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Weekly Update: October 27, 2016

  Former Hawkeye and NFL football player Scott Chandler posed with the Kirkwood CC NAHB Student Chapter after the Iowa City HBA membership meeting last Thursday.  Shown are four out of the five students who will be representing us at IBS in Orlando next January.  From left to right:  Vocational Training Council Board Member Tony Frederick (Hart-Frederick Consultants); Kirkwood instructor Joe Greathouse; Jordan Collmann; Matt Upmeyer; Scott Chandler; Dan Borkowski; Jillian Doyle; and Greater IC Area HBA President Aaron McGlynn (Cabinet Works).
Kirkwood CC Competing at IBS on January 9
Kirkwood Community College will be competing in the Residential Construction Management Competition at IBS in Orlando on Monday, January 9th at 1:00pm.  If you’re planning to be at IBS, mark it on your calendar – we’d like to support our new student chapter and hope that many of you can attend their presentation.  You can see the list of competitors here and you can check out their Facebook page here.
More Rooms Available at IBS
If you’ve been waiting to register for the NAHB International Builders’ Show because you haven’t been able to get into the hotel that you wanted, don’t delay!  NAHB has been able to secure more hotel rooms for the HBA …
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Weekly Update: October 13, 2016

   Governor Branstad proclaimed October “Careers in Construction” month at the Associated Builders and Contractors training facility in Grimes last Thursday.  To the Governor’s right, the second person in the front row with the black fleece jacket and the beard is Hunter Iverson, son of HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.  He’s going through their world class program as a plumber and lives in Cedar Rapids.  ABC currently has 1,300 students in it’s electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, HVAC, and insulation programs.  ABC is investing $1.1 billion annually nationwide into workforce development. 

Iowa IBS Hotel Block Ends Friday
Are you planning to join us in Orlando in January for the NAHB International Builders’ Show? It’s time to pull the trigger: The NAHB hotel block for HBAI at the Rosen Center closes October 14, so you need to make those reservations quickly.  It’s conveniently located very close to the Convention Center.  When you register, just click on the accommodations tab and it will default to the Rosen Center.  Clickhere to register.
Solid Statistics  
While Friday’s job report showed 156,000 net new jobs created in September, below expectations of 168,000, private sector job growth was 167,000, barely under the 170,000 expected. Separately, the labor force participation rate increased …
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