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June 2017
June 2017 Calendar of Events
All events held at the HBA office unless otherwise noted. 

3-4 & 10-11) Parade of Homes

13-15) NAHB Mid-Year Meeting, Washington, DC

19) Home & Garden Board of Directors Meeting @ 4pm

20) HBA Board of Directors Meeting @ 4pm

21) Professional Women in Building Council Meeting @ 11:30am

22) General Membership Meeting @ 11:30am
Parade of Homes
Saturday & Sunday, June 3 - 4 and 10 - 11
Homes Open 1 - 5pm
Free & open to the public

25 New Homes!

The Parade of Homes is the HBA's second largest public event. Visit some of the homes this weekend and support your fellow builders! 

Builders reported 200+ visitors over the first weekend of the Parade of Homes.

PWB Meeting
Wednesday, June 21
Marcello's Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4860 Veterans Blvd, Metairie
11:30 am : Registration & Networking
11:45 am : Lunch Served
12:00 - 1:00 pm: Program

The 3 massive mistakes female leaders make that keep them feeling Stuck,Stressed, and Spinning their wheels

Guest Speaker:
Courtney Elmer

General Membership Meeting
Thursday, June 22
Landry's on the Lakefront, 8000 Lakeshore Blvd, New Orleans
11:30 am : Registration & Networking
12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch & Program

The secret word for this month is hurricane. The first person to call Lauren at (504) 837-2700 and say this word will win a $20 Martin Wine Cellar gift card. Thanks for reading! If you have won in the past, please give others a chance at this prize. 

Conrad Appel

Julie Stokes

Polly Thomas

2017 Legislative Session Recap

Guest Speakers:

Senator Conrad Appel, Representative Julie Stokes, and Representative Polly Thomas

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Re-Entry Program
HBA hosted our first informational session about the re-entry program we're working on with Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola.) This program, run through the local parish special re-entry courts, identifies the most worthwhile candidates being sentenced to short stays due to non-violent and non-sex offenses. The program participants are certified in a variety of construction fields.

To learn more, please contact Philip Thomas at (504) 837-2700 or

NAHB Survey: H-2B Visas
Dear Valued NAHB Member,
Letter from NAHB

We know that worker shortages are a significant challenge in the home building industry. We are seeking to understand if our members have used, or would consider using, an existing federal program that grants temporary work visas for foreign-born workers, known as the H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker program. Whether you have used this program or not, responding to this brief survey will help guide our advocacy efforts.

Please use this link to open the survey and hit submit after completing your response.

Your response is very important. If you have any questions about the H-2B program, you may contact NAHB's Alexis Moch at +1 800-368-5242, extension 8407.

Thank you in advance for your help in this effort.

James W. Tobin III
Executive Vice President & Chief Lobbyist
Government Affairs and Communications Groups
National Association of Home Builder
People Problems
Elliot Eisenberg, Ph.D. is President of GraphsandLaughs, LLC and can be reached at His daily 70 word economics and policy blog can be seen at

Over the past year, there has been considerable talk about GDP growth and the desire to raise it.  While higher GDP growth is clearly good, getting there will be tough.  Since the end of the Great Recession, the US has been averaging chronically weak GDP growth of 2.1%/year.  By contrast, from late 1991 through the onset of the Great Recession in mid-2008, GDP growth averaged a reasonably robust 3.1%/year; 50% higher, a huge difference.  While there are many explanations for the slowdown, the core reason comes down to three specific ways that people impact GDP growth. 

Firstly, growth in the overall population generally leads to more people working, which grows the economy.  Secondly, a greater share of the existing population can be employed, which also increases our economic output.   And thirdly, those who are working can perform better -- and that rise in worker productivity also increases GDP.  Regrettably, on all these fronts, the US has been struggling. 

On the population front, the news is not good.  In the early 1990s, population growth was a reasonably strong 1.3%/year.  While the rate generally declined over the next two decades, it was still 1%/year when the Great Recession began.  By the end of the recession, however, population growth had slowed to 0.85%, and today, it's just 0.7%/year.  Worse, the Census Bureau projects population growth to be just 0.2%/year by 2026, and that assumes net immigration of 1.3 million/year through the coming decade.  And, under those assumptions, GDP growth in 2026 will probably be only 1.5%/year, down from the weak 2.1% of today.

As for the percentage of the population in the labor force, it's unfortunately declining.  After peaking at 67.3% during the latter years of the Clinton administration, the civilian labor force participation rate steadily declined through the end of 2015, bottoming out at 62.4%.  Since then, it has risen slightly and now stands at 63%.  However, because of the damage caused by the recent financial crisis and aging of the population, it is, at best, expected to remain where it is, although a small decline is entirely possible.  Were the labor force participation rate to reverse course and return to 67.3% over the next decade and a half, by 2032, about seven million extra people would be employed, and GDP growth during that 15-year period would be a quarter-of-one percent/year higher than otherwise.    

As to the third concern, labor productivity growth has been poor for quite some time.  Since the end of the recession, productivity gains have averaged about 0.75%/year.  By contrast, between 1990 and 2007, labor productivity averaged 2.4% annually.  While 1990-2007 were good years for labor productivity growth, never has there been such a long period of time with such anemic productivity growth as we are now experiencing.  The closest we came is the 1973 - 1979 period when labor productivity growth averaged 1.3%/year.  Since every 1% increase in productivity boosts both GDP and per capita income by an equal amount, productivity increases are particularly beneficial.    

While higher GDP growth is unambiguously good, achieving it will be devilishly difficult given our poor demographics and the productivity slowdown.  Solutions include increased immigration, improved vocational training, and lower marginal tax rates on both labor and capital.  More immigration and lower tax rates on labor should increase the size of the labor force, while improved vocational training and lower taxes on capital can be expected to increase labor productivity.  If it were up to me, all these solutions would be employed.
May 2017 Calendar of Events
All events held at the HBA office unless otherwise noted. 

4) Remodelers Council Luncheon @ 12pm

9-11) LHBA Board Meetings, Baton Rouge

15) Home & Garden Board of Directors Meeting @ 4pm

16) HBA Board of Directors Meeting @ 4pm

18) Sip & Socialize : Baby Cakes Game @ 7pm

23) Advanced Building Practices Council Meeting @ 11am

29) Memorial Day - Office Closed

31) Workforce Info Session @ 4pm
Come for food & drink, stay to learn about a program to provide a new crop of skilled trade labor.
National Remodeling Month
Let your friends and clients know that it's National Remodeling Month with these resources provided by NAHB!
ABP & Education 
Common Framing Errors & How to Avoid Them

Advanced Building Practices Council Meeting 
& Education Seminar (1 CE)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 11am - 1pm

In this session, taught by an experienced APA field representative, participants will examine the most common wood-framing and sheathing errors found in today's construction market, their consequences, and practical solutions for avoiding them. Topics include:
* Buckled sheathing
* Squeaky floors
* Over-sized holes
* Connection dos and don'ts

11:00am - Noon : Presentation
Noon - 1:00pm : Lunch provided by RoyOMartin
Parade of Homes Project
In This Issue:
Calendar of Events
Re-Entry Job Program
H-2B Visas
Editorial: People Problems
From Last Month
Quick Links & Resources

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Klumb Forest Products


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2017 Senior Officers of the Board

President, Mike LeCorgne  
Vice President, Frank Morse 
Treasurer, Michael Kraft 
Secretary, Rolf Parelius 
Immediate Past President, Floyd Simeon

2017 Board of Directors

Steve Albert 
John Arms 
Charlie Fontenelle 
David Gaspard
John Heald 
Phil Hoffman  
Kevin Katner 
Larry Kornman
Jo Ann Kostik 
Peter Lanaux
 Ben Laws 
Bruce Layburn 
Harold LeBlanc
Brian Mills
Helmut Mundt 
Randy Noel
Lynda Nugent Smith
Roy  Olse n
Wagner Rocha 
Kimberly Rooney
Dorothy Stanich
Devon Sweeney 
Zach Tyson 
Kirk Williamson  
Steve Wobbema 
Wes Wyman
HBA Staff Contacts

Jon Luther , Executive Vice President
Philip Thomas, Education Director & NOEL Program Director
Lauren Galliano , Director of Membership & Industry Relations
Rita Bautista, Governmental Affairs Representative
Shane Gray , Accountant

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