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Register for the NCHBA 2nd Quarter Meeting & Legislative Conference

Registration is now open for the NCHBA 2nd Quarter Committee Meetings, Board Meeting, and Legislative Conference. We hope you will make plans to join us May 20-21 in Raleigh. Of all the NCHBA meetings, our Legislative Conference is perhaps the most important. This is your chance to meet face-to-face with lawmakers and tell them what challenges your business faces. Hearing from a constituent always makes the difference to our Senators and Representatives.There is no charge to attend any of the events.

Below is the complete schedule and hotel information. Don’t forget, our meeting times have changed this year so make sure you read the schedule carefully. All events will be held at the NCHBA Offices, Builders First Center, 5580 Centerview Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606 unless otherwise noted.
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Call for Nominations: Construction Trades Teacher of the Year

The NCHBA Construction Careers Committee is accepting nominations for the  NCHBA Construction Trades Teacher of the Year. This award is designed to help HBAs interact with their local school systems and to recognize outstanding educators. Nominations may be submitted on behalf of an instructor in the secondary school system by a local HBA, CTE director or local principal. The process is as follows:

1. Nominations should be returned to the NCHBA by the May 16 deadline.
2. Local HBAs should distribute nomination packages in their area.
3. Local HBAs can set their own deadlines to receive nomination packages. If an HBA has more than one nominee, they should select their local winner.  Locals are encouraged to recognize their local winner and nominees (examples – meeting invite, plaque, tool donation, etc.).
4. Final selection of the state winner will be made by the NCHBA Construction Careers Committee. Nominations are due by May 16, 2014.
5. Nominees are encouraged to submit pictures of examples of their work.

Questions? Contact Kep Paylor, Director of Construction Careers, at kpaylor@nchba.org or 1-800-662-7129.

Applications Being Accepted for College Scholarship Program

The North Carolina Home Builders Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc.  accepts applications for its college scholarships each year between January and April.  The foundation awards scholarships based on a combination of need and merit to four-year college students entering their junior or senior year and technical school students entering their second year who have declared their major in a construction related field.

To be eligible a student must meet the following criteria and return application the deadline:

  1. Applicants must be nominated by a NCHBA member firm.
  2. Nominees shall be immediate family members of NCHBA member firms, related by blood, (i.e. children, step-children or grandchildren).
  3. Students related by marriage, (ie. son-in-law, daughter-in-law, etc.) shall not be eligible.
  4. Immediate family members of any current trustee of the NCHB Educational & Charitable Foundation, Inc. shall not be eligible.
  5. Awards are for one year, but scholarship winners may submit a renewal application and be considered for renewal if they make satisfactory progress in their studies.
  6. Only full-time students will be considered. NCHBA defines a full-time student as one taking a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Click here for the 2014 Scholarship Application. Applications for 2014-2015 are due April 30, 2014.

Member Rebate Program Puts Money in Your Pocket

NCHBA Member Rebate LogoNCHBA is pleased to announce the launch of a new member rebate program for NCHBA builders and remodelers. Through this program, our nation’s leading manufacturers pay rebates as their way of thanking you for your loyalty to their products. You may already be using many of these products. If so, you will be paid a rebate for something you’re already doing! This program is but another example of how being a NCHBA member helps your company be more profitable.

Get Started Go to www.hbarebates.com/nchba.html and follow the easy-to-use instructions found there to register your company.

Survey confirms value of homeownership to voters

Results of a major NAHB-commissioned survey clearly show the high priority that Americans continue to place on homeownership and housing choice, even amidst the turmoil in today’s housing market.

The survey, which polled 2,000 likely 2012 voters during the week of May 3-9, was conducted by two of the most highly regarded polling firms in the country. Initial findings were officially released in an NAHB media teleconference that was held on June 7, with further details set for release within the next few days — in fact, a special edition of Nation’s Building News to be published on Tuesday, June 14, will contain details from the full array of findings. But the bottom line is this: Americans see beyond the immediate housing market to the enduring value of homeownership, with an overwhelming 75% of those surveyed saying that owning a home is worth the risk of the fluctuations in the market and 95% of current home owners saying they are happy with their decision to purchase a home. Meanwhile, almost three-quarters of those who do not currently own a home said that homeownership is one of their goals. And among younger voters who are most likely to be in the market for a home in the next few years, the percentages are even higher.
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