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50th Golden Anniversary - HBAGTA

  
 

For Immediate Release
October 5, 2020                                                                                                Contact: Bob O’Hara
                                                                                                                           HBA Executive Officer
                                                                                                                           231-946-2305
                                                                                                                           robert@hbagta.com
         
 
Home Builders Association Celebrates 50 Years
of Serving the Grand Traverse Region


Traverse City, MI – In celebration of its “Golden Anniversary”, the Home Builders Association of the Grand Traverse Area (HBAGTA) is recognizing members and milestones from its storied, 50-year history. Over the next several months, the HBA will recognize the accomplishments of its founders and leaders.

The organization was founded in 1970 by twenty-seven visionary builders.  Gordon Converse was the first president. Mr. Converse joined other past presidents of the HBAGTA for special recognition during a breakfast on September 10th.

A stellar date in HBAGTA’s history was July 13, 1984. It was then that 180 dedicated members and supportive partners came together to build a house and make national history. The hard-working team built a three-bedroom, one-bath home in just 6 hours, 48 minutes…fast enough to place them in the Guinness Book of World Records! The Traverse City home was raffled off, raising $60,000 for student scholarships.  This money continues to fund scholarships today.

Today, the HBAGTA provides a wealth of resources to its members and actively supports community improvement in our region. Through annual events such as the HBA Home Expo, the HBA Parade of Homes and the HBAGTA Foundation Scholarship Dinner, the HBAGTA continues to bring innovation, quality, and community improvement to our region.  Our new strategic effort focuses on providing long-term career opportunities for young people in our area.

The HBAGTA is the primary voice and advocate for 350 members in Northern Michigan. It serves members and communities in the five counties of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau.
 

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