CAI was officially founded Sept. 20, 1973, making 2013 the organization's 40th anniversary. The first newsletter, CAI News, was distributed to 200 members. Today, CAI's flagship magazine, Common Ground, is distributed to more than 32,000 members in 61 chapters.
A Brief History
In 1964, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) published Technical Bulletin No. 50: The Homes Association Handbook, the first systematic study of planned communities. The principal author was Byron Hanke, one of CAI’s eventual founders. The document called for the creation of a national organization to provide education and act as a clearinghouse of ideas and practices for the community association housing market.
In 1965, ULI and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) wrote a model planned-unit development statute.
In 1973, CAI was organized through the joint efforts of the ULI, NAHB, the U.S. League of Savings and Loan Associations, the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 23 builder/developers and a number of leading community association professionals.
Forty years later -- thanks to countless dedicated, selfless and inspired member leaders -- CAI is the international center for community association information, best practices, education and advocacy.