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HBAI Newsletter 6.20.19

June 25, 2019 by Melisa Cox
Categories: Remodeling Month
Governor Reynolds participated in a round table last Thursday at the White House to highlight Iowa’s strong labor market and workforce opportunities.  Reynolds specifically highlighted the Future Ready Iowa initiative, occupational licensing reform, and how these efforts are expanding economic opportunity for Iowans.  “Iowa’s strong labor market and low unemployment rate offers a remarkable opportunity to lead the way on initiatives such as Future Ready Iowa and expanded registered apprenticeship programs from high schools to the prison system,” said Governor Reynolds.  


Final Opportunity for Input on Building Trades Career Awareness Project We’re nearing the end of our project to build awareness for careers in the building trades in Iowa! We’ve compiled labor market data, reviewed existing job postings, and held 5 in-person employer focus groups across the state.  As we approach the finish line for this project, however, we still need your help to further refine and fill out these career awareness materials. Please follow the link below to provide additional information on any occupations for which you hire or train. Any information you provide will be completely anonymous.  We’re also still looking for as many pictures, quotes, and employee spotlights as possible to include in the final product, so readers can better understand these opportunities in Iowa and see themselves in those roles within their communities. This survey closes next Tuesday, June 25.

Vilsack Says USMCA Ratification Would be a Victory Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack – who served eight years as President Obama’s secretary of agriculture – says having congress ratify the “U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement” will provide stability to farmers and momentum for other trade deals. “Having this agreement passed creates optimism, creates hopefulness about the future,” Vilsack said Monday, “which is incredibly important for agriculture and for the food industry, to have that optimism that things are going to be better.” According to Vilsack, 28 percent of the American workforce is employed in the food and agricultural sector. Vilsack is now president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. He said the USMCA preserves Mexico as a market for about 30 percent of all U.S. dairy products. The new agreement also opens Canada to more U.S. dairy sales, Vilsack said. The Trump Administration has not yet forwarded the new trade agreement for North America to congress. Once that happens, the U.S. House and Senate will have 30 days to ratify it. Vilsack said it would be best to have that vote this year, rather than having it happen in 2020 – during a politically-charged election year.     U.S. Senator for Iowa Joni Ernst held her annual Roast and Ride last Saturday and it was a tremendous success.  Former United Nations Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was there to help kick off Senator Ernst’s reelection campaign.  There were over 500 motorcycles that made the trek from Des Moines to Boone, over 2,000 pounds of pulled pork served, and funds were raised for Retrieving Freedom, which provides service dogs to veterans and autistic children.  There were also many state and federal legislators in attendance – a very fun afternoon.

Young Professionals Award Nominations Nominations for the 2019 NAHB Young Professional Awards are open and will be accepted through October 11. Do you qualify? Apply now!  Do you know a deserving young leader or emerging professional? Nominate them! The NAHB Young Professional Awards recognizes young building industry professionals under the age of 45 that propel their careers forward; advance in local, state and national NAHB associations; advocate for the home building industry, engage with peers; and embed themselves as exceptional members of their communities. This award was designed to acknowledge young professionals based on the following criteria: Career Progress; Industry Involvement; Leadership Development; and Innovation. Anyone under 45 (born AFTER December 31, 1974) is eligible to be nominated. Nominees must be an active member in good standing, excluding last year’s winners, judging panelists, and the current NAHB Young Professionals Committee Chairmen. There is no fee to apply and applicants can self-nominate if they qualify. Nominations must be submitted online only. A panel of judges will select 15 finalists and five winners. One winner will be selected from each national region (A-E). Winners will be announced at the 2020 NAHB International Builders’ Show® in Las Vegas.

Remodelers and PWB Awards Too Applications are now open for two NAHB awards programs: The NAHB Remodelers Awards and the Professional Women in Building (PWB) Awards. Each awards program recognizes professionals and organizations for their contributions to the home building industry through their respective councils. Applications can be submitted through the NAHB awards program portal. The NAHB Remodelers awards honor individuals and local remodelers councils for outstanding projects and exceptional service to the remodeling industry. Applications can be submitted for the following awards: National Remodeling Hall of Fame NAHB Remodeler of the Year Council Awards for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADRE) Homes for Life NAHB Remodelers One to Watch Applications for the remodelers awards are open from June 17 to Aug. 19. The NAHB Remodelers Council also regularly recognizes its Remodeler of the Month, applications for which can be submitted year-round. The Professional Women in Building (PWB) Awards recognize PWB members and Home Builders’ Association (HBA) staff who have contributed to the home building industry and their councils in four distinct areas, including local council projects and individual leadership awards. The Leadership Awards honor members and HBA staff through five categories: Woman of the Year Member of the Year At-Large Member of the Year One to Watch Executive Officer of the Year Check out the 2018 Leadership Award winners and nominees here. The PWB Council Awards are awarded in the following categories, based on council size: Councils of the Year Outstanding Innovative Programs Outstanding Legislative and Political Action Programs Outstanding Community Outreach Programs The PWB Council also recognizes its Women of the Future Education and Member Travel Grant recipients and its PWB Spike Membership Competition winners at the International Builders’ Show. Applications are open from June 17 to Sept. 30. Other programs currently open for nominations include: Best of 55+ Housing Awards Best in American Living Awards Building Systems Councils Awards Custom Home Builder of the Year Designee and Educator of the Year Awards Global Innovation Awards Leading Suppliers Council (LSC) Spark Award Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards Excellent Employment   In April, the latest month for which data are available, there were 7.449 million unfilled jobs, a number that has been steady for a year. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed Americans was 5.824 million, the lowest level since 12/2000. For the 14th month in a row, there were more job openings than unemployed. There are a record 1.28 jobs/unemployed person! The labor market remains tight; this was a solid report. – Elliot F. Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Arbitration Trumps Litigation: Home Builder Construction Disputes This month’s featured article from Walt Keaveny is focused on the benefit of arbitration in the warranty. Learn how to settle construction disputes in a manner that is fast, fair, cost-effective and equitable for all parties. Click here to read the full article.    

 This is Iowa:  Real Estate Stunt in NYC.  Check out this freshly released video that will help people learn about Iowa’s affordability, natural beauty, economic viability and lifestyle/culture.  
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