Virtual General Membership Meeting, President's Message, IBS 2021
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Board President Address to BIA Membership
Aloha and Greetings to Everyone! I hope that you and your families have all remained safe and sound.
I want to take this opportunity to let you know what has been happening at BIA-Hawaii during this terrible COVID-19 pandemic period. We reluctantly have had to cancel numerous events… our summer homebuilding show, networking events, some education classes, awards dinners, etc. But we’re still looking into the possibility of getting our golf tournament off the ground. Social distancing concerns have really stifled our ability to physically get together as we have done for so many years. Even our board and committee meetings have been conducted virtually. I would venture to say that no one can really predict what our new normal will be.
Throughout this entire ordeal, your CEO, Board of Directors, staff and committees have been hard at work creating new ways to provide value for your membership. Besides providing updates, precautions and safety information on COVID-19, numerous activities have been conducted virtually… our education classes, planning for our virtual general membership meetings, networking events and other activities. If you have ideas to share, please don’t hesitate to contact the BIA. We also welcome your participation on our committees… membership, education, awards and events, leading young professionals, codes or government relations.
Our building industry being designated “essential” was not by chance, but through the efforts of our government relations committee working with unions and other organizations to convince government officials that we are responsible… by establishing the COVID-19 Project Jobsite Rules… and continuing to monitor government issues. Consequently, we are allowed to still earn a living and provide for our families; unlike many others who are unemployed, hungry and on the verge of being homeless. With the loss of revenue from canceled events, the BIA is also experiencing some difficulty. I would like to request your continued support of BIA-Hawaii through your attendance (virtually), sponsorships, educating your employees through our classes, joining our committees, encouraging new members to join… and especially by maintaining your membership.
I sincerely ask for your KOKUA in keeping our BIA-Hawaii Ohana Strong and Healthy.
What does our future hold and how can we remain inspired and dedicated to building a better tomorrow? It will require strength and endurance, and our speakers will share with you how they remain hopeful and inspired. How can you do the same?
Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A. Explore the challenges we all face and how some in the community are already harnessing the tools needed to build a better tomorrow.
The Construction Training Center of the Pacific (CTC) is a one-stop comprehensive training and educational resource center established by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii as its workforce development arm. The CTC provides academic and vocational training, career counseling, job awareness, and related supportive services that address critical labor shortages in the rapidly expanding construction industry.
BIA-Hawaii offers a full range of seminars and continuing education classes to empower you and your employees with the latest information on industry standards.
All classes are open for registration, space is limited.
SBA Hawaii is hosting a free webinar on September 22nd from 1pm to 2:30pm designed to help business owners evaluate and determine how to continue their business during times of uncertainty, constant change, health, safety, and economic challenges.
Two HECO programs offered to help customers during the Pandemic
HECO announces moratorium on disconnections extended to Dec. 31st. Hawaiian Electric service disconnections for nonpayment have been suspended through Dec. 31, 2020. The company urges customers challenged by the financial impact of COVID-19 to seek utility bill assistance from government and nonprofits, and to set up a payment arrangement plan.
To assist residents and businesses dealing with the financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic, Hawaiian Electric is offering special payment plan options to customers, including extending payments over time. The plans are interest-free and late fees are waived for all plan options.
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COVID-19 Industry Updates & Resources
Seeking on-call math instructors for BIA's Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training program. For more information contact Barbara Nishikawa, Education Director at email@example.com or (808) 629-7505
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