This week’s Real Estate Roundtable Spring Meeting featured discussions with U.S. lawmakers on developing market-based public policies that benefit national economic growth, create sustainable jobs and meet the evolving housing needs of local communities. The meeting focused on issues such as infrastructure; terrorism insurance; tax issues such as opportunity zones and FIRPTA repeal; and energy efficiency.
Roundtable Chair Debra A. Cafaro (Chairman & CEO, Ventas, Inc.)
- Roundtable Chair Debra A. Cafaro (Chairman & CEO, Ventas, Inc.) launched the meeting by noting the wide range of issues addressed in The Roundtable’s 2019 National Policy Agenda. Cafaro also recognized the organization’s anniversary in the advocacy world, stating, “During these past 20 years, our mission has been to bring together the top leaders from commercial real estate sectors with the industry’s 17 leading trade associations to address key national policy issues relating to our industry and to the overall economy.” She emphasized that the organization’s successful business model has always been based on “…analyzing national issues for their real world impact, and then advocating a nonpartisan, unified position based on solid research and facts.”
- [Cafaro this week was also appointed as chair of the board of directors of The Economic Club of Chicago for a two-year term beginning July 1. (Video of Cafaro’s Speech, April 10) ]
Meeting speakers at The Roundtable’s Spring Meeting included:
- Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) — chair, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs — spoke with Roundtable members about his committee’s policy agenda, his recent efforts to reshape the role of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) and the need to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA)
Chairman Michael Crapo (R-ID)— Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) — member, Senate Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources — discussed funding challenges for a national infrastructure improvement initiative, tax and other polices to encourage energy efficiency, and his recent reintroduction of the STATES Act to resolve the federal-state conflict over cannabis laws. (U.S. News & World Report, April 4)
- Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY) — House co-chairs of the Problem Solvers Caucus — discussed the efforts of their 46-member bloc of bipartisan policymakers who seek cooperative approaches to policy solutions. No Labels Founder and CEO Nancy Jacobson joined the discussion on efforts to find common ground in the 116th Congress.
- Justin Muzinich — Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Treasury — discussed TRIPRA reauthorization, Treasury’s highly-anticipated 2nd round Opportunity Zone regulations, and other ongoing security, trade, and tax initiatives.
- Terry McAuliffe — former Governor of Virginia (2014-2018) and co-chair of Hilary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign — spoke about public policy lessons learned from his state’s successful economic expansion.
- Tim Sloan — former CEO and President, Wells Fargo & Company — discussed his leadership experience as the largest lender to the CRE industry in the nation and the pressing need to recognize cybersecurity as a major risk to the country and banking industry.
The Roundtable will convene next on June 11-12 for its all-member Annual Meeting and policy advisory committee meetings in Washington, DC.