The HBCA of Brevard is proud to announce and welcome Josh Clark as our new Executive Officer. Mr. Clark will be responsible for executing association goals and objectives, facilitating membership and being the official advocate of the building industry on behalf of the membership. “Our Board of Directors worked diligently to find the best candidate for the position and Josh fit the bill on all fronts. We are excited to have him on board and are looking forward to continued growth and success under his leadership.” states Michelle Masline, President of the Board at the HBCA of Brevard.
Most recently, Mr. Clark was the Executive Officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas. Prior to joining the HBA in Kansas City, Josh was the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Tidewater Builders Association in Virginia Beach, Va. With degrees in political science and sociology, as well as experience with several non-profits, Clark can draw upon a wide-ranging background.
In relocating to Melbourne, FL from Kansas City, KS., Josh will be busy getting acquainted with Brevard County and the local home builders and industry professionals. Josh will also work to further the HBA’s advocacy efforts with local and state government officials.
Please join us in Welcoming Josh to the HBCA of Brevard
RCLCO Ranks Viera, Florida, at #15 in the nation for Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities!
Viera, FL – July 17, 2018– Every year since 1994, RCLCO has performed a rigorous search of the high-performing master-planned communities within each state in the nation. On July 6, 2018, they released their mid-year 2018 results, which ranked Viera, Florida, as the 15th Top-Selling Master-Planned Community in the nation and 5th in the state of Florida.
“Through deliberate long-term planning, The Viera Company continues to invest in the underlying infrastructure to support the community’s development as a vibrant residential and employment destination on Florida’s Space Coast,” remarked Todd J. Pokrywa, Senior Vice President of Land Use Planning and Development for The Viera Company.
In January 2018, Viera was ranked number 25 of 50 in the nation for top selling master-planned communities. A 40% increase in sales over a 6-month period helped the community climb 10 spots from this ranking.
“Viera is the premier master-planned community in East Central Florida and has proven to be a highly desirable location for the more than 23,000 residents and over 350 employers who currently call Viera home,” stated Pokrywa. “Viera continues to be a highly sought after community in which to live, given its A-rated schools, high quality health care services, and recreational amenities such as the Brevard Zoo, Duran Golf Club, The Avenue Viera, and the USSSA Space Coast Stadium. Viera is also conveniently situated in close proximity to 72 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and offers convenient access to Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral and two international airports.”
Since January 2018, Viera has witnessed the progression of many new neighborhoods and the complete sell-out of others.
“Viera has jumped from the 25th spot in the Year-End 2017 report to number 15, significantly outpacing sales from the previous year,” RCLCO notes in their 2018 mid-year rankings report. “Florida continues to be a top retirement destination for baby boomers, and the increase in the 55 and up demographic has influenced sales at Florida communities, such as…Viera, which feature active adult communities within their master plans.”
Gregg Logan, Managing Director for RCLCO spoke to Viera’s success in the current housing market, stating, “Viera ranks 15th on RCLCO’s 2018 Mid-Year Top-Selling Master-Planned Community Update, moving up from 25th at the end of 2017, reflecting its 54% increase in sales over the same time period last year. The 292 homes sold by Viera in the first half of 2018 represent 65% of the sales pace set for the entirety of 2017, indicating that an impressive year-end finish may be in store for the community which currently ranks high among the Top-20 fastest selling communities in the U.S.”
Currently, there are almost a dozen single-family home neighborhoods under construction in Viera, as well as two new multi-family living complexes and an innovative 55 and better community. With at least three additional neighborhoods (Sendero Cove, Sierra Cove, and Stonecrest) slated to begin construction in 2019, Viera is looking to remain on a steady track of growth and expansion in Brevard County.
Scott Miller, Vice President, Sales & Community Management for The Viera Company, remarked, “As the developer of the master-planned community of Viera, we are pleased to be recognized for this success benchmarked against the nation’s premier communities. The ranking acknowledges the contributions of our devoted employees and professional consultants whose efforts enable Viera’s continued and growing success.”
To read the full RCLCO list, please visit: https://www.rclco.com/advisory-top-selling-master-planned-communities-mid-year-2018
About The Viera Company
The Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., manages commercial and residential development of DUDA’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties and the Duran Golf Club. The mission of The Viera Company is to create vibrant, livable communities that are built with faith, integrity and thoughtful stewardship of the land. For more information, visit www.viera.com.
Click here to contact your member of Congress and ask them to encourage the President to re-start softwood lumber trade negotiations with Canada.
American home builders need reasonably priced lumber to build homes that average working families can afford.
U.S. domestic production is not sufficient to meet demand. NAHB is working with the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management to clear the regulatory hurdles that constrain domestic lumber production.
In 2016, the U.S. consumed 47.1 billion board feet of softwood lumber while producing 32.8 billion board feet. That’s a shortfall of 14.3 billion board feet. More than one-third of the lumber consumed in the U.S. last year was imported, and more than 95% of the imports came from Canada. Annual domestic production has not met demand even once during the last 50 years.
Why It Matters
The lumber supply problem is made worse by the Commerce Department decision to impose duties averaging 26.75% on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. The tariffs are acting as a tax on American home builders and home buyers, making housing less affordable for American families and forcing builders to look overseas to Germany and Russia in order to meet demand.
The fact that America cannot meet the nation’s demand for lumber is all the more reason to move forward on an equitable U.S.-Canada trade agreement that will provide a reliable and affordable supply of lumber and meet the housing needs of American consumers.
America cannot meet the nation’s demand for softwood lumber, which will only continue to grow as the housing recovery picks up steam. Therefore, NAHB believes the following steps should be taken:
- Rescind the lumber duties, which will be finalized on Nov. 18, and negotiate a settlement to address American home builder concerns regarding price and availability of lumber. NAHB is meeting with representatives of the Trump administration and Congress, as well as Canadian federal and provincial officials, to achieve this goal.
- Boost domestic production by seeking higher targets for timber sales from publicly-owned lands and opening up additional federal forest lands for logging in an environmentally sustainable manner.
- Reduce U.S. lumber exports. Domestic producers are selling abroad to China and other international clients in order to increase profits. Exporting timber should be discouraged when there is a gaping need at home.
- Seek out new markets to reduce our nation’s reliance on Canadian lumber imports and make up for our domestic shortfall. NAHB last year held productive talks with Chilean government, trade and industry officials that focused on increasing exports of softwood lumber to America. Other potential markets include Sweden and Brazil.
The landmark tax reform legislation that took effect Jan. 1 created significant changes in the tax code that will affect the housing industry and our small business members.
To help NAHB members understand how these changes could impact their business, NAHB is hosting a members-only webinar, Tax Reform and Your Bottom Line, at 1 p.m. ET on March 5.
The webinar will feature NAHB tax experts and outside tax counsel who will focus on the specific changes that will most directly impact small businesses, including the 20% pass-through deduction, limitations on the business interest deduction and new depreciation guidelines.
Register for the March 5 webinar at nahb.org/taxwebinar (log-in required).
If you are not able to join the webinar, a replay will be posted on nahb.org.
You can learn more about the new tax law, and NAHB’s influence during the legislative process, at nahb.org/taxreform.
The Viera Company chosen for the 2018 Corporate Impact of the Year Award – Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Viera Company has been chosen as the 2018 winner of the Corporate Impact of the Year Award presented by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Viera, Fla. – Feb. 14, 2018 – The Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce chooses to recognize one company each year that demonstrates a focus on a broad range of economic development activities and substantial investment in the community. The chosen business is presented with the Corporate Impact of the Year Award at the Chamber’s annual Impact Awards and Board Installation event.
This year The Viera Company was chosen as the award recipient for the 2018 Corporate Impact of the Year Award. On Friday, February 16th at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Oceanfront, representatives from The Viera Company will don their “funkiest” bow ties and shiniest pearls to attend the 2018 Bow Ties & Pearls Board Installation & Impact Awards event, presented by the Melbourne Regional Chamber.
The Viera Company’s Senior VP, Land Use Planning & Development, Todd J. Pokrywa stated, “As a key stakeholder in Brevard County, The Viera Company is committed to significant investments in the underlying infrastructure improvements in the master planned community of Viera that support, attract and enhance economic development efforts.”
The Melbourne Regional Chamber is aptly described as “the largest business organization in the East Central Florida region, offering the opportunity for networking, education, marketing and community involvement.” The Viera Company is honored to be recognized by such a significant organization within the community.
“Bow Ties and Pearls is about recognizing the incredible contributions of local business owners and board members,” noted Michael Ayers, Melbourne Regional Chamber President and CEO. “Our community benefits enormously from the award recipients and it is an honor to support them.”
About The Viera Company
The Viera Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., manages commercial and residential development of Duda’s non-agricultural property and is the developer of the master-planned community of Viera in Brevard County, Florida. The company’s integrated real estate operations include Viera Realty, Viera Builders, Viera Commercial Properties and the Duran Golf Club. The mission of The Viera Company is to create vibrant, livable communities that are built with faith, integrity and thoughtful stewardship of the land. For more information, visit www.viera.com.