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The IREM Government Affairs Department is thrilled to announce the 17th annual IREM Capitol Hill Visit Day, co-sponsored by CCIM Institute and held in conjunction with the IREM Leadership and Legislative Summit. This exciting event gives IREM and CCIM members an opportunity to meet with U.S. Congressional members and lobby on important industry issues.
Each year 88-97% of IREM members in attendance said they would attend the Capitol Hill Visit Day again, and at least 98% of respondents indicated they would recommend the Hill visits to other IREM members and commercial real estate professionals.
WHAT: 2014 IREM Capitol Hill Visit Day, co-sponsored by CCIM Institute
WHEN:April 9, 2014 (an orientation will be held on April 8, 2014)
WHY: It is imperative for our federal legislators to understand the importance of a healthy real estate industry in the United States.; IREM and CCIM members will bring legislative priorities to their respective Congressional members and urge legislators to support our industry by voting on key pieces of legislation. YOU can make a big difference by coming to Washington, D.C.
Capitol Hill Day Coordinators
We are currently in the process of confirming each chapter’s Capitol Hill Day Coordinator. This person will be responsible for scheduling meetings with legislators and encouraging Chapter Members to attend the event. Please send details about your CCIM chapter’s Capitol Hill Visit coordinator to Jamien Flores at email@example.com.
Schedule of Events
Orientation will be held April 8, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We strongly encourage participants to attend this orientation as it will provide valuable information for both first time attendees and seasoned Hill Visit veterans. We will have some changes to the program this year, so be sure to join us on April 8.
During the orientation Chiefs of Staff from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate will give insider information on what makes a successful Hill Visit and experts will and give logistical information and speak about the policy issues we are lobbying for on Capitol Hill . Following the orientation, IREM and CCIM Institute members are welcome to a reception from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 8 to unwind and gear up for a day of lobbying.
On April 9, IREM and CCIM Institute Members will travel to Capitol Hill for meetings with their respective U.S. Representatives and Senators. Meetings will take place all day, as scheduled by your Capitol Hill Coordinator.
For more information concerning these events, please click here for a document that will help provide guidance to all visitors.
What Issues Will We Be Taking to Capitol Hill?
With such an important year ahead of us, it was difficult to narrow it down to a handful of issues to lobby on Capitol Hill. We are proud to announce the policy issues we will be taking to our legislators on April 9 include:
- Terrorism Risk Insurance
- Federally Assisted Housing (HUD programs such as Section 8 Vouchers)
- Taxes: depreciation increases, 1031 like-kind exchanges, and depreciation recapture
We will be releasing a detailed issues briefing paper shortly to give more information on these issues and why they are important to the property management and commercial real estate industries.
Capitol Hill Webinar
We will hold a Webinar to prepare you for the 2014 IREM Capitol Hill Visit Day, co-sponsored by CCIM Institute on March 12, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Central. During this Webinar we will share important information on how to have a successful Capitol Hill visit, including what to expect if you are a first time participant and expert speakers will discuss the issues we're bringing to Capitol Hill. Time is allotted to answer any questions you may have about the Hill visit. Stay tuned for more details about this Webinar.
To ensure you receive up-to-date information on the 2014 IREM Capitol Hill Visit Day, co-sponsored by CCIM Institute, please be sure to register as soon as possible. Once registered, you will begin receiving weekly newsletters that will contain important updates about Capitol Hill Visit Day.