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Housing industry summit draws up education

November 21, 2012
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Upjohn Institute economist George Erickcek and senior economist Robert Denk, of the National Association of Home Builders, are scheduled to provide their in-depth perspectives on the housing industry at the annual Housing and Construction Summit on Jan. 29.

Erickcek and Denk will focus on a variety of economic issues that affect the market and the industry as a whole. They’re also expected to offer a glimpse into what the market has in store for home builders, contractors, architects and residential real estate professionals in 2013.

“In the third year, the summit has become the educational event for those in the building industry. We have two renowned economists providing an economic forecast, and additional speakers that will cover topics important to the building and remodeling industry,” said Emily Siebert, executive officer of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids, which is co-sponsoring the event with DTE Energy.

The summit will take place at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville.

The event’s morning sessions will cover the latest technology that is available for homes, lean design, value-matched selling and the legal aspects of sworn statements and liens. Housing and green building will be the focus of the afternoon sessions, which will also include HBAGGR’s new Marketing and Learning Lab roundtable discussions.

The marketing roundtable will feature professionals in the field answering promotional questions and offering direction on how a business can be marketed. The learning lab is specifically designed to help new members, builders and students gain insights into the local industry from those who will share their success stories.

For more information on the summit, call (616) 281-2021 or go to

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