This week the community association management industry focused on building community! From food trucks to Facebook you'll get some great ideas that are easy to implement, and deliciously effective! Read on for everything that happened, in this week's CAM Mashup.
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Food trucks helping to build community?
"Food trucks do more than provide creative alternatives to the same old lunch and dinner options. They bring neighbors together.
People at condominium and single-family-home communities are learning the financial and social benefits of coordinating activities, such as food truck events or book clubs. If you like where you live, you typically stay longer and complain less."
Our own office has food trucks once a week, and I can tell you there is nothing that brings everyone together easier than 'Food Truck Fridays'! This is a great (free!) idea to help build community. Learn why you should start a food truck program here.
Time = Money for Managers, Trustees and Homeowners
"Your residents and homeowners value their time just as much as you do. They’re accustomed to the same 2-day shipping that we all love, instant streaming of music and movies, and the reliability of finding information in seconds utilizing Google search.
Whether you’re a board member, community association manager, or hoa management company owner, the time a resident or homeowner spends interacting with their community is important. Not only does the homeowner’s time matter, but your time matters as well. The faster you accomplish the given function or goal, the sooner you can allocate your limited resource of time on to something else."
Learn how upping your technology game can save time for everyone involved.
Are you taking good care of your sidewalks?
"An important and often overlooked aspect of association property is sidewalks. Nearly every community association has at least some sidewalks, either as a common element or as a public right-of-way abutting the property. When an association sidewalk is common area, the association is often responsible for maintenance and repair of the sidewalk."
Learn what to watch for to prevent sidewalk liability in your community association.
Limitations on the Board's Power
"It is not easy being a trustee. There are meetings to attend, documents to review, decisions to make, and neighbors to mollify. There are also a number of rules and regulations that must be followed in order to ensure that the individual and collective actions of a board meet all legal and ethical requirements. "
Learn what the board can and cannot do in various states in this helpful article.
How to increase meeting attendence by homeowners
"Let’s be realistic – many communities are lucky to get all the board members and one or two homeowners to their annual meeting. Getting a turnout of 25% would be a monumental success. To get a ⅔ supermajority or even a simple quorum can seem nearly impossible. With that in mind, here are a few things that might help to increase turnout for your next meeting."
Facebook and your community association
"In a digital age where people are more likely to connect online than in person, it’s completely possible to live in a community and never see your neighbors. Many community associations are turning to Facebook to strengthen community ties and share information with residents."
Learn how to implement Facebook in your community in a responsible and effective way.
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