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Governmental Affairs

The TBBA, along with our State and National organizations, is the leading advocate for our region’s building community before all levels of government.  We are on the forefront of many regional issues, including burdensome codes, laws and regulations that may affect our industry and/or impact your bottom line.  Our current priorities include:


Housing Affordability

Safe, decent apartments and afford­able homes are necessary to create and maintain jobs, provide stability to better educate our children, and facilitate healthcare.  We advocate for affordable and workforce housing using and/or increasing tax credits and other governmental and institutional financing sources and programs.

Community Resiliency

Disasters and other threats are becoming increasingly common, and we recognize that our region must get stronger, protect itself, and recover quickly. We advocate for less burdensome regulation and more market driven solutions that will protect our community and housing affordability.


Traffic and congestion remain one of, if not the, most important issue for this region. We advocate for fair, balanced and better funded transportation choices, including fixing and maintaining roads, congestion relief, redesigned transit, and safer streets and sidewalks.

Governmental Affairs Committees

All members are invited and encouraged to participate on one of several committees that meet regularly with important influencers to share, discuss, and resolve industry concerns.  The meeting schedule is posted and updated on the Events Calendar.

Hillsborough Governmental Affairs Committee

Jake Cremer

Stearns Weaver

Hillsborough Horizontal Codes Committee

Tuyen Tran


Hillsborough Vertical Codes Committee

Christopher Smith


Pasco Governmental Affairs

Matt Suggs

Homes by WestBay

City of St. Petersburg Governmental Affairs

Ben Gelston

Canopy Builders

City of Tampa Governmental Affairs

Stephen Michelini

Stephen Michelini Governmental Relations

David Bell

Vice Chairman
Landmark Engineering

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