Together, Let’s Advance OUR Industry.
Every year, AAGO members receive their member dues invoice. At the bottom of every invoice, you’ll see the option to include a voluntary $50 contribution. These $50 contributions make up what’s called the Advance The Industry Fund. By adding this $50 contribution to the amount shown on your invoice, you help us, help you. Advocacy contributions aid AAGO in promptly preparing for, riposting to, foreseeing, and supporting issues impacting the apartment industry.
Monies raised through the Advance the Industry Fund are solely reserved for advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level. These contributions not only help us meet our yearly APAC and NAA-APAC goals but, most importantly, they help to immobilize malicious local legislation.
In 2019, AAGO is re-engineering its advocacy efforts. Your support and contributions make a worlds difference. With monies allocated through ATIF, AAGO will have the ability to strengthen local, non-partisan ties throughout the greater Orlando community to better promote and encourage the interests of our industry.
For years, apartment associations have intentionally flown under the radar, monitoring legislation and advocating from behind the scenes. Now, stepping to the forefront of issues, we’re facing the repercussions. Time and time again, we hear voices throughout our community say, “AAGO?” “Never heard of ‘em!” Your ATIF contributions, joined with AAGO’s resources, will work to bolster our advocacy efforts. In turn, developing long-lasting name recognition and allowing AAGO to serve as the face of the apartment industry.
Previous U.S. Speaker of the House, Representative Tip O’ Neil once said, “all politics are local."
At the local level, ATIF contributions have enormously amplified our ability to foresee and act upon potentially harmful legislation. Additionally, the Advance the Industry Fund abets AAGO to build, grow, and nurture greater Orlando ’s camaraderie with the Florida Legislature.
Your advocacy contributions work at the local level to protect the entire state by ensuring these issues forego implementation on a larger scale. This past year, ATIF contributions have helped us alleviate the impact of local issues.
These local issues include
In both Osceola and Seminole county, impact fees have been a frequent topic of discussion. With overwhelming support, the counties wanted to implement fees that would raise the costs of building for the apartment industry. Most pressingly, these impact fees would further intensify the pre-existent hardships cast onto both the affordable and multi-family industry in Orlando. AAGO’s advocacy energies continue to work towards reducing the amount of affordable and multi-family communities that will have to bear the burden of higher construction costs.
The City of Orlando has taken pride in upholding the 2007 Green Works initiative. Branding our city with the goals of maintaining environmental-friendliness, economic growth, and social vibrancy. In December of 2016, City Council voted to adopt an ordinance that would negatively impact the goals of the Green Works initiative. However, through effective advocacy and a powerful community coalition, we had the ability to successfully explain our apprehensions, as they pertained to the Ordinance’s language affecting the apartment industry. Mobilized by your advocacy contributions and our resources, AAGO worked with the City of Orlando to establish mutually beneficial ordinance language.
According to the American Housing Survey, in 2003, 53,400 units were needed to accommodate inhabitants of affordable housing in the greater Orlando area. At the time, Orlando had a total of 37,375 units, failing to meet the threshold by a whopping 16,025 units. 16 years later, this ratio had increased, exponentially. Through your ATIF contributions, we continue to craft innovative approaches to further developing our local and state government’s understanding in regards to the pressing need for affordable housing.