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HBA Advocacy Update

NAHB Area 10 Caucus Report

On June 18, Area 10 members (ND, SD, MN, IA and WI) met to discuss national and state updates at the 2022 National Association of Home Builders' Spring Leadership Meetings in Washington D.C. Talking points included:

 Registration for the International Builders’ Show 2023 in Las Vegas opens Sept. 1. 

  • The upcoming IBS will combine the kitchen and bath with the hardware show at the convention center. They are planning to have shuttles to the surfaces show which includes carpet, counters, etc. at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. 
  • Sales are up 11% for the show!

The Associates Committee is now going to have their own shop talks. This is similar to NAHB’s IDEAS app which provides news, trends, and techniques for the industry.  

Regarding construction codes and standards, there are four people with seats on the code's council. There is a 79% success rate. 

  • Something to keep an eye on and an ear out for are accessory units. While they aren't very common here, they are popping up in other states in Area 10. These are structures in a backyard that are then being used for rental properties.

Aug. 15 is the voting deadline to get building officials registered for cdpACCESS. This is where they can be registered to vote remotely on building codes.

There was discussion around having an Area 10 summit on career academies to discuss what is working and what isn’t. Minneapolis would likely be the location because of its centrality and there’s a chance the HBA of F-M is going to be asked to be a part of advisory committees.

HBA of F-M members who participated in the caucus meeting include:

  • NAHB Senior Life Director John Gunkelman, Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc.;
  • HBA Immediate Past President and NAHB Delegate, Kim Hochhalter, Building Concepts, Inc.,
  • NAHB Alternate National Director and HBA Board member, Mike Lemke, Lemke Home Improvements, Inc. and
  • HBA President and NAHB Delegate David Reid , Radiant Homes.

Present on the pannel was NAHB Senior Life Director Don Dabbert, Jr., Dabbert Custom Homes. 

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Minnesota election information

In Minnesota, winners of the following races will be elected Nov. 8 because Clay County cities do not have a primary election. Watch for updates on the HBA's involvement soon. Deadline to file for city races is Aug. 16:

  • Moorhead Mayor;
  • Moorhead City Council (four 4 wards will elect one councilmember);
  • Dilworth Mayor;
  • Dilworth City Council (2 seats);
  • Minnesota House of Representatives District 4B.

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Horace Land Development Code Updates

Anti-monotony language is back; a draft was not available at press time. HBA of F-M has requested copies for leaders to review and assess as soon as it becomes available.

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Upcoming HBA activity:

  1. The HBA will soon be connecting with newly elected West Fargo Commissioner, Roben Anderson. We are excited to hear his ideas and learn more about him!
  2. Fargo Economic Development Incentive Committee: date TBD, 1 p.m. One position is still open on the committee. 
  3. HBA of F-M will also be hosting a social with North Dakota Legislature candidates to provide an opportunity to meet and hear more from them. Date to come.
  4. The next Building Industry Connect will be Aug. 3 at 11:30 a.m. and will feature West Fargo Commission President, Bernie Dardis. Register here
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