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12/01/2011 02:48 PM
HBRA President & Chairman’s Update- November/December
By Mario Di Gioia, DonMar Development Corp.
I’d like to start this update, and with the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, with a special thank you to all of our members who remain with us during down times and for those who go the extra mile and make what we do possible. I would like to invite you to come and share in the camaraderie with fellow members and friends at our upcoming Holiday Party on Friday, December 9th. It will be a great night- with a 70’s theme, with plenty of food and drinks, dancing, karaoke and the USMC will be on hand to collect toys for our annual Toys for Tots collection drive. Please make your RSVP today.
In the coming weeks, we will be making a push to sell ads and have members update and make online member directory enhancements to your profiles on our new website at www.hbranewhaven.com. Our CEO, Alisa Batten, will be sending each member a letter that will detail how you can log-on to the site, register as a member and update your profile. Banner ads on the site are filling in so if you’d like to be seen on the site, please contact Alisa soon. Contact Alisa at 877.414.2537 for more information on ads and advertorials available.
I wanted to take this time to remind you that there are a lot of potential cost saving opportunities for you through the National Association of Home Builder’s Member Advantage program. You can find the most up-to-date offerings right off the following website: http://www.nahb.org/ma. Please add that address to your favorites list and visit it often! We’ll also be featuring various member benefits at every dinner meeting starting in January.
Some ‘Save the Date’ items to plan for should include our January 19th dinner meeting that will be our Remodeler’s Night and will feature speakers and products/services relating to new kitchen design trends from Northeast/Dream Kitchens, Art’s TV & Appliance and P.C. Richard & Son. The NAHB International Builders Show will be in Orlando from February 8-11th and information can be found at the show’s website at www.buildersshow.com. Our very own New Haven County Home Show will be held on February 18-19th at the Oakdale in Wallingford. This is a great show and a great time of year to start jump starting your sales process for the spring to consumers. Call our show promoter Jay Appleman at 800.294.7469 for more information.
In an effort to reinforce what the HBA does for you in the legislative universe, I included, below, a summary of successes the State HBA’s efforts at the Capitol produced this past year. I’d also like to note that our ST HBA President, and very own Liz Verna, recently held a meeting with ST Rep. David Yaccarino at The Wilows in Wallingford to discuss industry business and the state of business overall in the state. Also in attendance were our Past President Bob Wiedenmann, Past ST HBA President George LaCava and myself. If you would like us to set up a meeting with a legislator of yours, please contact our LGA Committee Chair Bob Wiedenmann at .
A summary of ST HBA legislative successes:
Bills the HBA supported and that were passed that will greatly help HBA members and the business community:
Major bills HBA opposed and successfully defeated:
The HBA of CT testified in opposition to a number of P&D bills, such as, HB 5049 authorizing municipalities to regulate tree removal; HB 5479 creating greater restrictions on 8-30g applications; SB 991 requiring all subdivisions to be energy efficient subdivisions; HB 5097 requiring wetland agencies to state on record whether training requirements are met – possibly subjecting decisions to jurisdictional problems, and more. All died in committee with no vote.
Numerous bills amending, attacking 8-30g (affordable housing appeals act) in the Housing Committee died without action as well. To see a more complete legislative report as well as the extensive work the HBA does in state agencies, go to www.hbact.org and click State Gov’t Affairs – News & Updates. All members should feel free to contact the HBA of CT with any questions, comments or suggestions or if they are in need of assistance with any legislative issue.
I wish you all a very happy, safe and prosperous holiday season and New Year….and hope to see you at our holiday party on Dec. 9th!
Mario Di Gioia, DonMar Development Corp.
President & Chairman, HBRA of New Haven County, Inc.