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 BOMA GREATER CHARLOTTE
MAY 2022 NEWS
[Image]After the last month's successful run of events, I think it is safe to say that BOMA IS BACK! However, as good as it is to see everyone together again, both in BOMA and in our offices, we are starting to see some of the adverse effects that COVID had on our community over the past three years. An unfortunate reality we as managers are now having to face is the growing homeless population in and around Uptown Charlotte. It will forever be a delicate topic that involves balancing humanity with what is best for economic growth. However, through the lens of a Property Manager, working in the best interest of our property owners, it has become an issue that is negatively impacting many of our properties and the future progress of our communities.
As many of you are aware, we started an BOMA Greater Charlotte Advisory Council four years ago that gives the market leaders in our industry the opportunity to meet twice a year to discuss trends and topics that are impacting our community and their needs for BOMA Greater Charlotte. In our recent Spring meeting, the most discussed topic was the impact of the homeless population in and around Uptown and what can be done. Each represented company was able to express multiple scenarios and frustrations they've encountered, but no clear direction was established on how best to handle.

After hearing the concerns of our Advisory Council about the lack of consistent communication and response by various organizations, this seemed like a perfect opportunity for BOMA Greater Charlotte to step in to act as the united voice for our property owners. Now, with the call to action, our Safety and Security Committee is taking steps to establish a stakeholders group consisting of PM's in and around uptown. Our goal is to be the united voice for property owners as we progress in conversations on this topic with groups such as CMPD, Charlotte Center City Partners, A Roof Above, and City of Charlotte  regarding this issue.  BOMA Greater Charlotte will use its communication channels to update on discussions and progress so our members received consistent updates and feedback. In addition to our efforts at a local level, this is something BOMA International and other national chapters have had past experience with and will continue to provide support and additional guidance as we look to navigate.

We are optimistic that by bringing together many of the bright minds in our industry and working together under the BOMA flag, we can bring some amicable solutions or clarity surrounding this issue.
Peter Tanneberger, RPA
BOMA Greater Charlotte President

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Did you Know:
BOMA Provides Advocacy Support Through Industry Defense Fund

Now more than ever, state legislatures and city halls are poised to impact the commercial real estate industry. BOMA International's member-driven Industry Defense Fund is instrumental in giving a voice to the commercial real estate industry helping achieve critical advocacy successes. Its purpose is to ensure that adequate funds are available at the federal, state and local levels for wide-ranging advocacy issues that may impact BOMA members. The IDF is administered by an oversight committee, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The Industry Defense fund has assisted BOMA members with a variety of governmental and regulatory issues including sales and use taxes, property taxes, utility submetering, sustainability initiatives, and building codes among others. Watch this video to hear more about the Industry Defense Fund from BOMA International President Henry Chamberlain and members around the country.

If you have any questions about the Industry Defense Fund, are facing an issue the fund can support, or would like to learn more about current projects, please reach out to Brian Hill, Government Affairs Committee Chair via e-mail at bhill@linklogistics.com.

BOMA Greater Charlotte and IREM Western North Carolina collaborated for the first time to serve the community-at-large this past weekend in Johnson City, TN. Volunteers had the opportunity to work with the Appalachia Service Project, a group that provides structured service opportunities, bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to Central Appalachia to repair and replace homes for low-income families.

Both BOMA and IREM were well-represented with Principal and Allied Members, worked great as a team and had fun giving back to the community. We look forward to making a difference together with future projects.  
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[Image]Are you passionate about enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion within the commercial real estate industry? If so, consider joining BOMA Greater Charlotte's International's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee. For more information about our Committee, please contact elizabeth.fulk@fox.com.

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Don't miss out on recent events - check out our Photo Gallery on the website plus these Dropbox links:

February Luncheon & TOBY Awards
Topgolf
Appalachia Service Project

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