I look forward to working with the AIA and other trade associations in the region to ensure our industry has a strong and diverse voice when advocating for critical issues.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA (PRWEB) May 18, 2017
Building Industry Association (BIA) Baldy View Chapter efforts to foster collaborative relationships with fellow professional associations in the building disciplines scored a major success as Chapter President Ali Sahabi of Optimum Group LLC, announced the event’s historic partnering with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Inland California Chapter for its 9 a.m., Friday June 2, Fourth Annual Housing Policy Conference in Ontario.
“The BIA Baldy View Chapter is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American Institute for Architects Inland California Chapter,” said Sahabi. “As part of our efforts to forge new relationships and partnerships with other professional trade associations, this year’s Housing Policy Conference is eligible for three hours of AIA HSW Continuing Education credits after attending the event at the Double Tree Hotel, 222 Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The Conference marks the forth in a series to enable building professionals, policymakers and other interested parties to explore the latest public policy priorities at the Federal, State, Regional and Local levels."
“I am proud to have fostered a new relationship with the AIA Inland California Chapter and look forward to working with them and other trade associations in the region to ensure our industry has a strong and diverse voice when advocating for critical issues,” he added.
This marks the first partnership between the BIA Baldy View Chapter, which represents the interests of building industry professionals in San Bernardino and eastern Los Angeles counties and the AIA which represents architects by focusing on creating valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods and communities by advocating for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing, added BIA/BV Chief Executive Officer Carlos Rodriguez.
This year’s event features Keynote Speaker California Housing & Community Development Director Ben Metcalf, with special guest speakers Sahabi, San Bernardino Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood (1st Dist.) and San Bernardino Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Curt Hagman (4th Dist.).
Additional speakers and panelists will provide insights into Washington D.C. and Sacramento housing policy debates from the Chapter’s National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and California Building Industry Association (CBIA) legislative staff, added Rodriguez. Guest panelists assessing state and local policies will include noted area builders Randall Lewis of Lewis Operating Corp, Mark Torres of Lennar Homes, CBIA President Jeff Pemstein and Michael Battaglia of CalAtlantic Homes.
A special “Zero Net Energy and the Future of Home Development” will be presented by Southern California Edison (SCE)and moderated by SCE’s Randall Higa featuring Rob Hammon, Ph.D. of Bira Energy, Ram Narayanamurthy of EPRI and Meritage Homes Vice President of Environmental Affairs C.R. Herro.
California U.S. Representatives Pete Aguilar (D-31st Dist.), Paul Cook (R-8th Dist.) and Norma Torres (D-35th Dist.) will be featured in a special Federal Policy Overview panel moderated by NAHB Vice President of Government Affairs Lake Coulson.
The BIA Baldy View Chapter serves alongside three unified chapters within the BIA Southern California (BIA/SC) region. It provides leadership on public policy issues that promote building quality communities for the region’s growing population, to increase the public appreciation of the importance of the building industry and to facilitate improved business opportunities for its members.
For more information on the BIA Baldy View Chapter or to register for the Conference, visit http://www.BIABUILD.com/housing-policy-conference or call 909-945-1884.