Political Advocacy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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October Membership Reception – Meet Housing Friendly Candidates!

The November general election is just around the corner and your political advocacy committee and the Coalition for Building a Better Tomorrow have been busy identifying and supporting those candidates who understand the importance of housing recovery to our overall economic health. Stop by the October Membership Reception, hosted by HBA member businesses, network with…

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Schoeller Wins Secretary of State Primary – Area Election Wrap Up

Former HBA Employee Shane Schoeller narrowly won a very competitive three-way Republican primary for Secretary of State on August 7, and will now face Democrat Jason Kander in the general election on November 6. Schoeller beat out two other strong republican candidates (see graphic below) in the statewide race. His final margin of victory was less than…

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