July 10, 2017
Registration is open for the BIA's annual awards extravaganza on Friday, September 15
After several very lean years our industry is without question on a positive trajectory. We are building and selling more homes than we have in a decade. While a general economic uptick has driven the change in our fortunes, your hard work and passion have taken it to the next level. And that really is what the annual Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence or MAME Awards program is all about.

MAME is our industry's platform to recognize the very best  regional builder projects in terms of design, architecture, and marketing.  At the event, homebuilding industry professionals will be recognized for their exceptional efforts in a host of categories, including  Best Print Ad; Best Website; Best Special Event;  Best Digital Sales Tool;  Detached Home of the Year;  Community of the Year (attached and detached);  Sales and/or Marketing Professional of the Year;  Online Sales Counselor of the Year; Purchasing Agent/Team of the Year; and Construction Superintendent of the Year.  The full list of categories is available here .

Now, here's what you need to be thinking about. The deadline to submit your entries is July 31, so please keep that in mind. For additional information about anything MAME-related, please click here .

Good luck to this year's nominees! 

See how our advocates are fighting for you
Placer County Approves North Tahoe Projects and Interim Contract
The Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the agreements with three local partners for new community projects and an interim contract with the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, amounting to $1.7 million.

Placer Affordable Housing Update
BIA staff spoke separately with Supervisors Holmes and Uhler last week regarding the industry's concerns about the county's recently released affordable housing study. This item has been moved from the previously scheduled July 11  board meeting to August 8 . No action will be taken at this meeting, and county staff will be getting direction from the board about items for further research. It is anticipated that staff will return to the board later this year with a proposed work plan.

Rancho Cordova Approves Community Enhancement Fund Grant
The Rancho Cordova City Council approved 46 community projects and city programs for its Community Enhancement Fund. Community project and programs totaled $7.1 million for the 2017/2018 fiscal year. The Community Enhancement Fund is funded by Measure H, approved by voters in 2014.

CBIA Mid-Year Government Affairs Meeting
CBIA reported that the state is beginning to issue hundreds of millions of dollars in school bonds to districts throughout the state due to the approval last year of Prop. 51. The state Air Resources Control Board is also continuing to ask for even more stringent air quality standards in the coming years; the issue is still being discussed.  We also heard from California Community Builders, an organization aligned with the BIA based on social justice. They see housing ownership as a gateway to the middle class for many under represented communities. They are focused on CEQA reform and are interfacing with many newly elected officials in the Legislature. Their coalition building with Hispanic leaders was critical to our stopping the prevailing wage provisions in AB 199 this year. We are looking for additional ways to partner with them. 

Hot rods, cool cars, and more coming your way
Featured Event
Whatever you're doing on July 20, its not going to beat our Hot Rods and Cool Cars BBQ & Mixer. So what does that mean? It means  over 100 of your fellow BIA members will be in attendance checking out the classic cars and motorcycles on display and enjoying tasty burgers and fries, so  register today! Oh, and while you're at it, please consider being a sponsor. Sponsorships range from $100-$1000. See who's registered already by logging in to the Member Information Center

2017 Sacramento Home Tour
Rich Askew with Woodside Homes, Mo Rahim with CalAtlantic Homes and their Home Tour Committee  are well underway in planning for the home tour later this year.  At this stage, sponsors and raffle donations for consumer giveaways are a major component of what we need in order to make the home tour as marketable as possible. While you can f ind out more about this year's home tour at the link above, if you would like to sponsor or donate a raffle prize, please contact Angela Tsukiji .

Time to RSVP
Registration is now open for the upcoming events below - you can also learn more about them and all BIA events  here:
Summer construction internship program off and running
The Foundation is proud to have partnered with the Placer County Office of Education to provide paid summer industry internships to six high school juniors from Colfax, Placer, Roseville, and Whitney High Schools.

The students were placed with three different industry employers in positions where they worked as plumbing, shop, and stair rail installation apprentices, while also learning the in's and out's of general warehouse work. Thank you to our participating employers:
  • LB Construction in Roseville
  • Fletcher Plumbing in Loomis
  • iStairs in Rancho Cordova
The students will work for a total of 100 paid on-the-job hours with their employer in addition to completing 20 hours of work-readiness training at Placer High School with a teacher.  The internship runs from June 19 to July 28.

Our charitable arm is looking forward to a busy summer!
HomeAid is staying busy this summer! Bank of America and Placer County Food Bank have partnered with us to create 250 Care Kits for The Gathering Inn in Roseville. If you have any toiletry items you would like to donate, please contact Rachele Gregg.

Trap Shoot team registration is now open and spots are going quickly. Take a shot at ending homelessness by sponsoring or shooting at the Trap Shoot! For sponsorship information click here . And, to register your team click here .

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