Weekly Update: August 7, 2014

HBAI Builds Coalition on Waters of the United States

   Following NAHB’s lead on the WOTUS issue, we will be working with other groups in Iowa to make sure significant changes are made. This is a major issue and will affect you whether you will ever develop land or not. NAHB continues to get the word out about the potentially chilling effect on home building – and homeownership – if proposed changes to the “Waters of the United States” definition that is part of the Clean Water Act become law.

   Most recently, staff Environmental Program Manager Tabby Waqar spoke to policy experts and reporters at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C. think tank. Click on the video (below) to see the whole presentation or skip ahead to the 31.35-minute mark to the NAHB portion.

   NAHB told the group that the changes will result in a significant expansion of federal jurisdiction that would greatly increase the number of construction sites required to obtain permits, which would also delay, impede and raise the cost of construction projects.

   Spending more time and money means that homes cost more. Fewer people being able to afford a new home has a ripple effect on the economy. “This impact will not be limited to home builders, it will also adversely affect the financial health of local communities and municipalities,” Waqar said.

   The irony, she pointed out, is that the time and money spent “often can delay the completion of projects that are intended to protect or improve the environment.”

   In a related development, the House on July 10 passed a $34 billion energy-water spending bill that prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from defining U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act. NAHB will work to keep this provision intact as the federal appropriations process moves forward.

The ''Waters of the United States'' Proposed Rule: Is It a Federal Power Grab?
The ”Waters of the United States” Proposed Rule: Is It a Federal Power Grab?


Nice Article on Mayo Golf Outing

Build Des Moines had a great article on the Inaugural Mayo Golf Outing. This is a digital magazine that you may want to subscribe to. It’s awesome, professionally done, and isn’t just a Des Moines publication. Subscribe by clicking here, it’s free.



HOUZZ – Check This Out

HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson and Greater Des Moines HBA Executive Director Creighton Cox met with HOUZZ yesterday in St. Louis. It’s a pretty interesting website, beta tested with the Twin Cities Building Association. Supposedly they are not data mining or tapping into you as a member for funding. They are receiving large amounts of advertising dollars from major sponsors. You’ll have to sign up to experiment, but you should, they are gaining traction and it could be really good for your book of business.Check it out here.


Interesting State Housing Stats

And while we’re talking about meetings with Jay and Creighton, they also met with NAHB Economist David Crowe.  Creighton was provided with stats on the Des Moines MSA, but there was another set that really broke things down.  It’s pretty interesting – click here to check it out.


   HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson coordinated a spontaneous meeting with the other state HBA execs from across the country yesterday.  The group will formally meet in Austin, TX in early December and the agenda is growing with a number of promising opportunities.


Weekly Update: July 31, 2014

HBAI Contributes to Home Base Iowa

It may not have been reported to you that we made a substantial contribution to Governor Branstad’s Home Base Iowa initiative. Here is a thank you note received from him this week:      On behalf of the entire Home Base Iowa team and the state of Iowa, we would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Home Base Iowa initiative.    We are grateful for your support of the program. With financial contributions from companies like yours, this program will ensure veterans experience a smooth transition from service to a prosperous civilian life. Our veterans have sacrificed so much to protect our nation and your support of Home Base Iowa is another way to express the appreciation they deserve.    Your donation will help Home Base Iowa with veteran outreach efforts and to promote the welcoming communities and job opportunities our great state has to offer. Veterans successfully recruited as a result of our efforts will undoubtedly bring an immensely strong work ethic and crucial skills such as leadership, integrity, and dependability to the state of Iowa.    Home Base Iowa is striving to make Iowa the state of choice for military men and women as they return to civilian life. Our efforts to meet this goal could not be achieved without the tremendous support Home Builders Association of Iowa has provided. Thank you again, and we look forward to your continued support.             It was signed by Governor Brandstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds

Super Cool Inaugural Doug Mayo Golf Outing Video

Check this video out, it’s a great tribute to Doug and a nice recap of our inaugural event, which raised over $15,000 to be used for trade oriented student scholarships. Thanks to Top Deck Media for putting it together.

Iowa City HBA Member Promo Video

So while we are imbedding videos, check out this nice one from the Greater Iowa City HBA.  They just released this membership recruitment video that is well done.