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  • Finding the Catalyst: Part 2

    This is the second part of a two-part blog on building social connections among your residents within your community. If you missed the first part, you can read about the importance of a community and why you need a community catalyst in your corner.  We've already talked about the importance of community buy-in to start building a greater sense of community. Here are some additional tips to find...
  • Finding the Catalyst: Part 1

    If you do a search on community building you’ll find cities across the country that are looking for people, ideas and programs to build social connections among residents in local communities. Wouldn’t it make sense those cities would come to the apartment industry for information about how to build strong communities on the local level? After all, ours is an industry built on providing homes for...
  • Class Dismissed: 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference Comes to a Close

    It’s hard to believe the 2015 NAA Student Housing Conference & Exposition is already over. Yesterday was even more jam-packed than the first day of the conference, with amazing speakers, sessions and tradeshow buzz from top to bottom. As such, I write to you from the hospital, where I’m currently receiving an IV drip of coffee. But while I’m wired, let’s get to it—a round-up of day two...
  • There's An Impostor Among Us

    I was sitting in a morning meeting a few weeks ago, a mere half-hour after dropping a very large spoonful of oatmeal on my pants, thinking, “How did they let me into adulthood?” But that’s really one of life’s big secrets, isn’t it? That all of us—at some point or another—feel like we’re just faking our way through it all. Especially with a lap full of soggy breakfast food. Fortunately, we’re not...

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