Our 150-Legislative District Strategy & Year End Wishes

Our 150-Legislative District Strategy is sprouting wings!   We’ve made tremendous strides forward in 2017; we’ve 10-X’ed our database from 850 to over 10,000 stakeholders.  Your staff has invested 100’s of hours and thousands of dollars to install a server to host our CRM (Act!), then make it accessible from any browser;  we’ve populated files then begun the never ending task of ensuring accuracy, and matching our industry stakeholders with their Senator and Representative — one  address at a time (cross-referenced with the Legislator lookup tool).

It’s been a five year dream and a very ambitious undertaking, yet we’re finally making serious headway.  National REIA invited several leaders to the National Apartment Association Advocacy conference in Washington D.C., in March of 2017.  Your Executive Director, the only attendee from Iowa, became inspired by a presentation by Bradford Fitch, a featured speaker.

In preparation for our Expo, we invited Bradford to address our attendees.

Congressional Management Foundation – Click image for 5-min Video Focusing on the Importance Role Constituents Play as Legislation is passed

Our recruiting effort has just begun, yet you don’t have to wait for our call  to become a volunteer “District Captain”.  Just let us know if you’re available for 2-8 hours during the Legislative Session, to serve the industry as an advocate.

The time commitment is an estimate, yet when we send a “Call to Action” we are positioning to become more proactive than we have ever been.  We need hundreds, and no time contribution is too small, nor too large!

Essentially, Captains will lead a phone-tree and encourage 6-10 industry stakeholders to reach out their Legislators to help garner their support for our legislative initiatives.

Our Legislative “Day on the Hill” is February 6 so mark your calendars, although you don’t have to wait until then to contact your legislator.   More to follow soon, but we do expect 2018 to be a very active year at the Iowa Legislature.

Year End News: Any new members, renewing members, and reactivating members during the month of December will receive 5 of our Premium Leases, though you must ask!  That’s right — you can save $19.95, by adopting to use our lease for the first time, or to replenish your inventory with your renewal.   Send your request to Info@IaREIA.com.  We’ll verify your membership dues payment then send your leases straight away.   We’re approaching 100 happy users of the lease, and 420 members! If you have yet to adopt the use of our “Best-in-Class in Iowa” lease, now is a great time to start!

Our IARPO-PAC fund needs replenishment.  Add your name to our Iowa Rental Property Owners “Wall of Fame” by making a donation to support our legislative initiatives to make positive changes in the Iowa Code (of Law).  The less time legislators need to spend fundraising, the more time they have to focus on the issues that affect governance of our state.

Watch the above video if you need more inspiration, then we hope you’ll join us in support of our PAC fund — today!

Finally, the staff at IaREIA – Iowa Landlord Association, and instructors with the IaREIA School of Real Estate,  wish our members, vendor partners and industry stakeholders a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, and a Prosperous New Year!  We are deeply grateful for your membership and support of this association.  We remain 100%  dedicated to advancing the cause of Landlords, Property Managers, and Real Estate Entrepreneurs in 2018, and beyond!