by Bo Jones, HBAL President
I had a lot of fun at the 10th annual Chili Cook-off last month. Congratulations to Lincoln Federal for winning nontraditional chili and The Window & Door Store with Hartland Homes for winning traditional chili.
The Remodelers Council’s Tour of Remodeled Homes is coming up April 28 & 29, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and features 19 homes. This is a great opportunity to see some of our members’ work on display. See page 6 for more details.
I am excited to share HBAL members are going to be part of a pilot program with Lighthouse this spring. Starting the week of April 2 and continuing until the week of April 30, we will be taking kids from the Lighthouse program to jobsites to give them “After School Skills Exposure.” Our hope is that some of these students will become interested in careers in construction and possibly summer jobs with some of our member companies. Thank you to Matt Kinning and Denny Van Horn for helping with initial planning and to Mike Rezac and Matt Kleinschmit for opening up their jobsites for potential tours!
With the Nebraska Legislative session coming to a close, HBAL members met with several of our State Senators on March 28 to share information about the building industry. It was a good opportunity to help the senators become more aware of our industry and the potential impact legislation has on it. I encourage you to reach out to Michaela at the HBAL office if you ever have questions about legislation that could affect your business. HBAL is active in monitoring the legislature and bills that affect your business. If you have interest in being involved in the future, be sure to give one of us a call.
HBAL’s annual Tribute to Youth is coming up on April 9. This year we will honor winners from our “If I Could Build a House” art contest, High School Interior and Residential Design contests and HBAL Scholarship winners. Bill Michener, Executive Director of Lighthouse, will be our speaker. We have students from elementary schools, high schools, the Lighthouse after school program and SCC-Milford all planning to attend. Please join us for a great opportunity to network with our youth.