BOMA Greater Minneapolis Takes Message to Capitol Hill
written by: Kevin Lewis, Executive Director
Every January/February, BOMA International hosts an annual Winter Business Meeting. During the even years, the National Issues Conference is added and the event is held in Washington DC. As part of the program, during the final day, time is allowed for local BOMAs to make appointments and conduct Congressional Office Visits with elected officials from their home state. Just last week, President Kim Ihle, Vice President Mike Hagen, Government Affairs Committee Chair Dave Dabson, BOMA International Executive Committee Member Bruce Koehler and Greater Saint Paul BOMA President Joe Spartz joined me as we "Hit the Hill." We were fortunate to successfully secure office visits with all eight members of Congress and both US senators. Those we were greeted by or had a conversation with in person included: Sen. Franken, Sen. Klobuchar, Rep. Paulsen, Rep. McCollum and Rep. Emmer. While we did not get a chance to meet with them personally, we had meaningful conversations with senior staff members representing Rep. Nolan, Rep. Peterson, Rep. Ellison, Rep. Klein and Rep. Walz.
Although we touched on a few issues specific to Minnesota, our objective was to act on behalf of BOMA International and discuss issues on a national level. In addition to sharing data on the Minnesota Office Building Impacts and thanking them for their vote to extend TRIA (Terrorism Risk Insurance Act), the three primary current issues we presented were:
Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Incentives
ADA Notice and Compliance
Fire Sprinkler Tax Incentives
Detailed information on these three issues and all issues of importance to our industry can be found on the Industry Issues tab on BOMA International's website.
I want to thank my team for their commitment of time and energy (and getting soggy while walking in the rain to the appointments!) to engage with our members of Congress to help elevate BOMA's issues on behalf of our members.
Pictured left to right: Dave Dabson, Bruce Koehler, Congressman Erik Paulsen and Joe Spartz