The steady sound of a hammer, the sharp hiss of a circular saw, and the laughter of a construction site rang through the quiet neighborhoods.
For a long time, it seemed unfair for the construction industry to evolve as “substantial” while so many other businesses were closing down. Work trucks ruled the empty streets and the silence of our cities seemed deafening.
One of my favorite things to do in our community is finding creative ways to support one another in times of crisis. I pride myself on being a humble slice of an industry that continues to thrive and support the needs of our local areas and beyond. Every element of the construction industry has adapted to support local businesses first and has struggled to stay open to it.
We haven’t seen such demand in decades, and it comes at the strangest of times. We’re facing top lumber prices, new regulations and fees. Construction costs have hit all-time highs where the available lots hit all-time highs. Affordable housing is a constant barrier and new regulations mean interesting adjustments that are slowing productivity. Despite all of the things most of us are not aware of, the dollars spent in the industry are being reinvested in local businesses. The good news? More building means more support in all directions.
When families move here, our schools can apply for more funding. New jobs can be created and companies can update their operating styles to keep pace with the times. Those of us stuck in our homes long find new inspiration to change what we looked at, which in turn means helping local business. There are no short answers or perfect plans and we will still see losses. In these times we look at what is still working and try to build that, and right now the building is working.
Doing business with a member is at the heart of the Home Builders Association’s mission in southwest Colorado to continually grow our economy together. It is usually cheaper to hire locally as our local professionals have built lasting and meaningful relationships with local vendors and suppliers throughout their careers. If there is a deadlock anywhere in the work pipeline, chances are your local professional will be the one on the phone to clean it up locally. It’s all the little things we don’t see that make up most of the bottom line, and there’s no shortage of hard work and integrity in this industry.
Professionals join organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement District, Local First and the Home Builders Association because they know there is a comprehensive support system in place, but more importantly, they want to be a part of that support system for the community, They Live In They want to support programs that will grow our youth and get them real jobs, start-up grants, research and development, and the list goes on. We team up behind these nonprofits and trade organizations because they do the work our hearts want to do, but our hands may not be available to everyone who chooses to call our home community.
From the bottom of my heart I thank the many people who make this work possible. The men and women who have been doing this for years and those who are just getting started. The people who choose to offer their financial support to find solutions and who have the courage to face the uncertainty and move on.
I hear the sound of a hammer when I walk past a construction site and I think to myself: With every blow of this hammer, new neighbors are brought together. Families are given a new wall to mark their children’s growth. This hammer will bring more talent into the job pool and offer more business opportunities to rebuild our community. With each hired worker, the dollars go from the construction site to a local grocery store, where a local baker, butcher, farmer and artisan sells their wares. And so the story goes.
Rebekah DeLaMare is the executive director of the Home Builders Association in southwest Colorado. She can be reached at (970) 382-0082 or email@example.com.