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GRAR honored by national association

The Greater Rochester Association of Realtors was honored recently by the National Association of Realtors for its dedication to building stronger communities and local economic development.

The NAR Community Outreach Award was presented to CEO Jim Yockel at the 2017Association Executives Institute in Denver. To be considered for the award, associations must have made use of Realtor Party Community Outreach resources over a two-year period to address a challenge facing their community.

GRAR applied for and received $80,000 in grant money to support the following local initiatives over the last few years:

• Celebrate City Living, an annual housing expo highlighting Rochester city neighborhoods;

• Reshaping Rochester, a series of lectures on equity and diversity in planning, use of transportation to build neighborhoods and smart growth;

• Vision Planning, a series of community charrettes in the village of Lima, Livingston County, the village of Penn Yan, Yates County, and the East Main Street Corridor in the city of Rochester, and

• A symposium for design professionals on smart growth, planning and transportation.

NAR president William Brown praised the local arm of the organization.

“Through their work, they represent the value Realtors bring to their neighborhoods and communities,” Brown said.

Follow Andrea Deckert on Twitter: @andrea_deckert

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