BOMA Members Storm Capitol Hill
During WBM/NIC, attendees visited the offices of more than 200 lawmakers to discuss the issues most important to the commercial real estate industry—and many stopped by to chat with BOMATV about their visits. From leasehold depreciation and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) to tax reform, the Congressional outcomes on these issues have the potential to impact the CRE industry for many years to come. If you weren’t able to join us in Washington, your local association can still get involved in the political process in other ways, whether you arrange a visit to your legislative representatives in their district offices or simply contact lawmakers via e-mail or phone. To help you in your efforts, the advocacy team at BOMA International has created a handy advocacy guide for 2014, containing highlights of BOMA’s federal, local and codes priorities, for your reference. You also can find advocacy resources on the Industry Issues page of the BOMA International website. As debates over key economic issues intensify both in Congress and in the states, BOMA’s advocacy efforts are needed now more than ever to ensure commercial real estate is not unduly burdened.
Budget and Plan for BOMA International’s 2014 Conferences
As you begin budgeting and planning for 2014, here is some cost information for BOMA International's major conferences.
Winter Business Meeting & National Issues Conference
February 2 – 5
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
$595 Registration Fee
$295 Additional Local Staff Fee
$295 Spouse Fee
Hotel = $289/night + 14.5% taxes
March 27-March 30
Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
Ft. Worth, Texas
Hotel = $189/night + taxes
Medical Office Buildings & Healthcare Facilities Conference
April 30 – May 2
$795 Registration Fee
Hotel = $210/night + 17.75% taxes
Annual Conference – Orlando, FL
June 22 – 24
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
$725 Registration Fee
$395 Additional Local Staff
$150 Spouse Fee
$155 TOBY Ticket
Hotel = $229/night + 13% taxes
by Robert D. Miller, Yuniedth Midence Steen, and Gardner Pate
February 10, 2014
Last month, we highlighted the key Senate races across the state. This month, we will examine the key House of Representatives races in 2014.
To read the analysis of the statewide races, click here.
In The News
ROI ON BOMA CODES VICTORIES
During the 2013 ICC code development cycle alone, BOMA’s representation was instrumental in helping save the commercial real estate industry an additional for each existing U.S. building, with an added $30,000 per building saved in annual fees and O&M costs.
BOMA’s efforts to defeat mandatory retroactive sprinkler system retrofits and compliance with current accessibility and fire code requirements in all existing buildings mean that BOMA members will be spared the $1 million to $4 million per existing building for installation costs associated with these defeated requirements.
Did You Know?
BOMA International is a founding member of the International Property Measurement Standards Coalition (IPMSC), a coalition of more than 30 organizations from around the world created to develop global standards for measuring property. The IPMSC Standard Setting Committee (SSC) released the draft of its first standard, IPMS for Offices, in January and is seeking public comment on the draft through April 7.