As we all navigate local, state and federal response to the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, I wanted to reach out to remind you that TLTA is here for you every step of the way. The health and safety of our TLTA family is first and foremost and we are taking all the necessary precautions on that front, but we also understand that you are facing unique business challenges and we stand ready to help you in any way we can. By working together as a community, I know we can meet those challenges.
 
What is TLTA doing to assist you?
We have already identified several potential issues and are engaged in conversations with other stakeholders to try to minimize business interruption for you. For instance, will you continue to have access to public records, will RON evolve as a tool during this crisis, and what compliance challenges will you face in a remote business environment?
 
We are eager to hear what other challenges you are facing and also hear about creative solutions you have developed. TLTA is equipped and ready to be an effective information clearinghouse and advocate, so please share your concerns, ideas and success stories with us at tlta@tlta.com. 
 
What about TLTA meetings and events?
The City of Austin has issued a ban on all events of more than 250 people, effective now through May 1. As a result, the 2020 Land Title School of Texas, scheduled April 20-22, will now have to be postponed. 
  
This is just a postponement and not a cancellation – we are working with the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center to reschedule Land Title School for summer or fall 2020. As soon as we have more information regarding newly scheduled dates, we'll make that information available to you. If you are already registered for our 2020 Land Title School, your spot will remain secured and your registration will automatically carry over to the new dates. We'll remain in close contact with all registrants regarding the new schedule.  
  
The timing and execution of all other upcoming TLTA Programs—including TLTA committee meetings, other educational programs, and scheduled events—will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Many of our activities can be conducted via conference call, for example, and we expect to take advantage of that tool as needed. If rescheduling an upcoming event or program is necessary, we'll continue to provide advanced updates regarding changes and keep you posted whenever news is available.  As of today, no events other than the Land Title School have been postponed and no events have been canceled, but this is a very fluid situation.
 
Need to reach the TLTA staff during this hectic time?
TLTA is reconfiguring our work environment to ensure the health and safety of our team. Most of our staff of professionals will be working remotely for the time being, but it is business as usual and we remain 100% available to you as always. You can reach us by email at tlta@tlta.com, via the main office number (512.472.6593), or by emailing or calling staff members directly. Here is an updated list of TLTA contact information.
 
Again, we look forward to staying in close contact with you and providing the best possible service we can during this stressful time. As your trusted resource, please know we’re here for you and we care about you, your family and your business.
 
Very best,
 
Leslie Midgley, CAE
Executive Vice President and CEO
Texas Land Title Association