Leaders and NMHC Executives Take on Key Business Topics at Fall Meeting|
NMHC's Board of Directors and Advisory Committee members gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for the annual fall meeting. The meeting focused on in-depth discussions of the politics and policies influencing today's multifamily business environment and offered an opportunity for NMHC members to actively participate in constructive conversation with key legislators and administration officials on many pressing topic areas.
On Tuesday, a small group of members participated in a special pre-meeting discussion with Jeffrey Zients, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy. The hot topic of conversation was how the regulatory environment was hindering the industry's ability to meeting growing rental needs.
(For more information, read Administration Requests Action Items from Multifamily Industry.)
Later that evening,
the meeting officially kicked off with an opening session with Walter Isaacson,
acclaimed journalist, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and
best-selling author of biographies on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and
Benjamin Franklin. After studying such a diverse group of innovators,
Isaacson said he came to one conclusion:
precincts now that all vote one way or another," he said, adding that he
expects to see a lot of this play out in this fall's midterm election.
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In addition, recently appointed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro joined the lineup, using the opportunity to make a formal introduction to attending NMHC members.
(Learn more about the HUD Secretary's speech by reading New HUD Secretary Pledges to Improve Support for Multifamily.)
The fall meeting closed on Thursday morning with in-depth discussions on women in leadership, featuring a special interview with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and an all-female multifamily executive roundtable, and the increasingly complicated answer to addressing the nation's affordable housing shortage.
available in Multifamily Leadership Ranks Are
Diversifying, But Industry Still Struggles to Attract and Grow Female Talent
and Financing Remains Major Hurdle
for Producing More Affordable Apartments.)