Posts Categorized: HBA Iowa Weekly Updates

Weekly Update: June 22, 2017

Here are a few of us Iowans getting ready to attend the NAHB 75th Anniversary celebration, which was a fabulous party.  Chris Matthews was our keynote speaker and a group call Jesse’s Girls from Atlanta provided the entertainment.  It was really well done.  Unfortunately it’s not a photo of all 21 Iowans who attended the NAHB Legislative Conference and Mid-Year Meeting last week in Washington D.C.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to participate!   It was a worthwhile set of meetings with a long list of agenda items.  From left to right:  Rich Fitch, Mary Fitch, Mike Farr, Kaytie Hill, Jay Iverson, Karyl Bohnsack, Rachel Flint, Drew Retz, Keith Butz, Tim Ruth, Mary Ruth.
Mark Hall Contributes $5,000 to HBAI EC
Longtime member and former HBAI Treasurer Mark Hall of Kings Materials just donated $5,000 to our HBAI Educational Corporation.  What an awesome gift – all proceeds go towards scholarships for students entering the building trades.  If you would like to contribute legacy gifts to the organization, it will truly help with keeping our industry alive and well.  It is a 501c3 and donations are fully deductible as the IRS allows.  Thank you Mark!  For more information on how you …
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Weekly Update: June 15, 2017

Iowa D.C. Legislative Visits a Tremendous Success
Despite the shootings yesterday, we had an awesome day with all of our Iowa senators and representatives.  We were part of 800 builders and remodelers from across the nation for the annual NAHB Legislative Conference in Washington D.C.
We had a really full of meetings with elected officials and their staff, to call on Congress to make housing and homeownership a national priority and to support policies that will keep the housing recovery moving forward.
“Today, builders from coast-to-coast are sending a loud and clear message to members of Congress that a strong housing market is critical to spur job growth and create a vibrant, dynamic economy,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.  Among the topics that were covered:

Regulatory reform
Labor shortage
A predictable, affordable national flood insurance program
Housing finance
Tax reform, including protecting incentives for homeownership
Promoting cost-effective energy codes
Securing a supply of softwood lumber
Improving the Low-Income Housing Tax credit to help meet the nation’s acute need for affordable rental homes.

The day began with a briefing where V.P. Pence was slated to speak, but at the last minute cancelled out because of the shootings.  Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, spoke to builders …
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