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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HBA Enhances Governmental Affairs and Political Advocacy with New Addition

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield has taken steps toward the future with the addition of Miles Ross to the team. When Jennifer McClure retired in March, Ross and his firm stepped in to help the HBA with political advocacy and governmental affairs. Miles Ross has a long history in politics, construction and business,…

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The Fast Pitch to Builders at Vesta Precast was a Hit – CBBT

Some people like to refer to this event as a “Membership Version of Speed Dating” and if you participated you now understand why. Associates were allotted five minutes to talk to builders and let them know a little about themselves and their company before the whistle blew and everyone moved to the next station. Lots…

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Regulatory Watch: Springfield’s E-Verify Mandate No Longer In Place

The City of Springfield has reached an agreement with plaintiffs in a lawsuit over the City’s controversial E-Verify ordinance approved by voters in February. It essentially nullifies the mandate requiring all employers to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring. The plaintiffs contended that the ordinance, proposed by the Ozarks Minutemen and passed by initiative…

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EPA Rule Delay – Local Governments Make Progress in EPA Lawsuits

The EPA is delaying its long-awaited post-construction stormwater rule. The agency recently announced it will propose the rule by June 2013 and finalize it by December 2014, delaying by a further 18 months a rule that was originally supposed to be completed by last April. Background The rule stems from 2008 recommendations from the National…

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SBJ: 2012 Business Advocate of the Year – HBA of Greater Springfield

The Springfield Business Journal recognized the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield with its 2012 Economic Impact Award as “Business Advocate of the Year” at the annual Economic Impact Awards Banquet on July 19. The award recognizes an organization that has had a profound positive economic impact on the community and the business environment by…

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HBA of Greater Springfield Named SBJ’s 2012 “Business Advocate of the Year”

The Springfield Business Journal recently announced its 2012 Economic Impact Award Finalists. Among the announcements made: the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield was chosen by an independent panel of judges to receive Springfield Business Journal’s 2012 “Business Advocate of the Year” Award. The award is one of several that will be presented at the annual…

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EPA to Delay Implementing New Stormwater Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has missed a settlement agreement deadline of April 27 for releasing its new stormwater regulation, and will have to delay the rule by perhaps a year from its intended date due to difficulties the agency has experienced in coming up with an appropriate cost-benefit analysis. In developing this new stormwater regulation, EPA aims to limit the volume…

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Voters approve E-Verify requirement for employers working in Springfield

Springfield voters on Tuesday narrowly approved a requirement for local employers to use the national E-Verify system when hiring employees. With a turnout at about 14 percent, the petition-based measure passed 8,247 to 8,026 according to unofficial results. The city is evaluating precisely how it will implement and enforce the new requirement. In general, every…

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Top 10 National Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of Builders

Following is a summary of the latest “top ten” advocacy efforts by the National Association of Home Builders on behalf of its members and the broader residential construction industry. To read the other monthly “top ten” reports from NAHB for this year, follow these links: January 2011, February 2011, March 2011, April 2011, May 2011, June…

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National Issues Weigh Heavy Locally

Sam Bradley

Last week (May 17-20) the National Association of Home Builders held its annual spring board of directors meetings in Washington, DC. Among the members of the NAHB board are HBA of Greater Springfield past presidents Sam Bradley, Brett Godfrey and Rusty MacLachlan. Following is a “quick hits” summary of some of the most pressing current…

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