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President's Pen - May 2022

May 10, 2022

Spring is in the air and temperatures are finally rising, but so are interest rates. Fortunately, that hasn't slowed the industry down, and the forecast is calling for a continuation in demand for new housing as the summer approaches!

Mother Nature was kind to this year's Town & Country New Home Tour, with gorgeous weather amplifying the great turn out. Each year I am blown away by the magnitude of talent we have in Northeast Indiana and this year was no exception! I just want to say thank you, again, to the builders and vendors that helped make this 42 home tour possible.

I believe everyone is experiencing more and more growth into rural areas not serviced by public sewer, and that often comes with challenges — but there is good news! Bill 1245 has passed legislation! What does that mean? It means that local health departments will be able to approve any and all septic systems that follow state minimum guidelines, and are designed by a certified engineer. This allows for a much more streamlined and efficient septic system approval process.

We had our General Membership Meeting a few weeks ago, and I had the privilege of listening to Rick Wajda with the Indiana Builders Association. He discussed the importance of political action in our industry and the impact that building has on our economy. It certainly inspired me, and if you would like to learn more or get involved with our Association’s Political Action Committee, please contact myself or Ric Zehr. Now is always a great time to start making a difference.

The HBA Annual Summer Golf Outing is scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd at Noble Hawk Golf Links in Kendallville. Please make sure to get your team together and register HERE. Remember, your team does not need to consist of all current members — the golf outing presents a great opportunity to invite potential members! Contact Rebecca for details on inviting a potential new member.

Have a great month!

Luke Hoffman, President
Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne

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