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Advocacy

HBA CBBT Evening was a Home Run – Evening out with the Cardinals

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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Fire… Fire… Sprinklers Dampen Your Business

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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CBBT Slow Pitch – What’s CBBT… What’s Slow Pitch?

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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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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Members Talk Housing to State Legislators

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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HBA Member Craig Fishel to Run for Springfield City Council

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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City of Republic Requires Proof of Sprinkler Offer

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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Greene County Posts Public Hearings for 2012 Code Adoption

Throughout 2012, your Regulatory Advocacy Committee has been meeting with code officials throughout the region regarding adoption of the 2012 International Residential Code. One of our top priorities has been discussion regarding the cost effectiveness of the new energy chapter requirements of the 2012 IRC. Many jurisdictions have been very responsive to amending out the…

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Members & Candidates Mix at SCS Home Entertainment & National Home Products

At the October membership meeting, HBA members had a chance to meet and hear from general election candidates, including those supported by your political action committee, the Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow (CBBT). [slideshow id=45 w=320 h=240] Click here to enlarge slideshow At the meeting Matt Bailey, HBA President, also thanked the 2012 Coalition…

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