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  • 25 Jul 2016 11:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Brian A. Hudson, Sr. of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency was awarded the Pennsylvania Builders Association’s (PBA) 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award at the Summer Board of Directors meeting over the weekend. This is the association’s highest honor, having been presented to only a handful of members since 1998.

    "I am truly humbled and honored to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award," says Hudson. "The home builders have been long term partners with PHFA in providing housing throughout the Commonwealth, and I am looking forward to continuing our partnership to address the needs of our residents."

    Hudson was selected for the statewide award based on his lifetime of achievement to both the housing industry and his surrounding community. Hudson has been a member of PBA for over 25 years and the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency since 2003. He has served on many organization boards and committees, as well as in various leadership positions. In 2007, he received recognition as PBA’s State Government Official of the Year. Some of Brian’s other prominent positions include: President of the National Council of State Housing Agencies, a Board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, and Board member for the National Housing Trust.

    “I have personally known Brian for over 20 years and had the unique opportunity to witness firsthand his numerous accomplishments on behalf of the housing industry,” says nominator Gary Lenker, Vice President/Director of Operations of Donco Construction, Inc.  and President of the Home Builders Association of Metro Harrisburg. “Brian has certainly made a significant and long term contribution to Pennsylvania’s housing industry and I enthusiastically support him for his award.”

    For more information about the Builders Gala Awards, including past recipients,  click here.

    About PBA

    Chartered in 1952, the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization representing nearly 5,000 member companies from across the Commonwealth. PBA members and their employees include builders, remodelers, material suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, lending institutions, utilities and others involved in the housing industry.

    PBA serves its membership by providing proactive leadership on state regulatory and legislative issues and by offering products and services to its 36 local associations and chapters that enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of its members. PBA serves Pennsylvania communities and consumers through its steadfast efforts to protect homeownership rights and advocate for affordable housing options. PBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders. www.pabuilders.org 

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  • 18 Jul 2016 10:34 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The PBA Associates Council, in collaboration with the York Builders Association, has partnered with Leg Up Farm, a non-profit organization in York County providing educational and therapeutic services for special needs children.


    In addition to hosting fundraising events, the project hopes to bring together philanthropic members interested in volunteering for the renovation of Matthew’s Town, a dynamic indoor interactive therapy setting fashioned after a small town.

    Visit us at the upcoming PBA board meeting in State College to donate or learn more about the project. You can also download a flyer with more information by clicking here.

    Schedule of Fundraising Events -
    PBA Summer Board Meeting: July 21-23 2016
    PBA Fall Board Meeting: October 27-29 2016
    York BA Parade of Homes: September 17-18 2016
    York BA Home and Garden Show: February 10-12 2017

    Interested contributors may also visit with project coordinators, face-to-face, at any of the fundraising events listed above.

    Volunteers Needed! The renovation of Matthew’s Town requires the input and support by interested philanthropic members among us. Opportunities are available for members to get involved on a deeper level. Donations of certain materials would be appreciated. We also need volunteers with expertise in the following areas:
    - Window Installation
    - Garage Doors
    - Painting/Air Brushing
    - Flooring
    - Roofing
    - Custom Construction - Mechanical
    - Scaffolding
    - Electrical & Lighting
    - Remodeling

    Contact Douglas or Laurie with questions or to sign up:

    Douglas Vu, PBA Program Coordinator
    717-325-4174 or dvu@pabuilders.org

    Laurie Lourie, York BA Executive Officer
    717-767-2444 or laurie@yorkbuilders.com

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    Learn more about Leg Up Farm on their website.


  • 11 Jul 2016 1:35 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    We are honored to announce that PBA was named as a beneficiary of the Estate of Harold B. Benjamin, former member of the Building Industry Association of Northeastern PA. A generous gift in excess of $8,000 was distributed to our association last month following Mr. Benjamin’s passing.

    On behalf of PBA's Leadership, we would like to express our appreciation for Mr. Benjamin’s generous contribution. His foresight and openhandedness when preparing his will allowed him to honor and support the continued work of PBA even now when he is no longer with us. We applaud all of our members and supporters for contributions that assist us in providing valuable member services.

    If you might be interested in following Mr. Benjamin’s example and leaving a legacy for PBA, please contact Daniel Durden at (717) 730-4380 or ddurden@pabuilders.org.


  • 05 Jul 2016 12:08 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Ben Illig, President of the Home Builders Association of the Alleghenies, was featured on several Johnstown radio stations in an interview with Sunday Magazine speaking about the importance of joining our association.

    “I believe that the greatest benefit is being a part of a local network of individuals who work with integrity in the same industry, that share knowledge and work together efficiently,” says Illig.

    For a full list of benefits available to members, use your log in to access the Tools for Members page at www.pabuilders.org/members.

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    Share your local news with us! Contact Melanie Wise at 717-730-4380. 


  • 01 Jul 2016 10:10 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    We are excited to welcome NAHB Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy, Robert Dietz, Ph.D. as our guest speaker at the PBA Summer Board meeting!

    July 23 at 10 a.m.
    Nittany Lion Inn, State College
    See the full event details, including a link to register here.
    (Registration deadline July 15)

    Robert Dietz, Ph.D. handles housing market analysis, economic forecasting and industry surveys, and housing policy research for the National Association of Home Builders. Dr. Dietz has published academic research on the private and social benefits of homeownership, federal tax expenditure estimation, and other housing and tax issues in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Housing Research, the National Tax Journal and the NBER Working Paper series. 

    Full bio posted here - http://eyeonhousing.org/nahbs-economists/

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    Register for all of the meetings and events you plan to attend at the PBA Summer Board Meeting by Friday, July 15! Also, don't forget the room release date for the Nittany Lion Inn is July 8. Click here for more information.


  • 29 Jun 2016 9:24 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) announced today that a total of 822 students were awarded a certification from the PBA Endorsed Trade Program at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program currently includes 121 technical programs from 30 different schools throughout the state and continues to grow every year.

    Chris Warren, Chair of the PBA Workforce Training and Education Committee, is excited by the recent growth and development seen in the program. “Our decade-long development of the program has produced an outstanding outline of expectations, as well as setting a high standard of education for successful workforce-focused programs in our Pennsylvania Career Technology Schools.”

    Endorsement of a trade program involves a thorough review and evaluation by people working in the construction industry using criteria established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The program is also recognized by the Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Endorsement ensures that trade programs meet high standards of performance and will properly prepare students for a career in the industry with foundational knowledge in the building trades.  

    “PBA is committed to a viable, high-quality construction industry and the workforce to support it. We make an annual list of students from these schools available exclusively to our members so they can make direct contact with certified graduates. I continue to encourage every PBA member to reach out to these students so they can begin building positive relationships within our association and our industry,” according to Jim Brown, 2016 PBA President. PBA members may view this list on the PBA website under www.pabuilders.org/members using their member login information.

    PBA works with schools around the state to certify their various home building courses, demonstrating they meet NAHB educational guidelines. Students who complete PBA-certified programs can take tests that demonstrate their skills in their program’s core competencies. When these students receive certification, it provides reassurance to builders and potential employers that they are well-prepared for work with a residential construction company.

    Further information about the program can be found at pbaendorsedtrade.org.

    About PBA

    Chartered in 1952, the Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) is a nonprofit professional trade organization representing nearly 5,000 member companies from across the Commonwealth. PBA members and their employees include builders, remodelers, material suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, lending institutions, utilities and others involved in the housing industry.

    PBA serves its membership by providing proactive leadership on state regulatory and legislative issues and by offering products and services to its 36 local associations and chapters that enhance the effectiveness and professionalism of its members. PBA serves Pennsylvania communities and consumers through its steadfast efforts to protect homeownership rights and advocate for affordable housing options. PBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders. www.pabuilders.org 

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    Contact: Melanie Wise

    mwise@pabuilders.org   
    717.730.4380, ext. 3012
    June 29, 2016
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Download a PDF of this press release.


  • 28 Jun 2016 8:47 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Published: Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Daily Local News - Real Estate

    Funds, labor and furniture donated to support Chester County initiative.

    A local builder [and PBA member] is partnering with a non-profit organization to combat the growing issue of middle-aged women on the brink of homelessness in Chester County. McKee Builders is donating their time to aid in the restoration of The Catherine Twomey House, a Home of the Sparrow Project. The renovated house will have the capacity to host up to six women at any given time while also providing them with direct access to transportation, healthcare resources and grocery stores. 

    The home building community, most especially the Home Builders Association of Chester and Delaware Counties, has graciously taken it upon themselves to assist with renovations of the house. Read the full article.

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    This post was sourced from Daily Local News: Real Estate on Sunday, June, 26, 2016.


  • 27 Jun 2016 9:15 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Learn how Pennsylvania home builders are successfully using the new HECM for Purchase (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, aka Reverse Mortgage) financing option to increase sales! This seminar at PBA's Summer Board meeting will be presented by Julie Didyoung of Reverse Mortgage Funding, LLC.

    Friday, July 22 at 3 PM - Register here.

    Seminar to be followed by a Q&A.

    Presenter Julie Didyoung has worked in the reverse mortgage industry since 2007. Since 2014, Didyoung has been with Reverse Mortgage Funding LLC, a company founded by industry veterans who have significant experience as leaders and innovators in the HECM business. With its exceptional management team, motivated loan specialists and years of experience and expertise, RMF understands what older homeowners value most: flexible solutions, straight talk, and responsive service. For Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, RMF is the clear choice. Click here for more information.

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    Still need to register for the board meeting? Deadline July 15.


  • 20 Jun 2016 5:00 PM | Government Affairs (Administrator)

    Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its evaluation of Pennsylvania’s 2014-15 and 2016-17 milestones in the perpetual Chesapeake Bay Watershed cleanup program. Needless to say, and to the surprise of nobody, the EPA was disappointed in the Commonwealth’s current progress and recommended increased federal oversight of the cleanup efforts.

    For 2014-15, Pennsylvania achieved its target for phosphorus reduction, but fell short on achieving the state-wide target for nitrogen and sediment reduction. Based on projections, Pennsylvania will likely meet state-wide goals for sediment reduction in 2016-17, though will miss targets for nitrogen and phosphorus reductions.

    Although Pennsylvania released its “Strategy to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Restoration Effort” (often referred to as the “Chesapeake Bay Reboot”) in January 2016, the EPA indicated it was not enough to address both current and future nutrient reductions. As a result, the EPA determined that it would conduct its own assessments of agricultural operations and implement its own nutrient and sediment goals for Pennsylvania. Read more on the Chesapeake Bay Reboot here.

    The EPA targeted the agricultural community, stating that “Pennsylvania will need to place considerably greater emphasis on increasing implementation in the agriculture sector to address nitrogen and phosphorus.” Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus are found in fertilizers and animal manure, which enter the Chesapeake Bay via streams containing agricultural runoff.

    In March 2016, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), joined by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), failed to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the EPA’s authority to implement the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements. Read more.  

    Urban and suburban stormwater management techniques also drew criticism from the EPA, which stated that it “expects Pennsylvania to include a milestone to develop a trading and offset policy for post construction stormwater.” Currently, Pennsylvania only provides a Nutrient Credit Trading Program for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittees in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

    The EPA acknowledged Pennsylvania’s “renewed commitment” to achieving TMDL goals through the Chesapeake Bay Reboot, but admonished the progress that has been made so far, stating that “the gap continues to grow as a result of growth in various sectors.” Although the EPA has not formally developed its own plan, the report states “EPA may develop Pennsylvania-specific Phase III [Watershed Implementation Plan] expectations to help the Commonwealth get back on track to meeting its 2025 Bay TMDL commitments and goals.”

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    For more news and updates from PBA's Government Affairs team, go to www.pabuilders.org/government-affairs

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  • 20 Jun 2016 8:35 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)


    Mark your calendar for July 21-23 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College

    What Goes into a Board Meeting?

    PBA Board Meetings are multi-day events that take place three times each year at different locations across the state. During these gatherings, PBA's committee meetings are held (full list of committees here) along with seminars or training for members. Association partners from member benefits programs attend to connect with members and answer questions. There are also social events for members to attend, whether it's a cocktail reception in the summer/fall or the winter Installation & Awards Banquet. 

    Board meetings weekends are not just for directors and local leadership; any member may attend! Unless otherwise noted on the schedule of events, committee meetings are open to all membership. It's your chance to get involved at the state level, learn about issues concerning the industry, and make valuable connections with other members. So, how do you sign up?

    Registration Process

    Last week, an email was sent to all membership with the subject line "Register for the PBA Summer Board Meeting (Regional/Board Packet available)". This email included: 

    - Date, time, and location
    - Room reservation details
    - Regional/Board Packet for upcoming regional meetings
    Registration link to RSVP for meetings
    Full schedule of events
    - PaCAH Cocktail Reception and fundraising information

    If you didn't get this email, contact PBA staff. You can expect to receive this email each time a Board Meeting is approaching. Don’t forget, as this information becomes available, it will always be posted to the PBA events calendar along with all of the links you'll need. 

    Schedule of Events

    Board Meetings usually take place over the span of 3 days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).

    • Thursday: Leadership Meetings and Hospitality Suite
    • Friday: Committee Meetings, Seminars/Training and Social Events
    • Saturday: Regional Caucuses and Board of Directors Meeting

    You can download the full schedule of events here

    Any Questions?

    Consult your Member Guide or our FAQ's document for more information. If you still can't find your answers, please don't hesitate to contact PBA Staff.

    We hope to see you in State College later this summer!

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