Government Affairs Director with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA), Codeye Woody, is in the studio. Joined by co-hosts Todd Schnick and Carol Morgan, the group discusses Woody’s new position, what is going on within the GAHBA, how members get involved and more on this All About Real Estate segment of Radio.
Woody recently moved to Atlanta from Orlando. He spent seven years in Florida, residing as the Director of Legislative Congressional Relations for Orange County Public Schools, which is the eighth largest school district in the country. After several years working with schools, Woody decided he wanted a change and to help lobby for different issues. He then decided to move to Atlanta and work with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, which also happens to be the eighth largest home builders association in the country! Woody has been in his new position in the GAHBA for the past five months.
“Right now, my job is to just be the voice of the members and lobby on behalf of their issues,” said Woody. “There’s a plethora of issues. There might be some communication issues from a county, or it may just be some legislative issue that is coming down. My side is making sure the meetings are coordinated and communicating on behalf of the builders and making sure I’m reaching the right elected official so they can hear our issue.”
To Woody, the most exciting part of the job is meeting new people and creating tangible goals to make sure the members are getting the help they need. Currently, Woody is busy handling the tree protection ordinances. He is working with builders to make sure elected officials in Atlanta understand their three priorities, which include fully utilizing the buildable area, incentivizing new planting and economic impact analysis.
To help connect the builders’ thoughts and ideas to the legislators making decisions, the Woody and the GAHBA created a professional ordinance subcommittee. The committee is composed of around five to eight builders in the Atlanta area. Woody arranges the builders and the proper elected officials in one meeting so the members can give a first-hand perspective on their current issues and voice any notable concerns.
Another subcommittee was recently created to help alleviate communication issues between the Planning and Sustainability Department in DeKalb County and the members of the GAHBA. The communication bottlenecks were largely due to members on both sides not knowing who to contact or being in the same place at the same time. Woody created the subcommittee to help compile all the relevant issues and recommendations in one place. This way, the delivery of concerns is streamlined and always given to the appropriate parties.
To learn more about what Codeye Woody is doing as the Government Affairs Director with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, listen to the full interview above. You can also visit https://atlantahomebuilders.com. Connect with Codeye Woody directly at 678-775-1428 or CWoody@AtlantaHBA.com.
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