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The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) is the largest home builders association in Texas, and the third-largest nationwide. GHBA members are involved in all aspects of the development, homebuilding, and remodeling industry, including advocacy. In a few weeks, GHBA members—including Cabinets & Designs’ president Maria Frank—will head to Austin to visit with state legislators and weigh in on legislation affecting homebuilders across the state at Rally Day 2017.
About Rally Day
On Wednesday, February 22, more than 1000 builders from more than 30 local associations of the Texas Association of Builders will visit the state capital to visit with state senators and representatives about legislation affecting homebuilders. In 2015 more than 160 GHBA members participated in Rally Day, up from 120 in 2014.
Rally Day offers homebuilding professionals with a valuable opportunity to discuss policy and legislation face-to-face with our state representatives. In addition, there is a Welcome Ceremony with a keynote speaker, and a luncheon with delegation members. If you’re interested, get your GHBA Rally Day tickets now—this event won’t come around again until 2019. Tickets are $35/member.
GHBA Advocacy: A Year-Round Effort
Keeping building costs affordable by protecting the industry from burdensome regulations is just one part of GHBA’s advocacy efforts. The GHBA Government Affairs committee monitors and reviews the codes and ordinances that directly impact homebuilders, and communicates with the policy makers on a host of industry issues. The Government Affairs committee also formulates and advocates needed changes, as well as keeping members up-to-speed on current issues, new laws, and regulatory and administrative issues.
Getting involved is important, so make sure you stay up to date on local issues that affect you, such as state and local regulations, building codes, and ordinances that have an impact on our neighborhoods. Know who your elected representatives are, and be an active constituent.