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Bringing Housing Home – Delaware Style

Last Friday, over 40 members of the HBADE had the unique opportunity to meet/mingle and hear from our members of the Delaware federal delegation.

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Hosted by member John Tracey at his law firm Young, Conaway, Stargatt and Taylor’s (YCST) office on Rodney Square in Wilmington, HBADE was able to gather Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons, and Representative John Carney – in one room – and all at the same time – as they reviewed and took questions on national housing policies, issues and bills.  We covered housing finance reform, tax reform, labor shortages and immigration reform, building energy codes, and potential new changes from E.P.A. regarding Waters of the U.S.  All of this was in conjunction with NAHB’s Bringing Housing Home Program for the nearly 800 HBA’ s across the country to meet with their federal delegation.

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So while our Congressmen talked about the national issues which were assembled by our National Association of Home Builders, they were able to meet and greet our members one on one and hear directly from them on important matters.

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We think they came away with a reminder and understanding of how important the housing industry is in Delaware and how it is such an integral component of our local economy.

Our thanks to the many who made this meeting possible.  First John Tracey of YCST.  Next, Claire Harmer, Facilities and Events Coordinator for YCST. Of course, all of our members who attended and participated and asked questions.  And special thanks to Carper/Coons/Carney staff members that helped arrange the event and their attendance.  And finally to Jessica Hall our NAHB Legislative Consultant who came into town to help us out and provide an important issues briefing to members beforehand.

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About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America. www.hbade.org

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