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NAR Community Outreach Programs for Commercial Activities

NAR Smart Growth Action Grants Awarded to REALTOR® Associations for Commercial Activities

Years: 2007 – 2013
Total: 12 grants totaling $76,250

Association: Montgomery Area Association of REALTORS®, AL
Year: 2007
Funding Amount: $3,000
Purpose: Support participation in a transportation conference that will help to educate members on how transportation effects housing and commercial development.

Association: Space Coast Association of REALTORS®, FL
Year: 2008
Funding Amount: $2,250
Purpose: Begin development of an ordinance that promotes the redevelopment of existing commercial corridors into mixed-use developments.

Association: Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, GA
Year: 2013
Funding Amount: $15,000
Purpose: Fund a Charrette to design a transit-oriented development at the Brookhaven subway station.

Association: Iowa City Area Association of REALTORS®, IA
Year: 2013
Funding Amount: $1,500
Purpose: Host a forum for commercial members with city planners regarding development vision and opportunities in the region.

Association: Aurora Tri-County REALTORS®, IL
Year: 2007
Funding Amount: $3,000
Purpose: Partner with the Chamber of Commerce and the downtown redevelopment organization to sponsor an event targeted to commercial members and businesses to spur redevelopment of downtown.

Association: Maine Commercial Association of REALTORS®, ME
Year: 2012
Funding Amount: $15,000
Purpose: Develop a plan for commuter rail north of Portland and an assessment of land use issues around proposed station sites.

Association: Mississippi Commercial Association of REALTORS®, MS
Year: 2008
Funding Amount: $5,000
Purpose: Provide education on energy efficient design and management of commercial buildings.

Association: New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of REALTORS®, NH
Year: 2012
Funding Amount: $5,000
Purpose: Implement the Southern New Hampshire Certified Site Program by helping to develop new regulatory language.

Association: Santa Fe Association of REALTORS®, NM
Year: 2011
Funding Amount: $15,000
Purpose: Support, in partnership with the city, a form-based development paradigm for an underutilized arterial road (7 lanes) surrounded by underperforming commercial strips.

Association: Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS®, OH
Year: 2012
Funding Amount: $1,500
Purpose: Educate commercial members on the various aspects of determining commercial property values with specific attention paid to revitalizing downtown.

Association: Medina County (OH) Board of REALTORS®
Year: 2012
Funding Amount: $15,000
Purpose: Hire the National Main Street Center to undertake a study of downtown Seville, Ohio and make recommendations on its revitalization.

Association: Carbon County (PA) Association of REALTORS®
Year: 2013
Funding Amount: $15,000
Purpose: To hire the National Main Street Center to undertake a study of downtown Lehighton, PA and make recommendations on its revitalization.

Association: Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin, WI
Year: 2013
Funding Amount: $5,000
Purpose: Host an educational session discussing the economic impact of a new sports stadium and the relative merits of locating it downtown vs. on a green field.

Association: Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin, WI
Year: 2012
Funding Amount: $5,000
Purpose: Assist the state in developing a smart growth strategy.

 

NAR Diversity Initiative Grants Awarded to REALTOR® Associations for Commercial Activities

Years: 2006 – 2013
Total: 1 grant totaling $5,000

Association: Illinois Association of REALTORS®
Year: 2010
Funding Amount: $5,000
Purpose: Develop a forum to educate REALTORS® on the impact the Asian community has on both residential and commercial real estate in the community.

 

NAR Housing Opportunity Program Grants Awarded to REALTOR® Associations for Commercial Activities

Years 2006-2013
Total: 2 grants totaling $3,500

Association: Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS®
Year: 2012
Funding: $1,500
Purpose: Hold work with a local think tank to lead a public discussion on the results of a study on affordable housing in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Association: Hays Board of REALTORS®, KS
Year: 2012
Funding: $2,000
Purpose: Help fund a survey of the community’s housing needs. Ideas explored a variety of housing options including mixed-use developments and walkable communities near commercial corridors.

 

REALTOR® Associations Using NAR Land Use Initiative for Commercial Activities

Association : Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS® and the Atlanta Board of REALTORS®
Year: 2013
Purpose: Analysis of City of Atlanta proposed ordinance related to amortization of nonconforming land uses. (This is primarily a commercial issue.)

Association : Summit Association of REALTORS® (CO).
Year: 2012
Purpose: Analysis of Town of Breckinridge Proposed Main Street Ground Floor Office Restriction

Association : Aiken (SC) Board of REALTORS®
Year : 2011
Purpose : Analysis of Proposed Amendments to Aiken Planned Commercial Zoning District

Association : Jefferson County (WA) Association of REALTORS®
Year : 2005
Purpose : Analysis of Proposed City of Port Townsend Formula Business Ordinance (restrictions on chain stores and chain restaurants)

Association: Spartanburg (SC) Association of REALTORS®
Year: 2009
Purpose : Analysis of Proposed Design Standards for Commercial and Industrial Uses

Association : Ft. Wayne (IN) Association of REALTORS®
Year : 2008
Purpose : Analysis of Proposed Commercial Property Maintenance Ordinance

Association: Berkeley (CA) Association of REALTORS®
Year: 2000
Purpose : Analysis of Proposed Moratorium on Ground Level Office Use

Association : Mesa County (CO) Association of REALTORS®
Year : 1999
Purpose : Analysis of Mesa County Land Development Code requirements on non-residential uses and limits on heights of multifamily buildings.