Multifamily Florida - Winter 2015 - (Page 8)
FA A UPDATE
BY JOSH GOLD, CAE, CMP,
FAA Executive Vice President
Progress is impossible without change.
- George Bernard Shaw
s the New Year gets underway,
we've been slowly but surely getting settled at our new offices in
Our suburban location in Maitland served
us well for a while. But our needs changed
as the organization evolved. We considered
carefully what we wanted in our new office
"home." In general, human resources professionals and other experts recommend finding the right balance between the ability to
communicate and collaborate, and the right
amount of privacy to concentrate on tasks.
And, they say, creating spaces that allow
team members to express their individuality
supports creativity and innovation.
In addition to an official conference
room, each office includes seating for informal meetings among team members. Each
staffer has had the opportunity to add personal touches - displaying certifications
and other accomplishments, pictures, plants,
and the like. We also have extra work stations
for use by interns or temporary help, or for
use by FAA members whose business brings
them to downtown Orlando. We'd love to have
you stop by, grab a cup of coffee, enjoy our
high-speed WiFi, and let us show you around
your new headquarters office.
We're enjoying new views and restaurants, and getting to know our neighborhood. We're close to Orlando's urban core
and we're understanding why "walkability"
has become such a desired amenity in many
Moving to a new office has us thinking about other changes. Some of them
are recent or in progress; others are still in
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* We've added a new team member. Laureen
Crowley, our director of communications,
joined us full-time in September, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge
in writing and editing, public relations,
and association communications. She
will continue the role she had filled as a
part-time independent contractor, developing content for our quarterly magazine,
Multifamily Florida, and monthly
e-newsletter, Florida APTitudes; writing press releases and building media
relationships; and supporting all of FAA's
communications and marketing endeavors.
In addition, Laureen is directing the FAA
Smoke-Free Multifamily Housing Program
and FAA Smoke-Free Certification. (Read
more on Page 11.)
* We've partnered with the Florida
Department of Health and Bureau of
Tobacco Free Florida to launch that program, which was announced at the FAA
2015 Annual Conference & Trade Show
in October. Research shows that residents
are seeking out communities that support healthy living, such as with smokefree policies. Our partnership with the
DOH and TFF enables us to connect you
with resources to implement smoke-free
Florida Apartment Association has moved
to 105 East Robinson Street, Suite 301,
Orlando, 32801. Our telephone and fax numbers are unchanged (phone: 407-960-2910;
policies and to connect your residents who
do smoke with no-cost cessation programs.
The smoke-free certification creates a new
way for you to differentiate your community from the competition.
* FAA has become much more proactive
in influencing legislation that affects the
apartment industry. The 2015 legislative
session was the first time in recent years
that FAA has introduced bills, and we
have introduced bills for the 2016 session as well. (See Legislative Update on
page 13.) We've increased our communications with members by issuing weekly
updates during the 2015 session; watch for
them again after the 2016 session begins
in January. We've stepped up our political
giving and have more involvement with the
House and Senate majority campaigns,
including a recent private meeting with
Speaker-designate Richard Corcoran. Last
year, we joined the Sadowski Coalition of
30 organizations concerned with providing
* For the first time in more than 10 years,
the FAA Annual Conference & Trade
Show is taking place outside of Orlando.
In October 2016, we're going back to
Boca Raton. We believe this will make it
easier for members from South Florida to
be part of this very valuable educational
and networking event. The conference will
include a fun and elegant sunset cruise
as a fundraiser for the FAA Apartment
Political Action Committee.
* Of course, each year brings a new volunteer leadership team with new ideas.
I encourage you to read the President's
Message on Page 6.
As always, we are open to your ideas
on how we can better meet your needs.
Please contact us anytime with your concerns, compliments, or suggestions on how
FAA can be more impactful to you and
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Multifamily Florida - Winter 2015
President’s Message : It’s About Giving Back
FAA Update : changing it up
Growth Continues in Multifamily — But for How Long?
Legislative Update : FAA Sets Platform, Plans Statehouse Visits
2015 Annual Conference & Trade Show: FAA University Draws Praise, Record-Breaking Attendance
Community Spotlight: The Courtney at Universal Boulevard
Apartments by The Numbers
Index to Advertisers/Adv.com
Multifamily Florida - Winter 2015