THE PANEL DISCUSSION
INCLUDED CONGRESSMAN (DAVE) BRAT, VIRGINIA’S
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE AND TRADE, TODD