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  • 21 Sep 2017 11:54 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Workplace safety is key in running a successful business. Employers with committed safety programs help reduce employee injuries and help minimize insurance costs. The PBA Workers’ Compensation Program, through its carrier Eastern Alliance, is offering free safety presentations for current and prospective Workers’ Compensation program participants.

    Session date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Starting time: 10:00 am, Central Daylight Time (Chicago, GMT-05:00)
    Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
    Presenters: Dave Morrison
    Description: This program is designed for PBA members to help identify and address job site injury exposures. 

    Topics will include: 
    Fall Protection 
    Ladder Safety 
    Silica Exposures 
    Winter Weather Safety 

    We will also list and discuss the top 10 OSHA citations for the construction industry. 

    Register Here!



  • 19 Sep 2017 3:49 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Harrisburg, PA – The PA Builders Association Professional Women in Building Council (PWB) is celebrating Professional Women in Building Week, Sept. 18 - 22. PWB Week aims to drive awareness of the vast contributions women have made and continue to make every day in the residential construction industry.

     “Women are a vital component of the home building industry. PWB Week provides a platform to collectively demonstrate the important roles women play,” said Maria Coutts, Chair, PBA Professional Women in Building Council. “Women have long been in this field, but now we want to shine a spotlight on them to highlight their great work,” she added.

    “PWB is seeing an organic evolution of women at the grassroots level making the necessary strides to fuel the next generation of female building professionals through industry support, professional development, and leadership training opportunities,” says Cathy Sloan, PBA Professional Women in Building Council member. “Our members are not just the builder’s wives anymore, but accredited, licensed and certified professionals representing all facets of the residential construction industry.”

    PWB has become NAHB’s fastest growing council, experiencing a 40% growth in membership over the last decade, and counts 55 Pennsylvania members of its 1531 total membership.

    For more information, visit www.nahb.org/pwbweek

  • 30 Aug 2017 10:11 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    SMALL BUSINESS ADVANTAGE GRANT

    The Small Business Advantage Grant provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500 ($7,000 for lighting-only upgrades), to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or adopt waste reduction processes. The program is open July 25, 2017 through June 30, 2018, or until funds are exhausted.

     
    Pennsylvania-based businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Eligible applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and must save the small business a minimum of $500 and at least 25% annually in energy consumption or pollution prevention related expenses.

    An overview of the program, eligibility requirements and application instructions are included in the Small Business Advantage Grant Package (see links below). Beginning in 2017, all applications must be submitted on-line. Sample hardcopies of the Grant Package may be obtained by calling DEP's Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.

    Small Business Advantage Grant Documents

    Below is a list of the documents you will need when applying for the Small Business Advantage Grant:

    For technical questions regarding the grant, please e-mail program staff at epadvantagegrant@pa.gov for assistance, or call the Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.

  • 29 Aug 2017 3:41 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Mark McNaughton, chair, PBA Government Affairs Committee and president, McNaughton Homes, was a featured guest on WITF’s Smart Talk program on Monday, Aug. 28. The hour-long daily, live, interactive program focused on the Central Pennsylvania residential real estate market. Mark was joined by Smart Talk host Scott Lamar; Bob Fox, the incoming vice president of the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors; Jennifer King, president of the Lancaster County Association of Realtors; and Cheryl Young, a senior economist with the real estate website Trulia.com.

    WITF-FM is headquartered in Harrisburg and broadcasts NPR talk and news programming across a 17-county region. An archived podcast of the show is available. Many thanks to Mark for representing PBA.

  • 25 Aug 2017 10:36 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    The home of Steve and Jen Black in Elizabethtown, PA hosted a cocktail reception of the members and invited guests of the Pennsylvania BUILD-PAC Trustees on Wednesday, August 23.

    Guests included Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA 7), Rep. Charlie Dent (PA 15), Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA 16), and Rep. Scott Perry (PA 4).

    BUILD-PAC, or Builders United in Legislative Decisions Political Action Committee, is the political arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). It helps elect pro-housing, pro-business candidates to federal office.





  • 11 Aug 2017 11:29 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    Friday, August 11 is 8/11 and the celebration of National 811 Day. It's a reminder that you "know what's below" and call before you dig. PBA members their first $125 covered by us.

  • 09 Aug 2017 8:30 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    DiPasquale Named as PBA’s Director of Endorsed Trade Programs


    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Builders Association (PBA) and the Pennsylvania Foundation for Housing (PFH) recently contracted with David DiPasquale of Bedford, PA to serve as Director of Endorsed Trade Programs. DiPasquale replaces Tom Turnbaugh who retired after seven years in that capacity. Mr. DiPasquale was the Administrative Director of the Bedford County Technical Center through June 2017. Previously he had been Supervisor of Career and Technical Education at Monroe Career and Technical Institute in Bartonsville, PA. He also taught Electrical Occupations at Columbia Montour AVTS in Bloomsburg, PA for twenty-two years.


    DiPasquale will be responsible for management of PBA’s endorsement operations throughout the state. The Director is responsible for connecting local builders to career and technical centers in Pennsylvania - helping to build partnerships that will aid in creating the next generation of skilled home builders.


    “My goal in this exciting new role is to become an asset to schools and local builders, helping to foster strong and lasting partnerships in the home building trades,” DiPasquale said. “There’s a shortage of skilled workers in the home building industry in Pennsylvania, and PBA’s Endorsed Trade Program helps fill the gaps in cultivating skilled workers. We offer technical center and college student’s industry-recognized certifications from the PBA and access to grants and scholarships to finish their education. Our students can also participate in their local builders’ associations,” he added.
  • 01 Aug 2017 8:48 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    At PBA’s 2017 Summer Board Meeting 2017 President Andrew Kaye issued a challenge to all PBA members. “Despite the best efforts of our local builder associations, the membership numbers across the state have been declining steadily for many months,” said Andrew. “We have strength in numbers. The health, vitality, and influence of PBA are dependent upon maintaining a vibrant and active membership base.”


    If we can bring PBA’s membership back up to 4,850 builder and associate members, Andrew pledged to give away a cash prize. The prize will go to an individual who successfully recruits a new member between August 1 and the end of 2017. PBA matched Andrew’s $1,000 pledge and other board members* subsequently added to the prize money. The grand prize is up to $2,400.00 and we’re still accepting additions to the prize pool. (Any additional donations will be added to the final prize amount.)


    We want to reward those who are doing their utmost to increase PBA’s membership. Bring in one new member and you are entered in the drawing. Bring in two new members and you have two chances to win. Remember that it’s winner take all – one grand prize to one winner if PBA has 4,850 members at year end. We recognize that’s an aggressive goal. Nonetheless, even if PBA only gets to a level of 4,760 builders and associate members, we will give away fifty percent of the prize money to a qualified entrant.


    For each new member recruited during the Challenge period, the recruiting member or EO will receive one entry for the prize drawing. President Andrew Kaye will draw one winner from all eligible entries at PBA’s 2018 Winter Board Meeting. The winner will be presented with a check at the meeting.

    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.

    There is no time to waste. Start recruiting new members now. Not only do you get a chance to win more than two thousand dollars without buying a raffle ticket; you make PBA and your local association stronger. Let’s get to 4,850!

  • 26 Jul 2017 5:00 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)
    The PBA Summer Board Meeting was a huge success this year and we would like to thank the people who made it possible. The auction, ball game, seminar, and presentations were some of the weekend’s biggest highlights. PBA welcomed its new President-elect, Kert Sloan, and PBA Government Affairs approved several initiatives around pending pieces of legislation, including House Bill 409 (the “RAC Fix” bill).

     

    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!

  • 12 Jul 2017 9:56 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    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.

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