Don't hesitate, you can still get your building entered into the TOBY Awards Program by following the 16-week TOBY Roadmap to Success.
The Day at The Races is set for Friday, August 16. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact Linda Hallberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE: Invitations for the event will be sent out in July.
Advocacy Update:COOK COUNTY PARKING LOT AND GARAGE OPERATIONS TAXFrom the Government Affairs Committee
Building A Legal Defense
The BOMA/Suburban Chicago Board of Directors and its Government Affairs Committee have retained legal counsel in order to thoroughly research this issue, and to have a clear understanding of the law, the County's position, and our options.
Our legal counsel has already begun its research and will present a legal opinion to the Board of Directors within 30-45 days.
Attention From BOMA International
BOMA/Suburban Chicago has also been in contact with BOMA International. International is outraged by the County's conduct and has suggested its Industry Defense Fund might be able to offset some of our legal fees. The Industry Defense Fund "...is instrumental in giving a voice to the commercial real estate industry helping achieve critical advocacy successes. Its purpose is to ensure that adequate funds are available at the federal, state and local levels for wide-ranging advocacy issues that may impact BOMA members."
Our Commitment to Members
In addition to hiring legal counsel, coordinating with BOMA International, and working with our Lobbyist, BOMA/Suburban Chicago has actively engaged with Cook County officials, including a County Commissioner, in order to be as strategic as possible.
BOMA/Suburban Chicago is committed to helping you protect your rights and your assets! We will continue to address our concerns with Cook County officials. We will build a coalition with other organizations who share our concerns. Finally, we will work with our members and be their voice in this critical matter.
BOMA/Suburban Chicago's Government Affairs Committee
John Lambrecht, RPA, Chair, Triton College
Deb Pyznarski, RPA, Vice Chair, Lincoln Property Company
Eric Hartmann, Board Liaison, Tovar Snow Professionals
Matt Roberts, CPM, Board Liaison, Duke Realty Corporation
Larry Dykstra, PE, LEED, AP, Environmental Systems Designs
Kristopher Entler, RPA, LEED AP, Lincoln Property Company
Debbie King, RPA, David King & Associates, Inc.
Ben Kulczewski, GlenStar Asset Management, LLC
Melissa Lyons, RPA, CBRE
John Smart, RPA, Arthur J. Rogers & Co.
Michael Mulcrone, BOMA/Suburban Chicago
Barb Turbett, BOMA/Suburban Chicago
The Harbour, our 2019 Charity, is in need of furniture for their office and Transitional Housing locations.
The staff has asked for donations of:
If you have any of these items, please contact the BOMA/Surburban Chicago Office. Thank you!
Murphy & Miller, Inc. is currently looking to hire an HVAC Mechanical Engineer.
If interested, please contact Arturo Hurtado 312-520 5384
Murphy & Miller is a family-owned, Chicago-based HVAC contractor for commercial buildings. Since 1936, we’ve been a leader in quality HVACR, service, maintenance, and design/build installation.
Just Launched! The New 16-WEEK TOBY Road Map to Success
Developed by the Awards & Recognition Committee, the 16-Week TOBY Road Map to Success will guide you through the TOBY application process by breaking down the category requirements into more manageable steps.
For further information about the 2020 TOBY Awards Program visit the BOMA/Suburban Chicago Awards page.
When you follow the TOBY Road Map to Success plan, you'll receive weekly email reminders motivating you to stay on track and work toward your goals. This guided plan provides the framework you need for completing your TOBY application.
In addition, you'll receive tips to help you put your best foot forward and stay organized throughout the process!
The 16-week plan runs from Monday, June 3 through Friday, September 20.
Complete and return the Entry Intent Form to the BOMA Office by Friday, May 31 to enroll in the 16-Week TOBY Road Map to Success and receive weekly emails reminders.
Deadline has been extended till May 3 at 12:00 p.m.
We still need your help!
Through recently introduced state legislation (SB 1379) and other policies, Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has been making concerted attempts to drive up the assessments of commercial property, which will create uncertainty in the market and could further shift the property tax burden from residential to commercial taxpayers. Recently reassessed commercial properties in northern townships are reporting assessments that have doubled and even tripled.
As you well know, businesses are really the ones who pay for property taxes as these costs are passed down to tenants by commercial buildings. We are reaching out to our Members who do business in Cook County - the businesses that will ultimately have to pay for these increased property taxes - to urge you to voice your concerns to our elected officials.
We are asking that you write a single letter expressing opposition to the Assessor's proposed legislation. The letters will be directed to the Revenue Committee of the Illinois House of Representatives, along with Illinois House Legislative Leaders, urging the Representatives to vote against the legislation in Committee.
For your convenience, you can use one of these six sample letters.
Here are some letter-writing campaign suggestions:
If each of our Members sent letters, we could deliver hundreds of letters to each legislator. That would have a huge impact on the deliberations of the Revenue Committee.
Our goal is to get these letters into the legislators' hands before the House Revenue Committee votes on the measure, expected within three weeks. The bill has already been approved by the Senate and was just today assigned to the House Revenue Committee. If the Committee approves the proposed legislation and sends to the House for a full vote, our chances of defeating it are reduced.
Once your letter is completed, please notify Michael Mulcrone with BOMA/Suburban Chicago at MichaelM@BomaSuburbanChicago.com or (847) 995-0970 so we can collect the letters. BOMA/Suburban Chicago, in cooperation with BOMA/Chicago, will make copies and ensure the letters are presented directly to Illinois House Revenue Committee members and the House Legislative Leaders.
If you have any questions, please reach out to BOMA/Suburban Chicago or BOMA/Chicagostaff below. It's an important fight with a great deal at stake. These letters make a difference - thank you in advance for your help.
Director of Government Affairs
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If you're like many people who attend this important conference every year, you rely on your company to cover the expenses of attending and you need a stamp of approval before funding is released to enable you to attend.
Use this Sample Budget Worksheet to illustrate the value of attending. Combine this with the resources tailored for your area of expertise, whether you are a Property Manager, Asset Manager, Facility Manager or Building Engineer, to help you make the case to attend the one event that will give you the advanced strategies and specific tactics to benefit your building.
What's the best strategy for acquiring funding approval? The tips and ideas provided here are designed to help you make a strong and effective case for attending the 2019 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City. Use any or all of them to suit your unique situation.
1. EMPHASIZE THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING.
Talk to your supervisor about how your organization can profit from the new ideas, information, connections and innovations you'll acquire as a result of attending. Here are some key points:
2. DEMONSTRATE HOW YOU INTEND TO SPEND YOUR TIME.
Put your plan on paper to show your supervisor that your trip to the BOMA International Conference & Expo will be productive:
3. CRUNCH THE NUMBERS TO ILLUSTRATE THE VALUE.
Your boss will want to know, not just what it costs to send you to the Conference, but what it's worth. Use the sample budget worksheet to break it down, and be sure to emphasize the $100 early-bird registration discount if you register by March 1 and $50 discount if you register between March 2 and May 15.
Other important considerations:
4. FOLLOW UP AFTER THE CONFERENCE
Assure your supervisor that you will give a full report on your conference activities upon your return. Your report should include:
We hope these ideas will be effective for you in getting your boss to say "yes" to the 2019 BOMA International Annual Conference & Expo. See you in Salt Lake in June!
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