Community Associations Institute (CAI) is honored and humbled to announce that its condominium safety public policy initiatives developed in response to the tragic 2021 Champlain Towers South condominium collapse has received a 2023 Public Affairs Council (PAC) Lobbying Strategy Innovation Award.
PAC is the leading nonpartisan, nonpolitical association for public affairs professionals worldwide. The prestigious innovation awards program acknowledges the creative approaches of several organizations for their work in grassroots, communications, or lobbying strategy. These awards, presented at the PAC’s annual advocacy conference, recognize outstanding initiatives that showcase creativity, inclusiveness, innovation, and organizational relevance. This event includes hundreds of advocacy, communications, and public affairs professionals representing Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, professional societies, consultancies, and large advocacy organizations.
The annual Lobbying Strategy Innovation Award honors organizations that find new and creative ways to connect and work with internal and external stakeholder groups and engage them with advocacy efforts or policy priorities.
Each year, a hand-picked committee of community leaders review the nominees for this award. In 2022, the committee evaluated more than 50 nominees. Committee members use the following criteria to review applications:
- Is the strategy adaptable to other organizations?
- Was the innovation a unique solution to a problem faced by the organization or a unique fit to the organization’s culture?
- Does the innovation demonstrate that it’s not just an innovation for the organization but the industry as a whole?
- Could this strategy help other programs overcome their own challenges?
- What impact did the innovation have, and how was it measured?
CAI was invited to accept this award and present its condo safety public policy initiative during the 2023 PAC Advocacy Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The presentation allowed CAI to share how rapidly it responded to an industry crisis with government and public affairs industry peers from across the globe.
During the conference, CAI outlined how its Condominium Safety Public Policy Report was developed through the work of three policy task forces and how CAI volunteer advocates used the recommendations to successfully lobby and advocate on both state and federal levels to create and enact better condominium safety public policy. CAI is proud to share this prestigious award with the more than 600 volunteers who passionately dedicated time and effort to develop these important policy initiatives.
This award to dedicated to the memory of the 98 residents of Champlain Towers South who lost their lives, those who lost loved ones, and those who lost their homes on June 24, 2021, in Surfside, Fla.
Learn more about the 2023 PAC Innovation Awards here: Policy Campaigns Are Personal to Innovation Award Winners – Public Affairs Council (pac.org)
For more information on CAI’s condominium safety policy response and resources to the tragic Champlain Towers South condominium collapse, visit www.condosafety.com.