2010 Promises To Be A Busy Year for Industry Advocacy

At the HBA's recent Government Affairs meeting, Chair Matt Bailey and President Rusty MacLachlan discussed their recent meeting with the Division of Workers' Compensation and outlined potential next steps including updating additional members of our legislative delegation regarding this issue and possibly planning a follow up meeting with the Division when our group is in ... Read More

HBACF Go Kart Races & Auction Big Success!

The HBA Charitable Foundation would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone that particiated in the annual scholarship auction and Go Kart Races last week. Thanks to your generous support, the HBA Charitable Foundation raised over $6,500 to help fund scholarships in the construction and interior design departments at MSU and ... Read More

Guaranty Title Owners Indicted

November 19, 2009 Springfield News-Leader: Guaranty Title owners indicted Former Nixa business accused of more than $2.6 million in fraud. Tara Muck News-Leader Owners of a now-defunct Christian County title company have been indicted on federal charges of bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, according to a news release by U.S. Attorney Matt ... Read More

City of Springfield Will Also Delay Adoption of 2009 IRC

The HBA's I&E Committee conducted 4th quarter meetings with both Greene County and the City of Springfield building officials to discuss issues affecting our industry. The City of Springfield announced its intention to stay in sync with the County and other surrounding jurisdictions by delaying adoption of the '09 IRC for the time-being. This consideration ... Read More

Membership Matters - New Applications, Members and Renewals

NEW APPLICATIONS FOR NOVEMBER:The board will vote on membership when all information is received, if no contest is filed.Lathrop & GageRandell Wallace, Attorney1845 S. National Ave., Springfield MO 65804417.877.5901Sponsor: Kevin Clingan Centennial Brick & StoneCraig Winegar, Manufactured Stone RetailerPO Box 2057, Nixa MO 65714417.459.7579Sponsor: Jason Stewart Decorating Den InteriorsNola Shivers, Interior Design1310 N. Kelly Ave., ... Read More

ANOTHER New Lead Paint Rule Coming from EPA

The EPA’s Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule is six months away from adoption –and the agency is already planning more changes. It is critical that affected HBA members lose no time submitting their comments on the proposal. EPA has proposed removing the “opt-out” provision from the rule. With very few exceptions, that means that ... Read More

Springfield BDS Director Nick Heatherly Announces Retirement

The following news release was issued by the City of Springfield's Public Information Office late Monday, November 9: BDS DIRECTOR HEATHERLY ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT City of Springfield Building Development Services Director Nick Heatherly has announced his intention to retire effective Jan. 29, 2010. Heatherly has worked for the City for more than 23 years in the ... Read More

First-Time Home Buyer Credit Extended, Expanded to Include Most Other Home Buyers For Next Few Months

Months of tireless behind-the-scenes work by the National Association of Home Builders and lobbying by thousands of builders and realtors from across the country paid off last week. Following decisive action by the Senate and the House of Representatives, President Barak Obama signed a bill Friday extending unemployment benefits and the federal tax credit for ... Read More

'Agriculture reserves' nixed in land-use plan

November 8, 2009 Springfield News-Leader by: Wes Johnson A proposed land-use plan that riled Greene County property owners more than two years ago has now been approved with changes that, as one lawmaker put it, "accepts the fact that agricultural land is going to be gobbled up." Gone are "agricultural reserve" areas intended to keep ... Read More

News-Leader: 'Increase in spending on home building spurs hopes'

On Tuesday, November 3, the Springfield News-Leader ran a front-page headline and story signalling the beginning signs of recovery in the home building industry. The 1A news article follows, or, to read the story directly from the News-Leader site, click here. -------------------------------------- November 3, 2009 Martin Crutsinger News-Leader Washington -- Construction spending in September posted ... Read More

News-Leader Editorial: 'Home building news cause for joy'

Following Tuesday's page 1A news story on signs of life in the building industry, the Springfield News-Leader editorialized Wednesday on what great news that would be for the community and local economy. The editorial follows below, or can be read directly on the News-Leader site by clicking here. ------------------------------- Our Voice November 4, 2009 Experts ... Read More