Topic Areas

2017 Call for Presentations

Presentations are requested for the IAAO Annual International Conference on Assessment Administration in Las Vegas, Nevada September 24 - 27, 2017. Submissions can be made online.  The Call for Presentations will open in December.  The deadline for submission is Monday, January 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM Central Time.  

IAAO business partners are encouraged to submit presentations related to best practices. Jurisdictional speakers must be included and listed in the call for presentations. These sessions cannot be commercials for a product / service.

The Annual Conference Content Subcommittee has defined the following educational topic areas for the 2017 annual conference.  The goal of the Committee is to offer attendees the knowledge and tools to do their jobs more effectively and to make their jurisdictions / organizations more successful through a broad range of sessions.  Presentations in addition to those outlined by the Committee are welcomed and encouraged.

Commercial Property 

Submissions in this category should address valuation issues related to commercial or industrial real property. Topics could be general or use-specific and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Big box/dark stores
  • Golf courses
  • Large industrial properties
  • Assisted living and other senior housing valuation  
  • Subsidized housing
  • Cap rate development
  • Replacement versus reproduction costs
  • Highest and Best Use 
  • Unique and specific property type appraisals

Personal Property

Submissions in this category should address issues related to personal property. Topics could be general or use-specific and may include, but are not limited to:
Cell towers
Machinery and equipment valuation
Defending value: single vs. mass appraisal
Manufactured homes
Aircraft
Is it real or personal?
Developing an auditing program
Useful lives of technology equipment
Improving the processing of returns
Alternative energy equipment  (Solar, Wind, Hydro, Thermal or other renewables)

Residential

Submissions in this category should focus on residential appraisal issues. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Model Development
Green construction
Defining neighborhoods and market areas
Construction materials, class and quality
Valuing high-end homes 
Property inspection - best practices
Desktop vs. physical inspections
Valuing land in built-out communities
AVMs, regression and statistical analysis

Agricultural

Submissions in this category should focus on agricultural issues. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Farmland valuation 
Water considerations in Agricultural valuation
Developing crop rates
Effects of citrus disease on valuation
Sources of agricultural industry information
Marijuana farms and grow houses
Hydroponic farming

Management and Personal Development

Submissions in this category should focus on methods to enhance management processes, personal growth and career advancement. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Mastering public speaking
Effective communication skills
Tools and resources for career advancement
Public outreach and education
Recruitment and retention
Leadership
Improving productivity
Designation program 
Employee recognition
Improving and maintaining morale
Multi-generation integration

Legal and Legislative

Submissions in this category should focus on legal and legislative issues that impact the assessment profession. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 
USPAP and the assessor 
Aligning office practices with statutes and rules
Legislative changes and their consequences
Exemptions 
Capping and assessment/tax limitations
Ownership transfers
Recent court decisions and legislative update
Appeal and litigation strategies

Technology Trends and Tools

Submissions in this category should focus on the benefits and challenges of the latest technologies available to assessment jurisdictions. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 
Excel skills and applications
Open source software
Website enhancement
GIS in assessment administration
Electronic filings
Enhancing tech support
Integrating mobile devices 
Drones in the assessment industry
Maximizing software potential
Cost-benefit analysis
Inter-governmental collaboration

International

Submissions in this category should focus on a wide variety of topics important to assessment professionals around the world. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
International appraisal organizations 
Valuing ancient properties
International valuation standards 
Implementing mass appraisal
Legal environment challenges 

Emerging Issues

Submissions in this category should focus on emerging trends in assessment administration.  Topics may include but are not limited to:
Vertical equity
Big Box valuation
Succession planning
Body of Knowledge
Renewable energy
Introduction to open source
Market analysis with limited data
Tiny houses

For questions, contact Conference Content Committee staff liaison, Leann Ritter at ritter@iaao.org or 816-701-8161.