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Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

How vital is your neighborhood to your well-being? How would you describe your neighborhood to someone looking to relocate? How would you rate your neighborhood’s social, physical and economic climate? Economic — Are there businesses located within a few miles of your home? Do you have choices for going out to eat nearby? Are you… Continue Reading Let’s plan together for a sustainable future

HBA, vendors readying for Home and Garden Show this weekend

Remodelers, landscapers, painters and other contractors will display their goods during the annual Housing and Building Association’s Home & Garden Show this weekend. HBA director of member services Shirley Rouse said attendance at the expo, which runs Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, is usually about 6,000. “And they’re usually actively looking to do something,” Rouse said.… Continue Reading HBA, vendors readying for Home and Garden Show this weekend

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John Bissett, new president of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, is hopeful the industry will have another good year in 2013. “It would be nice to keep seeing construction ramp up,” he said. New single-family building permits surged 50 percent in 2012. But employment figures stayed low, which Bissett said will probably… Continue Reading New HBA president feels positive about year ahead

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From the beginning, John Cassiani’s term as president of the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs was eventful. His year started amid intense negotiations with Colorado Springs Utilities to keep residential tap fees from climbing and to reduce commercial tap fees. That negotiation could have been the defining action of his presidency — if… Continue Reading Looking back: Fire shapes Cassiani’s HBA presidency

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HBA offers resources for rebuilding

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As homeowners start the process of rebuilding houses destroyed or damaged by the Waldo Canyon fire, the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association wants to help. So it is partnering with the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, El Paso County and the  City of Colorado Springs to make sure residents have a list of reputable building… Continue Reading HBA offers resources for rebuilding

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Kudos! – November 4, 2011

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GE Johnson logs 5 million hours with no injuries GE Johnson Construction Company recently exceeded 5 million man-hours worked without a day-away-from-work injury, which equates to every hour worked on more than $2 billion worth of projects since 2005. GE Johnson has completed more than $6 billion in projects throughout the Rocky Mountain region, and… Continue Reading Kudos! – November 4, 2011

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Parade of Homes sales strong despite economy

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The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs reported this week that its annual Parade of Homes event drew fewer looky-loos, but that those who did attend were more serious about buying than in years past. Visitor traffic was down by “a few thousand,” but what has the industry buzzing was that participating builders actually… Continue Reading Parade of Homes sales strong despite economy

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Whether it’s a chance to check out the latest in décor and amenities, curiosity about emerging communities or pent-up demand for new homes, the 2009 Parade of Homes has seen activity – and potential buyers – out in force. Kirk Standley, director of events for the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs, which sponsors… Continue Reading Parade of Homes attracts customers in “upbeat” year

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Economist sees unintended consequences

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Next time a proposed regulation sounds good – give it a litmus test before supporting it. “If you want to support legislation, make a list of all the ways people will think to bypass it – legally and illegally – and then, if the benefits outweigh the consequences, then go ahead,” said Dr. Elliot Eisenberg,… Continue Reading Economist sees unintended consequences

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Could it finally be that area home builders might come out from under the economic black cloud that’s hovered over the industry since 2007? Ralph Braden, president of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association and vice president of Nor’Wood Development, thinks so. Based on an NAHB economic forecast during a webcast last week, he… Continue Reading Signs of recovery have builders increasingly optimistic

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