Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia announces name change

The Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia, an organization that has a more than 50 year history in Columbia, now has a new name. The organization now will be known as the Building Industry Association of Central South Carolina, a change that was approved earlier this year by the Board of Directors of the Association and by the National Association of Home Builders. The new name was announced last week at a press briefing following the Columbia Housing Summit.

“The construction industry is a bell-weather of our economy as was frequently noted by all the presenters participating in the Columbia Housing Summit,” said John Covert, 2014 President of the Home Builders Association. “This change will better reflect the members of our association and the area that we serve. We do much more than just build homes, and our reach far exceeds that of greater Columbia. ”

The name change is a result of research conducted by the Association’s Future Task Force, which was chaired by Jennifer Harding, vice president and relocation director for Russell & Jeffcoat Real Estate.

“This change insures our position of leadership in the industry and reflects the changes and focus of housing in the future while encouraging affiliation with other industry organizations in central South Carolina,” she said.

The Columbia Housing Summit reviewed the results achieved in 2014 and provided insight into the expectations for 2015 as seen by a panel of national, regional and local economists and researchers. The Summit Panelists included National Association of Home Builders economist David Crowe, Darla Moore School research economist Joseph VonNessen, and Market Opportunity Research Enterprises researcher Bernard Helm.

“Even with the incomplete recovery from the recession, members of this association created over half a billion dollars of new construction in the last twelve months,” according to David Tuttle, 2015 president of the Building Industry Association. “Our professional responsibility is to assist our members in their continuing effort to maintain the economic viability of our industry. The changing economic climate has seen some blurring of the line between commercial and residential construction, so it makes perfect sense that we bring together all of those involved in our industry to recharge this vital economic engine for the overall benefit of our communities.”

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