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Your Weekly Update: April 6, 2020

Financial assistance and eligibility

While a number of assistance programs are available to help companies weather the national emergency, each has its own eligibility requirements. NAHB has moved quickly to work with White House officials on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that builders, developers and multifamily property managers are eligible for PPP loans. Click here for NAHB Chair Dean Mons' update to members.

HBAV reminds members that although the construction industry still remains operational at the current time, no one should be conducting business as usual. Here are suggestions on how every member can help keep the industry open for business:
  • Maintain a healthy job site by following CDC and government guidelines.
  • Post the Department of Labor's Families First Coronavirus Response Act poster (both English and Spanish versions).
  • Adjust your construction schedule to allow one subcontractor at a time on your site. (Better to have your work schedule slowed down instead of shut down.)
  • Consider assigning a 'health and safety manager' to each job site. Be proactive in making sure everyone is following safety guidelines.
As the national emergency continues to evolve, we'll keep you informed with Updates providing information from the localities and agencies you work with on a daily basis.
You'll find links to a wide range of health, business and human resources information, including comprehensive resources from both the state and national home builders associations, on the CVBIA web site , along with the CVBIA updates sent over the past few weeks. 

Best regards,
Ryan Rose, CVBIA President
Tell us something good!
It's hard to avoid the daily dose of grim news right now, but there are lots of companies and individuals out there doing good deeds. If you're one of them, we'd like to hear about it.

Also, if you're offering any helpful deals or have business advice relevant to the new working environment we're all in, please let us know and we'll share it with your fellow members. Just contact baxson@cvbia.com and let her know the details.
Blood drives are
canceled, but not need
There is a critical need for blood and platelet donations at a time when blood drives are no longer allowed. The American Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to schedule a time to give blood.
Click here to find a donation center near you.
Need help filing with localities?
Builders Title has the ability to e-file during these challenging times and is here to help members who may need this service.

Contact Dorothy Johnson at 305-9029 or builderstitle@cvbia.com for details and assistance.
The following association events have been postponed and
will be rescheduled.

  • Fair Housing Seminar with AJ Johnson, originally scheduled for March 24; new date is Sept. 22

  • Remodelers Council Seminar with Vince Butler, originally scheduled for April 9; new date to come

  • VRLTA Seminar with Chip Dicks, originally scheduled for April 16; new date to come

  • Annual Picnic & Tailgate Party, orginally scheduled for May 15; new date to come

  • CMHC Associates' Showcase & Awards of Excellence Celebration, originally scheduled for July 16; new date is Nov. 20.
 It's official! Two HBAs are now one

Tidewater Builders Association and the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association have joined forces to become Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association.

So what does this mean for you? You're now a member of a regional association with a stronger and more united voice on all the issues that impact our industry.

Look for the association's new logo, new website and new social media platforms to debut soon! And click here to read about the merger in a recent issue of Inside Business.
Municipal Memos
All Norfolk municipal offices are closed and employees are tele-working.  Inspectors will no longer conduct on-site inspections for the next two weeks, with an extension possible depending on the health crisis status at that time. Contact your inspector to discuss using Face Time, videos or photos.  Third-party inspections continue to be accepted.

Chesapeake's Department of Development and Permits has released a residential plan review checklist giving members an excellent guideline on what city staff is looking for when reviewing plans.

Virginia Beach has posted its updated Draft Public Works Design Standards Manual . Public comments were reviewed last year and revisions have been incorporated into the recently released version. Click here for details.

Dominion Energy has released its Subdivision Coordinator contact information for local companies developing or building in new subdivisions. Click here  for contact information.
National News

NAHB is working diligently to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the residential construction sector. You'll find a wealth of information on what the association is doing to protect your business, as well as helpful resources, at www.nahb.org

The association is also continuing its Coronavirus Webinar series this week , offering timely advice on small business loans and tax relief. Click here to find out more.

NAHB BUILD-PAC has launched a campaign that challenges members to get involved in the political process. It's important that the industry mobilizes as a united front during this election year and any contribution - even as little as $20 - will help. Learn more by visiting the Housing 2020 website .
Welcome, new members!
The companies listed here recently joined CVBIA. Please welcome them to the association with a call or email. Remember, it's good business to do business with a member!

Being a member provides you with cost-saving benefits, professional credibility AND advocacy for your company on the local, state and national levels.

There is no better example of the value of your membership, however, than what is taking place at your local, state and national associations during this national COVID-19 emergency.

Not only are you receiving valuable information on how to navigate the new rules for our new normal, your trade association is working hard to keep the industry open for business.

Visit www.nahb.org , www.hbav.com or www.cvbia.com to learn more.
Looking for labor?
The national Home Builders Institute is operating a 12-week construction industry program in Norfolk for transitioning military and is looking for jobs in which to place its students. If you're in need of qualified, reliable employees, contact HBI's Steve Kelley at skelley@hbi.org .
A special thank you to the 2020 members!
If you'd like to join this elite group, whose support helps keep the industry strong for everyone, email ccotton@cvbia.com
Make the most of your member investment!
Get connected with the Member Information Center!
An important first step to making the most of your membership investment is logging into the Member Information Center and checking out your company profile. Make sure your information is correct and put your best foot forward to the public and fellow members . Click here to get started! ( Tip: Your user name is your email address. If you're not in the association's database, contact Betty Axson at 305-9042 and she'll add your information.)

This Information Center should be your "go to" resource for member contact information, job postings, event registration, local legislator and city staff contacts, and so much more. You can also post news about all the great things your company is doing and if you have any special events or offers coming up! Use the Member Deals and Member Happenings section to promote your products, services and news!

There's even a FREE app that puts everything within easy reach on your phone.
Just search "MemberPlus" on Google Play or the App Store and download it today!