Any membership organization that’s been around for more than 80 years must have a winning system for satisfying the needs of its members. One way that the IAAO achieves this winning system is to re-invent what they offer to members in the way of educational courses and training.
The annual conference demonstrates the IAAO commitment to educational sessions that attendees can benefit from and put to immediate use in their jurisdictions or organizations. As the “internationally recognized leader and preeminent source for innovation, education, and research in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy” as the IAAO vision statement reads, that’s no small task.
This year’s conference includes educational sessions that are timely. How technology is impacting assessment administration, property tax policy reform, changing trends that must be considered in developing property valuations, and evolving technical standards are just a few topic categories for the 81st conference.
The conference is being held September 13 to September 16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. More details about the 81st conference, including the educational schedule, can be viewed at http://conference.iaao.org/.
If you think that this is just a gathering of local assessors and tax administrators reinforcing their own ideas on one another, you would be wrong. The annual IAAO conference is a place where property assessment administration specialists, private industry experts, and academic authorities meet to share best practices, new ideas, lessons learned, and successful practices and methodologies.
This year’s educational session presenters include the following companies and organizations:
Access Valuation, LLC
Almy, Gloudemans, Jacobs & Denne
American Valuation Group, Inc.
Appraisal Research Corporation
Bloom, Sluggett, Morgan Law, PC
Bose, McKinney & Evans, LLP
Don R. Scheidt & Co., Inc.
International Property Tax institute
Josh Myers Valuation Solutions
Marshall & Swift
Marvin F. Poer & Company
Pictometry International Corp.
Property Valuation Services Corp. of Nova Scotia
Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.
Tax Management Associates, Inc.
TEAM Consulting, LLC
The Appraisal Foundation
The TrU Group
Tyler Technologies, Inc.
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Although the IAAO is an educational organization, its leaders understand that they can’t always provide the range of topics encountered by its members solely with their own offerings. The IAAO listens attentively to and involves academic institutions and organizations.
This year’s educational session presenters include the following academic institutions and organizations:
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Oklahoma State University
Riga Technical University, Latvia
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina
Through a combination of actions during the last several years the IAAO has focused on international topics that are especially beneficial to those that are improving their property tax assessment systems and setting up new systems in developing countries.
In 2013 the IAAO officially established an International Committee after an ad hoc committee spent several years supporting the mission of IAAO by increasing global awareness of programs, education, and networking opportunities.
In 2014 the IAAO adopted the “Global Guidance on Mass Appraisal and Related Tax Policy.” This guidance document “provides guidance on mass appraisal of real property at market value. The primary focus is on mass appraisal for value-based recurrent property taxes (also known as ‘rates on property’). However, the principles presented here are also relevant to mass appraisal for other governmental and public purposes.”
This year’s educational sessions include a number of presenters from local assessment jurisdictions and state departments of taxation or revenue from the United States – particularly from Indiana where the conference is being held - but also from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the World Bank Group. While the number of countries that will be represented by attendees is not known at this time, educational session presenters include people from the following countries:
I began this by saying that the IAAO is successful at re-inventing what they offer to members in the way of educational courses and training. IAAO leaders and staff are continually looking for ways to improve their offerings. The theme of this year’s conference is “Racing Toward Assessment Innovation.” A pre-conference education one-day workshop entitled “Reviewer and Developer's Workshop” will be held both September 12 and 13, 2015. IAAO has developed this workshop to train members who are new to course development or want to sharpen existing skills.
As the IAAO continues to improve its educational courses, workshops, and webinars, I hope you’ll take the opportunity to look closely at how these opportunities can benefit you personally, your jurisdiction, or your company or firm.