Growing the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives is a collective goal, however, specific tasks are most effectively handled by Committees. In turn, each Committee Member has the expertise, time and commitment to move the Committee's initiatives forward, and to present the Committee's findings to the Board for feedback and approval.
The Committees necessary for the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives are:
Administration & Finance Committee: This Committee's primary responsibilities include: handling the books, preparing financial reports for the Board and for (government) compliance, etc.
Events and Conferences Committee: Some events are national and some events are local, at the chapter level. Also some events are live while others are virtual (via web / conf. call). However, these events are not ad hoc, or ‘one-off’ — they all support our mission. Thus, the Committee oversees the scope, rationale and appropriateness (relevance, costs, results, etc.) associated with our events.
Member Services Committee: Our membership is diverse. Furthermore, some members have a very narrow and local focus and needs, while others are national, even international. And, as we know, some stakeholders are crucial (ie. owners/developers and municipalities/public sector). Our membership and our ability to connect with our members is probably the most important aspect of our strategy.
Program Development Committee: Overseeing the development of projects that deliver value to our members — such as publications (including the Journal); webinars; Redevelopment Concierge (our chapter tools), etc. Working with our Member Services Committee to understand member needs, and working with other committees to coordinate deliverables (ie. Events; Grants; Advocacy) is a crucial function of the Program Development Committee.
Advocacy and Outreach Committee: The goals of this Committee are to: (1) raise the profile of the Association (so it is recognized as a strong voice in the industry); (2) effectively advocate important initiatives at the local / chapter level, and (3) work with other organizations (non-profit and gov.) to create win-win solutions that increase participation, engagement and value (not just awareness, but tangible results for the Association and its members).
Fundraising and Grants Committee: Working with private foundations and government entities to secure funds that enable the Association to effectively deliver on its mission and vision. This Committee works closely with the Program Development Committee on specific projects that require funding and grants to actualize.
Executive and Nominating Committee: This Committee is responsible for vetting and nominating potential Board members. The entire Board votes to accept a new Board member; however, before a nomination is presented to the Board, this Committee conducts basic due diligence and interviews, and decides if a candidate is good fit for the Board of Directors.