As we flip the calendar to 2022, let’s glance in the rearview and reflect a bit. While challenges continue, including the pandemic and all that goes with it, our industry had one of its best years and the HBA of F-M celebrated many successes.
I applaud you, our members, for navigating a year offering up a trifecta of difficulties: shortages in supply and workforce, high input costs and an increased demand for our products and services!
I like to think of us (your builders' associations), as the trifecta of solutions on the local, state and national levels.
Together, we worked to combat cost increases, address workforce needs and offer business development growth solutions (like education classes and our health insurance) to support you and your customers.
Your HBA works to connect with community leaders, sharing the positives of homebuilding and commercial development:
Legislative advocacy in both North Dakota and Minnesota:
NAHB remains committed to finding long-term solutions with a boots-on-the-ground approach in Washington, D.C., regularly communicating with lawmakers and the White House on issues like:
We hosted a ribbon cutting and open house showing off the HBA’s newly remodeled home!
Behind the scenes, staff engineered a migration of our association management system resulting in streamlined communications and events experiences for members.
We welcomed a new HBA team member, Eric Watne, to work with Home Builders Care of F-M Foundation on workforce growth for our industry and developing the HBA’s and Foundation’s reach/impacts.
Due to popular demand, we added new networking events including the High Noon Shootout, Casino Royale and Networking Nights at member businesses.
Amid all the challenges you and our industry faced, your HBA still hosted valuable Parade of Homes in the spring and fall and launched a brand new Downtown Living Tour event.
Heading into 2022, our membership recruitment is gaining speed and our retention rate continues holding strong. Member leaders and staff look forward to new features for the 60th annual Red River Valley Home & Garden Show!
Best wishes to incoming HBA president David Reid, Radiant Homes. Be sure to attend our New Year Celebration Jan. 27 where he will ceremoniously take the gavel and outline his priorities.
Remember: please reach out to your HBA as a resource and industry partner. You have a professional staff at your fingertips at the HBA. Call them if you need anything. Chances are, they can help or point you in the right direction as we face the future unknowns together.