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The 2022 Spring Town & Country Home Tour is scheduled for April 23-24 and April 30-May 1, from 12-5 pm each day. Builders & Developers may register homes/villas/subdivisions for the Spring Town & Country event through Friday, February 11, 2022; registrations received after that date will incur late fees....
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An unexpected effect of the pandemic has been a surge in housing starts and home remodeling. While things initially looked dire for the construction industry, low interest rates, stimulus money, and other policies have led to a spike in mortgage originations and a boom in home remodeling....
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It has been a monumental few weeks for HBA member Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne. In July, the organization announced a partnership with the City of Fort Wayne and Fort Wayne United’s TenPoint Organization. This alliance will result in two more homes in the city’s southwest quadrant....
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How HBAs can utilize NAHB’s Sustainability and Green Building expertise: When it comes to eco-friendly issues such as energy efficiency and green building, it’s important to be aware of all proposed legislations—in addition to any subsequent impact—and be ready to ask questions or voice concerns....
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The numbers are in, and 2020 marked the best building permit activity that Allen County and the surrounding counties have seen since 2005. It took 15 years to return to the point where we were regularly building through the 90s and early 2000s. Notwithstanding the constraints of the pandemic, supply shortages and longer lead times, we, as a group, achieved great success....
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Our Mission: The Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne, Inc. supports all segments of the residential building industry through advocacy, education, workforce development, networking, and community involvement. ...
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The Spring Town & Country is scheduled to take place April 24-25 and May 1-2, 2021 from 12:00-5:00 pm each day. Builders & Developers can submit their homes/villas/subdivisions to be in the Spring Town & Country through February 12 without any late fees. Members can submit advertising for the printed planbook or event website through March 12, 2021....
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Can you believe we are coming to the end of another year? This year has been one that has thrown us several curveballs, and all I can say is, thank you! My goal throughout the past year was to be held accountable to our mission and vision and bring things to your attention if you were not aware. As we move forward into a new year, what goals do you have within the Association? Are you plugged in to the channels we are using to keep members up to date, including the Friday Flash, Impact newsletter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our website? Do you promote the work being done on your behalf by the State and National Associations to keep our industry open? That alone may be a reason for a company you work with to join....
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This month, I’d like to concentrate on the Government-Regulatory Affairs pillar of our Strategic Plan, which plays a key role in keeping our voices heard among legislators. Locally, our concentration on Government-Regulatory Affairs focuses on attaining three goals: 1) Dedicate HBA resources toward monitoring and reviewing new building codes through our Codes Committee. 2) Reinvigorate our Government Affairs Committee to have 7-10 active members. 3) Engage up to 50% of our members to register for Voter Voice/Builder Link calls to action....
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Vision 2020: Advocacy

September 2, 2020 in President's Pen

Albert Einstein said it best, “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” It’s our MISSION and why we do what we do, to help, develop, network and lead others to be the best they can, both within and outside the residential building industry. ...
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This month we are focusing specifically on how and where you can get plugged in. Whether it is a committee, golf outing, Meet Me at 5, Builders’ Showcase or one of the many other events, we have a spot for you to get involved. The first step is simply to ask Beth, Rebecca, myself or any board member and we will help align you with your interests and strengths. ...
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This month we are concentrating on membership once again. We have implemented a "Why I'm a Member' video series to help illustrate the benefits of membership from your mouths. Today I am asking for your assistance in sending me or Beth a short, one-minute or less, video explaining why you’re a member. ...
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The 2020 Builders' Showcase will be held Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, 2020. Hours of the Showcase will be Thursday and Friday from 4-7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 pm. Builder agreements and line drawings of homes are due by July 10. Uploads of all home information to the HBA site are due by August 1. In-home vendor agreements are due by July 22. Members can submit advertising for the printed planbook or website through July 31....
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Workforce Development is one of the pillars in the HBA's Strategic Plan. Locally, our concentration with Workforce Development is based on several goals, including: 1) Expand our current scholarship program to include technical schools. 2) Member companies to offer co-op or paid internship opportunities. 3) Establish a Workfoce Development Committee. 4) Partner with nearby HBA's to create youth trade programs that connect members with students to share their success. 5) Enhance association workforce development efforts and collaboration with local learning institutions....
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As part of your local HBA membership, you are also part of IBA (State Membership) and NAHB (National Membership). On all levels, you have a team of people working on your behalf with local, state, and national governments to keep housing affordable. As an example, many communities are now administering architectural standards, but because of a lot of hard work with local officials, we do not. Land use is another area that gets a lot of concentration....
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Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued a new two-week Stay-At-Home order on April 6 designed to limit interactions among Hoosiers to increase containment of COVID-19. While the Stay-At-Home order chiefly continues as is, modifications and restrictions have been made to limit interactions among people. Highlights are within....
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On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, OSHA provided guidance requiring the recording and reporting of workplace exposures to COVID-19. To provide clarity, answers to the most frequently asked questions received since the COVID-19 outbreak are provided within....
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As we focus on public relations as an industry, let’s work together to build each other up, help our neighbors and fellow members to make each other better along the way. With that in mind, our goals during the strategic planning process for public relations were as follows: 1. Promote doing business with a member to consumers; 2. Demonstrate our leadership, stewardship, and impact in our community through charitable activities. ...
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From time to time OSHA has published guidance for employers on dealing with various general health concerns, including epidemics and infectious diseases. This Compliance Bulletin provides OSHA’s guidance on how employers can prepare for and deal with COVID-19....
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The outbreak, spread and actions by Federal, State and Local Governments concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is causing some of our clients to ask the following questions and our responses are below; #1 Property - If I am forced to close my business due to the virus, is loss of income covered? #2 General Liability - If a customer alleges they contracted the virus at my business, am I covered? #3 Workers Compensation - If an employee alleges they contracted the virus at work, am I covered?...
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As the number of reported cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise, employers are increasingly confronted with the possibility of an outbreak in the workplace. Employers are obligated to maintain a safe and healthy work environment for their employees, but are also subject to a number of legal requirements protecting workers. For example, employers must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in their approach to dealing with COVID-19. This Compliance Bulletin provides a summary of the compliance issues facing employers in this type of situation....
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The HBA offers a plethora of events, some are even free to attend so that if cost is a factor in you being involved, we crush that obstacle. Let’s strive to grow our attendance at events and take advantage of those opportunities to meet more people and build your network. The more people we have showing up to events, the more we hear about the other pillars of our plan and how to help our members with any problems they may be having....
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While membership is important every month, I’d like to take a few minutes to discuss why it’s important. Outside of all the membership perks, including discounts, rebates and many others, membership is important because it helps us grow our five pillars, which include membership, workforce development, government-regulatory affairs, event networking and public relations....
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The day, FEBRUARY 6, 2020, serves to engage all those who live, work and play in the region covered by the 260 area code to celebrate everything that is spectacular about Fort Wayne & northeast Indiana....
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Passing the Hat

December 3, 2019 in President's Pen

The year has reached the final month on the calendar. Along with that, my time as President must also come to an end. I am grateful for the time I have had as President. So many of you went out of your way to say hello, to offer support, and come out to an event if I mentioned it to you. I believe we have laid a solid foundation and taken steps to lay out a vision for the future as a board. ...
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The Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne, Inc, is seeking a Services Director to work 35 hours per week in our downtown Fort Wayne office. The Services Director will report to the Executive Director of the association. ...
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November is a time when we all start thinking about the holidays and what we are thankful for. I can say without a doubt, Lyndsi and I are so thankful for all of you! Within this write up you'll find some of the things we're thankful for, but also a challenge ...
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Somehow our calendars have turned another page, and the month of November is upon us. November is a month that could be found under the definition of the word, “Juxtaposition” because the sights of fall are on full display with the sounds and thoughts of winter....
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No recession in Allen county, Indiana. Not even in a “going to sleep” mode. Attached you will find my annual Market Trends for Allen County and the Fort Wayne, Indiana real property marketplace. John Thistlethwaite ...
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Welcome to October, everyone. This is my favorite time of year; We can look ahead to the holidays, but still enjoy the last warm days of the year doing things outdoors with family and friends. This is also a big month for us at the HBA, as we have a full calendar, so grab a PSL and gear up for the season....
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Strength in Numbers

September 5, 2019 in President's Pen

Housing affordability directly relates to what the HBA works to accomplish. We lobby to keep unnecessary regulations away from the home building industry, or regulations that can greatly increase the price of a new home, in so doing, pricing Hoosiers out of homes....
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Back to School

August 2, 2019 in President's Pen

It’s hard to believe another month has turned and August is here. Somehow summer is ending, and school is ready to get back in session, and with it the rhythm of work/life balance is due for the fall adjustment. With that adjustment comes a challenge. Read on......
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I want to wish you all a happy July. Hopefully summer has started off with a bang for all of you. Now that the weather finally feels like it has made the turn into our warm season, I know many of us will be scrambling to get caught up from our wet and extended season of rain....
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As a native son of the great state of Indiana, basketball played an integral part of my childhood. It was instilled in me at an early age, because when mom and dad needed a sitter, or for Tyler to stop fussing as an infant; the solution to keep me calm was to put in the tape of the 1987 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game. ...
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Signs of Spring

April 5, 2019 in President's Pen

If you watch and listen closely enough, the telltale signs of spring are here; The Final Four, the Masters, and Major League Baseball opening day. Finally, the weather appears to have released its grip on the winter months, and we can all look forward to another busy building season....
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March Madness

March 6, 2019 in President's Pen

Looking forward to spring, HBA President Tyler Kees touches on his experience at NAHB's International Builder's Show and the Board's Strategic Planning Session....
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Getting Busy!

February 7, 2019 in President's Pen

Happy February to everyone; I just want to say thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, or helped plan January’s Inaugural event. It sounds as if everyone had a nice time and enjoyed the evening. We had several past presidents in attendance, and three of our state officers were in attendance as well. Thanks to everyone involved, I hope next year we see an even larger turnout...
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I want to wish a very Happy New Year to all of you. What an honor it is for me to be able to serve our organization this coming year in the role as President. I look forward to the coming months, as we continue to see growth and expand in areas that impact our industry...
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Friends, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as President of this wonderful association of ours this year. If I had to sum up this year in one phrase it would be, “2018: The year of transition and new opportunities...
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GIVING THANKS

November 1, 2018 in President's Pen

October was a busy month for your local association! We wrapped up the Fall Town & Country at the beginning of the month. It produced great traffic and I trust that the homebuilders that participated made some positive contacts. Please continue to support the tours ...
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I can’t believe we are already in the last quarter of 2018! This year has been a challenging but productive time for my company as I trust it has been for you. The economy is still going strong which interprets into plenty of new home construction prospects for all. Very encouraging...
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Happy 4th of July to all! Summer is here and building is going full force! Thanks to ALL who was a part of the summer golf outing last month at Cedar Creek Golf Club. We appreciate the tremendous support of all the vendors and suppliers! THANK YOU! ...
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I hope this time of the year is finding all of you well. Just a reminder for all to take time from our busy and challenging schedules to remember to be grateful to the Lord for all of the blessings we are receiving in a country that values the building industry. Don’t forget to serve your clients well. They are the reason we are in business! ...
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Community Involvement

February 23, 2018 in IBA/NAHB News

Each year, the membership of HBA collectively adds more than 1,400+ new homes to the area’s economic base. However, the Home Builders Association’s community involvement extends much further...
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