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Conference Circuit: Real Estate Gets Political

By / Nov 6, 2014

Timed just perfectly to capitalize on the midterm elections, a major Realtors conference is putting political issues at the forefront of its agenda. Plus: A conference shows museums can be key to community health and wellness.

Drones, medical marijuana legislation, and the midterm elections: They sound like talking points for a cable news show.

But they’re all topics of discussion at this weekend’s National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo, demonstrating the broad influence of national policy on real estate. The conference, running Friday through Monday in New Orleans, couldn’t come at a better time for the worlds of property and politics to collide.

Fresh off the heels of the midterm elections comes a panel analyzing what the results mean for Realtors, with additional insights into the 2016 presidential election. And the conference’s multiple sessions on the impact of medical marijuana laws on real estate transactions couldn’t come at a better time, considering voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC, approved marijuana legalization measures.

Even unmanned aerial vehicles, a hot topic in the security sector, take center stage in a discussion of their potential for marketing property. (The association is a major supporter of efforts to allow the commercial use of drones.)

Should all the political talk get too heated, a concert featuring Jennifer Hudson plus Realtors Got Talent Season 5 provide a more lighthearted end to the event.

The Week Ahead

November 9-12: Data buffs can keep their skills sharp long after the annual meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The San Francisco-based event will grant attendees free access to online tutorials, on issues such as data analysis, optimization theory, computing technology, and policy.

November 14-19: With more than 200 educational presentations at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in Boston, it’s unlikely that attendees will get to them all. Fortunately, every session will be recorded and made available online so health professionals can get up to speed on the latest developments in their field.

Down the Line

November 19-21: The New England Museum Association is working to prove that museums are as relevant as ever, with its annual conference, also in Boston. This year’s theme is Picture of Health: Museums, Wellness, and Healthy Communities, a creative spin on explaining the importance of museums and how they can “contribute to community wellness and transformative well-being,” as the association says.

Julia Haskins

Julia Haskins is a contributor to Associations Now. More »

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