OPINION: Apartment complex owners working to develop a culture of community

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Angie Joyner

Opinion Piece by Angie Joyner
Director of Property Management for locally based Camp Properties

We take community very seriously at Camp Properties. As a company that owns and manages multiple complexes in Murfreesboro, we take pride in the fact that we are responsible for helping to develop a sense of community for our residents. We take pride in the fact that it is home to each and every person who has chosen to live here. And "community" is not just a buzzword. It is our way of conducting business, and it is our personal way of life.

As Murfreesboro and Rutherford County continue to grow exponentially, it is even more imperative that we continue to work toward developing positive communities - ones that are safe, nurturing and a beneficial place to work, learn and live.

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One of the greatest impacts from the county's growth is the increasing corporate attention and interest from outside investors. It is excellent that major corporations have chosen to have a presence in Rutherford County, and they have made great neighbors. The combination of companies, both national and local, is what makes our community strong. We are proud to be one of the very few apartment management companies in Murfreesboro that are locally owned and operated. We are not just employers in Murfreesboro. Every single one of Camp Properties' owners and employees are also residents. We mean it when we say we want to help our community "live much better." The majority of apartments are maintained by owners who live and work out of the city, but many are managed by corporations that are not even headquartered in our state.

This has real ramifications for day-to-day activities when you rent your home. Our company owners roll their sleeves up, literally and figuratively, to get the job done to make sure our apartment homes are well cared for and welcoming. Our managers are able to respond to any need, urgent or otherwise, on an immediate basis. We don't just work here. We live here. We shop at the same stores, and we have children in the same schools. As part of this community, we are dedicated to helping it continue to thrive.

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Camp Properties is proud to provide homes for people in all walks of life. We have worked to build communities that are diverse, thriving and welcoming places to live. We have students, professors, families, working individuals - everyone from every walk of life. Our neighbors feed pets when other neighbors are out of town. As friends would do, we host community events, like yard sales and pool parties for our residents. We intentionally work to develop a culture of community because we want to ensure that there is an authentic community atmosphere for all of our residents to enjoy. We have each other's backs, and we contribute to each resident's safety and well-being. More than that, we work to share that spirit throughout the community. Because for us, "community" means being there for our residents and neighbors. It means wanting to make a difference in every way we can.

It's taken over two hundred years to grow our town to the size it is today. Every one of our 131,947 people who call Murfreesboro home chose to live here, whether they moved here or were born here. And while our company has the privilege of providing homes for many of those 131,947 people, our doors are open to welcome even more. After all, we are part of this community ourselves. When we help to make others' lives much better, we are doing the same for ourselves. So we can all... Live. Much. Better.

Angie Joyner is the Director of Property Management for locally based Camp Properties, which owns and operates six apartment complexes with a total of 504 individual housing units, all located within Murfreesboro. A long-time resident of Murfreesboro, Mrs. Joyner is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University.

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