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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Thank you to everyone who participated in the CBBT “Evening out with the Cardinals” event for the HBA Political Action Committee (PAC) last Friday, April 18th. “Everyone enjoyed the relaxed environment where they could kick back and watch a good baseball game and to top it off, the Springfield Cardinals won,” said Charlyce Ruth. “There…

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Ok, so I tricked you, but the government tricks you all the time. So read this and you could save thousands, literally. A few years ago, your HBA led the fight against legislation requiring mandatory fire sprinkler installation in all new homes across Missouri. This would have increased new home costs thousands of dollars and…

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A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the CBBT “slow pitch” event for the HBA Political Action Committee (PAC) on Tuesday November 5 (see photos below). It was a great experience for everyone involved. The program was designed so our associate sponsors could have a chance to educate our builder members about their…

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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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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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A group of builder members and associate Coalition Advocacy Investors hopped on a bus earlier this month to talk housing with area legislators in the Capitol. There are currently dozens of bills being monitored by the HBA of Missouri’s lobbyist, Jewell Patek of Patek & Associates. Senator Bob Dixon (District 30) updated HBA members regarding the…

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Springfield native and small businessman Craig Fishel will officially enter the race for Springfield’s Zone 4 City Council Seat on Tuesday, December 4, when the filing period opens for candidates who wish to be on the ballot for the municipal general election to be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Fishel, who has lived in Zone…

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As area jurisdictions adopt the 2012 International Residential Codes, they must comply with state law prohibiting inclusion of the code’s residential fire sprinkler mandate. Missouri Senate Bill 108, which passed in 2011, extended the prohibition of mandatory residential fire sprinklers through 2019 and also continues to require builders of one- and two-family dwellings to offer…

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