NAIOP Executive Director Theresa Salmen, Legislative Chair Chris Thomas, 2012 President Charles Jonas and REBIC Executive Director Joe Padilla meet with Congressman Mel Watt at his office on Capitol Hill.
Four NAIOP Charlotte leaders joined others from across the NAIOP network in Washington, D.C., for the annual Chapter Leadership & Legislative Retreat, February 11-14, 2013. Over 300 individuals attended the Retreat.
Attendees had their choice of concurrent sessions that explored their roles as leaders and provided strategies and techniques. Sessions focused on various topics, including Developing Leaders programs, branding strategies, membership values and government affairs priority issues.
From the legislative perspective, all attendees heard from U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) and U.S. Congressman John Barrow (D-Ga.). Congressman Paulsen is a member of the Ways & Means Committee and supports pro-growth initiatives and believes that open markets are the key to a strong economy. Congressman Barrow serves on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and currently serves as the group’s Co-Chair for Administration.
Additionally, senior writer of The Weekly Standard and New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hayes shared his perspectives on the political and legislative environment, and provided insight on important international issues and their impact on the United States.
On the final day of the Retreat, more than 141 attendees traveled to Capitol Hill for scheduled visits with their state’s elected officials to voice NAIOP’s legislative concerns on critical issues.
NAIOP Charlotte participated in visits with:
Congressman Mel Watt Senator Kay Hagen Congressman Richard Hudson Congressman Mick Mulvaney Congressman Robert Pittenger
Some of the issues discussed during the Hill visits included pending federal storm water rules, tax extenders for leasehold improvement depreciation and the potential for carried interest to be taxed at ordinary income rates, instead of as capital gains. We enjoyed productive conversations with lawmakers on these and other topics, and ensured the priorities of the commercial real estate industry remained on the congressional agenda for 2013.