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  • Wed, January 20, 2021 6:41 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)
  • Tue, January 12, 2021 6:22 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Spartanburg County Council District 6 Primary and Special Election

    Primary : January 19

    Run off : February 2

    Election: March 23

    Republican Candidates

    Robert Briggs

    Jessica Coker

    Michael Dawson

    Karen Puckett

    Steve Wunder

    Democrat Candidate

    Lakesah Whitner 

  • Sun, November 29, 2020 5:43 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)


  • Wed, November 04, 2020 12:53 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)
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  • Tue, September 22, 2020 6:38 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)
  • Mon, August 24, 2020 1:27 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)

    Manning’s Statement for Housing Attainability Conference on Augt 25, 2020

    The Home Builders Association is constantly engaged in all kinds of issues on the local, state, and national levels.  At the heart of everything , the HBA stands for ONE credo.  That is that home ownership should be affordable and attainable for as many folks as possible. 

    If you cut way down into any position that the HBA is advocating for,     whether it is a soft wood lumber treaty with Canada;     a density requirement in a zoning ordinance,     or a tax issue at the state level;     what you will find at the core is quality affordable, attainable housing.

    My day job as a home builder uniquely qualifies me for my political position as Chairman of the Spartanburg County Council, where I am not bashful about using my bully pulpit to advocate for attainable housing. There are many reasons that support my positions and bring weight to my arguments.   Let’s start with families.

    Home ownership strengthens families by providing stability, and importantly ownership is the first step toward intergenerational wealth transfer.  Home ownership builds stable and sustainable families.

    How about jobs?  We know that houses are where jobs go to sleep at night.  Job creation is crucial to job recruitment .  Lack of affordability can affect a community in negative ways including causing the folks who live and work in a community to have to make long commutes in search of affordable shelter. (con

     The result is more traffic and burden to our roads infrastructure. So you see , housing and specifically attainable housing should be very important to all public policy makers. 

    I mentioned my day job earlier.  I make my living building market rate affordable housing, where often sales price is more important than the kitchen, main bathroom, or floor plan.  To make a living building at the bottom of the price spectrum, I have to be fanatical about controlling all of my costs.  Every subcontractor, every 2 x 4, every yard of concrete, must be carefully measured and waste cannot be permitted.  I am often carrying ½ a bundle of shingle from one house to another to be sure it is used.  These are the kinds of costs that I can control.  The hitch is that many of my costs are out of my control.  As we heard earlier, regulations, fees,  and taxes, add as much as $3,100 to the cost of a house.

    Decisions over land use—what types of housing can be built in which locations—are largely made by state and local governments. One of the most common zoning laws that drives up housing costs is restricting the Multi-family housing. Because multi-family use less land per housing unit than single-family homes, they are the most affordable form of housing. Yet communities across the United States have effectively Banned them from being built in most neighborhoods—even large cities like Los Angeles and Seattle prohibit apartments on 75 percent of land. Other zoning tools, like caps on building heightminimum lot sizes, and parking requirements,also increase the cost of housing. The development process itself has become increasingly long, complicated, and risky over the past 20 years—all factors that drive up the cost of newly built housing and limit the market’s ability to respond to demand.

    But federal policies also influence the cost of construction through several channels. Construction materials such as lumber and steel are subject to U.S. tariffs and trade policy. Immigration policy affects the availability of workers; about one-quarter of construction workers are foreign born. The cost and availability of mortgage loans depends on monetary policy set by the Federal Reserve, as well as lending guidelines set by public and quasi-public agencies (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Administration). 

    A properly functioning housing market responds to changes in housing demand, in terms of the number, location and types of units needed. But in many communities, that isn’t happening. Our collective inability — and sometimes unwillingness — to remove these local impediments to housing has the obvious effect of squeezing out working- and middle-class families, driving up transportation costs as homes get pushed farther from core job centers, straining local government infrastructure, exacerbating income inequality and limiting our ability to create sustainable communities with long-term economic upward mobility for all residents.

    So a final thought that I want to leave everyone with….The HBA has a neat little tool called the priced out matric.  It is a study done of the market annually.  What it tells us is how many households will no longer be able to attain housing for $1,000 rise in the sales price.  Foe the state of S.C. that number is 2,390, for my county of Spartanburg, the number is 246.  So let that sink in a bit.  Real families are impacted. 

    Thanks , Manning, for many years of industry advocacy!

  • Thu, July 23, 2020 2:03 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)


  • Mon, July 20, 2020 12:00 PM | Mary Speed Lynch (Administrator)


    The Future Economy and Construction Industry in S.C. Depends on a Skilled Workforce.

    The current crisis has made it abundantly clear that the residential construction industry is not only needed, but an essential tool in the future economy in S.C. It is also very apparent of the growing need of a skilled workforce. The HBASC and associated trade associations have formed a powerful collaborative to promote skilled trades in South Carolina: Be Pro Be Proud SC Trailer

    It’s called Be Pro Be Proud SC, and the ultimate goal is to transform our future workforce by increasing the pool of qualified workers and re-instilling pride in the skilled trades. This career-awareness campaign has already been successful in Arkansas since 2016, and we are working closely with the original team to become only the SECOND state in the nation to launch our own mobile workshop. Our website BeProBeProudSC.org is under construction. Meanwhile, check out https://www.beprobeproud.org/ to see what we are going to do.

    The success of Be Pro Be Proud is due to a carefully-designed plan with two steps:

    Step 1 - Generate excitement and awareness for skilled trades by providing simulators and cutting-edge, mobile technology - giving students a unique, “hands-on” and "virtual-reality" experience.

    Step 2 - Deliver a “road map” to students that clearly demonstrates the value of skilled trades professions along with local schools, training facilities, and available jobs on the Be Pro Be Proud website.

    We will not only educate students about skilled trade careers; we will give them tools and resources to get hired in a profession that will transform their lives.

    The mobile workshop is being custom-built by SPEVCO, and is a state-of-the-art, military-grade, double-expandable 53-foot, 18-wheeler that will house simulators and be deployed everywhere across our state. This innovative campaign has “pop,” and the “wow factor” because it is high - on wheels and profile - using interactive, virtual reality and gamified simulators. The workshop is a well-lit, colorful, animated, and temperature-controlled environment that students will be excited to experience.

    Over the next five years, we will tour schools, career fairs, trade shows and all kinds of public and private events, rural and urban, throughout South Carolina.

    With the strong support of Governor Henry McMaster, the Associated Industries of South Carolina secured $650,000 in operational start-up funding. We have received a matching corporate donation from South Carolina-based Southeastern Freight Lines to build the Mobile Unit, Mungo Homes and Great Southern Homes will support new construction oriented virtual reality simulators and we are partnering with DEW for the operational management of the campaign.

    Now we are asking you to partner and participate in this 5-year campaign.

    tax-deductible donation now will go a long way towards enabling the Foundation to build and operate this highly-complex mobile workshop while meeting all of our obligations in a first-class, professional manner in which you will be proud.

    We are reaching out to every business and economic sector, particularly those represented by the organizational partners below. Know that your peer group is being asked to equally share in supporting this initiative.

    BPBPSC will launch this summer. We expect to have an event at the Governor’s Mansion. We will display it at the State Capitol when the legislature returns for final business. We want you to be recognized for your contribution towards a stronger economy and workforce in SC.

    If you:

    ·        have a hard time finding good, qualified workers;

    ·        want to impact the future generation and change lives;

    ·        want to reduce drop-out rates and potential recidivism;

    ·        want to improve our culture and promote pride and professionalism;

    ·        want to help SC grow;

    …then this is something you will want to support.

    The most significant donors will have their names and/or logos displayed on the truck and/or trailer. All donors will receive some recognition through our materials, social media, website, individual-sector publications, and in various other ways. Participating in this high-visibility initiative will be good for your brand, and help South Carolina Be Pro and Be Proud.

    We have attached some information and a commitment form. Any one of the undersigned would be happy to visit, talk, or discuss your participation. But feel free to reach out to me.

    On behalf of a better, more competitive South Carolina, sincerely we are,

    Wayne Moore - 2020 HBASC President

    Stan Beckley - HBASC Workforce Committee / AISCF Steering Committee

    Jim Garman - HBASC Workforce Committee / AISCF Steering Committee

    Jon Statom - HBASC Workforce Committee / AISCF Steering Committee

    Mark Nix - Executive Director

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