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August 8, 2014
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NMHC Fall Board Meeting to Feature "All Star" Lineup of Speakers

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Political strategist and analyst for NBC News and Contributing TIME Editor Mike Murphy, and Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author of the widely-acclaimed "Steve Jobs" biography, will serve as the keynote speakers for the upcoming 2014 NMHC Fall Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Meeting

Register today for this must-attend event that will take place September 16-18 at the prestigious Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event brings together senior apartment executives from the industry’s leading firms – providing attendees with an invaluable opportunity to candidly share information and insights, debate issues of common interest, and hear from top-ranking Congressional and Administration leaders.

Specifically, respected Senators Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., will be speakers at the meeting, providing their perspectives on key issues being debated on Capitol Hill that directly impact the multifamily industry.

Senator Crapo serves as the lead Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over legislation important to the multifamily industry such as housing finance reform, terrorism risk insurance, Dodd-Frank and more. 

Senator Portman has had a distinguished career serving in top White House positions, in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a serious candidate for the vice presidential nomination in 2012.  He is currently a member of the Senate Finance and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and will continue to be an important voice in the tax reform debate and on energy-efficiency.

A leading voice in Congress on diversity and equality, Senator Gillibrand has championed policies of fairness and inclusion – from the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, to introducing legislation to promote STEM education, and to raising awareness for sexual assault reform in our military and universities. She will share the experiences that have shaped her path and vision for change and will also discuss her soon-to-be released book entitled Off the Sidelines

Don’t miss the NMHC fall meeting and this unique opportunity to hear from these leaders, and others, who are shaping the future of our industry.

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The media is buzzing with news that President Obama will be taking the unusual step of breaking up his two-week Martha's Vineyard vacation this month. He plans to attend a couple days of White House meetings a week into his vacation and then to return immediately afterwards.  However, there have been no details provided on the topic or topics that will be covered during the meetings.

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**Please noteMultifamily Markup will be on hiatus for the remainder of August due to the congressional recess.

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