Welcome

Bluebonnet Chapter No. 74, is the Austin, TX, chapter of the International Right of Way Association. Our Chapter was founded in 1985 by professionals in the right of way field to unite members for education, to improve service to employers and the public, and to advance our members within the profession. We are part of Region 2 of the International Association. Our current membership includes 232 professionals involved in a wide array of projects requiring real estate and right of way services.

Education

502 Non-Residential Relocation Assistance – 10.05.17

502 Non-Residential Relocation Assistance Dates:  10/5/2017 &  10/6/2017 CEU  Credits:   16.00 Tuition: $415.00 Member / $520.00 Non-Member INSTRUCTOR: Lisa R. Harrison, SR/WA, R/W-URAC, R/W-RAC, R/W-NAC is the
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EMINENT DOMAIN SEMINAR – 09.08.2017

EMINENT DOMAIN SEMINAR – 09.08.2017 – San Marcos, Texas Date: 09/08/2017 Location: San Marcos Activity Center, 501 East Hopkins Street San Marcos, Texas 78666  Time:
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IRWA/AI JOINT LUNCHEON

 Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017 Time: Registration & Announcements @ 11:00 a.m.; Presentation @ 11:30 a.m. Location: City of Austin Learning Center located at 2800 Spirit of Texas Drive,
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Message from the President

Greetings Chapter 74,

I hope you all enjoyed the Labor Day holiday. While our friends in Houston were devastated with Hurricane Harvey I know many of you are lending a helping hand. It’s great to see our industry pull together to help families in need.

The Eminent Domain Seminar was held on September 8, 2017 and was another success! This year all 12 speakers were attorneys representing private, local and public agencies. They spoke to how sovereign immunity works in inverse condemnation cases, the importance of pre-hearing and pre-trial preparedness, and recent court cases where access issues and Senate Bill 18 continue to be argued. As always, there was much discussion on the recent legislative session, proposed eminent domain bills that didn’t pass but are getting traction and the review of the Supreme Court cases. In attendance, this year was 250, with 17 sponsors. We sincerely appreciate our sponsors and everyone’s continued support of this Seminar and look forward to another successful event next year! We also appreciate our chapter eminent domain chair, Liz Norris who works diligently with Chapter 39 each year to put this event together.

Our next luncheon will be on October 10, 2017 at Maggiano’s located at 10910 Domain Dr. Austin, Texas 78758 in the Domain. Our programs committee worked hard to bring a better venue to the table for a more professional and enjoyable event. We have had some complaints regarding space and venue selection in the past. We want all our members to know your board listens and we are working hard to bring a more suitable location. As you know, cost of services is on the rise. While we have tried to keep the cost down for luncheons, maintaining a $15 fee has been difficult. It is unfortunate, but increased fees are inevitable. We have checked with other chapters and Austin has the lowest luncheon fees. The board looked at cost– keeping our member participation in mind. A motion was put before the board to increase fees by $5.00 and has passed. However, I want you to know that your chapter is also participating in this increase by supplementing an additional $5.00pp plus incidentals thus limiting the need to increase the full $10.00 necessary for these accommodations. Our programs committee has lined up some great speakers for October. The topics, relevant to our industry, will provide valuable insight in where the Austin Metro area is headed. The speakers are Julie Barr, Capital Metro and Dee Ann Heath with CTRMA. I encourage you to make this event. Please see the Program Committees section in this newsletter for more information on topic.

Lastly, you will be receiving your membership renewal statements very soon. IRWA National is continuing with membership incentives and if 90% of our members renews by April 15th, our Chapter will be awarded one free International Conference Registration. While it has not been decided how and who that will be awarded to I encourage you to renew your membership early so that we have this to offer our members.

Have a great month! Hope to see you all at the next luncheon.

Sincerely,
Virginia Pompa, SR/WA
Chapter 74 President
2017 – 2018

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