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2019: The Year in Review

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January 01, 2020
The Year in Review
2019 was another solid year of BIA achievements on behalf of our industry and our members. 
 
Despite the strength of the housing and construction market, BIA took a clear-eyed look at the challenges facing the city, particularly the stubborn poverty rate, the urgent need to create and maintain well-paying jobs, and the necessity for affordable and workforce housing. Our 2019 Builders Conference, focused on equitable development, convened more than 275 industry professionals to consider those pressing issues.
 
We launched the new Affordable and Workforce Housing Committee to leverage public-private partnerships and deliver affordable rental and for-sale units in every Philadelphia neighborhood.
 
Our new Workforce Development Alliance, with more than 30 partnering organizations, businesses, and individuals, initiated work to alleviate the persistent labor shortage in the construction industry while creating well-paying careers.
 
With detailed involvement by BIA, the city enacted updated building and plumbing codes that make sense for the industry and for the public.
 
Our lobbying was persuasive in getting the best possible outcome to the inevitable reform of the 10-year tax abatement, delaying the effective date until the end of 2020 to allow for a reasonable transition period.
 
Our Building Innovation Committee, formerly the Green Committee, was reinvigorated with new members and a new format to increase learning and awareness. The group continues to explore and promote the latest innovations in sustainable construction practices.
 
We launched our own, regional Sales and Marketing Council, which will offer innovative marketing and sales tools to our members.
 
Our energetic Young Professionals Committee hosted speakers, boosted our social media presence, and continued to welcome a new generation to BIA.
 
We welcomed 80 new members in 2019, with an overall net growth of 7.72%. We now have 356 member firms, including 110 Builders, 229 Associates, and 17 Affiliates, representing thousands of industry professionals. 
 
46,632 total emails were sent in 56 Constant Contact campaigns this year to keep members informed about city policy and association news and events. With an average open rate of 37%, the BIA far exceeds the average open rate for all industries at 15%.
 
The BIA presented 18 educational and networking events plus a great monthly speaker series hosted by the BIA YP. Thank you to all of the generous sponsors and hosts who made these events possible!
 
And we had a record number of 45 Annual Sponsors in 2019 (check out the long list at right), representing $76,000 in support. Your commitment to the BIA and the industry is greatly appreciated and critical to the work that we do! 

Finally, don't miss The Year in Pictures. We brought a lot of great people together in 2019!