“I wanted my department to be transparent, easy to navigate, offer prompt and consistent service and give advance notice on code and fee changes,” said Holt. “Obtaining permits should not be a roadblock in the building process.”
Jim Quinn, city council member in Wilmington, NC, was honored last year for his efforts to resist anti-growth policies that would have raised the cost to build new homes and, subsequently, housing prices. Quinn has been the city’s strongest pro-growth advocate for the last five years, and his political efforts have been the backbone of the building industry’s success in Wilmington.
Last year, Wilmington’s then-mayor proposed hiring a renowned anti-growth consultant whose initial recommendations for the city included real estate transfer taxes and impact fees. While five of the seven-member council supported the mayor, Quinn risked his political career and became an outspoken advocate against the proposal. His resistance was so effective the mayor was forced to propose a second, more builder-friendly resolution that passed.
“Being a member of the real estate industry and understanding the economic impact that both the real estate and building industries have on our community, I could not help but be outspoken against the frontal attack the mayor launched against them, “ said Quinn. A new mayor has since been elected in Wilmington, causing a shift of power more aligned with Quinn’s goals.
Awards for the 2003 winners will be presented at a recognition breakfast during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January.
For more information about submitting nominations, e-mail Laura Dooley or call her at 800-368-5242 x8361.