April 10, 2020
TO: IAAO Members
RE: IAAO Weekly Update
While this week was devastating to those who lost loved ones, it appears there are some glimmers of hope that the American public's embrace of social distancing and other restrictions is sharply reducing projections of the death toll from the Coronavirus.
It gives us hope that better days are ahead and that we will be able to go back to our regular schedules, including going back to work and getting out in the world. One thing I hope doesn’t change though, is the patience and kindness toward one another we are seeing demonstrated all across the world.
When that will be? Well, that appears to be the million-dollar question, and it depends on who you listen to. But one thing you can count on, is that IAAO will continue doing all we can to meet you where you are, and provide the best services and products we can to help you manage through these difficult times. If there is something specific you need, please let us know!
Resiliency and flexibility seem to be the predominant theme right now. After long reflection, we made the decision to cancel the Prep & Trial Seminar scheduled for Des Moines in June. President Rasmussen was looking forward to hosting the seminar in her hometown, and we are hoping to reschedule it to 2021. The Legal Task Force was working diligently, to provide a new program on a CVS case out of Hillsborough County, FL. It is a great program and will be very interesting, so we urge you to consider attending next year.
Annual Conference - Planning for the 2020 Annual Conference continues and we hope it will take place as scheduled, in Denver, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. We are monitoring the news and events in Denver, while exploring all potential alternatives to ensure we make the best decision possible. If IAAO makes any changes, we will let you know as soon as possible.
GIS programs - As you know, the 2020 GIS Valuation Technologies was cancelled. In spite of that, the sponsors and exhibitors have been developing learning experiences to connect with attendees virtually. URISA and IAAO are pleased to offer several opportunities featuring Vision Government Solutions, Nearmap, Aumentum Technologies, and PivotPoint. When additional opportunities are developed they will be listed online at
IAAO Classes - The IAAO team continues to work to make additional online classes available. By Monday an online version of Course 331 - Mass Appraisal Practices & Procedures will be released. The course, previously available in a group cohort version, is now available for students to complete at their own pace. The new 331, along with other IAAO online courses, are available for 15% off if purchased during April. Just use code ECOURSE15OFF. Also check out the IAAO course map for newly announced live online courses put on by third party organizations.
Webinars - On April 8th, IAAO partnered with Esri to bring our members a timely webinar titled ‘GIS Tools, Templates and Free Resources for COVID-19’. There were over 725 people registered and the presenters provided a wealth of information. A recording of it can be found on the web and we encourage you to listen if you weren’t able to join us. In these challenging financial times, many people have questions on investments. Pat Smith of Midwest Trust, who oversees investments for IAAO, will present a free webinar on Friday, April 17 on Financial Market Mayhem—Seeing Our Way Through the Turmoil and will review topics covering the effect of COVID-19 on financial markets, the economy, monetary policy, interest rates and saving/investing for retirement. From both a personal and professional perspective, this should be an interesting webinar. In addition, the third installment of the Excel webinar series by David Cornell, CAE, will be presented live on April 15, and a two-part Personal Property: Basics and Beyond webinar, presented by Lisa A. Hobart, CAE, PPS, FIAAO, ASA, will take place on April 24 and May 4. And remember, previously recorded webinars are 50% off using code WEBINAR50OFF.
IAAO Personalized Training for R - IAAO is now offering personalized training on the R software for modeling and spatial analysis, through screen sharing and video conferencing. Paul Bidanset, IAAO Valuation Research Project Manager (and Ph.D. candidate), who has presented at many IAAO and industry events on modeling and other topics, will be providing the training. You can learn R, using real data from your jurisdiction or with data supplied by IAAO. Contact Paul at  for cost details on R training or any other specific training requests.
We understand the anxiety that today’s uncertainty can cause for you in your home jurisdictions. We want to assure you that everyone at IAAO is working diligently to maintain the high-quality products and services that you have come to trust from IAAO. There are weekly full staff meetings in addition to departmental meetings, the Executive Committee meets every Monday afternoon, the Finance Committee is meeting regularly, and we are having the April Board of Directors meeting via Zoom at the end of the month. We are also surveying members to determine needs.
These are uncharted waters, but we are extremely proud of how everyone has come together to make the most well-informed decisions we can for our staff, our members and our organization. You have been hearing the 2020 motto for several months now, but we believe it is even more meaningful at these unsure times.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
We will get through this . . . together!
Amy Rasmussen, RES, AAS, FIAAO Ronald Worth
IAAO President IAAO Executive Director
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