March 2017 Building Buzz

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Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association

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SELLING: Art or Science? page 5

Bismarck Revised Site Plan Policy page 6

Mandan Economic Impact page 7

Home Show Sets Record page 8


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Members Anniversaries Time to Renew! Members with March Anniversaries. Renew by March 31, 2017. Alliance Real Estate Denise Ziegler & Amy Helphrey www.deniseamy.com | Real Estate

Alpha Construction, Inc. | Roman Baranets Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting | Roofing/Siding/ Sheet Metal Work

American Bank Center | Jake Nesvig www.weareamerican.com | Mortgage Banking

Bianco Realty - Judy Maslowski Real Estate

KLJ | Brett Gurholt | www.kljeng.com Land Development | Engineering | Planner or Designer Mike Wolf Painting, Inc. | Mike Wolf Paint/Wall Coverings

Missouri Basin Materials, Inc. | Rocky Thompson | Manufacturing

Bismarck Lumber Co. | Darwin Fischer www.bismarcklumber.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Roofing/Siding/Sheet Metal Work

Northern Improvement Co. | Brad Ballweber www.northernimprovement.com Concrete Work | Excavation Work

Boll Cabinets Inc. | Rodney Boll Remodeling-Residential | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership)

Premier Homes, Inc | Wade Vogel www.premierhomesnd.com | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting | Multifamily Building (Condo/ Coop Units)

BNC National Bank | Marc Menge www.bncbank.com | Commercial Banking/ Thrift Institution | Mortgage Banking Buffalo Concrete LLP | Tom Bauer Concrete Work | Excavation Work

Dakota Millwork | Jeff Scherr www.dakotamillwork.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership)

Precision Concrete Cutters, Inc. | Terry Leabo www.egresswindowsystems.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Concrete Work

Spaces, Inc. | Lisa Bohrer www.spaces4you.com | Planner or Designer

Tamarack Materials Northland | Randy Bannor www.tamarackmaterials.com | Manufacturing Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Drywall Installation

Flickertail Construction LLC | Grant Miller Carpentry Work

Weisz & Sons Inc. | Don Weisz weiszandsons.net | Masonry/Stone Work/Tile Setting/Plaster | Concrete Work | Excavation Work

Hallmark Homes, Inc. | Scott Moran www.hallmarkhomesinc.net | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting | Single Family Custom Building J & R Vacuum & Sewing | Jim Barnhardt www.jrsewfun.com | Appliances (Retail Dealership) | Appliances

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Professionals building our community through promotion of home ownership, education and legislation since 1958.

2017 Board of Directors PRESIDENT

Shannon Reichenberg Diversity Homes Phone: (701) 751-3999 shannon@diversityhomesnd.com

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Lynn Klein Gate City Bank Phone: (701) 355-7633 lynn.klein@gatecitybank.com

PAST PRESIDENT

Greg Zenker Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air Phone: (701) 222-2155 greg@northernplains.net

SECRETARY/TREASURER Susie Franklin Choice Financial Phone: (701) 751-7282

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

s.franklin@choicefinancialgroup.com

Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 chad@k-lhomes.com

Rory Anderson Verity Homes of Bismarck Phone:(701) 354-2846 rory@verityhomes.com

Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701)255-7628 jeff@bismarckbuilder.com

Bill Schmid Townsquare Media Phone: (701) 250-6602

bill.schmid@townsquaremedia.com

Brian Eiseman Stoneshire Builders Phone: (701) 471-6935 brian@stoneshirebuilders.com

Wade Vogel Premier Homes, Inc. Phone (701)226-1809 wade@premierhomesnd.com

Marc Menge BNC National Bank Phone:(701) 250-3000 mmenge@bncbank.com

Sam’s Club 4933 | Marty Masenne

Fargo Glass & Paint Co. | Erik Kees www.fargoglass.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) | Paint/Wall coverings

Fleck’s Furniture & Appliance, Inc. Jason Franzen | www.flecksonline.com Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) Flooring Coverings (Retail Dealership) Appliances

Your membership is three-in-one: BMHBA, NDAB and NAHB

Verity Homes | Rory Anderson www.verityhomes.com | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting | Multifamily Building (Condo/ Coop Units)

January 2017 New Members JERRY’S VACUUM CENTER Larry Goetzfridt buynsell.sw11@midconetwork.com

LAFORGE HOMES AND CONSTRUCTION David Williams david@laforgehomes.com LaforgeHomes.com Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting


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President’s Letter

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reetings BMHBA Members,

We are wrapping up another busy month and starting what looks to be another busy month at the association. This last month we continued to attend city meetings, participated with the Bismarck-Mandan Board of Realtors (BMBOR) and the North Dakota Association of Builders (NDAB) at the Capitol for Legislative Impact Day, co-hosted our annual Oyster and Chili Feed with legislators, hosted our first but not last Builders Only Social with the message of “rallying the troops”, attended the BMBOR Appraisal Panel, and I would be remised if I didn’t mention our 40th Annual Home Show. I would like to personally thank all of the committee members, staff, and of course vendors that worked hard and put in countless hours to achieve another successful event.

I’ve spent that last two months meeting with builders and board members, and visiting our committees to share my goal of getting more involvement and “All Hands on Deck”. The association has been doing a lot of advocacy work on our industry’s behalf and we are definitely stronger in numbers. All of this work is my attempt to identify and eliminate empathy.

Shannon Reichenberg Board President

Wikipedia defines apathy as a “lack of feeling, emotion, interest, and concern. Apathy is a state of indifference, or the suppression of emotions such as concern, excitement, motivation, and/or passion. An apathetic individual has an absence of interest in or concern about emotional, social, spiritual, philosophical and/or physical life and the world.” I don’t believe we have become apathetic, but I do believe that too often it is easy for us to take the stance that someone is fighting the fight or doing the dirty work and therefore we don’t need to get involved. My challenge to each of you is to assume you need to help take care of it, not assume that others will take care of the industry for you. If we all take this stance, we will be in full force. You can begin by marking your calendars for the upcoming events and attending them: • March 16: Build Day at the Capitol • March 23: Fun Night at Jerome Distributing

If any of you would like to sit down and visit on how we can make our association stronger, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and stay tuned to our new You Tube channel (youtube.com/bmhba) for video updates. Until next time, have a great month! “All Hands on Deck!”

Your President, Shannon Reichenberg

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The SCIENCE and Art Behind SELLING The science of selling—tapping into what customers want and how to sell it to them—proved to be a pretty common theme at the International Builders’ Show. Learn more about the seven key areas that are likely to make your buyers’ hearts’ skip a beat, and what to keep in mind when designing your next home. Great Design Experts say that escapism, converged living, cultural influences and that both task oriented (functional) and experiential (emotion) spaces are currently leading the way in new home design. These other trends should be considered as well.

Kitchen, family and dining room converge in singular space.

The Retail Experience In today’s fast-paced, short-attentionspan world, capturing the buyer’s eye and keeping them focused on the mark can be challenging. Marketing and merchandising plays a big role in this. Experts agree that offline, it should start with the sales center. The model home experience should be a

journey for the client. Using virtual and augmented reality in the sales center and throughout model homes or giving clients the freedom to explore on their own, at their convenience can make for a more unique and memorable experience. Location Homes and communities, both singleand multifamily, built within close driving or walking distance to public transportation, shopping, dining, schools and other amenities will always win with buyers (and renters).

Amenities Buyers, especially millennials, love options. The more distinct possibilities offered, even if it’s only two or three, the better your chances of staying competitive.

Focus on Women Research shows that women are the primary decision makers when it comes to consumer spending, and especially when it comes to home purchases. Keeping this top of mind at each phase of the design-build process should help sell more homes. (see infographic on page 9). Personalization Providing ways for buyers to make the space their own, like a memory wall or art alcove, will give them one more reason to fall in love.

Color Color triggers emotional response in humans. Play around with different colors in different rooms to hit the emotional hot spot for buyers. And look to the future; color in architectural design is changing shape. Learn more about how to take advantage of these new trends.

Dining room with cool teal accents on walls and ceiling.

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CITY & COUNTY

Photo courtesy BismarckND.gov.

Bismarck Releases Revised Site Plan Policy

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ast summer, the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA) and Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association (HBA) partnered to develop and distribute a survey aimed at identifying potential barriers in the commercial and industrial development process.

Results of that survey were reviewed with building inspections, engineering and/or community development staff from those affected political subdivisions.

The City of Bismarck recently updated their Site Plan Review requirements and took into consideration comments from the survey and subsequent discussions. The new document includes, but is not limited to, the following changes: Site Plan Process Overview:

• A site plan waiver and/or storm water management plan waiver request minimum size threshold for buildings, additions and accessory structures has been reduced from 750 square feet to 200 square feet. In addition, during the waiver review process, the City may determine that additional information or review is needed and may request a full site plan submittal.

Review Fees:

• The review fees have increased and are outlined in the document. It should be noted that there is no fee for a site plan waiver request.

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Review Process: • The review time for an initial and complete site plan submittal has been reduced from 15 working days to 10 working days. • Revisions to the site plan will require a resubmittal of the entire site plan indicating any revisions made to the plan. • City staff will prepare and upload a report of all review comments to TRAKiT. This report will be available every Monday for owner and/or consultant review.

Plan Review Inactivity:

• A site plan that has been in the review process with no activity by the owner and/or consultant for a period of 6 months will be deemed inactive and the project will be closed. If it is the desire to reactivate the site plan, a new site plan and all applicable submittal items and fees must be resubmitted for review and approval.

Required Permits and Agreements: • Additional language has been added regarding downtown design review requirements for site plans located within the DC – Downtown Core and DF – Downtown Fringe zoning districts.

One change to note is that the City revised policy language from “Upon receipt of a complete submittal, the initial review may take approximately fifteen (15) working days; however, a complex project may require additional review time.” to “ten (10) working days;” It’s important to point this out not only because this was the single most commonly cited issue in our survey regarding the site development process, but also because it highlights the City’s willingness to work with our organizations to make changes important to our memberships. The full Site Plan Review Requirements document is at bismarcknd.gov/ DocumentCenter/View/27712.


CITY & COUNTY Mandan Releases Economic Recap of 2016

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esidential building.

The City Building Inspection Department issued permits for 303 new residential units in 2016, up 35 percent from the year prior and about equal to the 10-year average. Single-family home construction, at 123 units, was slightly behind 2015’s level of 131 units. However, multi-family permits were up at 137 units among nine projects, compared to 93 units in 2015. New manufactured homes account for 43 units with most placed in the new Meadowlands Park located north of Third Street SE and near Memorial Highway. Home construction activity was at its peak in 2013 when permits were issued for 652 total units. Commercial and industrial building. The city issued permits for new construction, remodeling and addition projects totaling $28 million. This was below last year’s record $52.5 million in permits, but still the third highest year on record.

Value of all building activity. The value of all projects for which building permits were issued in 2016 totals $75 million compared to $93 million last year. The record was $139 million in 2013.

Real estate sales. The Bismarck Mandan Board of Realtors reports a return to a “more normal” or “not so frantic” mode in 2016. The average sale price of residential property in Mandan was $229,659 compared to $238,469 for 2015. This is on 316 units sold, compared to 363 units the year prior. The average time on the market for 2016 was 60 days compared to 53 in 2015. The statistics include single-family home, condo, twin home and duplex sales reported through the multiple listing service. The City of Mandan Assessing Department recorded 847 property deed transfers for the year.

Local usage taxes • 1% sales tax. Total collections for 2016 finished the year at nearly $2.3 million, down 7.5 percent from 2015. Sales tax revenue for 2016 is still 50 percent higher than in 2010. Collections peaked in 2014 at $2.7 million. The City of Mandan also has an additional 0.75 percent sales tax that goes toward funding for a voter-approved sports complex. That portion generated $1.7 million in 2016, the first full year of collections. • 1% restaurant and lodging tax. Remittances are up 7 percent at $450,601, compared to $419,682 in 2015.

• 2% hotel occupancy tax. Collections are up 15 percent at $65,589, compared to $57,046 in 2015.

Taxable sales and purchases. Statistics on the 2016 fourth quarter will not be available from the North Dakota Tax Department until later this spring. The total through the third quarter was $192 million. That is down 7 percent compared to the same period for 2015, but comparatively stronger than state levels, down 26 percent for the first three quarters.

Job openings. North Dakota Job Service reported, 2,306 online job openings in December for the metro area, Burleigh and Morton counties. That’s down 2 percent from a year ago. For the state, there were 13,685 open and available positions in December, up 1 percent from a year ago.

2017 SPRING LOAD RESTRICTIONS APPROACHING The time of year for spring load restrictions to be placed on City of Bismarck streets and alleys is quickly approaching. Depending on the weather, spring load restrictions could be put into effect within the next two to three weeks. Contractors/truckers should consider moving their heavy loads in the very near future before load restrictions are placed on City of Bismarck streets and alleys. Restrictions will be lifted when roadbeds have stabilized enough to carry normal loads. The proposed 2017 load restriction map is currently being developed and will be placed on the City website prior to City of Bismarck load restrictions being put into effect. Spring load restriction information will be available at the link included below. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Bismarck Engineering Department at 355-1505.

Updates will be announced in future news releases as new information becomes available. The City of Bismarck reserves the right to change or establish additional load restrictions on city streets as deemed necessary.

For more information please visit www. bismarcknd.gov/streets.

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BMHBA NEWS HOME SHOW SETS BOOTH RECORD FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS We’re excited to announce that the 40th Home Show hosted a sold-out exhibitor floor, and welcomed nearly of 6,000 spectators in two days! The continuation of Free Admission Friday and Win 50k Saturday, courtesy of Capital Credit Union, brought hefty crowds to the Bismarck Event Center, trumping the 5-year average for both days. New this year, the inaugural Kid’s Scavenger Hunt, encouraged family attendance on Saturday.

“After a challenging winter, I am confident that a great Home Show will bring a successful building season,” said event Chairwoman Susie Franklin.

The BMHBA strives to make each Home Show better than the last for both exhibitors and visitors. Please share your experience with us by taking a brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017HomeShowSurvey . Thank-you exhibitors and sponsors for making the 2017 Home Show a success! The 2018 Home Show is scheduled for March 15-16. Keep your eyes peeled for Early

Sponsors:

Scavenger Hunt Participants:

Mark Your Calendars!

2017 Spring Parade of Homes April 27-30, 2017 | Contract Deadline March 10

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First International Launches Giving Campaign First International Bank & Trust is proud to announce their third annual community giving campaign. This campaign encourages community members to apply for a Live First Community Grant, which awards $5,000 to a project or cause that makes a difference in your community. Three runner-ups will also receive $1,000 each, as voted on by social media followers.

Applications are due March 12. Voting is from March 13 to March 31. Winners will be announced on April 11. All of the details can be found at firstintlbank.com/ blog/apply-for-the-3rd-annual-live-firstcommunity-grant.


B u i l d e r s U nite The first Builders Only Social was such a hit, we couldn’t help but repeat it! Builder BMHBA members are invited to a FREE social at Coldspring on Tuesday, March 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. and lasting until the keg runs dry. Bring your spouses for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks while visiting with fellow members in a relaxed setting.

RSVP online at bmhba.com/events, email tracy@bmhba.com, or call 701-2222400.

Special thanks to Coldspring for opening your doors to builder members! The Coldspring Showroom is located at 13700 Trail Boss Way in Bismarck, near The Ranch development.

Mandan Outlook and East Opportunities Event A March 23 “Mandan Outlook and East Opportunities” forum will highlight area growth trends and market statistics. With a focus on East Mandan, speakers will report on roadway improvement plans, developments, available sites and buildings along Memorial Highway, 46th Avenue SE and other nearby areas. Entrepreneurs, real estate agents and developers, commercial lenders, accountants and other business advisors are encouraged to attend. “Southeast Mandan is ripe with business opportunity as a result of all the new residential growth in the area,” explains City of Mandan Business Development Director Ellen Huber. The area has seen permitting for 1,075 new

residential units in the last four years, accounting for 50% of the city’s growth during this time period. “Community members in this area are eager for more nearby restaurants, retail and services.”

The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at Family Wellness, 2600 46th Avenue NE, Mandan. A light lunch is included. Advance registration is requested by March 20 online through www. cityofmandan.com/register or by calling 667-3478.

Need to Hire? Join Job Service North Dakota and the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association for the Annual Multi-Industry Job Fair. The fair is Wednesday, April 12 from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Ramkota Hotel (ballroom) at 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck, ND. Cost for one 8-foot table with 2 chairs is $150. There will be a maximum of 60

tables available. To reserve your table, please register at http://bmda.org/jobfair-vendor-registration/. Last year’s job fair attracted over 350 job seekers. If you have questions, please contact Terry Mildenberger at tmildenb@nd.gov or 328-5039.

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NATIONAL NEWS

EMPLOYER ALERT: USE THE NEW I-9 FORM Because it wants to reduce errors and make it easier to complete the forms on a computer, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and all employers are now required to use it.

Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States, both citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form. And while the changes make it easier to fill out online, there is also a printable version available.

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The new version is dated 11/14/2016. This date is found on the lower left hand corner of the

ATTENTION REMODELERS Everyone in the home building and remodeling industry is fired up for a prosperous 2017. It’s the perfect time to use this renewed energy and momentum to start building your business for future success by joining NAHB Remodelers.

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Companies run by NAHB Remodeler members showed a median dollar volume that is 60% greater than companies run by NAHB members who are not involved with NAHB Remodelers.

That’s because NAHB Remodelers is dedicated to strengthening your business by providing opportunities to connect with other remodelers and trade professionals in your community and across the country. They also provide top-notch educational opportunities that enable you to maximize your profitability, efficiency and knowledge of the latest remodeling techniques and technologies. When you become an NAHB Remodeler, you’re gaining access to the skills and opportunities you need to keep your business thriving.

Learn more about NAHB Remodelers by visiting https://goo.gl/aglRzK.

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form. Prior versions of the form will no longer be valid for use and employers who use it may be subject to all applicable penalties under section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324a, as enforced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Other changes include:

• The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator

The instructions have been separated from the form, in line with other USCIS forms, and include specific instructions for completing each field. Other enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over. When the employer prints the completed form, a quick response (QR) code is automatically generated, which can be read by most QR readers.

IMPACT FEES RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT AFFORDABILITY With a growing number of communities reinstating and raising impact fees, the concern about affordability is also growing. And the challenges of scarce lots and tight lending standards are only making matters worse. Many lawmakers and community officials continue to turn to inclusionary zoning as a seemingly quick and easy plan they can adopt and impose on the housing industry, instead of developing a more comprehensive plan. Yet new research confirms that multiple strategies are needed to close the financing gap and make projects more viable. Prime examples of how the public and private sectors can work together to build mixed income, affordable neighborhoods are detailed in a new NAHB publication, How Did They Do It? Discovering New Opportunities for Affordable Housing.

NAHB also recently developed and updated additional resources to help builders and developers address some of the most pressing industry concerns related to impact fees and affordability, including: • The Impact Fee Handbook (updated in 2016) details several of the most common errors in calculations, inaccurate planning assumptions and illegal misappropriations of impact fees.

• Development Process Efficiency: Cutting Through the Red Tape guides members and HBAs through the process of engaging with local officials and the public to streamline the lengthy, complex and costly development approval process as a way of addressing housing affordability. • Smart Codes, Smart Process Checklist can be used as a conversation starter with local planners and officials to take stock of local plans and policies, and provides direction to more detailed reports.

All of these resources are available in hard copy, and online at nahb. org/landuse101.


Although employment and home price levels have returned to or exceeded normal, home construction during the fourth quarter of 2016 remained tepid in many markets due to regulatory and supply-side constraints, according to the NAHB/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI).

The index’s nationwide score inched up to .99, meaning that based on current permit, price and employment data, the nationwide average is running at 99% of normal economic and housing activity. However, when breaking down the three major components of the index, single-family permits are running at just 52% of normal activity, while employment is at 98% and home prices are well above normal at 147%. “Single-family permits continue to lag behind the other components of the LMI,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “This is due to a number of factors, including regulatory hurdles and supply-side headwinds such as persistent shortages of lots and labor in many markets. As we address

CONVENTIONAL FINANCING CONTINUES TO CLIMB NAHB economist David Logan examined the Census Bureau’s report of quarterly sales of new homes and determined that nearly 71% of new home sales were financed with conventional loans in 2016: a nine-year high and up from 58.5% in 2010. Meanwhile, the share of new homes financed with FHA mortgages was down to 15.7%.

Read more analysis in Eye on Housing blog post at https:// goo.gl/Wx5Ls7.

A recent survey of NAHB members found that their top two concerns this year are the cost and availability of labor and developed lots. Richard Van Osten, executive vice president of the Builders League of South Jersey, summed up the problem succinctly: “It’s been more difficult to find lots to build on.” Despite these challenges, the housing market continues to make gradual gains. The LMI shows that markets in 174 of the approximately 340 metro areas nationwide returned to or exceeded their last normal levels of economic and housing activity in the fourth quarter of 2016. This represents a yearover-year net gain of 60 markets. Moreover, 86% of markets have shown an improvement year over year.

An index value above one indicates that a market has advanced beyond its previous normal level of economic activity. For historical information and charts, visit nahb.org/ lmi.

HOUSE VOTES TO OVERTURN OSHA RECORDKEEPING RULE In a victory for home builders and other members of the small business community, the House on March 1 approved H.J. Res. 83, legislation that would overturn the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping rule known as the Volks rule. The rule would subject millions of small businesses to citations for paperwork violations, while doing nothing to improve worker health and safety.

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“Different sources of financing serve distinct market segments, which is revealed in part by the median new home price associated with each,” Logan wrote. “For the fourth quarter [of 2016], the national median sales price of a new home was $308,500. Split by types of financing, the median prices of new homes financed with conventional loans, FHA loans, VA loans, and cash were $335,500, $214,200, $269,700, and $344,400, respectively.”

these challenges, we should see an additional increase in housing production.”

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Part of the reason why home prices have jumped in many metro areas is directly related to the paucity of permits, creating an imbalance between supply and demand.

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REGULATORY, SUPPLY CHALLENGES INHIBIT MORE ROBUST HOUSING GROWTH

NAHB has vigorously opposed the rule from the start, and has led the charge along with scores of other industry groups who stand ready to fight this unlawful example of regulatory overreach. The rule attempts to extend to five years the explicit six-month statute of limitations on recordkeeping paperwork violations in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970.

Subsequent court rulings have affirmed applicability of the six-month statute of limitations. Nonetheless, in a clear attempt to circumvent congressional authority and in spite of the court rulings, the agency proceeded with its rulemaking, which went into effect last month. NAHB urges the Senate to move quickly to introduce and pass a companion bill so that this legislation can go to the president’s desk and be signed into law.

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A LOOK BACK — AND AHEAD — AT LOBBYING For 75 years, NAHB has worked to convince lawmakers to support legislation that helps the home building industry grow. And in an era where legislators on both sides of the aisle find it harder to work together, it’s even more important that NAHB lobbyists encourage and advocate for laws that offer a win for all: policies that promote more homeownership and rental housing opportunities.

“We have the luxury of working for an industry that wears a white hat,” says NAHB Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin. “We’re an American-made product. There are home builders in every district in every state. We’re important to the tax base. We offer jobs. And our members are community leaders who aren’t just providing shelter, they’re providing stability and community leadership.” But just like in home building, the tools have changed. An ‘Arm’s Length’ Relationship

Thirty or 40 years ago, a friendly lunch was one way for both lobbyists and legislators to take each other’s measure and establish a sense of trust – and pave the way to talk the pros and cons of legislation or float ideas for improvement. A wave of reform in the mid-90s did away with this practice – and that still has farreaching consequences, said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “You can’t buy votes by taking people to lunch, or the ballpark or the theater. But what it did was solidify relationships and help develop trust. It allowed people to know whether lobbyists were credible conveyors of information,” Howard said. “Now, lawmakers are inundated with information, but they have less opportunity

to determine whether people [who deliver it] are credible. It’s one of the things that has contributed to the polarization on the Hill. Back in the day, a member of Congress would have gotten to know the lobbyists on both sides, and that makes for more balanced opinions. Now, all arguments must be more finely tuned and irrefutable, because you get far fewer bites at the apple.” Keep it Quick, Keep it Short

NAHB lobbyists still wear a path between the National Housing Center and congressional offices. But texts and emails are now the primary tools they use to get their messages to legislators. “For most [congressional] staffers, it’s their preferred method of communication,” Tobin said. It means messages need to be short and to the point. “You have to boil it down to a page, or a half a page. Attention spans are much shorter today,” he said. “Nothing will ever replace shoe-leather lobbying, but people are much busier, and they’d rather not have to take the time to interact with a lobbyist with meetings in the front office.” Less Balance, More Partisanship

Both political parties bear responsibility for gerrymandering and carving up congressional districts to make it easier for one party or another to gain a vote. It’s not like the old days, Howard said, when the balance in a typical district might be closer to 50-50. “There used to be a time when both Republicans and Democrats felt more of a moral obligation to be more moderate in their views, to try to find that middle ground,” Howard said.

“Now, it’s people from the extremes of both parties who are being elected, and that makes coalescing around a common view extremely rare. It’s dehumanized the process. Everything is ideological, and extremism has a much greater opportunity to prevail.” The Growth of Grassroots

Few things are more important to a politician than staying in office, so they want to make sure their constituents are happy. That means that regularly gathering a group of home builders to meet with their member of Congress and their staff is more important than ever.

“It’s always better than cold calls from your office,” Tobin said. “We need to build those relationships, so when I need a senator or a representative to take a specific action for the industry, we have the people we need to move our agenda.” New messaging tools make it easier for NAHB to target association members in specific legislative districts to encourage them to add their voices, and for NAHB to send emails to the legislators themselves. “We’re much more effective today,” he said. As part of the Midyear Meeting in Washington this spring, NAHB will hold its biennial Legislative Conference June 14, when builders, remodelers and their trade partners will meet with their members of Congress to talk about issues of importance to the home building industry. “I hope we break our attendance records this year,” Tobin said. “As an industry, we have a positive, affirming story to tell, and our members are the folks who need to get it across.”

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HEARING LOSS PREVENTION GOES MOBILE The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), at the 2017 International Builders’ Show, announced a new mobile app that measures sound levels in the workplace.

The NIOSH Sound Level Meter app is designed to promote better hearing health and prevention efforts at construction worksites. Using a smartphone’s built-in microphone, the app pulls in and displays real-time noise exposure data. Stats shown include instantaneous sound level, equivalent sound level, time-weighted average and noise dose based on NIOSH and Occupational Safety and Health Administration limits. The app also provides basic information about noise and hearing loss prevention. NIOSH officials have said that the app could be especially helpful for employers interested in raising awareness among employees about noise hazards on the jobsite and how to better protect their hearing. The app is free, easy to use and gives users immediate feedback about sound levels and noise exposure where they’re working. It also allows users to save and share sound level measurement data with others via social media — which adds an element of fun. Currently, the app is only available on iOS devices. Download it today from iTunes App Store.

NAHB CANDIDATE STATEMENTS The NAHB Nominations Committee has certified two candidates for 2018 Third Vice Chairman: John “Chuck” Fowke of Valrico, Florida, who is a member of the Tampa Bay Builders Association, and Fred Hoppe of Lincoln, Nebraska, who is a member of the Central Nebraska Home Builders Association. The candidates will address the NAHB Board of Directors at the Midyear Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. John “Chuck” Fowke John “Chuck” Fowke, a Florida custom builder, is president of Homes by John C. Fowke Inc., in Bloomingdale, Florida. Chuck and his brother David established the company in 1974.

He has served as chair of the Charity Women’s Crisis Center’s Addition & Renovation Committee and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Showcase home. Also, Chuck has served on the City of Tampa Hurricane Codes Committee and the Workers Compensation Board.

Chuck is married to Annalisa and together they have a blended family of five children. Moving Housing Forward….. Together!

Chuck Fowke

“Never let ‘good enough’ be good enough” is Chuck’s personal motto. Home building excellence runs in Chuck’s blood, from the quality of homes his company builds to his intense, decades-long dedication to the home building industry.

Chuck is an NAHB Senior Life Director and serves as the NAHB National Area Chair for Area 5. He is a long-time member of the NAHB Executive Board and has served as chair of the Federal Government Affairs, Resolutions, Audit and Association Planning committees and as moderator of the National Area Chairs. Chuck has received numerous awards, including the Florida Home Builders Association’s most prestigious Dick Baker Award in 2014 and was a recipient of the Florida Home Builders Eagle Award in 2012. He was recognized as the Builder of the Year by his local and state associations in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Chuck has served on

Fred Hoppe Driven by family history, Fred Hoppe is determined to put people into housing. His family has been in the housing industry in Nebraska since the early 1900s.

Fred has a heart Fred Hoppe for serving others, is passionate about the home building industry and believes advocacy is a key to making positive progress: hence his slogan, “Hoppe Talks Housing.”

Fred owns and runs Hoppe Homes, which builds an “affordable future” by specializing in lease-to-own single-family, low income housing tax credit and workforce multifamily. He owns Hoppe Inc., which builds commercial, including remodeling. As a lawyer, he concentrates on residential housing and builder issues. As an advocate, he reviews every new law in Nebraska for its effect on the industry. Fred is an NAHB Life Director, and has served NAHB for over 20 years including chairmanships of Conventions, Association Planning and Legal Action. For a full list of NAHB activities see hoppetalkshousing. com. Fred has been a dedicated fundraiser for BUILD-PAC, reaching a $1.5 million goal as chairman in 2015. He has been Nebraska State Government Affairs chair and Lincoln Home Builders Home-Pac chair.

Yup. We’ve Got Home Loans.

He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Julie, who also served as an Associate leader at NAHB. They have seven children. Fred is a member of the Nebraska State HBA, the Central Nebraska HBA and the HBA of Lincoln. He has recruited more than 130 new NAHB members.

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the Florida Home Builders Association Board of Directors since 1996 and the executive committee since 1997.

It’s Not Just Business. It’s Personal.

Fred is determined to promote affordable housing, a strong building economy and an association that truly works for its members.

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NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

March 2017

Call to Action Greetings from the ND State Capitol where I am It has been a busy and productive couple spending most of my time these days. As a regisof months at the State Capitol during the tered lobbyist for NDAB, my time is being spent legislative session. The list of bills NDAB watching for proposed legislation that may posihas been tracking is fairly long, but I will tively or negatively impact the building industry. try to update you with some of the Working closely with other associations and activity that has happened so far. HB statewide offices, our priority is looking out for the 1026, the One Call Bill, was one of the wellbeing of our over 2,000 members. Weekly updates are sent out to our members and occasionalfirst bills that had a hearing. It passed Kim Schneider ly you may see a call to action asking that you NDAB President the house 91-1, so it looks like it has a reach out to committee members asking for their good chance to pass the Senate and Eric Brenden support. Hearing the voices of our members makes a big impact become law. HB 1186 relating to whether you are calling, emailing, or making the visit to Bismarck to disclosure of radon hazards by a seller was defeated in the testify in person. The legislators want to hear from their constituents house. HB 1188 related to radon resistant construction and we appreciate your time. practices also was defeated in the house. HB 1388, which was a complex bill related to home builder and many other tax A big thank you goes out to all who joined us in Bismarck in frigid cold mid-February for the Oyster and Chili Feed NDAB co-hosted incentives and other tax matters, which NDAB opposed, was defeated as well. At this time no action has been taken on HB with the ND Association of Realtors (NDAR). The room was packed with friendly faces from both sides of the aisle and from across the 1201 related to carbon monoxide alarms. Finally, SB 2234, state. It is with great respect that we work closely with the members which Joan Mainwaring from Williston has been working of the 65th assembly and we appreciate that after putting in a long day diligently on related to the establishment of an essential they joined us over a hot bowl of chowder and chili to catch up on the worker single-family home ownership incentive program, issues and hear our stance. New to NDAB this year, we participated in received a Do pass recommendation out of committee. As the Legislative Impact Day where each local and the state association always, if anyone has any questions about these bills, or any teamed up with members from NDAR to host an informational table and a Q&A lunch with members from the House and Senate leaderothers, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

February 15 we had legislative impact day at the Capitol, our NDAB Pac meeting, and then capped the evening off with the Chili/Oyster feed that we host every session with the Realtors. I hope everyone that attended had a great time! March 16 we will be having our Builder Day at the Capitol event followed by our first board meeting of the year. This will be another great opportunity to spend some time at the Capitol, talk with some of your legislators, and maybe go to a committee meeting or part of the session that day. At this event we will have lunch with our legislators and their staff in the Great Hall from 11:30 – 1:00. If you are interested in sitting with a legislator on the floor, Kim could arrange that as well. Looking forward to June the NAHB midyear meeting will be held again in Washington DC June 13-17. Now is the time to plan to attend that event. The mid-year meeting will have all the usual committee meetings and the board of directors meeting. In addition to that, we have the opportunity to meet with our Congressional delegation and discuss the important legislation on the national level that affects all of us locally. There is a great deal of optimism at NAHB currently that progress can be made to pull back many of the regulations that have been hurting the housing industry! Eric Brenden

ship along with legislators from both of our respective industries. NDAB members proudly wore shirts that tied us all together and helped us to stand out amongst the hustle and bustle of the capitol hallways.

NDAB-PAC (Political Action Committee) members from each local association and the Executive Officers all met to discuss the future of NDAB-PAC and the importance of the role it has in North Dakota. We welcomed ND Lt. Governor Sanford who graciously took time to meet with our group in an opportunity to start building a relationship with the Governor’s office. We have been working closely with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General’s office as well. As you have read throughout this newsletter, the theme is really about unity and building relationships across the state. Our voice is powerful when we join and rise together. One opportunity to show our strength locally and nationally I through our Political Action Committee or NDAB-PAC. NDAB-PAC recognizes there is strength in numbers and people who show they care and are concerned about the future of the building industry make contributions to NDAB-PAC because they believe that cooperation equals strength. You alone can’t influence the Legislature or Congress on issues that can devastate your business. NDAB-PAC is your front line of defense. It monitors legislative issues and works to protect and promote the building industry. Also, a portion of your contribution is passed along to BUILDPAC, the National Association of Home Builders’ Political Action Committee, one of the most recognized and well-respected PACs in Washington. If interested in learning more about NDAB-PAC or how to contribute, please contact our office or reach out to your local Executive Officer to learn more. Warm wishes to you and yours, Kim Schneider

Back your PAC … your PAC backs you! NDAB-PAC is the North Dakota Association of Builders’ Political Action Committee. It is a non-partisan political action committee that provides support for candidates who are friends of the building industry. Contact NDAB at (800) 326-4746, (701) 222-2401 or info@ndbuild.com to contribute or learn more! North Dakota Association of Builders 1701 Burnt Boat Drive, Suite 201, Bismarck, ND 58503-0801 701/222-2401 or 800/326-4746 www.ndbuild.com

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AROUND THE STATE Dickinson Area Builders Assoc.

Around the State The Home and Garden Show goes hand in hand with a new event Around the• State this year, Preview Night. MAB invites its members to preview

Tiffaney Dolechek, Executive Officer the show the opens from 6 toHBA 8 PM March 2nd. forondonating a Services, Top Recruiter; Kennight beforeBismarck/Mandan 701-483-0044 | dickinsonareabuilders.com  The HBA ofDecorating F-M has its "Chilly" CookWilliston Areait Builders Association for our new Executive! Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust, Top and guests willcomputer Members be able to get a sneak peak at the Show Dot Frank, Executive Officer Dot Frank, Executive Officer Off March Spike; 23. ThisGeorge event features a chili Ann Kvande, Executive Officer Crossdining Blue The DABA Home Show is April 1st and 2nd we are excited for Fraza, Bluewhile on appetizers and enjoying drinks  Home show booths arefrom beingThe soldPub now! 701-222-2400• 701-222-2400 bmhba.com andand dessert competition. bmhba.com 701-572-5744 willistonbuilders.com Shield of ND, Top New Spike; Ken Krajsa

this year’s show! We have ten great items for our raffle this year

is the deadline our belt in the Park. They can alsoJanuary partake8th in the new eventsfor as the

Cornerstone Award. HBC granted $12,500 preferred vendors. Home show is April 15 which include ahosted storage shed,following patio set, cordless toolinkit, Arctic  Home TheShow BMHBA been sander Lego Competition will be set up for use!  and 2017 Home and Garden Show Scheduled for The 2017 washas in busy scholarships to local high schoolraces – 17, 2016 ordinance updates in Bismarck and Forx Builders Association cooler and more! We still have booth space available and areand college students in or April 7-8, 2017 February attracting more than 219 vendors students

• April 25th is MAB’s first ever Hard Hat Happy Hour. Final details contact Jackie@willistonbuilders.com for Mandan, and Betty McDonald, Executive Officer working to tryspace. andMorton fill it. Counties. filling 100,000 sq. ft. hard ofBurleigh exhibit planning on enrolling in the construction will be released soon! questions. All are reviewing and updating dated 701-746-4536 programs. forxbuilders.com  The Williston Area Builders Association • The DABA hasare come up with yearlycost sponsorship for our codes. Eyes currently onapermit  Our December General Membership Join MAB on May 23rd forexcited the Tool Belt Barbecue. MAB and its  The Springmembers Parade ofto Homes will beplan hosted upcoming The HBA of F-M held a• PAC to that the changes and development standards.  for Ourthe annual Contractor’s Education Day Social with (WABA) ismeeting help them and budget year. willannounce be held on the 17th date for 7th Annual Home and Garden in early May to accommodate Builder special guest Jerry Howard to talk about sponsors will provide lunch for our members in our parking lot. will be held March 1st at the Canad Inn. We have gotten a few great sponsors so far, but we are still A housing analysis conducted by Bismarck Show has been set for April 7-8, 2017 at the get a free memberneeds due to extreme winter issues NAHB is aworking on in a D.C. and It’s great time to learn more about the Association and Minnkota Cooperative was sponsor for and Mandan outlines a need for an for more! weather. looking how they tie in locally. Thelunch! event was a Raymond Family Community Center in the day which offered Minnesota Thank you so much to our Annual additional 7,786 owner-occupied homes witheducation 75 members in attendance. Williston. continuing credits. • Our Membership Meeting February success 22nd at the Banquet Sponsors! Your support by next 2030.General The HBA is working on a task iscontractor’s  Box LunchEagles with a Builder on March  Just under 20 members attended aArea LunchBuilders Williston Association and ourdebuts PAC event is March force to explore implementation of 29th the at the Elks. helped us to put on is a the great event! We The Home and Garden Show largest 7. The event pairs a roomful of Associate Session with local building officials toExecutive talkpublic event  Structural Materials is hosting the March study’s recommendations. Ann Kvande, Officer WABA hosts each year withevening had a great crowd and a fun members with two Builder members to about the latest issues in residential 23rd Builders after Hours. Our group looks Home Builders Assoc. of Fargo-Moorhead over acelebrating 100 vendors and 701-572-5744 | willistonbuilders.com  Members thethousands year endofand share industry insight. elected a new Builder board forward to their construction. hospitality each March. participants. Bryce member Johnson, Vice President at Executive the Fall GMM on Nov. 24 to fill recognizing all our amazing Award • 2017  The New Year Celebration & CityHome Nightand is Garden Show Scheduled for April 7-8, 2017. Past President Vance Vetter’s seat. The 701-232-5846 | hbafm.com winners. We are already looking  Fun Night at2016 Jerome Distributing is March We hope you will join us for this fun filled 2825th at the Radisson in Fargo.  in at The host foron theJan. April Builders after board of directors will be sworn • The Williston Areaforward Builders is excited doing it all(WABA) again next year to 23. Board members will battle to win the two-day event! toAssociation Mayors from Fargo, Moorhead, West • The of F-M’s Home Garden was Feb. will24-26. be PS Over Garage Doors. theHBA Annual Banquet on & Jan. 14. Show Hours in Bismarck! announce for 7th Annual Home and Garden Show has 2017 Chili Champ ladle. exhibited. The show featured a Kids’ Treasure Fargo, Dilworth & Oxbow will be in that the date 300 vendors  The BMHBA welcomes all members to "This7-8, show will at have set for April 2017 thesomething Raymondfor Family Community attendance and participatebeen on a mayoral hunt, Lego Homebuilding WalkHome for adults and The 2017 Design & Garden Show is guest Al everyone. From seminars for the DIY attend a Lead Renovator Competition, and Lead Beer panel. We will also have special Center in Williston. scheduledSponsor for March 31, April 1 and 2 at the Renovator Initial andThank Refresher course multiple workshops. you to our Platinum Accent Jaeger, Secretary of State. If you would enthusiasts to ‘How to pick the right Dickinson AreaonBuilders Assoc. Alerus Center. Nov.&30 and Dec. 1, respectively. • the Theevents Home andcontractor’. Garden Show the largesteveryone public event Weisencourage to WABA hosts Kitchen Bath. like to attend, please visit Tiffaney Dolechek, Executive Officer Visit bmhba.com/events to register. andvendors see what's new and trending each year withcome overout a 100 and thousands of participants. calendar at www.hbafm.com. 701-483-0044• Over dickinsonareabuilders.com 25 members attended the NDAB Legislative Impact Day in technology and design. Our vendors and Dickinson Area Builders Assoc. • We hope you will join us for this fun filled two-day at the Capitol. Thank you to Kim, Brenda & Shirley forBuilders putting the Builders Association invites you forevent! a Forx Association Minot Association of Builders Platinum Sponsors—Kuntz Builders, Irene Schafer,this Executive fun and informative weekend." Bob Horab, together event. Officer McDonald, Elysha Head,Betty Executive OfficerExecutive Officer • “This show will have something for everyone. From st President, WABA. Inc. and Winn Construction, Inc.seminars  The DABA Home Show is April 1 and 701-483-0044 dickinsonareabuilders.com 701-852-0496 minotab.com 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com nd for the DIY enthusiasts to ‘How to pick the right contractor’. • Applications are coming in for the Spring Parade of Homes, 2 and we are excited for this year’s show! “Both days will have great by new and Weat encourage everyone to come out food and provided see what’s which will feature weekends April 22-23, 28-30 & good We have ten greatregular items for ourthree raffle thisat the Eagles Our GMM was held Silver Sponsor—ProBuild  The Minot Association of Builders is proud April There was attendance Slate the Boy Scouts, fun, entertainment and year whichMay include a storage shed, trending in technology and design. Our vendors and the Club on November 11patio with set, a moment of to present the 5-7. all new 2017 Home and Interior Design’s November Builders afterprizes for the family. We’ll have Miss North Builders cordless tool silence kit, artichonoring cooler and We ourmore! veterans. you for a funReception and informative weekend.” Bob Garden Show! JoinThank the Association NDAB-PAC Hours. you Alissa. Association invites Dakota, Handy Andy, and specialSponsor—Bosch activities • booth The HBA F-M hasand its “Chilly” Cook-Off on March 23.3rd This event still have spaceofavailable are March and 4th to see the new events Horab, President, WABA.  Our Home Show committee is busy Lumber Co. throughout the show. Participants will be  Thethe December working hard to try aand filland it. dessert competition. accompanying features chili Show thisBuilders year likeafter the Hours will be planning our Home Show in April, able to register for outstanding hosted by the Membership Committee and • “Both days will have great food provided bydoor the prizes Boy Scouts, fun, Pub in the Park, Workshops with The updating and adding new features. raffle tickets will be sold we haveWest, some LLC Banner Sponsor—Roers the Board of Directors Keith’s Security and Forx has Builders Market on 4th, the Ready Buildersat Lego  The DABA come up Association with a yearly entertainment and prizes for the family. We’ll have Miss North great items.”, Ken Callahan, Home and  Our main focus right now is on World. Jim Bisson owner of Keith’s Lock & Competition, Blastin Belt Sander Races, sponsorship for our members to help them Betty McDonald, Executive HandyGarden Andy, and activities Showspecial Committee Chair.throughout the show. KeyYard will be retiring endDakota, of December the State here inOfficer Dickinson. WeThe Youngster and muchthe more! plan and budget for theMeeting year. We able to register for outstanding door prizes 701-746-4536 |upcoming forxbuilders.com and we will be helping him Participants celebrate thiswill beAlso, forward to Thank you to the NDAB 2015 have gotten aare fewlooking great sponsors so making far, but this a Morewill information will be released as it items.”, Ken and raffle tickets be sold We we have great milestone. specialfor night for Arnold Karsky as he is we are • still Our looking more! Partners! truly some appreciate your annual Contractor’s Education Day will be held March 1st  The Home and Garden Show goes hand in becomes available. Sponsorship installed as our State President. Callahan, andsupport Garden Show Committee Chair.  aOur Home and Garden ShowHome will opportunities and we have handawith newfor event this year, Preview and vendor boothsenjoyed are still serving at the Canad Inn. Minnkota Cooperative was sponsor the Design Following that, we Meeting also busyis planning our held April 1, 2 & 3toat• preview theMore Alerusinformation Center. you throughout entire year! available. Night. MABbe invites its members available!  Our next General Membership willFor beinformation, released the asvisit it WABA’s becomes day which offered Minnesota contractor’s continuing education annual Christmas Party. Newly elected the show the night before it opens from 6 to website at www.willistonbuilders.com. February 22nd at the Eagles and our PAC Sponsorship opportunities and vendor booths are still available! credits. Minot of Builders Vice President, Val Voelkering is busy with 8 PM on MarchAssociation 2nd. Members and guests event is March 29th at the Elks. will receive a discount for Vendors For information, visit WABA’s website at www.willistonbuilders. Executive Officer her committee putting final touches to a be Builders able to getafter a sneak peak at the Show before February . • Structural Materials is hosting the Marchwill 23rd Vendorsregistering will receive a discount for16th registering before very special evening at the Elks Club. while dining on appetizers and enjoyingcom. 701-852-0496 minotab.com For more information, please contact Hours. Our group looks forward to their drinks hospitality each March. 16th. For more information, please contact the Williston from The Pub in the Park. TheyFebruary can  We would like to take this opportunity to the Williston Area Builders Association partake in events as the belt  willWe are having a “Holiday Open House” for Area Builders Association at 701-572-5744. • Chief The hostan forinvitation the Aprilto25th afteralso Hours bethe PS new Garage extend Kim Builders and Heather Bryce Johnson, Executive Officer at 701-572-5744 sander races and Lego Competition will be our members here at the office December and other associations to attend our 701-232-5846 Doors. hbafm.com set up for use! 15th from noon-7pm with food and Christmas party. Gold Partner - Montana Dakota Utilities beverage. •  ofThe 2017 Home Design & Garden Show is scheduled for March  The HBA F-M's Home & Garden Show Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to  April 25th is MAB's first ever Hard Hat was Feb. 24-26. 31, April 1 and 2 at the Alerus Center. Silver Partners - Bismarck-Mandan everyone! Association HappyWilliston Hour. Final Area detailsBuilders will be released Over 300 vendors exhibited. The show Home Builders Association, Dickinson Janna Lutz, Executive Officer soon! featured a Kids' Treasure hunt,of Lego Minot Association Builders Area Builders Association, Home Builders 701-572-5744 willistonbuilders.com Homebuilding Competition, Beer Officer Bryce Johnson, Executive Vice President Elysha Head, Executive Association of Fargo-Moorhead, & Walk for adults and multiple workshops.  Join MAB on May 23rd for the Tool Belt 6 | minotab.com hbafm.com 701-232-584 Northern Plumbing Supply  WABA welcomes new incoming board Thank701-852-0496 you to our Platinum Sponsor Accent Barbecue. MAB and its sponsors will Kitchen• & The Bath.Minot Association of Builders is proud members: Lance Bevier of Tractor and lunchthe forall our members in our to present new  Thank you to everyone who attended ourprovide Bronze Partners - Bell State Bank & Equipment Co., Mainwaring of parking lot.on It's a great timeJoan to learn more 2017 Home and&Garden Join theHBA Association March 3rd Awards Gala Annual Show! Meeting. The American State Bank and Trust Co., and North Trust, Forx Builders Association, Dakota Association of Minot about the Association and get a free lunch!  Over 25 members attended the NDAB of F-M celebrated award winners and and 4th to see the new events accompanying the Show this year Bob Radermacher of Bakken Contracting. Association of Builders, ND Guaranty & Legislative Impact Day at the Capitol. Builders scholarship over 200 of its the Pub inrecipients the Shirley Park,with Workshops on 4th, the  Mark Schneider, LJA, was sworn in as our Thank you like tomembers. Kim, Brenda for to Claywith The Market Title Co., ND Housing Finance Agency, The& awards went Readythis Builders Lego Competition, Blastin Belt Sander Races, The putting together incoming WABA President at our Annual ProBuild, RDO Equipment Co., & Williston Dietrich,event. Dietrich Homes, Inc., Builder of 1701 Burnt Boat Drive Youngster much more! Meeting in November. Area Builders Association the Year;Yard Pauland Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Suite 201 FirstinRealty,  Applications Banker are coming for theAssociate Spring of the Year;  Top Spikes were also recognized: Bill Bismarck, ND 58503 Heritage Homes, BEAM;three Dan Beecher, Parade of Homes, which will feature Murphy and Dave Nordenstrom became Foam Doctor’s Mile; weekends April 22-23, April LLC, 28-30Extra & May 5- John Life Spikes in 2015! Koerselman, Red River Drywall & 7.  Special thanks to Dot Frank and the

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