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Washington D.C. — Representatives and members of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Utah spent Feb. 5 on Capitol Hill to talk to Utah’s delegation of senators and representatives on behalf of Utah commercial real estate. They were in Washington for the 2014 National Issues Conference, which was hosted by BOMA International.
BOMA Utah members visited the offices of Senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, as well as Representatives Rob Bishop, Jason Chaffetz, Jim Matheson and Chris Stewart to inform them about concerns held by many in the real estate industry.
The delegation of seven BOMA members from Utah was led by BOMA Utah President Lorrie Ostlind of Commerce Real Estate Solutions. “Our visit to Capitol Hill is the best opportunity for BOMA Utah and real estate to speak out forcefully about the issues that are of greatest concern to our industry,” Ostlind said.
Among the issues of concern discussed by BOMA are green building in Utah, roof tax incentives, extending the 15-year depreciation period for tenant improvements, terrorism risk insurance and fire sprinkler tax incentives.
The meetings allowed property owners and managers to analyze and discuss issues, hear presentations by members of Congress and the press, and actively support their profession by visiting Congressional offices for one-on-one meetings with their elected officials.
The seven BOMA members on the trip were: