Advancing Momentum and New Ideas in 2016

Our CEO, David Bachman, and current President of Multifamily NW writes about the advancing momentum and new ideas in 2016 in this month's newsletter from Multifamily NW:

Multifamily NW is off to a fast and dynamic start to 2016. A very active 2016 legislative "short" session is well underway in Salem. Multifamily NW is hard at work providing advocacy for successful outcomes to educate and continue to create opportunities for owners and developers to add needed housing supply to our local industry. We are experiencing a significant lack of supply across all income levels and as a result we know it is tough for residents in many Oregon counties to find housing. Removing barriers is key to assure more units come out of the ground, incentivizing developers to serve demand across all resident income levels. There is much work still to do and I encourage membership and our industry to discuss, educate and advocate through this legislative session and leading up to the legislative "long" session in 2017.

Multifamily NW completed our strategic planning session during the month of January. Association Leadership created exciting outcomes for how we work together to reach and deliver services to the industry. There is focus and momentum as a result to make the association more accessible to everyone. These efforts will not only serve membership in 2016 but also for many years to come. We cannot get far without leadership and I sincerely appreciate our strong Staff, Board and Executive Council. Our membership benefits from this strength as well. I'm impressed by how consistently aware Association Leadership is of the intricate issues in our industry, especially our Executive Director Deborah Imse who works tirelessly for our members and the services we provide. I am confident knowing that we are well prepared for the work ahead. We have a great start in 2016 and it will continue to be a productive and impactful year.

Education this year has kicked off strong with multiple sold out events covering landlord tenant law, legislative updates and fair housing education. We just concluded the second annual Fair Housing Fair in Portland where 440 attendees attended and received valuable and critical information to help them protect the law, themselves and their organizations. This is the youngest large event for Multifamily NW and it is great to view its' success. As an example and testament to how robust and consistent Multifamily NW education is, there are no less than 14 fair housing training classes offered throughout the year. Thank you to everyone on the Fair Housing Committee and all of the Multifamily NW staff who continue to put on great fair housing education and events for our membership. In past years, Multifamily NW created fair housing best practices and a fair housing pledge. It is great to see us continually capitalize on our previous efforts and create continued positive impact. The momentum of successful education events continues moving forward. In March comes the 2016 Maintenance Fair featuring the popular Maintenance Mania. In April we hold the Spring Apartment Report Breakfast and in May is the Ace Awards."