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September 10, 2014

Politics, Policy and Apartments to Dominate Discussion at Fall Meeting

An exclusive group of NMHC members will be arriving in the nation’s capital next week for the 2014 NMHC Fall Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Meeting. This year’s event is set to be a heady mix of business and politics, as senior apartment executives come together with key White House and Capitol Hill leaders.

The program features a star-spangled cast of political personalities and prodigies, as well as special guest speakers Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author of the widely-acclaimed “Steve Jobs” biography, and Mike Murphy, political strategist and analyst for NBC News and contributing TIME editor.

Key leaders joining NMHC for more in-depth discussion of critical legislative and regulatory issues include new HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), as well as Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif., pictured) and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).

NMHC’s Emerging Leaders group is also hosting a special Speakers Series event in conjunction with the board meeting. On Sept. 16, the group will welcome the industry’s young professionals for an evening with up-and-coming members of Congress and their key staffers for a behind-the-scenes look at life on Capitol Hill.

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STUDENT HOUSING

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How the Multifamily Industry Must Adapt to Shifting Market Dynamics

Earlier this year, NMHC teamed up with the American Planning Association and ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing to launch the first annual ULI/Carolyn and Preston Butcher Forum on Multifamily Housing. The event provided a platform for industry leaders to discuss the changing multifamily residential landscape and led to the development of a series of “big ideas” for expanding the availability of rental housing nationwide.

Here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the takeaways, but the full presentation, developed by Michelle McDonough Winters, senior visiting fellow for housing at the ULI Terwilliger Center, is available here.

 

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