HBAG News - January 2017
Building a Better Georgia 
Please join us for the 2017 Winter Board Meeting and Legislative Rally at the Capitol on February 21, 2017. This is the perfect opportunity for talking with local legislators and learning the issues important to them that might affect home building. In return, legislators are able to learn from individuals in the building industry. Please call your legislator ahead of time and set an appointment to meet. Legislative issues will be provided closer to the day of the event. 

Registration is $20 per person. Click the link below to register. If you would like to pay with cash or check on the day of the event, enter promo code HBAG2017 and you will not be charged. Please make sure to register, even if you choose to pay at the event. Call 404.763.2453 with questions or concerns. 

9:00 - 10:00 Gather in room 216 of the Capitol for Legislative Briefing
10:00 - 10:15 Photo on the stairway
10:15 - 11:30 Move up to House & Senate Chambers
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch in room 216 of the Capitol
1:30 - 3:00 Board of Directors Meeting- Blue Room at the Freight Depot


Monday January 9, 2017 marked Day One of the 2017 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly. HBAG's Government Affairs Committee is led this year by Bobby Cleveland of Macon, GA and will be ramping up its activities accordingly. GAC will meet weekly to review proposed legislation and take action as necessary to influence the legislature in support of the residential construction industry. HBAG also has several legislative initiatives this year to improve the regulatory environment for our members. If you would like to be kept informed of GAC's actions, please contact Government Affairs Director Austin Hackney at ahackney@hbag.org. Visit http://www.hbag.org/current-legislation.html for updates throughout the session.
HBAG represented at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Eggs & Issues Breakfast on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Picture L to R are Austin Hackney, HBAG Government Affairs Director; Kathryn Bedette, American Institute of Architects Georgia Association President-Elect; State Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven); Leroy Sutton, Greater Atlanta HBA Government Affairs Representative; David Southerland, AIA Georgia Association Executive Director; Jim Brown, HBAG VP/Treasurer; Ryan Taylor, DCA State Codes Advisory Committee Vice Chairman; and Lisa Bianchi-Fossati, Policy Director at Southface Energy Institute.
HBAG leadership (Regulatory Affairs Consultant Bettie Sleeth, Rob Zapata, and HBAG VP/Treasurer Jim Brown) at the National Electric Code Task Force meeting at DCA.


HBAG will be sponso ring the East Coast Builders Conference (formerly BRExpo) scheduled for May 4-5, 2017 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. On behalf of our membership, we are working closely with the ECBC managem ent team to bring you a first-class conference and expo and give builders the opport unity to gain valuable knowledge, earn continuing education, network with peers, source new products and have a little fun!

The East Coast Builders Conference (ECBC) is the east coast's meeting place for the building and remodeling industry. ECBC will bring together builders, designers, remodelers, and others who sell and service the residential building industry. ECBC gives you endless opportunities; from sourcing new products and services to networking and education

HBAG President Lamar Smith Excited for ECBC
HBAG President Lamar Smith excited
about ECBC

Visit www.ECBCShow.com and sign up to receive updates about the conference. Be sure to mark your calendar and join HBAG at this ideal meeting place for the East Coast building and remodeling community!

Use the code HBAG2017 for complimentary expo-only admission to the show!  
OR use code HBAG50 to receive $50 off a one or two day conference package!

HBAG EVP Kelly Lass delivered $5,000 to support the   NAHB Kennesaw State University Student Chapter  on behalf of the   Lewis Cenker Scholarship Fund  while attending   The International Builders' Show (IBS)  in Orlando last week. T he KSU NAHB Student Chapter Competition Team placed 1st in the 2017  NAHB  Residential Construction Management Competition for Four-Year Programs. The Chapter was also named the 2017 NAHB Outstanding Student Chapter, for the second year in a row! Way to go   NAHB KSU Chapter! We are proud of your hard work and dedication to the home building industry.

From L to R: Dr. Charner Rodgers, Myles Cardenas (KSU NAHB Student Chapter President), and Kelly Lass.
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