CHPA Protects the Industry
Sometimes proposed legislation, while not aimed specifically at corporate housing, affects providers. CHPA leads member efforts to educate and influence legislators, while mobilizing vital resources to address legislative issues of concern.
We encourage you to stay current on legislation and tax issues in your local communities, and bring those issues or concerns to the attention of CHPA leadership. Together, we increase the visibility of corporate housing and influence the factors impacting the industry.
CHPA represents and supports members via communication, education and advocacy. Members can find out more in the CHPA Knowledge Center.
members of an issue and alerting them to the potential impact on their businesses is often the initial step of CHPA getting involved. Coordinating a general informational meeting at the annual conference or via teleconference, the discussion is then led by the member that brought forward the issue to the leadership’s attention. The purpose of this initial meeting is to inform potentially-impacted members of the concern.
- Several options on how to move forward are proposed, including the option not to pursue any action.
- Member consensus dictates the next step.
Staff coordinates legislative efforts in partnership with at least one Association member representative who acts as the main contact for the CHPA CEO. This member is available for counsel on items regarding the legislative initiative that require a quick response.
If member consensus is to pursue the issue further, we work to educate those affected about the issue. This is both internal education of members on the issue and external education of legislators on our industry, often outlining the potential impact of the proposed legislation.
- Staff and identified leaders of each initiative get more information on the issue to share with the group. An actual draft of legislation or the applicable law is shared whenever available.
- Emails, teleconferences and memos are provided to members to keep them informed on the legislative issue.
- Staff compiles information and materials to inform legislators and/or staffers on the Association and the industry.
At times, more action and expertise is needed. If members determine to organize a coordinated effort for or against the draft legislation, the issue moves into the ‘advocacy’ phase.
- If the legislative issue requires expertise, the CEO and the lead member find an attorney, a lobbyist, public relations firm, or other recommended experts on the critical topics or legislation.
- The CEO and/or lead member negotiate with these consultants for their services. The agreement and financial commitment is shared with the entire group. Only with the group’s agreement to support the initiative with both information and funding, are agreements signed with outside consultants.
- The CEO is the main contact for any consultants hired for a legislative initiative. The CEO’s role is to:
- Communicate with the group, keeping them apprised of developments.
- Compile the information needed by the consultants.
- Prepare materials to be used by the consultants.
- Act as a clearinghouse of information between consultants and the members.
- Keep the Board of Directors informed of all legislative initiatives.
- File all required lobbying reports with the appropriate city and state legislative agencies.
- Consultants, members and/or staff may meet with legislators or administration staffers to educate them and inform them of the impact on corporate housing.
- Lobbyists may meet on behalf of CHPA members to deliver messages crafted with participating member companies.
- Any action steps taken on behalf of the members must be approved by the members in the initiative.