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Clock is Ticking for FY2014 Atlanta REALTOR® PAC Investments

The last day to contribute to ARPAC for 2014 is September 30th! It is important to get involved with RPAC as, like it or not, government and the political process directly impacts the ability of real estate professionals to be profitable. RPAC is the largest, most successful and most bipartisan PAC in the nation. As REALTORS®, we have two choices: We can either be players in the political process, or become victims of it. RPAC is how REALTORS® get and keep a seat at the table.

City of Decatur Releases Draft of New Unified Development Ordinance

The city of Decatur has released a first draft of its proposed Unified Development Ordinance. Amanda Thompson, Planning Director for the city of Decatur, stated in our meeting on Monday that the second draft of this ordinance will likely be released in mid-September while the anticipated adoption date is currently October 20, 2014. So far two issues of concern are being considered by the Board.

Druid Hills Considers Annexation into City of Atlanta

Residents in the Druid Hills neighborhood surrounding Emory University are considering breaking off from DeKalb county and becoming a part of the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta Annexation Initiative has heard reports from Matt Lewis of the Druid Hills Charter Cluster and Alex Wan, who represents District 6 on the Atlanta City Council.

Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September 2014

The Young Council has been dedicated to raising funds for over 10 years for the Carter Martin Cancer Fund administered through the AFLAC Cancer Center of Children's Healthcare. These funds aid in the critical research to put an end to childhood cancer. Each year, our Annual Golf Tournament supports this initiative we are grateful for the generous support from our members and sponsors over the last decade.

Commercial Real Estate Studio featuring Egbert Perry
Diversity Series | Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Atlanta Regional Commission wants to hear from you!

The ARC has released a survey asking for your opinion regarding how our community should evolve in the coming years. Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan of investment strategies. Future policy in the areas of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging and health resources will be determined. We hope that as a REALTOR®, you will take a couple of minutes to shape this regional vision.

Take the Survey now »

Cobb County adds SPLOST to November ballot

On July 22nd, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to allow residents to vote on a special purpose local option sales tax in November. The SPLOST would last six years and is expected to raise $750 million for transportation projects.

Senate votes to extend Terrorism Risk Insurance program

The Federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Program will expire at the end of 2014 unless Congress acts. On July 17th, the Senate voted 93 to 4 to extend the program for seven years. Without terrorism insurance, it's difficult to get financing for targets such as stadiums, malls and commercial buildings in high-risk areas. The Senate bill likely has enough support to pass in the House, but Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, wants the program to end and won't bring the bill to the floor for a vote. It is up to Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote.

Atlanta REALTOR® PAC Candidates win Primary Run-Off races

Bob Weatherford won the primary run-off election for Cobb County Commission District 1. Bob's general election campaign is now underway with continued support from the REALTORS®.

Marvin Arrington, Jr. won the primary run-off for Fulton County Commission District 5. There is no republican candidate in this race so Marvin has secured this seat on the 2015 Fulton County Commission with the help of the Atlanta REALTORS® PAC.

Nominate Yourself or a Fellow Member for 2015 ACBR Leadership
Nomination Deadline: Friday, August 8, 2014
Are you interested in having a say in the leadership of your Board? Here is your chance! The Nominating Committee is currently accepting nomination forms from the members who would like to nominate someone for a position on the Board of Directors.
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