CCMC to Provide Pre-Development Consulting Services to Pinal Land Holdings LLC

Pinal Land Holdings LLCCCMC has recently entered into an agreement with Pinal Land Holdings LLC to provide pre-development consulting services for a significant new project in Coolidge, Arizona. “With an agricultural heritage, this 11,400-acre property was purchased from the City of Mesa and represents one of the largest land deals in the municipality’s recent history,” explains western division president Delores Ferguson. “Comprised of 86 parcels, this venture signifies a positive shift in the local real estate market.”

Ultimately, this development will include six different areas including residential, commercial, and industrial associations. The industrial corridor will be developed first. Once development is complete, it will vastly expand the Phoenix metropolitan area, spur industrial growth, create new jobs, and become the catalyst for bringing Phoenix and Tucson closer together. Long-range transportation plans include a freeway from Mesa’s Gateway area through central Pinal County, and a commuter rail line between Phoenix and Tucson. Proceeds from the sale will be funneled into an economic development fund established by the City of Mesa to pay for its new spring training facility for the Chicago Cubs. CLICK HERE to read more.

Pinal Land Holdings LLC is a real estate investment company headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and formed solely for the purpose of this land holding. The partners have a rich history of investment, development and business throughout the world with a local focus on Arizona and the Southwest USA. Affiliated companies include, and are involved in, long-term land investments, land planning, multi-family, office, industrial, single-family residential, and an agricultural management company.

Scottsdale Mayor Visits CCMC

Scottsdale Mayor Lane Visits CCMC

(l to r) CCMC Division President Delores Ferguson, Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and CCMC CEO D. J. Cole at CCMC Corporate Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona

At CCMC, we view local municipalities as strategic partners, community resources and like-minded neighbors. Working together, we can make a bigger, more positive impact on the communities we serve. So we were delighted to host City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane recently at our corporate office to discuss our unique approach to community management, as well as how we might work together for the mutual benefit of the City and the local communities that we serve. After all, strong partnerships make strong communities. And at CCMC, that’s what our business is all about.

 

 

 

 

 

CCMC Community Manager Named 2014 “Rising Star”

Cathy LaTona.webGoing further. Shining brighter. Spreading light. At CCMC, we aim to attract only the brightest stars in the business. So we were particularly thrilled when community manager Cathy LaTona was recently awarded the 2014 Shining Star award from the Community Associations Institute’s Central Arizona Chapter. Presented at the organization’s annual meeting and volunteer awards luncheon, the Rising Star award recognizes managers and industry partners who go above and beyond to support CAI’s mission to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship as they transform the communities in their care into preferred places to live. Cathy was selected for her time and efforts as the PCAM Committee Chair, hosting educational events for local board members, vendors and managers who have earned the coveted Professional Community association Manager (PCAM) designation. Congratulations Cathy and thank you for creating experiences that connect neighbors and benefit your peers. Now this feels like home.

Engagement Technology: What’s Your Social Strategy?

The following article was recently published on page 6 of the 2014 Fall Issue of Community Resource magazine.

Social SharingBy Delores Ferguson, CCMC Western Division President & Cathy LaTona, CCMC Community Manager

Like every great community, great technology is designed with people in mind. As community managers, we often use technology to connect people, share information, build partnerships and (perhaps) save a few trees. From Facebook to FaceTime, today’s technology trends meet people where they are living – in a Wi-Fi world of convenience technologies and mobile devices. Is this where your community-building technology lives?  If not, it may be time to reconsider your social strategy. But with so many other items on your “to do” list, it is hard to find the time to thoughtfully consider your options.  Getting started is easy when you follow these simple steps.

Know Your Audience

Before you jump in, take some time to research and understand the demographics, interests and communication habits of your residents. Which products and organizations do they currently like and follow? What connections can you help them make? Which social sites do your neighboring communities use? A community in Tucson may, in fact, have very different habits than one in Scottsdale. Doing this research first will help you build your virtual audience faster and keep them engaged longer.

Identify Your Objectives

The second step to building your strategy is to clearly identify SMART objectives that are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-Bound

These may be related to neighborhood engagement, gaining new partnerships, or educating homeowners. Without such objectives, it will be difficult to measure and report your success.

Select Your Tools & Tactics

With your audience and objectives clearly defined, it is time to select your tools and tactics. Whatever your choice, be sure you have also evaluated your resources, and can name exactly who will manage the strategy, as well as the daily administration. You will want to also create a content calendar that is scheduled along with your daily tasks.

Analyze & Adapt (Then Adapt Again!)

With the power of analytics at our fingertips, it is easy to see what is working (and what is not) with our social strategy. Make it a point to review these analytics regularly and use them to improve your results. In the ever-changing world of social media, it is critical to know and understand new tools and trends. Don’t be afraid to adapt and evolve, as your resources permit.

As community managers, we must be constantly looking for new ways to integrate and leverage our communication tools. A social strategy can help us achieve this, as we aim to connect neighbors and add value to the associations in our care. What is your social strategy?

 

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CCMC to Provide Pre-Development Consulting Services to Sand Creek Ranch

 

Sand Creek RanchCCMC is pleased to provide pre-development consulting services to Melcor Land Holdings and Marathon Land for Sand Creek Ranch, a new master-planned community located in Aurora, Colorado. The project borders the Adonea Metropolitan District, in the remote area near 6th Avenue and E-470. Our consulting services will begin in January 2015.

Sand Creek Ranch is comprised of 1,000 acres and will eventually include 3,000 households. Neighborhood amenities may include a large recreation complex, a swimming pool, and parks. The plan also includes a site for a new public school. Housing products will include both single-family and multi-family options.

Melcor Land Holdings is a diversified real estate development and management company. Established in 1923, the firm manages the full life cycle of real estate development, from land acquisition to sales and marketing.

Marathon Land was established in 2005 and provides land development consulting services throughout the Denver area. The firm specializes in raw land acquisition, processing entitlements and selling finished lots to builders.

CCMC to Provide Pre-Development Consulting to Mulberry

MulberryCCMC has recently entered into an agreement with Blandford Homes to provide pre-development consulting services for Mulberry, a budding neo-traditional neighborhood located in the new tech corridor of Mesa, Arizona. “Mulberry will be a neighborhood unlike any other in Arizona,” explains division president Delores Ferguson. “With old school charm, front porches, tree-lined boulevards, rose gardens and storybook enchantment, this community will truly feel like those of years gone by.” Mulberry will eventually include 550 homes situated around one centrally-located park. Amenities will include a swimming pool, sports courts, fitness center, playgrounds, pavilions, play fields and marketplace. Consulting services will include governance review, budget forecasting and lifestyle and amenity planning. A part-time lifestyle director will be hired next year.

CCMC was first introduced to Blandford Homes when they were building at Power Ranch. “Our approach to lifestyle and service made quite an impression and, one year ago, we were hired to manage Blandford’s Mountain Bridge community,” explains Delores. “Our exceptional performance there has led to this new business.”

Blandford Homes was ranked #1 in J.D. Power’s Customer Satisfaction Survey all five years it was surveyed. The company has also been awarded the prestigious AVIS Award for Best Customer Experience in Phoenix by Professional Builder magazine.

 

CCMC Names Chris Schappaugh Director of Client Fulfillment

Chris SchappaughFor the past three years, Chris Schappaugh has served as CCMC’s community manager for Valley Ranch. During his tenure the community was named “Best Urban Area for Sophisticates” by the Dallas Morning News and received a community service award from the City of Irving. He also led several monumental projects, including the transition from traditional to natural, water-wise landscaping and the addition of Geographic Information System (GIS) tracking of assets and repairs. Perhaps most importantly, he acted as trainer and mentor to several new CCMC community managers. “Chris has emerged as an expert in both community governance and collaborative solutions,” explains division president Todd Davidson. “It’s been wonderful to watch him grow into a very influential servant leader.” Chris’s exceptional performance has now led to a promotion as CCMC director of client fulfillment for the central division. In his new role, Chris will be responsible for the leadership, training and development of the CCMC teams at Valley Ranch, Harvest, Woodhill Medical Park, Trinity Falls, Windsong Ranch, Bridges of Las Colinas, Campion Hollows, Canyon Falls, Devonshire, Liberty and Tucker Hill. “I enjoy helping others be the best at what they do,” says Chris. “Encouraging others to become someone else’s hero is extremely rewarding. This is one of the reasons I am very excited to step into this new role.”

Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Texas. Prior to joining CCMC, Chris served as the manager of a large municipal district near Denver, Colorado. His professional background includes extensive experience in the fitness industry, recreation management, and operations. He has also owned and operated his own small business. Chris is recognized as a CMCA® by Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB).

Chris will assume his new role once his successor at Valley Ranch has been identified and trained. The search for qualified candidates will begin immediately. 

CCMC Named Management Company for Lewis Pointe, Colorado

Lewis PointeCCMC has been named the community management firm for Lewis Pointe. Developed by Lennar Colorado, this metropolitan district will eventually have 450 homes. Lewis Pointe will be the fourth Lennar project in Colorado managed by CCMC. The others include Adonea Metropolitan District, Heritage Todd Creek Community Association and Heritage Todd Creek Metropolitan District. Our management services for Lewis Pointe will begin on December 1.

Convenient to shopping and recreation, Lewis Pointe will offer 19 acres of parks and open space, a future elementary school site in the award-winning Adams Twelve Five Star School District. Only one mile from a future RTD light rail station, Lewis Pointe will encompass a total of 160 acres.

Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is headquartered in Miami, Florida and is one of the nation’s leading builders of quality homes for all generations. Lennar builds affordable, move-up and retirement homes in communities that cater to almost any lifestyle – such as urban, golf course, active adult and suburban. The company currently operates in 18 different states, including Colorado.

CCMC to Provide Marketing Consulting Services to Wheelock Street Capital

Anthem ColoradoCCMC has recently entered into an agreement with Wheelock Street Capital to provide marketing consulting services for Anthem Colorado. These services will include managing the developer website and social media for Anthem Colorado, working with local builders to provide current community marketing materials, and acting as a liaison to local realtors and employers to position Anthem as the “go to” community for move-ups and relocations. Our services will begin on December 1. 2014.

Anthem Colorado is one great place with two great communities. Anthem Highlands is designed for singles, couples and families of all ages; while Anthem Ranch is uniquely amenitized for those on the fun side of 55. Nestled between Denver and Boulder, Anthem Colorado offers the best of small-town life. It’s a place where people know your name and miss you when you are gone. Neighbors of all ages connect through community events, programs, classes and clubs. With 730 acres of preserved open space and a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, this Denver Community of the Year truly defines the Colorado lifestyle.

Wheelock Street Capital is a private real estate investment firm that focuses on both private and public market opportunities in all parts of the capital structure. The firm is a trustworthy source of capital for borrows seeking to recapitalize overleveraged properties and portfolios.

Community Partnership Grows Marana Harvest Festival

Marana Harvest FestivalFamily fun. Community partnerships. Human connections. You’ll find it all at the Marana Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 25 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Marana Heritage River Park. The event, which is a collaboration between the Town of Marana and the Gladden Farms Community Association (managed by CCMC), is completely free of charge and will feature rodeo demonstrations, live music, farmers market, petting zoo, steak fry, s’more roast, rock walls, and after-dark hot air balloon glow! To learn more, CLICK HERE to watch the news clip from KGUN 9 Morning Blend, featuring CCMC community manager Kristina Allen.