To say that 2020 is not unfolding like we expected it to would be an understatement. I write this on the eve of Lancaster county officially going to yellow status, and I know many of you are facing the same uncertainties that I am with my own family and business. It is imperative at times like these that we as an organization work together for the benefit of the building industry.
Some good news is that I have seen just that. I had a front row seat to watch the staff and government affairs committee support and work with the Pennsylvania Builders Association and state legislators to re-open the construction industry even within counties designated as red. I know it is not a “perfect” re-opening and that there are still limitations, especially with residential projects, but the fact that all involved got the Governor's office to concede is a true testament to the hard work of those I mentioned above. I think it safe to say that no other industry initially declared as non-life-sustaining managed to achieve what the construction industry did.
As we approach the halfway point of the year, it is time to keep looking ahead to a mysterious future. Robert F. Kennedy once said “Like it or not we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.” I think that is the key.
The Lancaster BIA has many strengths, but a few of the strongest ones are our members, both builders and associates, and our staff. Going forward for at least the nest year we are going to figure out new ways of doing many things. We will need to be creative about not only the Parade of Homes and the Spring Home Show, but also all the other dinners, awards, meetings, and events that help us generate income and awareness.
The creativity we need will come from you, so I ask for your help and input. If you are not serving on a committee, please consider doing so because a lot of the magic will happen there. Moreover, even if you aren't on a committee, your suggestions and ideas are still welcome, so please pass them on to me, the staff, or the Board of Directors.
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and I know we will get through these times.
We continue to work towards a safe and legal approach to the reopening of the residential construction industry. In an effort to eliminate challenging restrictions, our current priorities include increasing the number of workers allowed on a jobsite, a relaxation of restrictions when our county moves from Red to Yellow as directed by the Governor, and the effort to safely open model homes for viewing.
Contact Karen Watkins with any questions or concerns.