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The historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane, WA.

Save the Date: BIAW Summer Board Meeting

Save the date for BIAW's Summer board meeting scheduled for June 28-30 at the historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane.

Check out the complete meeting agenda to plan your schedule.

Reserve your room with the The Davenport Hotel at (509) 455-8888 directly. Mention you're with BIAW to receive the $149 single/double or $164 triple room rate.

A block of rooms are being held until May 27, 2017.

Don't Miss BIAW's Annual Spike Party: The Roaring Twenties at the 'Port

Always the "event of the year" and member favorite, the BIAW Spike Party is scheduled for Thursday, June 29 during the Summer board meeting at The Davenport Hotel, Spokane. This is an invitation only event - and the only way to get inside is to recruit a new member! Contact Amanda Fields at BIAW at (360) 352-7800, ext. 114 for details.

A big thank you to our Sponsors: HBA of Tri-Cities, Traditional Designs, Inc., AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet, Inc., American Insurance Associates, Banner Bank, MBA of King and Snohomish Counties, Print NW, Sockeye Homes, The Bancorp Bank, and Strategy Insurance Brokers, LLC !

You can be a Spike Party sponsor, too. Find out you can help support the industry that supports you and your livelihood.


Senate Passes BIAW's Fix Hirst Bill

Senate Bill 5239 passed by a 28-21 vote on Tuesday, February 28, which is a first step in an effort to put in place a legislative fix to the Washington State Supreme Court's ruling known as the Hirst decision. The Senate bill is now on its way to the House for consideration. BIAW's advocacy team, members and staff urged senators to pass this bill as a legislative fix to the devasting decision.

"Very few can build because of this ruling. The impacts are already being felt," said BIAW President Ted Clifton. "Without a fix, I expect it will create more economic hardship for small business builders and families that own land and want to build their dream homes."

Learn more about the Hirst ruling and its impacts across the state at Fix Hirst!


BIAW Members Descend on Capitol

BIAW members staged a demonstration on the steps of the Temple of Justice in their continued effort to push for a fix to the Hirst court ruling that virtually eliminated water access to build new homes in rural communities and halted the construction of nearly all basic housing in those areas.

The Hirst decision is causing harm to small business, builders, families and rural towns and counties," said BIAW President Ted Clifton. "Without water, there are no homes that can be built in these areas. This isn't the direction Washington state should take to promote affordable housing and economic prosperity for all its residents."

Read the full press release and how BIAW is taking steps to FixHirst!

Find out how Fix Hirst! offers flexible solutions to fix the impacts the decision has on rural communities, builders, and families across the state.


BIAW To Host Leadership Conference

BIAW, in conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders, will host the AREA 15 Leadership Conference. The two-day conference will offer training for local home builders associations' leadership and will cover a variety of topics and issues that impact local HBA leadership, staff, membership recruiting and retaining efforts.

All NAHB-affiliated state and local association staff and members are invited to attend.

To register for the event, download the leadership conference registration form.

For further information or if you have questions regarding the leadership conference, please contact BIAW staff members Brenda Kwieciak or Karen Hall at (360) 352-7800.

View the complete conference refund policy here.


2017-18 R.O.I.I.® Select Enrollment is Open!

The R.O.I.I.® Select team is excited to kickoff enrollment for the 2017-2018 plan year!

To find out if you qualify for R.O.I.I.® Select, download the 2017-18 application form.

For more information contact R.O.I.I.® Select Enrollment Coordinator Jessica Bass at (360) 352-7800 ext 132, or enroll@biaw.com.



BIAW Now Accepting Education Program Scholarship Applications

BIAW is pleased to announce its 2017 Education Program Scholarship application is now available. In addition to funding for students pursuing a degree in home building industry-related fields, new this year is $10,000 for scholarships designated for technical/vocational and trade students. A fillable 2017 Scholarship Application is available for your convenience.

The deadline to submit a scholarship application to BIAW is May 5, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Education Program Director Amanda Fields at 360-352-7800, ext.114.



Local Association and Member Referral Map

BIAW is proud to offer an interactive map linking users with BIAW members and their local homebuilders association.

Users can click on a county which will link them to the corresponding local homebuilders association's website. At that point a search can be initiated to find members by service/product, type of company, etc.

BIAW Local Association and Member Referral Map

The Economic Impact of New Home Construction in Washington State

Recent research and data from BIAW, NAHB and the US Census Bureau provide an irrefutable case for the benefits of home building. New home construction is a leading revenue and job generator in the state of Washington and, if encouraged, could lead the state's economic recovery.

Economist Dr. Elliott Eisenberg shows us how and why in this entertaining, interesting video highlighting the economic impact of new home construction in Washington.





New Home Construction State's Third Largest Employer

The National Association of Home Builder's Housing Policy Department research estimates the first-year impact of 13,825 new single-family homes built in Washington State is nearly $3.1 billion in state and local revenues, $729 million in state and local taxes and 41,000 jobs.


For the full press release Click here



Just how much do Washington state employees make?

Find out using the OFM database showing gross pay for workers at state of Washington agencies, colleges and universities.