Weekly Update: September 28, 2017

 Iowa remodelers council

 There were 16 properties on the Tour of Remodeled Homes last weekend in the Des Moines area.  Members of the Remodelers Council gathered together on a bus tour last Friday before it opened to the public.  It’s an annual affair and it’s so much fun.  Great projects and the group is very tight knit.

Mike Rowe Event – Planning to Attend Tonight?

We have 1,540 attendees for our Iowa Skilled Trades event tonight.  Here are a few housekeeping notes:

  • The dress is business casual and jeans are ok.  We are asking students/educators to wear your school colors.
  • Everyone will need to be seated by 6:00 p.m. in order for us to stay on time.  Please make sure you are on time and at your table when we close the doors.  We won’t be able to re-open until dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Each person will be given one drink ticket (soda/water for under 21) to be used during the networking time.  Cash bar after your ticket has been used.  Water will be on the tables during dinner.
  • Everyone will be checking in by last name and, if not that, then by company name.

Tell People Why Construction is a Great Field

October is Careers in Construction Month, an opportunity to increase public awareness about the great jobs available in residential construction and related trade professions.  To keep potential employees in the pipeline, NAHB student chapters, local and state associations, and other members will need to promote the various career paths in construction.

If you are looking for ideas of how to recognize the contributions of building professionals and to reinforce a positive image of construction careers, check out the Careers in Construction Month Toolkit where you’ll find:

  • Promotional materials like brochures and posters you can download and print locally
  • Sample activities that you and your members can do in your community
  • Customizable articles to feature on your website or in newsletters
  • Members are also encouraged to consider the many valuable opportunities of offering student internships. Doing so allows home builders to engage with a large talent pool filled with resources that could help them meet their skilled labor needs.
  • To better understand these work-study student-learning opportunities and how to determine the type of student best suited to a company’s specific needs, builders can view the Student Internships: Resources for NAHB Members.

Fire Sprinkler Licensing Advisory Board Position Open

The current board member’s second term for the Fire Sprinkler Industry expired July 1, 2017.  They are looking for anyone interested in joining the licensing advisory board to submit an application if interested.  The application can be found here.

The board meets quarterly in Des Moines at the Oran Pape Public Safety building.  There is also a conference call-in number to attend by phone.  Terms are six years and a member cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.  If you are interested in joining the board, please fill out the application and return it by close of business next Monday, October 2.

Submit Nominations for the YP Awards

The deadline for the 2017 NAHB Young Professionals Award has been extended to Oct. 13. Do you know a deserving young leader or emerging professional? It’s not too late to nominate them! Please note that applications for the NEW One to Watch Awards are also still open. Go to www.nahb.org/youngprofessionalaward to apply today.

Education Edge: New Online Courses Begin Oct. 2

Check out how you can participate in Learning Resources Network (LERN) online courses. Starting Oct. 2, month-long courses begin in creating cell phone apps, Facebook for Business, managing social media platforms, content marketing and many more. Check out all course options and dates.

Engaging and Attracting Young Professionals

NAHB is hosting two virtual town hall meetings in October to explore ways to best serve and recruit young professional members.  The first meeting will take place Oct. 17 and is open to young members and local leadership. We’ll ask participants to share their experiences and what helped them jumpstart their careers.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a national dialogue about the key issues young members are faced with and the role HBAs have in shaping the future of our industry. Don’t miss out on a chance to share your first-hand experiences and discuss hot topics on attracting young professionals.  Bring your ideas and your questions, and let’s connect!

Members’ Virtual Town Hall Meeting For Local Leadership and Members
Tuesday, Oct. 17; Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Log on with this link at the time of the call.
Phone: 866-628-8629  –  Passcode: 658878

New Home Sales Fall 3.4% Nationally, Midwest Unchanged

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in August fell 3.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 560,000 units from an upwardly revised July reading, according to newly released data by HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.  This was the lowest sales reading since December 2016. However, year-to-date, new home sales are 7.5% above their level over the same period last year.

“This month’s report is another reminder that builders need to manage rising supply-side costs to meet consumer demand for affordably priced homes,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald.

“The year-to-date growth shows that new home sales are continuing to make consistent, long-term gains,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “However, we may see more volatility in the next few months as communities affected by the recent hurricanes experience construction delays and other economic disruptions.”

The inventory of new homes for sale was 284,000 in August, which is a 6.1-month supply at the current sales pace.  Regionally, new home sales remained unchanged in the Midwest. Sales fell 2.6% in the Northeast, 2.7% in the West and 4.7% in the South.

Gov. Reynolds Praises New White House STEM Initiative

Gov. Kim Reynolds joined a phone call Monday with Ivanka Trump and Reed Cordish, assistant to the president for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives, where they rolled out a White House initiative to support high-quality STEM education, with a focus on K-12 computer science.

“I applaud this administration’s commitment to ensuring all of our students have access to the computer science skills and training necessary to fill the jobs of the future,” Gov. Reynolds said. “In a technology-driven economy, it’s essential that elementary students learn the basics of computer science so they are prepared to take more advanced computer science courses later, if that’s what interests them.”

The White House initiative complements Iowa’s 2011 STEM initiative and new state law that encourages every elementary, middle and high school in Iowa to offer high-quality computer science instruction by July 1, 2019. Iowa’s legislation includes establishing a computer science professional development incentive fund to prepare more teachers to teach computer science.

An Iowa computer science work group made up of business and education leaders and legislators is expected to make recommendations on how the professional development incentive fund could best be used and how computer science courses could count as a math or science credit for high school graduation. Those recommendations are expected later this fall.

Duluth Carpentry Training

Here is a great article on how lives have been changed with carpentry training in Duluth.

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