Government and Community Relations
Government and Community Relations Staff:
Chris Pryor - Senior Vice President, Government and Community Relations
Lacey Everett - Director of Political Affairs and Engagement
Zach Churney - Economic and Community Development Liaison
Brad Coffing - Research Analyst
Why Political Affairs and Advocacy?
Key Areas of Focus
- Monitor all of the local units of government, in the 12 county area, for issues that impact real estate
and our communities
- Build relationships and lobby elected officials on the local level regarding real estate and quality of life related issues
- Work alongside REALTORS® through the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) to support candidates that support our issues through endorsements, campaign contributions, voter data and campaign consultation
- Work with local elected officials and community and economic development groups to promote responsible development that meets needs and supports talent attraction and a vibrant real estate market
WE ARE THE REALTOR® PARTY.
As a member of the REALTOR® Party, you:
VOTE: for candidates who will protect REALTORS® interests and support issues important to property owners.
ACT: by responding to Calls for Action and communicating with elected officials regarding policies and regulations that promote home ownership and the real estate industry.
INVEST: in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) to help elect candidates and support industry issues at the federal, state and local levels.
Visit www.mibor.com/rpac to learn more about how powerful our collective voice is in influencing legislation that impacts your business.
Text REALTORS to 30644 to sign up for REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts.
Why Economic and Community Development?
In the early 1990’s, MIBOR REALTOR® Association became involved with economic development efforts in central Indiana because of the expansion of United Airlines in Indianapolis. Now, nearly thirty years later, we are on the forefront in our involvement with economic and community development compared to peer Associations across the country.
We, like the National Association of REALTORS®, continue our involvement with economic and community development because we know it directly impacts the marketability of our communities and the long-term sustainability of your business. When we look at impactful community-based initiatives we discuss things like walkability and design, the availability of green spaces such as parks and trails, education opportunities, retail and restaurant development, multimodal transportation options, and other components that have direct ties to what makes an area an attractive place to live.
Our goal is to empower REALTORS® to assist in leading the efforts around economic and community development. We position our members to be on boards for Local Economic Development Organizations (LEDOs), we engage them on issues pertaining to local education, and we provide a variety of tools for their overall success as leaders. Our goal is to see REALTORS® not only as professionals in the transaction but also as valuable assets in their communities
By leveraging our relationships with elected officials, economic developers, civic leaders and other organizations across central Indiana, we are sitting at the table. We have collaborated on projects like the Indy region’s Amazon HQ2 bid, the regional mass transit initiative, we collaborate with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and countless other organizations and initiatives. Our efforts mean more than just a seat at the table, though. We want REALTORS® to be the resource in the transaction and in the community
Data is King
It is used to:
- Shape public policy
- Influence economic and community development issues
- Understand and influence the future of our housing market for our communities and the region
We use data to make informed decisions and educate and mobilize our community leaders on key issues for our neighborhoods and the region.