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Your Weekly Update: April 13, 2020

Keep workers on the job:
Safety "Stand Down" is
this Thursday

NAHB, HBAV and CVBIA are urging members to halt work for at least 10 minutes on Thursday, April 16 , for a COVID-19 Job-Site Safety Stand Down to educate workers on what they should do to keep themselves safe from coronavirus and help “flatten the curve” for everyone.

The Department of Homeland Security  recently designated single-family and multifamily housing construction  as an “Essential Infrastructure Business, allowing construction to continue in places under stay-at-home orders like Virginia. But it's imperative that workers alter their behavior in order to keep the essential designation in place.

As part of the safety stand down, members are being asked to pause all work for at least 10 minutes to relay coronavirus safety precautions. Click here for a job-site safety package.

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.

Gov. Ralph Northam requested last week that the May 5 elections be moved to Nov. 3. The General Assembly will vote on this at its April 22 meeting. He also announced that the June 9 primary election will be moved to June 23.

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 website , along with the CVBIA updates sent over the past few weeks. 

Best regards,
Ryan Rose, CVBIA President
National economist speaks at free member Town Hall Tuesday
NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz will share his thoughts on COVID-19's impact on the industry today and down the road at a free webinar at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14. Click here to register.
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.
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.
HBAV throws out challenge to give

Make your donation count! The American Red Cross reports a critical need for blood and platelet donations and HBAV is encouraging members to roll up their sleeves to help alleviate this shortage.

As members across the state are doing this good deed, they also can join a little friendly competition among local home builders associations. The association with the largest number of participating blood donors will get a special shout out on social media and at the HBAV installation in November.

Click here to find a donation center near you. And please let us know you've given by emailing baxson@cvbia.com .
Follow CVBIA's new page!

Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association has launched its new Facebook page and is inviting members to follow us and get social!
Association event changes

  • Member Mixer (originally scheduled for March 19); new date is July 29

  • 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

  • HBAV 2020 Annual Convention (originally scheduled for June 18-21) has been canceled. The 2021 Convention will be held June 25-27 at The Greenbrier.

  • CMHC Associates' Showcase & Awards of Excellence Celebration (originally scheduled for July 16); new date is Nov. 20.
Deadline extended
for housing awards
HBAV will present its inaugural Housing Excellence Awards Monday, Sept. 28 during the Fall Board meeting in Richmond.

If you haven't submitted your entry, there's still time. The deadline has been extended to June 1. Click here for entry details.

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!
Municipal Memos
The James City County Board of Supervisors will consider its 2020-21 budget at a meeting Tuesday, April 14. For more information on the budget, which includes several development and building-related fee increases, click here.

All Norfolk municipal offices are closed and employees are tele-working.  Inspectors will no longer conduct on-site inspections at the current 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

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 Housing 2020 on the NAHB 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!