August 06 , 2018
Government Affairs - Not All Heroes Wear Capes  
Michael Strech
Within the walls of the BIA, our advocates are working hard every day to ensure that members are able to operate in a business-friendly environment.
The North State Government Affairs staff possess a variety of backgrounds which allows for an effective political and public policy presence.   Chris Norem and Jeff Short both have extremely strong political backgrounds, having worked directly with elected officials at the state and federal levels of government. Crisand Giles has an extensive policy background and has held senior leadership positions for BIA Bay Area as well as two major homebuilders.  Collectively, the team has more than 50 years of government affairs experience.  Our intern, John Gildea has been recently promoted to Government Affairs Associate and rounds out the team.
If the BIA Government Affairs team seems to be everywhere at once, well...that's because they are.  They are interviewing business-minded candidates for the upcoming election, working to shape public policy through effective jurisdictional coverage, building effective advocacy capacity through collaborative partnerships and so much more.
I encourage each and every member to reach out and meet your advocacy team at the next BIA event. Our ability to effectively communicate and advocate is dependent upon our connection to members.
Put another way, our members interests are the driving force behind everything we do at the BIA. And rest assured that our staff is working hard for you and moving issues in the right direction.

Michael Strech 
President and CEO 
Help Victims of Fires Across Northern California
The building industry is always there to help those in need. That is part of what makes our industry great, we band together in times of distress. Right now, we need to band together to help the victims of fires that continues to grow. 

There are currently several fires burning in Northern California. The Carr Fire which started a week and a half ago is now being considered the 6th most destructive fire in California history, and the Ranch and River Fires in Mendocino have burned more than a combined 250,000 acres.  With several more smaller fires burning across Northern California, resources are spread thin.

We are asking that our members donate to the American Red Cross Gold Country Region who are doing so much to help the families who have lost family members, homes and have suffered from these fire. 
South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP) Hearing Set for August 8,2018
The SSHCP aims to streamline federal and state permitting processes for SSHCP-covered development and infrastructure projects while protecting habitat, open space and agricultural lands. It is led by a multi-jurisdiction collaboration that includes Sacramento County, the cities of Rancho Cordova and Galt, the Sacramento County Water Agency, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, and the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority. 

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on August 8 th  at 5:30pm to consider adoption of the SSHCP. The hearing will take place at the County Administration Building in Sacramento, located at 700H Street, Suite 1450. 
Information on Opportunity Zones
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created  Opportunity Zones, which are economically-distressed communities where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Opportunity Zones are designed to spur economic development by providing tax benefits to investors.  Click here to use a new community investment tool and identify tracts that have been designated as Opportunity Zones and  click here for a list of other resources.
BIA Builder and Developer Council (BDC) News
The BIA recently held its Regional BDC with guest speaker Derek Minnema, Executive Director for the Capital SouthEast Connector JPA. The Capital SouthEast Connector has recently been ranked the #1 funding priority by the Sacramento Transportation Authority, received $20 million from the California Transportation Commission, and has unanimous project support at Federal, State, and Local levels. 

Next week the BIA will hold its Sacramento County BDC will hold its meeting on  THURSDAY  at  MacKay and Somps  with guest speaker Phil Serna, of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.
Senate Bill 1 (SB1)  to Boost Sustainable Transportation Planning in North Lake Tahoe
A $600,000 grant from the state of California will help Placer County plan sustainable transportation improvements for the "Resort Triangle" area of North Lake Tahoe. The grant funds development of the new Resort Triangle Transportation Plan, intended to provide a vision and implementation plan for a cohesive, multi-modal transportation system within North Lake Tahoe's three main transportation corridors- State Routes 28, 89 and 267. Funding for the grant comes from the Sustainable Communities Grant Program, established with revenue from California's new gas tax measure, SB1.

Deadline for MAME Awards Submissions has been extended to August 10! 
Submissions for this year's MAME Awards will not be accepted through August 10.  Nominees must fill out an online entry application and pay their entry fees no later than August 10.  Find out more by downloading the Call for Entries and the Categories and Requirements.  To submit your Entry Form and Pay click here.  Submittal forms can be found here

We Will See You Tomorrow at the En Blanc Business Exchange Mixer 
Wear white and keep cool by the pool with drinks and appetizers at Thunder Valley!  Our Business Exchange Mixers are a great opportunity to network with your BIA colleagues and friends. Plus, one member who attends the event will receive a special treat the following week! Make sure to register here

Advertise in This Year's Member Directory 
North State BIA is excited to announce its continued partnership with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce this year's Membership Directory. E&M will be contacting all of the members in the coming weeks about advertising opportunities in the Membership Directory. This gives you the chance to promote your business or practice while supporting the North State BIA. E&M will be managing the ad sales, creative design, and formatting. If you have any questions or would like to advertise, please contact Justin with E&M at 916-367-7761. 

Register Today for the Following BIA Events
Click here  to view more 2018 BIA events.

We couldn't have had such an amazing time at the 75th Anniversary party without our amazing sponsors and the hard work of the party committee! Thank you! 

Diamond Sponsor
Taylor Morrison

Brilliance Sponsor
PAIR design

Bejeweled Sponsors
Blue Mountain Construction Services
CC Bell Properties
Sterling Creative Communications

Precious Sponsors
Elliott Homes
Fusion Sign + Design
Lewis Planned Communities
NEXT New Homes Group

Cake Sponsor
U.S. Bank

Signage Sponsors
Fusion Sign + Design
Marketshare, Inc.

Committee Members
Christopher Brown
Cameon Krotine
Leilani Serrecchia 
Chuck Scott
Jo Sterling 
Rowena Sundin
Jason Wister 
Gem Sponsors
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
Anton Development Company
Bardis Homes
Brookfield Residential
Cook Development Consulting Services
Cresleigh Homes
Desa Design
DL Plumbing
D.R. Horton
E & M Consulting, Inc.
Economic & Planning Systems (EPS)
Fiber Care Baths
Frayji Design Group
Interior Logic Group
Lund Construction
Meridian Media Group
Newmark Cornish & Carey
PZSE Structural Engineers
Randy Peters Catering & Event Planning
Residential Design Services
The Advantage Group
The Hills Group
The HLA Group Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc.
Winn Communities
Wood Rodgers

We Want to Hear From You 
North State BIA is keeping the Spirit of 75 alive throughout the next year.  We want to share your BIA experiences.  If you have an anecdote about the BIA or some photos you want shared, please email Morgan

Reserve Space for a Company Profile Now! 
Don't miss the chance to have your company featured in the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book.  Company profile opportunities are available but limited:
  • 1 page - $1,000, limited to 4 
  • 1/2 page - $750, limited to 4 
  • 1/4 page - $500, limited to 8 
Deadline for submitting materials needed for company profile pages is September 1. 

The Commemorative Book will be a hard bound, keepsake coffee table book highlighting 75 historic events, insights and accomplishments throughout the past 75 years of the home building industry, recognizing the Diamond Anniversary of the North State BIA. More information can be found here or by emailing Angela.  

The book will be available in November for $50 each, just in time for holiday gift-giving.   Great for lobby reading and display. 

Brian Johnson of Fusion Sign and Design delivers our Spirit of 75 signs!

Out-of-School Youth Program 
The Foundation is recruiting for the 18-19 program year! 27 youth spots are available for the Out-of-School Youth Program, which provides up to 250 hours of work experience, work readiness training, resume' and references, assistance with high school diploma or GED, and full-time employment or job placement assistance.  

We are also seeking workshop speakers and mentors to assist youth as they become productive and hard-working individuals. 
If interested, contact LaVonnia De Loach-Hagerty at, (916) 212-1290

Full-time Construction Teacher Needed
Woodcreek High School in Roseville is looking for a full-time construction teacher.  This highly regarded program follows the Building Industry Technology Academy curriculum that is sponsored by the California Homebuilding Foundation.  

If you or someone you know would be interested in applying for this position, please contact Jessalyn.  Preserving and enhancing these high school construction training programs is a service to young seeking to learn hands-on skills, and is vital to our interests as an industry.

We are Proud to Reveal our New Website
HomeAid Sacramento has been working hard with Kovach Marketing and Kellie Dockendorf on a new, easy-to-use website.  You can still find us a, but this new website makes it easier to see what we do, who we help and how you can help.  Make sure you stop by to check it out! 
Only Availability for Eight More Teams!
Take a shot at ending homelessness! Join the 15th Annual Trap Shoot Fundraiser! Open to all skill levels, players must be over 18 years old. Enjoy a full day of fun and help prevent homelessness in our community! More information can be found here

Set-up Volunteers Needed for Thursday, August 23
The 15th annual Trap Shoot is coming up on August 24. We are still looking for volunteers for scorecard running and trap manager on Friday, August 24 and set-up on Thursday, August 23. This is HomeAid Sacramento's largest fundraiser. Please email Vangelina  if you are interested in either.

Cycling for a Better Tomorrow 
Cycling for a Better Tomorrow is coming up on September 29th.  This event helps raise money for HomeAid Sacramento, as well as the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation. 

Cycling for a Better Tomorrow takes place at McBean park in Lincoln, CA. There are three courses which allow riders of all skill levels to participate. Come support a great cause and have fun riding your bike through the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills.  To register and pick your course click  here
Woodside Homes Donates Full Backpacks for Back to School 
Construction crews and office staff at Woodside Homes collected 28 backpacks filled with school supplies and donated them to Adopt a Family Program of Nor C al.  "Our team embraced this effort and filled the request for backpacks within a couple of weeks," said Scott Hoisington, president of Woodside Homes of Northern California.   Cyndee Reed (standing), founder and executive director of Adopt a Family of Nor Cal, with her grandson, Jackson, and Toni Turnbull, marketing manager of Woodside Homes. Turnbull coordinated the donation of 28 filled backpacks to Adopt a Family.

Allen W. Warren Celebrity Golf Classic is in need of sponsors! 
This event, which benefits The Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center, is supported by BIA members New Faze Development and Guild Mortgage Company. If you are interested in helping out this amazing event please contact Charlie Tiwana

North State BIA