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  • 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!

  • 28 Jul 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.

  • 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.

  • 12 Jul 2017 9:53 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    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


  • 07 Jul 2017 3:32 PM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    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.

  • 05 Jul 2017 10:38 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    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.

  • 03 Jul 2017 8:32 AM | Craig Hoffman (Administrator)

    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.

    Kert is the current Vice President of the PA Builders Association and is a Past President of HBA Berks County.



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