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  • 19 Sep 2019 12:47 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    It’s never too early to start planning for the PBA Fall Board Meeting to be held October 31-November 2 at the Harrisburg Hilton. Registration is now open and more details will be sent to all PBA members in the coming weeks.

    Special room rates have been reserved for PBA members at the Harrisburg Hilton - $157 single or double occupancy. To reserve this special rate, please call 1-717-233-6000 or 1-800-HILTONS. Reservations can also be made online here. Please use the group code PABA. Deadline for reservations at the special rate is October 14.

    Highlights of the annual Board Meeting include committee meetings, the annual Meet The Builder event, a BUILD-PAC reception, and a seminar on how to save money through a safe workplace. The three-day event will culminate with the Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m.

    To register for the meeting, please visit our online registration form.

    See you at the Board Meeting!

  • 16 Sep 2019 8:55 AM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    Anyone looking to connect with manufacturers should mark their calendars for PBA’s Annual Meet The Builder event, held in conjunction with the Fall Board Meeting on November 1 in Harrisburg.

    The free, casual cocktail reception starts at 4:30 at the Harrisburg Hilton is a great way for active builders and remodelers to socialize, share ideas, and meet national/regional product manufacturers as well as industry focused service providers.

    Those interested in attending, should register here. If you are interested in being a sponsor for the event, please register your sponsorship here.

    We look forward to a fantastic event that’s sure to benefit everyone who attends.

    See you on November 1!

  • 13 Sep 2019 4:09 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    September 16-20 is Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week celebrating women as a visible component of the residential construction industry and provides an occasion for members across Pennsylvania to collectively raise awareness of their contributions through activities that promote, enhance and support women within the industry.

    To learn more about how can help women make their mark, please check out this article by PBA Secretary/Treasurer (and past National PWB Chair) Cindy Cepko. The article originally appeared in PBA's statewide magazine Building Pennsylvania.

    READ THE ARTICLE HERE

  • 13 Sep 2019 3:48 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    Registrations are now open for the Fall Regional Meetings. Attending a regional meeting is your chance to stay informed of PBA activities and benefits. It is also the perfect opportunity to voice your concerns and help shape upcoming legislative priorities. Regional meetings bring members together to network and represent the interests of Builder, Associate, and Affiliate members in your area.

    Find your Regional Meeting below and register today. If you are unsure of the region locations, please check out the map here.

    We are all looking forward to seeing you! #PBAProud

    SOUTHWEST - September 30 via Conference Call at 3:00 p.m. RSVP by 9/20 - REGISTER HERE

    MIDEAST - September 30 at HBA of Metro Harrisburg Office, Harrisburg, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 9/20 - REGISTER HERE

    SOUTHEAST - October 2 at HBA of Bucks & Montgomery Counties Office, Fort Washington, at 3:00 p.m. RSVP by 9/20 - REGISTER HERE

    SOUTHCENTRAL - October 8 at Loxley's in the Heritage Hotel, Lancaster, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/1 - REGISTER HERE

    NORTHWEST - October 9 at Chovy's, Meadville, at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/1 - REGISTER HERE

    NORTHEAST - October 10 at Marzoni's Brick Oven, Moosic, at 5:00 p.m. RSVP by 10/4 - REGISTER HERE

    NORTHCENTRAL - October 10 at The Bridge Tavern, South Williamsport, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/4 - REGISTER HERE

    MIDWEST - October 10 at US Hotel, Hollidaysburg, at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by 10/4 - REGISTER HERE

     

     

  • 09 Sep 2019 9:15 AM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    September is Associate Appreciation Month. PBA and the local home builder associations across Pennsylvania want to thank all of our Associate Members for their support of our industry.

    Who exactly is an Associate Member? This majority portion of our membership is made up of trade contractors, suppliers, and service providers that support the home building industry in Pennsylvania. Businesses include architects, banks, cellular phone companies, decorators, suppliers and many more.

    As a way to honor our valued Associate Members, PBA is working with all the local associations to shine the spotlight on a representative sample of members. We asked them why they enjoy being part of their local. Their answers vary from making business contacts and expanding their careers to making friends and a difference in their communities.

    Throughout September, we are spotlighting these members on our social media platforms. We will also include a special section dedicated to Associate Members in the next edition of Building Pennsylvania – the PBA magazine.

    Here are a few of the spotlights that have already been featured so far this month.

     

    Associate Members enjoy valuable benefits through their membership. Be sure to check them out here. And if you know of someone who would be a great fit with your local association and PBA, please pass along this flyer of information so they can see the advantages of being a member.

    On behalf of the entire home building industry in Pennsylvania, we want to salute and thank all of our spectacular Associate Members, not only in September during Associate Appreciation Month, but all through the year!

  • 03 Sep 2019 11:45 AM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    September is National Preparedness Month and with the terrible destruction of Hurricane Dorian, it seems like Mother Nature is sending her own not-so-subtle reminder.

    Natural or man-made disasters can hit any family at any time. Don’t wait for the weather forecasters, take action now!

    Review your insurance policies. Make sure you are covered for natural disasters. Generally damage caused by flooding, earthquakes, and hurricanes is not covered by a regular homeowner’s policy. You may be able to purchase it separately.

    Seal windows and doors. Do your very best to be certain that water and wind doesn’t make it into your home. Looks for cracks, windows, entry doors, and garage doors. Seal as tightly as possible – use special storm shutters as well.

    Do roof maintenance. Clear those gutters and seal your chimney and house vents. Needless to say, heavy downpours that can’t be contained or diverted can cause severe structural damage.

    Clear the yard. If your yard contains a number of sticks or debris as well as lawn furniture or outdoor items, make sure you secure them or take them inside your house. High speed winds can make those everyday items into deadly projectiles.

    Plan ahead. Be ready to hunker down. Plan ahead and stock up on non-perishable food items as well as bottled water, batteries, blankets, and more.

    While the aftermath of a disaster is often overwhelming, it is important and helpful to keep the following information, provided by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in mind.

    Keeping Safe During Disaster Cleanup and Recovery

    Flood Cleanup

    Cleanup Hazards

    Decontamination

    Using Portable Generators Safely

    Rodents, Snakes, and Insects

    Tree Trimming & Removal

    Mold

    Please be prepared and stay safe!

     

  • 03 Sep 2019 10:47 AM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    The second edition of Building Pennsylvania – the official magazine of PBA – will be published in January. We hope you had a chance to read the issue that came out this summer. If you missed it, you can view it online here.

    We are currently building our editorial content and we are looking for your input. This issue will lean heavily toward workforce development. Please submit your ideas for articles that you would like to read and that you feel would be valuable for the PBA membership. Send your ideas for consideration to Rick Cochran at rcochran@pabuilders.org no later than October 4.

  • 26 Aug 2019 3:23 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals for new construction or the rehabilitation of mixed-use projects seeking financial support. Funding will be provided through the Community Revitalization Fund Program. Mixed-use projects combine residential and retail/commercial space in the same building and often serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. The deadline for proposal submission is 2 p.m. on Oct. 18.

    This funding program was created as part of the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2017/18 budget, and PHFA was designated by the General Assembly to administer it. This year’s approved state budget authorized PHFA to sell $3 million of state tax credits and use the proceeds to make awards for the development of mixed-use properties in commercial/retail corridors in Pennsylvania that are undergoing revitalization.

    Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

    • The rehabilitation of older or under-utilized buildings for immediate re-use to support other community development goals;
    • Preparing commercial build-out and business lease space;
    • The design of, and structural and legal conversion of, existing buildings; and
    • The provision of additional units of housing by combining uses in a single, newly constructed or renovated building.

    “We’re looking to fund projects that not only will bring a direct benefit to communities but that also have the potential to attract additional investment to areas seeking redevelopment,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “Our goal is to use this funding in a way that achieves the maximum benefit for communities and stimulates revitalization beyond each individual project receiving financial support.”

    Eligible applicants for this funding include units of local government (counties, cities, boroughs, etc.); redevelopment authorities; for-profit firms; non-profit groups; and economic development organizations. Applications from third-class cities will be given higher priority in this year’s proposal evaluations.
    Information about the Community Revitalization Fund RFP is posted on the PHFA website at: https://www.phfa.org/mhp/developers/loans.aspx. Interested organizations can learn more by contacting Bryce Maretzki at PHFA at (717) 780-1867 or by email at bmaretzki@phfa.org.

    A webinar about the RFP is planned for Sept. 17. More details are available on the PHFA website at the web address given above.

  • 26 Aug 2019 3:21 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    The home show committee of the Central Susquehanna Builders Association donated $700 toward programs benefiting the Endorsed Trade Program.

    Member Dean Hilliard received a split mini HVAC system and offered it as a prize raffle item for the March 2019 CSBA Home Show. Dean offered his installation services as well.

    Students from the Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School sold tickets to attendees during the show and all proceeds were earmarked for the Endorsed Trade Program.

    Steve Brown, CSBA 2nd Vice President, presented the check to PAB President Maria Coutts at the PBA Summer Board Meeting. The Central Susquehanna BA has requested that the funds be used to provide materials and recognition for students involved in workforce development programs.

    PBA and the Workforce Development Committee would like to thank the members of the Central Susquehanna Builders Association for their dedication to the future of our workforce.

  • 20 Aug 2019 1:48 PM | Rick Cochran (Administrator)

    So did you just pull into the driveway after dropping your youngest off at college? Or maybe you spent the summer helping the last holdout move into their own place. The bottom line is that now you fit into the special club called the “empty nesters”. Yes, the first couple of weeks may be filled with a few tears and lots of memories, but then the fun starts – THE PLACE IS FINALLY ALL YOURS!

    All the home shows on television seem to focus on couples who are looking for special areas in their homes for their particular interests. Most real parents have probably yelled at the screen wondering who ever had time for their own interests. Well now is your time, so we’ve come up with a few ideas of what you can do with Junior’s room. Sure you might want to include a sofa bed or air mattress in the house for him – but don’t make it look too permanent!

    Library – Are you a book lover but currently the only place you have to store them is as a make-shift bedside table? Think of the possibilities of having bookshelves installed in a dedicated room. Add a big comfortable chair, a side table, and maybe even a sound system and you have the makings of your own library to enjoy.

    Meditation Room – Now that there is actually some quiet in the house, a meditation room might be a good idea. Make it clutter-free with soothing colors and maybe some big pillows or comfortable blankets because after all, naps count as meditating too, right?

    A Closet to Die For – For years you have been shoving your clothes into what seems like a smaller and smaller space. Suddenly there are empty closets in other rooms (well, once you convince the previous occupant to clear them out). You could look beyond the closets and make the entire room a walk-in closet. Install a closet system, add a dresser or two and finally be able to keep your things organized and neat.

    Exercise Room – How many treadmills currently do double duty as a clothes hanger? Past space limitations have resulting in exercise gear relegated to the corner of the master bedroom. Clear out that new empty room and you’ve got all kinds of room to do your workouts. Install a wall mounted television and add some floor mats and you will soon be on the path for a healthier you.

    Man Cave/Indoor She Shed – Yes, we have all seen the commercial where Sheryl’s She-Shed is in flames. But why not leave the shed for what it was meant for – storing the mower. An empty room can easily be taken over and used for displaying sports memorabilia, doing crafts, listening to music, or even being transformed into a luxury bath for your own in-home spa.

    Home Office – Let’s get that laptop and stack of bills off the kitchen counter. That room is screaming to be your own home office. You might want to even start a new business based on your hobbies (now that you have time for them!). Enjoy the opportunity to be able to shut the door on distractions.

    OK – maybe you want to look beyond the empty room.

    As empty nesters you can make all kinds of changes to your home. Remember it’s your space and you can do whatever you want. Other ideas include investing in some finer furniture – you know, maybe you can finally get a white sofa now that no one is sprawled on it eating pizza.

    This may be the time to redo your floors or even freshen up the outside areas. Paint the walls the colors you’ve always wanted to or even remodel the place for resale in the future.

    No matter what you decide, it’s important to realize that life goes on and you’ve reached a new chapter. Make the most of it and take some time – and space – for yourself.

    You’ve earned it.



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