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.
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.
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!
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 email@example.com for assistance, or call the Small Business Ombudsman Office at 717-772-5160.
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.
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