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March Key Points from the IBA

Indiana single-family building permits up 32% from January 2016
Single-family building permits in Indiana increased 32% in January compared to the same time last year according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Permits increased 12% in January over the previous month.

Indiana General Assembly Reaches Halfway Point
The Indiana General Assembly has wrapped up work on the first half of the 2017 legislative session. Bills approved by the full chamber in either the House or Senate now move across the hall to the other chamber for consideration - House bills move to the Senate and Senate bills move to the House. Any bills that did not pass 3rd Reading in the chamber where the bill was filed are dead (i.e., ineligible to be considered as a stand-alone proposal). However, the provisions included in a dead bill remain eligible to be amended into another bill that is still alive (i.e., passed 3rd Reading in the chamber where the bill was filed). The General Assembly is required to adjourn for the year on or before April 29. This year, lawmakers are likely to end their annual session around April 21.

March is National Designation Month
National Designation Month in March is the perfect opportunity to recognize the achievements of those holding NAHB educational designations and to encourage individuals either to start or complete courses to obtain them. Professional designations offer excellent opportunities to improve skills, advance careers and earn recognition for builders, remodelers and trade partners' commitment to professional growth. NAHB Education offers 13 professional designations through the most targeted curriculum, accomplished instructors and widely respected education opportunities in the business. Whether through online courses and webinars, classroom sessions, or on-location courses at events like the NAHB International Builders' Show, NAHB offers hundreds of opportunities for members to grow professionally and advance their careers.

Member Benefit: Great American Insurance
IBA has partnered with Great American Insurance Company to offer a residential builder’s risk insurance program. Great American has dedicated an entire residential construction team to the home building industry. Each associate has a deep knowledge of the industry and can offer customized insurance solutions based on your unique situation. From a single, custom home to an entire subdivision, Great American covers all your residential contractor needs. For more information, contact Rick at 800-377-6334 ext. 204 or rick@buildindiana.org.

Indiana Tops 'Best States For Government
A new report from U.S. News & World Report ranks Indiana at the top among the "Best States for Government." The survey ranked the 50 states in seven key categories. Indiana's excellent credit rating, low pension fund liability, budget transparency, use of digital technology and overall fiscal stability were key to its success in the government category. The opportunity category included areas such as economic opportunity, equality and affordability. The publication also ranks Indiana fourth in the nation for opportunity and affordability. Indiana received an overall ranking of 22 in the nation, according to the publication.

Register Now for the National Membership Drive Competition
New this year! NAHB is focusing on net growth (based on the association's total membership as of Dec. 31, 2016 compared to Dec. 31, 2017) and you can earn $35 per net new member! Your association must register and participate in a local recruitment drive during both the spring and the fall. Associations with a net annual growth of at least five members at the end of 2017 will receive $35 for each new member, up to a maximum of $1,500! Registration deadline is March 31.

Trump to NAHB Chairman: ‘We’re Going to Make Home Building Great Again
NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald had an important message for President Trump on Tuesday. And Trump had a very positive message for home builders. MacDonald, who was in Washington, D.C. for the week to attend meetings on Capitol Hill, had just been invited to the White House to attend a ceremony in which Trump would sign an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin rolling back the controversial “waters of the United States” rule. Read the full article here: http://nahbnow.com/2017/03/trump-to-nahb-chairman-were-going-to-make-home-building-great-again/.