Throughout this pandemic, home builders in North Carolina have remained on the job thanks to the strong lobbying efforts of the North Carolina Home Builders Association. Governor Cooper heard us. He acknowledged the vital importance of keeping construction going and designated our industry as essential.
For builders, that meant implementing new practices everywhere from our job sites to the front office. These extra precautions can be inconvenient at times but they’re essential to preventing the spread of COVID-19.
At an association level, it’s also been an unusual time of new practices. A number of NCHBA’s Spring events had to be canceled and/or re-imagined. Our annual tour across the state with your NCHBA senior officers and staff in March had to be scrapped. Instead, it evolved into a series of nine Virtual Town Halls to keep our members informed about the latest developments regarding COVID-19 and its impact on builders. Hundreds of our members participated in these virtual events over several weeks.
Likewise, our Builders Classic Golf Tournament scheduled for April had to be called off. Nonetheless, several sponsors and teams donated their money to benefit scholarships for students preparing for a career in construction. In all, the event still raised more than $8,300!
Finally, NCHBA’s 2nd Quarter Board meeting was held virtually in June instead of in person. There was also no Legislative Reception or visits with our legislators in Raleigh. Despite our physical distance, we were able to handle the business of NCHBA smoothly.
I certainly hope that we’ll be together again soon. I never expected as unprecedented a year as this to unfold when I became NCHBA president. In fact, none of us expected this curveball. But in spite of everything, I remain as impressed as ever with the strength, ingenuity and perseverance of the home building industry.
It’s up to us now to lead a recovery. Let’s use all that we’ve learned in this crisis and use it to build a better future.