- Building Owners and Managers Association
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA International), founded in 1907, is a professional organization for commercial real estate professionals and is the oldest and largest in its field. [ [http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?pageTypeId=8199&channelId=-13259&P=XI&contentId=9065&contentType=GSA_BASIC GSA - BOMA and GSA Teaming Up to Study Internet's Impact on Real Estate, Workplace Performance ] ] Its membership includes building owners, managers, developers, leasing professionals, medical office building managers, corporate facility managers, and asset. It publishes "The BOMA magazine".
BOMA's North American membership represents a combined total of more than nine billion square feet of downtown and suburban commercial properties and facilities.
Advocacy is key function of BOMA International staff who monitor and lobby pertinent legislative, regulatory and codes/standards issues, including electricity deregulation, capital gains tax relief, telecommunications, indoor air quality, private property rights, risk assessment, and codes and standards. Recently, BOMA International helped the industry secure key victories in capital gains tax relief, terrorism insurance extensions and energy efficiency tax deductions.
BOMA International communicates the issues, trends, statistics and news of the commercial real estate industry to its member through several publications, including "The BOMA Magazine", the official publication of BOMA International; the "Experience Exchange Report", a compilation of income and expense data for office buildings across North America reporting on over 1 billion square feet of office space and the industry benchmark for more than 85 years; as well as several “how-to” guidebooks with information on everything from writing a commercial real estate lease to standard methods for measuring floor area.
Each summer BOMA International hosts its Annual Conference and The Office Building Show. This premier education and networking conference and trade show brings together more than 4,000 commercial real estate professionals with groundbreaking educational sessions, renowned speakers and a showcase of cutting edge technology and products. A highlight of the annual conference is the presentation of the Office Building of the Year (TOBY) and Earth Awards, the most prestigious and coveted awards in the commercial real estate industry honoring outstanding performance in building operations and environmentally-friendly buildings.
In January, BOMA International sponsors a Winter Business Meeting and in the spring hosts the National Issues Conference.
[http://www.boma.org/ Official website]
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