HBA of F-M and North Dakota Association of Builders leadership traveled to Washington, D.C., for the National Association of Home Builders’ Spring Leadership Conference earlier this month.
Hear from two of our national delegates, HBA President Elect Mike Lemke, Lemke Home Improvements, Inc., and HBA President David Reid, Radiant Homes, reflecting on the trip. They participated in meetings alongside NAHB Senior Life Director Don Dabbert, Jr., Dabbert Custom Homes; HBA CEO Bryce Johnson; HBA Education & Public Affairs Coordinator Elizabeth Kosel and several other NDAB members and staff.
Click here to view NAHB's video highlights of the Spring Leadership Conference (you must be logged in to access).
Our first meeting of the day was with U.S. Rep. Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) and while short, was a good meeting. We discussed NAHB's top priority issues including transformers, energy codes, workforce issues and housing affordability.
Since I am a Minnesota business owner and a licensed contractor in Clay County, I decided to attend meetings with the Builders Association of Minnesota during the time before other North Dakota meetings. Our first was with U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, and while she was unable to attend, we did meet with one of her staffers. After that, we met with U.S. Rep. Brad Finstad, and our final meeting was with U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach who represents the district that Clay County is part of (District 7). I shared the HBA of F-M’s Permits Plus report at each meeting and left it behind so they could see the comparisons between cities in our area and how policies affect Minnesota and North Dakota.
I also attended:
It was evident that our North Dakota senators and congressman value hearing directly from their constituency. We have heard that often from NAHB staff, leadership, lobbyists, as well as from our senators and congressman themselves, but it felt apparent when we were meeting on the Hill. I do think that the investment made and time spent making this in-person visit is worthwhile.
I feel confident that our delegation understand and sympathize with the issues that we brought to them as homebuilders. I feel that we have “like-minded” representatives and that they are representing our federation well.
At the Leadership Council meetings, we heard from Jim Tobin (NAHB’s new president and CEO) to hear his vision for NAHB. I think he will be a great leader and asset to the federation. I, together with our “area” (area 10) got to hear more about and discuss the issues, challenges, efforts, and successes we are all experiencing within our Midwest region.
“Good to know” items: