Coalitions are part of the Process
We often work with other industry groups, companies and associations on issues where our members may be directly or peripherally affected. The Real Estate Trade Group is one of those coalitions. GBA’s Elizabeth Chandler is serving her second year as chair of the organization this session. As the name suggests, the group has members representing anyone with interest in real estate: bankers, home builders, road builders, architects, Realtors, general contractors and interior designers just to name a few. The group meets weekly while the General Assembly is in session. Chandler is shown chairing this week’s meeting with Vice Chair Austin Hackney, Director of Government Relations for the Home Builders Association of Georgia. “It’s important that we have organizations like this to keep the communication channels open among various interests who often approach issues from different perspectives. We are usually of one accord, but sometimes find ourselves on opposite sides of issues. Groups like this let us talk through our reasoning in an open and candid way. While that often results in a better legislative result; even when we can’t agree, we all know there will be more times in the future where we can work together. This is an important part of the legislative process,” said Chandler.