On Tuesday, November 27, PTAA welcomed Ken Szymanski, Executive Director of the Apartment Association of North Carolina (AANC), and Colleen Kochanek, AANC’s lobbyist, to update our members about the likely effect this year’s election results will have on the North Carolina legislature, and in particular what it means for the apartment industry in 2013. Ken was kind enough to share a few slides (see below) showing the makeup of the legislature in 2013 and you’ll notice how many “freshman” legislators the state will have next year. Both Ken and Colleen stressed the importance of reaching out to these new legislators before they head to Raleigh next year, and of the need to start educating them about the apartment industry and the important role it plays in providing housing and jobs to its residents, and tax revenue to its local municipalities. There will also be a steep learning curve for issues of particular concern to the industry like continued work on legislation related to local governments’ rental housing registration/inspection programs to name just one.
If you missed the dinner meeting you’ll have the opportunity to see them again at AANC’s Legislative Days in Raleigh next spring. Stay tuned, and if at all possible, plan on making the trip to Raleigh.