Amy Ybarzabal

Executive Officer | Northshore Home Builders Association

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The mission of the Northshore Home Builders Association (NHBA) is to support legislative, economic and educational initiatives that promote and protect the American dream of homeownership. Representing members in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes, the NHBA monitors legislation on local, state and national levels to strengthen the homebuilding industry and reduce unnecessary regulation.

As executive officer, she leads the team to execute the vision of the board of directors, accomplishing this by providing continuing education and networking opportunities for our members. NHBA works closely with local government and building officials to advocate for the homebuilding industry.

What are you most excited about in the coming year? We are excited about an upcoming project with the Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC). We consider them a valuable community partner and established an endowed NHBA scholarship for a student in one of the Construction Pathways programs three years ago.

NTCC Building Technology students, with instructor supervision, will construct a storage building on the NHBA property in Lacombe. We desperately need a place to store tables, tents, Parade of Homes signs and flags, and Raffle House equipment. This project will provide hands- on training for students in heavy equipment operating, HVAC, electrical and carpentry.

We will promote highlights of the build during Careers in Construction month. Each October, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) celebrates Careers in Construction month to raise awareness of the opportunities available in the construction trades.

The homebuilding industry offers more than just another job. A rewarding career with a great salary is possible without the need for a traditional four-year college degree. Career and technical education institutions like NTCC are developing a skilled workforce for the future. The top 25% in most construction trades professions earn at least $60,000 annually.

What is the biggest challenge facing your industry today? The availability and cost of workers is one of the most significant challenges builders will face in the next year. This translates into higher housing costs, increased home prices and difficulty completing projects on time. Rising home prices, insurance costs, and interest rates are negatively affecting housing affordability, making the American dream of homeownership close to impossible.


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