When Charlie Hinderliter, the Director of Government Affairs for the St. Louis REALTORS® throws a party, a lot of people show up.
“In May at the Mid Year meetings in D.C., we meet with Congressman Lacy Clay of Missouri and he really piqued our interest in learning about Qualified Opportunity Zones”, said Charlie. “Our REALTOR® members brought up the idea of a half-day caravan and meeting event. And what started as a member-only event, just kept growing and growing…”
The event, which took place on October 25th, was well-attended, with a 50 person, standing room only bus tour in the morning. The property tour was followed by 120 people attending the luncheon and panel, which included St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson as the keynote speaker, as well as a 7 person Opportunity Zones expert panel.
Charlie went on to say that, “We partnered with a number of organizations and played matchmaker with various important segments of the community, including The St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce, community neighborhood planners, state representatives, local business leaders, civic and community leaders, business investors. And of course, a handful of residential and commercial REALTORS®.”
RPR: A “Nifty Tool” To Find Opportunity Zones
After the bus tour and panel session, attendees all wanted to learn more, including how they could find these Opportunity Zones (OZ). Which Charlie was more than prepared for.
Knowing that only REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations have access to RPR, which allows users to search for and reveal Opportunity Zones in an easy-to-use map layer section of the platform, Charlie printed out screengrabs of local St. Louis Opportunity Zone areas found within RPR. He used them as handouts and takeaways from the event. That gave the non-REALTOR® attendees just enough to spur them to go and talk to a REALTOR®, because in Charlie’s words, “they’re the ones with this nifty tool.”
“This event was designed to bring about Opportunity Zone awareness and focus on putting all the pieces together, and how the program works on the ground. By being able to hear from real-life experiences, folks can make a tangible, connection to the process to get them going, to get them started and connected. Seeing how it all works in RPR really made the whole thing click for them.”
For more details and to learn more about RPR and Opportunity Zones, check out this article and video.