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HBA to host construction conference

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The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield will host the Ozarks Regional & Construction Conference May 25.

The event would give area lenders, contractors, builders, Realtors, government officials and others a chance to talk with national experts about market forecasting and economic impact data, according to a news release.

“It’s clear we aren’t going to just stumble upon an improved local housing market,” HBA CEO Matt Morrow said in the release. “There are very few contractors who have all the work they need and very few local governments without sales tax and revenue challenges related to the extreme contraction in housing and construction activity.

"It’s time to stop being passive and to start driving the change we want to see. Beyond everything else, this conference is a call to action.”

Presentations for the conference include:
  • State of the Economy, Banking and the Road to Recovery, by Kevin Kliesen, Federal Reserve Bank, St. Louis, business economist;
  • MarketGraphics Construction Forecast: What are We and What is Ahead?, by Edsel Charles, MarketGraphics Research Group president and founder; and
  • Presentation of Findings from First-Ever Local Economic Impact of Housing Study, by Elliot Eisenberg, National Association of Home Builders senior economist.
Sessions will also be held on topics such as renovation, remodeling and home financing solutions; home appraisals; leadership; and how changing laws can affect businesses.

"Confronting these obstacles in an isolated way is a little bit like trying to play MacGyver in the real world,” Morrow said in the release. “In a made-for-TV world, you can build an airplane all by yourself out of trash bags, bamboo and duct tape to escape from prison, but in the real world you wouldn’t even get (off the ground)."

Tickets for the event - to be held at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center - are $75 for HBA members and members of chambers of commerce, Springfield Contractors Association and government agencies, and $125 for non-members.

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