Not a day has gone by at CAI that we haven’t been thinking about the Champlain Towers South collapse and how we can prevent another like it. We have an opportunity to turn tragedy into change for people who live, work, and volunteer in community associations.
While large-scale cyberstrikes are most talked about, community associations should not consider themselves invulnerable. Each community should understand their risks, evaluate cybersecurity protection, and decide whether specialized insurance is worth the cost.
As the professional backbone of homeowners associations and condominium communities, community managers have a special set of skills and expertise that are essential to successful operations and governance. International Community Association Managers Day is dedicated to them.
Extreme drought has brought a series of new water restrictions to the West, set to impact the region in the coming months. Water used for landscaping makes up about 70–80% of urban water use in Southern California, and drought conditions are not expected to ease. Communities need to find ways to adapt to the crisis.
Creating community spirit and building neighborly connections is a long-standing attribute of community associations. One community in Northern Virginia is taking a simple, old-school approach that’s proving to be a recipe for success: a block party trailer that is stocked with tables, tents, and drink tubs as well as a karaoke machine, sound speaker, sports equipment, and throwback games including hula hoops, a giant Connect 4, kickball, and dodgeball.