Weekly Update: September 7, 2017

Mike Rowe Skilled Trades Event a Giant Deal!

We couldn’t be more excited about our Iowa Skilled Trades Event featuring Mike Rowe on September 8.  Here’s a little update:

Sponsorships – Over $150,000 Raised!

Currently our event partners are as follows Home Builders Association of Iowa, Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors of Iowa, Master Builders of Iowa, Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Department of Education, Beisser Lumber, Whirlpool, Carpenter’s Union Local 106, McAninch, Pipefitters & Plumbers Local 125, Kirkwood Community College, Windsor Windows & Doors, Turner Construction & Pella Corp.

Table RSVP Updates: We have 115 table RSVPS

(1150 Seats Including Educator/Student RSVPs) with many contracts & payment coming in.  We are maxed out at 150.  Here’s how you can help out – a number of companies are purchasing tables for the educators and students!  They have no plans to attend, they just want to make sure as many educational influencers are taken care of since we’re not charging them to attend.

Educator & Student RSVP Update: We currently have 306 educator & student RSVPS.

As we stated in the marketing the first 200 are free based on 100 tables. We have the Iowa Events Center planning for over 1,500 people, so if we can get to that 150 table level we will allow more students in. Right now we are making them aware of the list, but also will be working very hard not to turn any educator or student away from this event.

Individual RSVP Update:

Currently we have 63 individuals signed up outside of the educator & student list.

Marketing Update:

We are continuing to share our press release with media folks across the state of Iowa.  If you have any influence with news outlets please share this event with them.  We have finalized production on our radio commercials for 1040 WHO.  They started airing this week and you should hear 5 different versions.  Each version names 3-4 different partners.  We have begun to post 2-3 times per day from the Iowa Skilled Trades Facebook page.  Please make sure that you are going out to Like & Share our posts from both the business page and your personal page.  This will help increase the awareness of this event.  If you have something you would like us to post we would be happy to schedule it.


If you haven’t found us and Liked the page please do so! Make sure to invite your friends to like the page as well!  Click here.

Help Us Sell it Out:

We are continuing to hit others in the industry across the state of Iowa with information about our event!  We would really like this to be a sellout event and would love your help to do so.  Send this to your peers and encourage them to purchase a table.  We would hate for anyone to miss out!  Word of mouth for this event has already gotten us near 800 RSVPs, so we know with additional marketing & your support we can make this event very successful. Keep in mind that all profits for the event will be distributed back to you, the event partners, for scholarships that fit your organization’s needs.  Here are documents to use and share:

Sponsorship Packages

Sponsorship Contract

Save the Date Flyer

Speaker Flyer

Great Mike Rowe Articles and Other Content in Build Des Moines

Check out the latest issue of Build Des Moines – there are great articles and content to be viewed, most importantly excellent information on our Mike Rowe Event. Check it out by clicking here.

Here’s a Note That Came in About the Event…

This was sent in to our website as a note to Mr. Rowe:  Approximately 10 students from Burlington High School, Burlington, Iowa, will be attending “Iowa Skilled Trades” in Des Moines on September 28, 2017. We are very excited to hear the Governor Reynolds and Mr. Rowe’s message.

Burlington is an economically depressed old river town on the banks of the Mississippi in southeast Iowa. Our little city has a lot of poverty, areas of dilapidated housing, and very low property valuations. You need to know we aren’t complaining because we see it as an opportunity to do something about it.

The junior year phase of our Building Trades program began this year with a home remodel of a run down 1864 house that presents not a multitude of problems, but a house full of new options. Yes, it is a Dirty Job! Tons of trash, dusty horse hair plaster, and rotten flooring are only a few items on our list of things to do.

Our students will be subjected to all aspects of Construction Trades as this old house allows us to learn demo, wiring, plumbing, heating and cooling, insulation, flooring, windows, siding, drywall, trim, paint…you name it! Once the house is completed, an impoverished single parent, selected through a process, moves in for up to three years with stipulations, including pathways to breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

We have a great vision and plan, and are excited to share it with you. Mr. Rowe, you are a motivation for us, and thank you for helping people understand a four year college degree isn’t for everyone, and also how vital hard working skilled trades women and men are to our society. As we are in the beginning stages of the house remodel process and time is a restraint, our hope is by the time we attend your conference, we will have sent you the 10th Street House Remodel OPORD to help you better understand what we are trying to do and the true community based coalition we have built. We believe we are rebuilding the greater Burlington community one house and one family at a time.

Iowa vs. Iowa State BUILD PAC Tailgate

This Saturday, September 9, we will be tailgating at the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game in Ames.  It will be at Jack Trice Stadium in lot D4 from 9-11:00 a.m.  There will be a drawing for two sets of two tickets to sit in the Jack Trice Club for BUILD-PAC members.  For more information, email BUILD-PAC Trustee Rich Fitch or HBAI Executive Officer Jay Iverson.

There is public parking around the stadium on S 4th St. and S 16th St and University Blvd. The D 4 Lot is Northeast directly across the street from the Stadium we will be parked at the east end of that Lot plan to arrive early to get the best parking our tailgate starts at 9:00 a.m.

Member Advantage Discounts

Your 3-in-1 membership includes an exclusive program from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) called Member Advantage. This offers you ways to reduce expenses, increase efficiency, and maximize profits through discounts on products and services with leading, national companies. To learn more about these discounts and how to access the savings go to NAHB Member Discounts. Click here for an overview of all discounts.

Double Overtime Pay Threshold Struck Down

A federal judge has struck down the Obama administration’s overtime rule that would have doubled the salary threshold for workers to be able to receive overtime pay.

The Obama administration’s final rule that was set to take effect Dec. 1, 2016, raised the salary threshold for executive, administrative, or professional workers to receive overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476.

Working with Congress and members of our business coalition, NAHB led the effort to mitigate the effects of the rule. Moreover, last year, NAHB joined other business groups in filing a lawsuit in federal court challenging the overtime rule. As a result of these efforts, the rule has not been enforced because a judge issued a preliminary injunction against it.

The Department of Labor filed an appeal of that preliminary injunction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and that matter is still pending. At the same time, the district court refused to stay the case and on Aug. 31, issued a decision finding the Department of Labor exceeded its authority and the automatic update provision was unlawful. Accordingly, the court held the overtime rule is invalid.

The Trump administration has defended its legal authority to implement a new overtime requirement, but has not endorsed the Obama-era rule. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta testified at his Senate confirmation hearing that he would prefer a more modest salary threshold than previously proposed, one that is potentially tied to the rate of inflation.

In mid-July, the Department of Labor issued a request for information on the Obama administration’s overtime rule, and NAHB intends to submit comments independently, and as part of the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity coalition.

Bigger Borrowing

After peaking at almost $375 billion in 2005, originations of home-equity lines of credit (HELOCs) plummeted to just $62.5 billion by 2010. Since then they have been steadily rising, and through 1H17 already total $84 billion, suggesting annual volume of close to $200 billion. Despite this rise, new originations are less than repayments. Bank holdings of HELOCs peaked in 2009 at $610 billion and now stand at $387 billion.  Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Average Time to Build a SF Home

The 2016 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7.5 months, which usually includes almost a month from authorization to start and another 6.5 months to finish the construction. The timeline from authorization to completion, however, which is not consistent across the nation, depends on the housing category, the geographic location, and metropolitan status.

Among all the single-family houses completed in 2016, houses built for sale took the shortest time, 7 months to completion after obtaining building permits, while houses built by owners required the longest time, 13 months. Homes built for rent took 10 months from permit to completion, and those built by hired contractors normally needed around 9 months. A large proportion of single-family homes built for sale and custom homes built by contractors on owners’ land began construction within the same month after obtaining building authorizations. However, homes built for rent and custom homes built by owners serving as general contractors had a one-month lag between obtaining permits and construction start in 2016.


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