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Weekly Update: October 12, 2017

   
  The room was packed last week for a proposal from the City of Des Moines on zoning.  Will it potentially have an impact on you in your community?  We do not know, so that’s why we try to keep up on proposals all over the state.  If you want an interesting read, check out the issues that the DM Developers Council has put together here.  A letter from the HBA of Greater Des Moines is here.
NAHB Tax Reform Policy Changes
NAHB unanimously voted to revise its policy regarding the nation’s tax code in light of recent discussions on tax reform between congressional leadership and the Trump administration.  The NAHB Executive Board decision provides greater flexibility as the tax debate unfolds and stakeholders seek consensus to shape a tax code that best serves the nation’s consumers and small businesses.
“This is the first time in NAHB’s 75-year history that we have been open to the idea of broader options regarding housing tax incentives,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “Now is the time to reform tax policy and housing will not be left behind in this process.”
NAHB supports a tax system that is simple and fair, and that promotes greater housing opportunity for …
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Weekly Update: August 10, 2017

$135,750 in Scholarships Awarded Since 2003
We were putting together some historical data for a few legacy donations recently and the numbers are really interesting.  Founded in 2003, the HBAI Educational Corporation has awarded 140 scholarships amounting to $135,750 to students entering the building trades.  Very impressive!  If you would like any assistance in planning your legacy gifts, please contact Jay Iverson.  The upper left photo was one of our first recipients, Michael Kramer from Earling, IA.
Looking for New Employees?
With our full attention focused on workforce development, we’re oftentimes approached by parents and interested skilled trades workers about where they or their offspring should look for a job.  We immediately say “nearly every one of our member companies are looking for workers” – but let’s qualify that a bit.  If you are truly in the market for employees, please email HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson if you would like for your name to be offered to these individuals.  We’re talking higher quality, committed, and potentially great employee material.  It happens several times per month and we’re happy to make the introductions.
Home Equity Used for Business Startup
Equity in a home was used as a source of capital to start 284,618 businesses-7.3% of …
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