Advocacy

International Energy Conservation Code – Short Term Win for Future Homeowners

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield recently wrapped up an 18-month long process updating the city’s building codes. Much of that focus has been centered around the International Energy Conservation Code ®(IECC). Outside interest groups were pushing for an immediate full adoption of the of the 2018 IECC, which would add burdensome costs to…

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Greene County Presiding Commissioner Candidate Bob Dixon

The HBA Political & Legislative Advocacy committee routinely meets with and interviews political candidates. This month, they met with Bob Dixon, candidate for Greene County Presiding Commissioner. Next month, the committee plans to meet with Bob Cirtin.  

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Peter Kinder visits with HBA Members

Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder visited with HBA members this week. During this visit, Lt. Governor Kinder, who is currently campaigning to become the Republican candidate for Governor of Missouri,  summarized what he has accomplished during his political career. In addition, he laid out some of his goals and how they would affect the housing industry, should he…

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May 2016 HBA Membership Event – Directory and Advocacy

Thank you to everyone that attended the HBA membership event this month! Everyone walked away with a brand-new HBA Membership Directory and a better understanding of what advocacy is and why it matters to everyone! A special thank you to Representative Kevin Austin and Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin for helping with our activities.…

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Home Fire Sprinkler Summit – March 23rd

The City of Springfield Fire Department and the Missouri Fire Sprinkler Coalition have partnered together to host the Home Fire Sprinkler Summit on March 23rd at the Springfield Police & Fire Training Center (see images below for details). All HBA members are invited to attend this educational opportunity at no charge. The event is scheduled…

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HBA Meets with Senator Wasson and Representative Hough

During the HBA Political and Legislative Advocacy committee meeting on December 17, we were joined by State Senator Jay Wasson and State Representative Lincoln Hough to discuss the upcoming Legislative Session beginning January 6, 2016. Priorities that each legislative body will be working on include: transportation infrastructure fixes, ethics reform, the state budget, and a…

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Court Blocks Waterways – NAHB Works to Stop Floodplain Regulations

Court blocks Waterways of the United States ruling and NAHB works to stop floodplain regulations. The Obama Administration is looking to expand protection of waterways and floodplains in the United States by promulgating rules from the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers. The EPA and supporters of The Waterways of the United States rule say…

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A Commissioner, Senator and Representative Walk into a Bar

What happens when a Commissioner, a Senator, and a Representative all walk into a bar? Okay, the title was definitely meant to get your attention, but our advocacy and membership event was a lot of fun last Tuesday night. We were joined by Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin, State Senator Jay Wasson, and State…

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VOTE on April 7th, 2015 – Average Voter Turnout 9-15%

Once again another election is upon us. With the average turnout for municipal elections between 9%-15%, it seems that most voters don’t care. Unfortunately, that is the wrong attitude. In fact, local officials have more impact on your daily lives than you might realize. They determine regulations for business, ordinances that govern its citizens, and…

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