REALTOR® outreach forges community development successes

REALTORS® hear community development success stories at IAR Public Policy Meetings in East Peoria

Members of a task force focusing on community development heard success stories from Illinois cities large and small Tuesday at a meeting of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Meetings at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Ill.

One of the most ambitious projects was a neighborhood canvassing project which involved IAR and the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. The canvassing project took a deep look at neighborhoods, combining economic, population and building survey statistics into a comprehensive report.

“We decided to do what government had decided not to do,” said Brian A. Bernardoni, IAR’s local government affairs director in Chicago. He spoke at a meeting of the Community Development Resource Working Group that develops strategies for bettering communities.

Bernardoni talked about the need to forge perhaps unusual partnerships when it came to assessing a community’s economic promise. He said scout groups and even church groups are potential partners to help gather data.

The result of the 2010 study was a report, “Revitalizing Our Marketplace,” which provided data on 55 communities in Chicago.

The value of such surveys pays off in a number of ways, Bernardoni said.  The outreach builds leadership opportunities with community partners, develops a wide body of information that can be used by brokers and buyers alike, and it creates key links between REALTORS® and the state association.

2012-01-24T13:18:09+00:00 January 24th, 2012|Government Affairs|2 Comments

About the Author:

Jon Broadbooks is vice president for communications at Illinois REALTORS®.

2 Comments

  1. Maureen Rzasa January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Well done, well written. I hope all the alderman received a copy. I know my alderman received one.

  2. Maureen Rzasa January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Well done, well written. I hope all the alderman received a copy. I know my alderman received one.

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