December 23, 2020
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Upcoming CDBIA meetings
01/05/:CDBIA January General Membership Meeting special guest: CTC Guest speaker: Charlotte Technical College Director Deelynn Bennet and Construction Technology Instructor Steve Uebelacker
01/10: Last day for builders to submit entry for the SWFL Parade of Homes
01/20: CDBIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting
02/02: CDBIA February General Membership Meeting sponsored by Harbor Home Builders, LLC
02/07: CDBIA Sporting Clays Classic
02/09-02/12: NAHB’s International Builders Show: IBSX- International Builders Show Virtual Experience Click here for your free expo pass
02/17: CDBIA Executive Committee and Board of Directors Meeting
03/02: CDBIA March General Membership Meeting
Through the course of this year, vital information has been emailed out to you as soon as we received it. Because of this, we had halted the What’s Up Wednesday.
Starting next week, we will be returning with our e-newsletter.
This newsletter will have important happenings at your local builders’ association as well as throughout our state and nationally.
We would love to hear from you on the following:
- Any deals you have going on with your business?
- Any exciting news going with your business
- Any employment opportunities at your company.
The Charlotte DeSoto Building Industry Association will be closed Thursday and Friday so our staff can celebrate Christmas with their family.
As we get ready to end the year, I want to personally thank you.
In the beginning of the year, I chatted with the new Director of Disaster at the National Association of Home Builders. He needed help with something. I told him I would only help him if he would promise our paradise would not get hit with a hurricane. In January, you were all working so hard already, with many of you begging to hire new people. Next time, I will hope to be more specific and ask him not to let any disasters hit our area, or our state, or our nation or world.
This year was a roller coaster of emotion. In March we could only guess how this pandemic would affect your business. We kept seeing signs of strength in our industry and in Charlotte County we were up over 29% in single family permits.
Through this pandemic, we will never forget the hard work of those on the frontlines. Our heath care workers, our Fire/EMS and law enforcement who worked hard to help keep people safe. A huge thank you to our teachers, our grocery store workers and delivery workers.
And a BIG thank you to you, our essential building industry.
While many people were asked to stay safer at home in March, NAHB, FHBA and CDBIA worked hard to ensure you were essential. NAHB was the first to work with the White House to ensure they used the list of essential workers from Homeland Security. This list ensured that construction and contractors were essential. Our team at FHBA worked hard with our State Capitol to use this same list too. We were lucky. Seventeen states were not and some if not all the jobsites were closed. We had people in our own state wanting to shut down construction. Our builder’s association in Miami area worked nonstop which helped provide guidance on safer steps we were able to put into place to ensure no one else tried to shut you down.
Homes became most important during this year. With many people staying at home, they realized the importance of YOU, the building industry who can help them fix anything that breaks, remodel and changes they needed or build them a new home to keep them safer.
You answered calls to broken pipes, windows, and cracks in the walls. You refinanced loans help homeowners build pools and outside patios. And you drew plans, cleared lots, and built homes and commercial businesses for over 2,200 homes and businesses. You did this with smaller, socially distancing crews, hoping you could have more workers, supplies shipping on time (without huge increases in prices) all while trying to keep you and your family safe.
You worked 10, 12, even 14-hour days and you just kept going on ensuring your customers were taken care of. Your work through this pandemic will never go unnoticed. Thank you for being the strength in the foundation of our community.
I hope you will take time off and rest. I give you permission to enjoy these next few days and celebrate safely with your family. Remember one thing that is most important. According to the Bible, Jesus is the only perfect man who has ever worked the earth. He is the Son of God and out of all professions he could have chosen, he chose to be a carpenter. You work in a blessed industry and may you feel the blessings each day.
2021 will be a strong year, and we may have more modifications, but if there is any industry ready for the challenges, it is you.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.