Weekly Update October 24, 2013

HBAI New Office Location


 We will have a new HBAI office setup in mid-December with plans to move into the Capitol Center III building near the Iowa Capitol.  It’s very central to our conduct of business and the idea of being neighbors with quite a few state power players is very exciting.  Our neighbors in the same hallway include the taxpayers association and the Association of Business and Industry (ABI).  There will be a cost savings compared to our current space, plenty of parking, and it’s easy to get to.  The use of ABI’s training facilities and board room will also save us money.


HBAI Board of Directors & Annual Meeting on November 13 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Board of Directors and HBAI Annual meeting on November 13 at the Czech Museum in Cedar Rapids.  It’s going to be an exciting meeting. 


Save Approximately $3,500 in Property Taxes – It Takes 10 Minutes

The Iowa legislature passed legislation in the past legislative session to make an attempt at giving some equality to the tax paid on commercial/industrial property in comparison to residential property.  In order to be able to qualify for the business property tax credit, you have to apply for the credit which should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete the form and mail it to the assessors office (or hand deliver if you are concerned that they actually get the application) in the county where the property is located.  The application has to be completed and on file by 1-15-2014 in order to apply for the credit in the first applicable period.  The credit is in place on the property, once granted, until the property is sold/transferred.

Here are two key pieces of information – one is the actual form to complete and the other is a letter/memo that was prepared by the Carney & Appleby Law Firm which does an excellent job in explaining the legislation. 

Keep in mind this business property tax credit could by applied for by you or you could pass along to your landlord if you lease (thereby helping your landlord save some money which could eventually save you money) or to other business associates you are in contact with.


Membership Campaign Ends Next Week

gift-basketThere is still time for you to recruit your builders, vendors, suppliers, and anyone else with an interest in being a part of a great organization.  Our official membership campaign ends on October 31.  Did we mention the prizes that you could win?  It’s a great collection:

  1. Riverside Casino & Golf Resort All Inclusive Stay – 2 weekend nights lodging, 2 rounds of golf, 2 massages, $100 to Ruthie’s Restaurant, and $100 cash!  A $700+ value!
  2. IPad Mini – These things are super cool – perfect to have in the field.  A 32 GB unit worth $429! 
  3. Samsung Smart TV –Clear Motion Rate 120 technology allows this Samsung UN32F5500AFXZA 32″ LED HDTV to deliver sharp 1080p visuals during fast-action scenes for thrilling entertainment. Five Smart Hub content panels let you easily browse Web content via built-in Wi-Fi.  A $425 value!
  4. Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – Thanks to American Contract Sales Division we have an awesome Kitchen Aid professional stand mixer. A $475 value!  
  5. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel & $50 Beef Industry Certificate – A tasty 750ml bottle of JD Single Barrel Whiskey and a beef certificate from the Iowa Beef Industry Council good anywhere beef is sold.  It’s actually a check drawn on Wells Fargo, so you can use it at a restaurant or stock the freezer.  A $100 value! 
  6. Liberty Wine & $50 Beef Certificate – We will have two of these prizes (basically 5-7th place) – a bottle of 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon from Liberty School Vineyards and a $50 Iowa Beef certificate. 
  7. $50 Beef Industry Council Certificate

Ties will be broken through a drawing and you win the next prize category if your name is not drawn.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact HBAI EO Jay Iverson.


Nearly $5,000 Contributed to Doug Mayo Scholarship Fund

Doug Mayo’s legacy as a preeminent HBA volunteer continues on through a scholarship in the HBAI Educational Corporation.  Nearly $5k has been contributed thus far and it’s not to late to add to the collection.  Contributions can be made to:


HBAI Educational Corporation

Doug Mayo Scholarship

3072 104th Street

Urbandale, IA 50266

HBA Iowa News Oct 17th 2013

IBS Show – Iowa Information

We have a 30 room block at the Golden Nugget for the International Builders Show in Las Vegas next February.  Rooms are priced at $69 for the Carson Tower and $99 for the Rush Tower King.  We are planning an Iowa night party on Wednesday, February 5 at the Golden Nugget.  Details on the block code will be in next week’s newsletter.


Sponsors Needed for Iowa Night Party at IBS

Traditionally we have asked for sponsorships to subsidize the Iowa Night Party.  If your company would like to be one of those sponsors, please contact HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.  We would like to raise at least $2k and the more we raise, the more we can party.  Thank you in advance!


Facebook – Okay, Five of you “Liked” it – let’s get a few more…

Like us on Facebook

Okay, so we’re only a few years behind on this, but our Facebook page is up and running.  As soon as we get more people liking and following it we’ll start posting good stuff on there. We’re sure more of you use Facebook than that.  You may receive an email invitation, if we can figure it out.

HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson met with Iowa First District candidate Rod Blum last week to discuss our organization’s priorities and goals.  Blum is heavily involved in the building industry.

Eastern Iowa – Pay Attention to Rod Blum

Are you ready for a political candidate who is ready to get things done and totally understands and supports our industry?  Then pay attention to Rod Blum and try to meet him as he’s out and about.  Here is a bit of information provided to us by his campaign staff:


Rod Blum is a Republican candidate for United States Congress in Iowa’s 1st District. A Dubuque native, he is a real estate developer and owns Digital Canal Corporation, which develops software for the home building industry. In 1998, Rod was named Iowa Entrepreneur of the year by Ernst & Young in 1998. 

As a longtime member of the home building industry, Rod is in a unique position to understand the issues important to the Iowa homebuilding community. A staunch proponent of the free enterprise system, Rod will fight for less regulation and less government intervention that negatively affects the homebuilding market.

Rod is a lifelong business leader who has never held elected office, and will be a voice for common sense solutions to the many fiscal problems facing our country. You can find out more about Rod’s campaign for US Congress by visiting www.RodBlum.com.


Member Discounts – Pay for Your Dues With 10 Minutes Worth of Work

A reminder to capitalize on your member discounts – you dues can be paid for with ten minutes worth of work.  If you need to know how it all works, send an email to HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson. Clickhere for the NAHB discounts and here for the HBAI Rebate Program.


NAHB Fall Board Recap

Here’s an abbreviated version of what happened last week in Colorado at the NAHB Fall Board Meeting:

  • The code hearings for the 2015 code were wrapping up during the NAHB Fall Board meetings. We were successful on 40% of what we had asked for, including all of the large expenditure items.
  • The bylaws were changed to address new leadership roles for associate members, both nationally and locally (with appropriate local bylaw changes).
  • The new legal counsel is working on new procedures for A, D, and C loans being able to be sold in the secondary market.
  • The 2014 NAHB budget was passed with a negative eight million deficit. Plans are for the organization to be in the black in 2016, thanks in part to the lease of the top floor of the housing center.
  • The Remodeler’s Council will be increasing dues $10 in 2014.
  • There was a net gain of 500 new members nationally for September, but 75% of the HBA’s participating in the membership drive are concentrating on October.


Statewide Membership Campaign Update

Reports are coming in that we’re not exactly pulling in vast numbers of new members.  Hopefully some of you are sandbagging until the very end to secure some excellent prizes.  Let’s get after it.  Nothing sells a membership better than ensuring that your suppliers, subs, and reps are supporting the industry through their support of the federation.  We have $2,500 worth of prizes for those of you who bring in new members, that’s not a bad incentive.