2016 Commercial Innovation Grant Projects

Educate, Innovate, Motivate: A Case Study Method of Commercial Listing Presentations

Arcadia Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking

Arcadia Association of REALTORS® will host an educational networking event designed to showcase the knowledge of commercial real estate experts through case studies on preparing show-stopping commercial property listing packets. This group-learning opportunity for 80-100 anticipated attendees will culminate with a live presentation of commercial/investment listings that have not yet hit the market, granting attendees first shot at learning of the listings and submitting offers.

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Oklahoma Real Estate Forum

Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking

Central Oklahoma Commercial Association of REALTORS® will found an annual networking event called "The COCAR Fall Forum" that would focus on a new topic of interest to the commercial real estate community each year, providing continuing education credit for commercial real estate licensees, appraisers, and through the Congress of the New Urbanism. With a clear focus on advocacy rather than economic forecasts, the forum will cover local and state issues related to each annual topic. The first forum will be focused on Earth Quakes and the association anticipates 140+ attendees.

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The Transformation of Urban Commercial Sites

Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin

Education, Networking, Communications

Commercial Association of REALTORS® Wisconsin will produce a 2-hour program highlighting three or four commercial real estate practitioners with specific success stories of rehabilitating distressed or abandoned commercial real estate, highlighting perceptions of working with the City of Milwaukee, the distressed corridors and commercial real estate within the city, and top priorities for the industry related to those corridors. It will also conduct focus groups involving 30 pre-selected members to identify key issues related to working with distressed and abandoned properties, a survey of 125 members about their perceptions of distressed and abandoned properties, and produce a "best practices" white paper outlining success factors for projects featured on the day of the program.

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CAP III, a Commercial Ambassadors Program: The Next Generation

Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking, Communications

Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS® will build on its highly-successful Commercial Ambassador Program by continuing its three most-successful innovations: to provide classroom-based training sessions, commercial practitioner "pitch showcases," and panel discussions on trending commercial topics. New components will include: identifying other realtor associations to mentor, establishing a monthly "Legal Commercial Update" hosted by a reputable local commercial attorney, and coordinating at least two offsite trainings at commercial sites that will serve as real life case studies. The association expects to benefit 10-20% of its 700 Commercial members.

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ICBR Associate Mobile Application

Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS®

Technology, Networking

Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS® will design a smart phone application providing members with business resources and tools to allow them to check regulations, financial aspects, and other pertinent information about a property while in a meeting or onsite at a property. An additional interactive member directory will foster networking among members statewide, allowing them to reach out to other members. Finally, access to ICREX (local CIE) within the app grants membership immediate access to listings, increasing the exposure of subscribing brokers.

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Commercial Break Out Day

Louisiana REALTORS®

Education, Networking

Louisiana REALTORS® will host its first "Commercial Breakout Day" at its September Conference, encompassing 4-hours of CE and a 1-2 hour tech panel. The event will engage 200 commercial practitioners by educating them about the goals of the association and benefits they provide for members. Attendees will network with sponsors, enjoy the tech panel, and engage in pertinent CE.

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NHMR Commercial Conference

New Haven Middlesex Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking

New Haven Middlesex Association of REALTORS® will host a half-day educational networking event designed to inform its 160 Commercial Investment Division (CID) members of the latest industry trends and issues through a blend of presentations, interactive breakout sessions, and a networking lunch.

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Commercial Pitch/Expo event

North San Diego Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking

North San Diego Association of REALTORS® will host an educational Commercial Fair open to both its 60 commercial real estate members and the general public. Time will be allotted for networking with commercial exhibitors as well as a featured "pitch" session in which agents can pitch their haves/wants with attendees who approach them. The Main Presentation will cap the event and be devoted to an educational session on "How to Invest in Commercial Property."

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Commercial Green Course CE and Curriculum Development

Northern California Commercial Association of REALTORS®

Education, Technology

Northern California Commercial Association of REALTORS® will collaborate with commercial brokers, commercial vendors, and affiliates to produce a commercial CE course for license renewal in California that provides up-to-date strategies, concepts, techniques (including access to software programs) and systems for its roughly 300 commercial real estate members. The course will be the first of its kind in California and is designed to teach commercial brokers how to drive value for their clients from energy efficiency and sustainability improvements.

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Silver Line Development Update & Site Tour

Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking

Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® will create an educational program about the industry potential spurred by the completion of Phase 1 of the expansion of the Silver Line Metro Project, which serves Tyson's Corner, VA, and the surrounding areas. The group will host a tour to visit the four new stations in Tyson's Corner and the one in Reston, discuss Phase II of the Silver Line expansion which will extends the rail to Washington Dulles Airport and communities beyond, and explore how the completed project will connect the urban center of DC to the "Tysons-to-Reston Corridor." With 86% of new construction in the area occurring within a quarter-mile of the stations and a total of 50 million square feet of new commercial space already approved by the county there are many possibilities to communicate to members. The Tour will be preceded by a discussion led by developers involved with the Silver Line Metro commercial projects and be followed by a networking lunch designed to facilitate further open discussion.

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Smart Growth Class & Site Tour

Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking

Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® will host a Smart Growth Class covering valuable local development knowledge, develop and distribute a unique packaging agenda, conduct a tour of local commercial sites, and conclude with a networking reception. By building on its two courses, both of which saw maximum enrollments, the association expects to engage 65 members.

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Creation and training for a Regional Commercial MLS

Pensacola Association of REALTORS®

Technology, Education, Networking

Pensacola Association of REALTORS® will continue expanding its new Gulf Coast CMLS by adding the Baldwin County Associations of REALTORS® and the Mobile Area Association of REALTORS®, bringing the association closer to the goal of having a comprehensive CMLS for the entire Gulf Coast. A networking event will be organized in order to train an anticipated turnout of 50-75 members through educational classes on the CMLS, as well as to welcome incoming members and promote the benefits of participation.

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PAAR Commercial Outreach Program

Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®

Networking, Communications

Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® will enact a campaign geared towards increasing community awareness of the positive impact PAAR Commercial Agents have on the economic development of the greater Peoria Area. It will provide networking opportunities connecting commercial practitioners with local and national community developers as well as entrepreneurs looking to lease space. The campaign seeks to build upon strong relationships with City Governance, the Economic Development Council, and the Downtown Development Corporation, further empowering PAAR's commercial membership.

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Commercial and Global Alliance joint education and networking

REALTORS® Association of the Palm Beaches

Education, Networking

REALTORS® Association of the Palm Beaches will host an educational networking event serving around 250 members divided up among three regionally-defined locations designed to increase awareness and expertise in commercial real estate transactions involving foreign investors. Best strategies geared toward the Global and Commercial Alliance Members will be shared and Affiliated Industry Representatives and the local CCIM Chapter will also be invited to attend.

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The Success of Building a Commercial Real Estate Team

Southland Regional Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking, Communications

Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® will host an educational networking event designed to bring industry experts in investment sales, leasing, and transaction management together to share successes and tips in the art of commercial team building. Live member engagement will happen via Twitter, supplementing event discussions centered around the unique makeup of the commercial investment team, which is often comprised of sellers, broker-agents, investment advisors, doc coordinators, and tax advisors.

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Commercial Real Estate in the Upstate

Western Upstate Association of REALTORS®

Education, Networking

Western Upstate Association of REALTORS® will host an educational networking event showcasing commercial opportunities in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties by highlighting anticipated growth in the region and communicating how the membership can assist in bringing that growth to fruition. The goal is to connect 50 commercial practitioners with 50 local decision-makers (comprised of Chamber of Commerce Members and local officials).

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All Roads Lead to Downtown

Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS®

Networking, Communications

Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS® will conduct outreach to the North Carolina Department of Transportation to get up-to-the-minute information on the anticipated impact on downtown offices and businesses likely to be affected as a result of a two-year construction project to a major highway connecting outlying areas to the downtown. This information will be used both to inform members and to create a template that will be shared via thumb-drive with impacted offices and businesses, allowing them to create branded flyers directing customers on how to navigate construction in order to continue shopping and conducting business downtown. Thumb-drives will be branded with the WSRAR RCA name and logo and will serve as a powerful advertising device to further connect with the retail and business community.

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