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Dear BATC Members,
We wanted to take a moment to share some exciting news about BATC’s efforts to support a stronger and more influential housing industry in Minnesota.
2017 has already been a banner year for our members. As the economy and market have improved, we’re building and remodeling more and more homes. The Spring Parade of Homes had its best year in a decade and the first two weekends of the Artisan Home Tour have been a resounding success.
We are also pleased to report our membership numbers are growing, as are visits to batc.org and ParadeOfHomes.org.
On the advocacy front, major BATC priorities have become law, including a first-time homebuyer savings account geared toward getting more homeowners into the market, needed reforms to interim ordinances, legislation encouraging more condo and townhome development and the removal of the sprinkler mandate for twin homes.
As BATC members have strengthened the economic and political reach of our housing movement over the past several years, we have discovered that our name does not reflect the reach of our efforts and limits the housing movement. Today, we take an important step forward.
We’re pleased to announce that BATC’s advocacy program is rebranded as Housing First Minnesota.
Housing First Minnesota reflects that we are the first resource on housing issues, and ties to our strategic goal to elevate housing as a top issue that policy makers and influencers consider. In the courts, in city halls and at the Capitol, we are now Housing First Minnesota, your advocacy team.
While the advocacy brand is changing, the BATC brands and programs you know and love remain unchanged. In fact, they will be strengthened through a sharper focus of BATC-branded activities on member services, while Housing First Minnesota seeks a broad impact in the political and advocacy arenas.
As part of Housing First Minnesota, we’re launching a new publication, Housing Industry News, to bring high-quality information and updates to our entire industry and strengthen our collective voice.
Read more about this exciting chapter at www.HousingFirstMN.org.
The demand for a strong industry voice has never been greater, and we are looking forward to a new era in our advocacy efforts.