DiPasquale Named as PBA’s Director of Endorsed Trade Programs
The PBA Membership Challenge begins August 1, 2017, and ends on December 31, 2017. NAHB’s membership statistics as derived from the NAHB WMS will be used for ascertaining membership goals reached, spike credits awarded, new members secured and any and all other measures necessary to determine eligibility. Data as of December 31, 2017, and produced by NAHB in mid-January 2018 shall constitute the final figures applicable to the PBA Membership Challenge. We are sorry, but no local association or self-reported statistics will be accepted. PBA leadership, in its sole discretion, will decide any questions regarding eligibility.
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Over $30,000 Raised for PaCAH
Members of the PBA were busy over the three-day conference. Designer bags, sports tickets, and gift certificates were sold to the highest bidders, raising $1,145 for PaCAH. Contributions of over $1,900 were raised in conjunction with the PaCAH VIP Night at the Ballpark and a big thank you to the local associations who presented PaCAH checks on the board floor – a total of over $19,000. That’s a total of over $22,000 raised for PaCAH over the weekend!!
Affordable Housing Summer Seminar
Members gathered Friday afternoon for a seminar entitled “Using Mixed Income and Mixed Use Development to Support Local Community Revitalization." The discussion included a panel of housing practitioners and funders about their involvement in mixed income and mixed use projects as part of an overall community revitalization strategy. Panelists included Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and seminar sponsor Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.
Associates Council Project: Camp Victory
The PBA Associates Council's next building support project takes place at Camp Victory, a 125-acre facility in Millville, PA for children with special needs and their families. Several sections of the camp are in need of repairs, remodeling, and maintenance. Through a partnership with Penn College Construction Association, the PBA Associates Council will raise initial start-up funds through a GoFundMe campaign and then begin the work projects in late-2017.
Another huge thank you to our partners EK McConkey, and BDX for networking with our members and assisting them with questions over the weekend. We appreciate you sharing your time with us.
PBA 2017 Fall Board Meeting
Mark your calendar for the next Board of Directors Meeting on October 28at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. We look forward to seeing you there!
The schedule of events and board meeting agenda has been set for the for the PBA Summer Board of Directors meeting from Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, July 22, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA. The Board meeting is Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. Other events planned during the three-day event include the Affordable Housing Seminar, Regional Caucus Meetings and the PA Committee for Affordable Housing (PaCAH) VIP Night at the Ballpark.
Congratulations to PBA members E. G. Stoltzfus and McConkey Insurance & Benefits for being named to the Central PA Business Journal’s 2017 Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies! READ MORE
A new consumer spending analysis from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) highlights another reason why home building helps drive a healthy economy: In their first year of ownership, new home buyers spend about $10,601 on appliances, furnishings and home improvement projects – 2.6 times as much as other home owners in a typical year.
NAHB economists studied the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey to help quantify the wave of activity – and cash – spent to install new refrigerators, buy couches and make other improvements as new owners personalize their homes.
“While construction jobs are the most obvious impact of new homes on the economy, it’s important to realize that it doesn’t stop there,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer in Kerrville, Texas.
“It’s the architects, the heating technicians, the lumber suppliers. And it’s the mom-and-pop owners at the local furniture or appliance store who are helping these buyers make their house a home,” he said.
During the first two years after closing on the house, a typical buyer of a newly built single-family home tends to spend on average $4,500 more than a similar non-moving home owner.
A previous NAHB study based on 2004-2007 data collected during the housing boom showed somewhat higher spending by home owners overall. But the tendency of buyers to outspend non-moving owners on appliances, furnishings and home improvements was similar.
In the aggregate, most of the demand for appliances, furnishings and remodeling projects in a given year is generated by non-moving home owners, because they outnumber home buyers by such a wide margin.
But new owners’ impact is noticeable – and vital, MacDonald said. “The health of housing – and new home buying – is key to the overall state of our economy.”
See the study at: http://www.nahb.org/spendingpatterns.
PBA announced today that 772 students were awarded a certification from the PBA Endorsed Trade Program at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. The program currently includes 111 technical programs from 28 different trade schools throughout the Commonwealth.
“PBA is committed to an endorsed trade education program that meets and exceeds industry standards in curriculum, mission and educational goals,” said Daniel Durden, PA Builders Association CEO. “We recognize the urgent need for skilled trade’s workers in PA. Workforce development is a critical function of PBA’s mission to our residential builder and remodeler members.”
Trade program endorsements involve a thorough review and evaluation by construction industry professionals using criteria established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB.) PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program is recognized by the PA Department of Education and endorsed by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators. Endorsement ensures that trade programs like PBA’s meet high standards of performance and will properly prepare students for a career in the industry with foundational knowledge in the building trades.
Chris Warren, Chair of the PBA Workforce Training and Education Committee oversees the management and growth of the program. “Our endorsed school graduates are available exclusively to PBA members so they can recruit the most desirable candidates. This partnership is a win-win for both our home builder members and the trade schools that train them.”
PBA collaborates with schools around the state to certify home building trade programs in fields such as building construction, cabinetry, HVAC, masonry, and plumbing trades demonstrate they meet NAHB educational guidelines. Students who complete PBA-certified programs are then tested and receive their accreditation - providing reassurance to builders and potential employers they are well-prepared for work with a residential construction company. PBA members may review the list of potential employees at www.pabuilders.org/members using their member login information. Further information about the program can be found at pbaendorsedtrade.org.
During the 2017 Midyear NAHB Board Meeting, Kert Sloan, President of Aluminum Associates in Temple, PA accepted an award for Life Director from the National Association of Home Builders.
In order to achieve this award a volunteer must attend at least two NAHB Board Meetings a year for 10 years consecutively. He has achieved this by only missing one meeting in ten years.
The York Builders Association and the Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties in collaboration with the PBA Associates Council, has completed a large community service project for Leg Up Farm, a non-profit organization in York County that has been making a name for itself in the central PA region. The organization provides educational and therapeutic services for special needs children, hosts summer camps, operates a full service grocery market, and plans to open a second farm in partnership with Penn National Raceway.
Through volunteer labor as well as product and monetary donations, the two groups were able to remodel several areas of their "Matthew's Town" installation, a dynamic indoor interactive therapy setting fashioned after a small town which helps kids with special needs navigate everyday settings and challenges on their own terms, and at their own pace. Features were installed like windows, lights and doors to boost the home town atmosphere, and $1500 was donated to subsidize the cost of the Summer Camp for a few lucky children
For more information about Matthew’s Town and Leg Up Farm or to donate, go to their website at www.legupfarm.org. Thank you to all the member companies that helped make a difference:
Lancaster and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Metropolitan Statistical Areas are the only two MSAs in the nation with a +3 ranking while 57 MSAs have a ranking of +2 in the latest report, suggesting very healthy housing fundamentals in these local markets. Overall, more than three-quarters of the MSAs across the country have a positive ranking in the 2017 Q1 report. Other strong PA markets include Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, which each rated a +2 – an increase of +1 ranking from Nationwide Economics 2016 Q4 summary.
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