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Capitol Close Up 1-23-18
 
Introduction: 2018 Legislative Session Begins
The 2018 legislative recently kicked off with the annual opening day speeches that set agendas for each party. The 2018 opening day speeches were noticeably different from those from 2017, which emphasized bipartisan objectives—like construction-litigation reform and transportation funding. This year’s speeches emphasized the differences between the parties, rather than their points of agreement.

Chief among the issues discussed by Republicans and Democrats, as well as Governor Hickenlooper, were transportation funding, reform of the state’s pension system, housing affordability and school funding... Read more...


State of the Cities: Metro Denver mayors weigh in on growing pains

The panelists at the State of the Cities event on Jan. 11.
photo by JONATHAN PHILLIPS, SPECIAL TO THE DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL
As metro Denver continues to expand at a rapid clip, issues like transportation, affordable housing and development are front-of-mind for five city mayors.

Many residents are pushing back on the notion of adding more developments even as rail lines get delayed, housing becomes more expensive and roads are left unmaintained.

And those growing pains mean a need for both money and assistance from state leaders to improve citizen access to those systems, which is critical to healthy, sustained growth in the future, said the mayors from Aurora, Denver, Greenwood Village, Lakewood and Northglenn.... Read more...


HBA Innovations Summit Announces Speaker Lineup for 2018 Event

 

February Event Highlights Leadership Through Change
The 2018 HBA Innovations Summit, hosted by the HBA of Metro Denver, will kick off Friday, Feb. 9, at the Seawell Ballroom in Denver, with talks by an inspired change leader, a foresight strategist, and a steward of positive workplace culture... Read more...


Lakewood’s West Line Village selling homes it hasn’t even built yet
Brisk sales at transit-oriented neighborhood leads builders to launch second sales phase early
The first homes there won’t receive their final coats of paint until this summer, but the development team behind a major residential project in Lakewood is already courting buyers for the second batch of row homes and duplexes it is building.

Citing strong interest in its first batch of 28 homes, DIRC Homes... Read more...


Scott Moberg Elected President of Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA)

Scott Moberg,
2018 HBA President
Moberg shares his goals for 2018
The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver (HBA) has elected Scott Moberg as its 2018 president. Moberg is the owner of Denver area home builder Joyce Homes. More than 150 HBA members attended the Installation and Recognition Reception held on December 6th at Palazzo Verdi in Greenwood Village. Attendees witnessed the installation ceremony of the 2018 HBA Board of Directors and Executive Committee leadership team.

Scott Moberg presented the following heartfelt address that outlines his progression to becoming the HBA 2018 President as well as his goals for the coming year. ... Read more...


These Colorado companies have the highest percentage of women on their boards
 
"It sounds simple, but we see that women are still being overlooked whether this is on purpose or not," said Chérie Talbert, Home Builders Association of Metro Denver's senior vice president. "I would encourage women to advocate for themselves by researching who is presently on the board, where they... Read more...


More on the cover story: Colorado's condo market is growing slowly after state's 2017 actions
Seven months after Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a long-sought construction-defects reform bill into law, at least 12 affordable condominium developments containing nearly 1,200 combined units are announced or underway in the Denver metro area.

It's a result that backers say matches their expectations for cautious but steady progress in the formerly moribund housing segment.

Jeff Whiton, CEO of the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, said that while the unanimously passed law that requires a majority of condo owners to have to vote to move forward on any legal action was a help in this transformation, the more significant event of 2017 was a Colorado Supreme Court decision that put into law what reform backers could not push through the Legislature.... Read more...


HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF METRO DENVER ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER INNOVATIONS SUMMIT
Event to Highlight Leadership Through Change in Competitive Home Buying Market
The Home Builders Association of Metro Denver, a professional trade organization representing home builders, developers, and industry suppliers in the eight-county Denver Metro area, will host the first HBA Innovations Summit at the Seawell Ballroom in Denver on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event, which is open to the public, will feature speakers focused on driving change and innovation in Colorado’s home building industry to better serve the needs of future new-home buyers and consumers looking to remodel their homes.... Read more...


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