February 2017 | Issue 2
Dear Members,
Shannon Coker

Advocacy continues to be the forefront of association activity as the Mississippi legislative session continues.

Through our new VoterVoice tool, we will be able to ensure that our voices are heard at the Capitol. You can learn m ore about this tool below.

Be sure to note our weekly legislative bulletins to stay informed on the impact of upcoming policy discussions.  CLICK HERE  to view the 2017 Legislative and Policy Priorities.

For more information regarding advocacy, please feel free to contact me.


Sincerely,

Shannon Coker
Executive Vice President 
Upcoming Events
February
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2 HBA of Natchez Meeting
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14 CPR. First Aid & AED
15 HBAJ Sporting Clay Tournament
15 OSHA 10
16 Pearl River Co, Meeting
21 MS Coast Meeting
21 HBAJ After Hours
27 HBANCMS Meeting
28 MS Coast closed for Mardi Gras
Renovated Website
Help us ensure that our new site is working properly and that our information is correct.

Check it out and let us know what you think!
RSVP for MS Realtor Institute Approved Continuing Education
On February 8-9, 2017, HBAM will be hosting the  2017 Winter Conference  in Jackson.

On Thursday, the Mississippi Housing Institute is hosting a continuing education seminar regarding Contract Law. This course is worth two (2) hours of continuing education and is approved by the MS Realtor Institute

Cynthia Joachim of Gulfport will discuss commonly used real estate contracts, types of contracts, the elements of a valid contract, and common contract terms. 

The course is FREE to members and $50 for non-members.

For more information and to RSVP for the course, CLICK HERE If you have any questions, contact Courtney Harris at charris@hbam.com
NAHB Postpones Dues Increase
Some of the Mississippi representatives at the International Builders Show in Orlando.




During NAHB's International Builders Show (IBS) in January, the Board of Directors voted to defer the planned $16 dues increase for one year. NAHB dues will remain $182 in 2017.

In total, the IBS attendance surpassed 80,000 attendees with 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers. More than 160 education sessions provided information and expert knowledge on various topics within the building industry.

Additionally, speakers Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank and a performance by Little Big Town added fun to the IBS experience.

We appreciate all of the members who attended IBS and represented Mississippi. We are also thankful to Atmos Energy for sponsoring a  special event for the attendees in their territory

The dates for the 2018 show have already been announced! For more information, CLICK HERE.
Take Action for Advocacy
As a part of the new website roll out, HBAM is now partnering with VoterVoice to make advocacy even easier.

VoterVoice is a grassroots advocacy systems that assists members in contacting their local elected officials. This tool is integrated into our website to allow members to effortlessly make their voices heard.

As the Mississippi Legislature session continues, we will utilize VoterVoice to take action on legislation that affects our industry.

CLICK HERE  to view our VoterVoice system and stay tuned for further instructions.
Member Rebate Deadline Approaching
The Member Rebate Program is an exclusive benefit to Home Builder Association members that allows participants to receive cash back for products they are already using.

Each quarter, members can submit claim forms for the eligible products they have used on completed homes. NO RECEIPTS NECESSARY!

The Fourth Quarter deadline is February 24th! To learn more about the Member Rebate Program and how to participate, visit hbamrebates.com or contact Courtney Harris at  charris@hbam.com .