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Advocating for our members

PROs work together to navigate issues. We help you build relationships in the municipalities where you work.

PRO makes your projects easier

During the pandemic our members had multiple opportunities to meet with local zoning officials in Fairfax and DC through online meetings initiated by PRO, and now the events are quarterly. We’re working to establish relationships in other municipalities. 

Our Government Affairs and Workforce Development Committees are always looking for ways to support our members. Currently the committee’s main initiatives include:

Advocacy:

  • Developing a monthly Zoom meeting schedule to discuss relevant issues with DCRA officials
  • Scheduling quarterly Zoom meetings with Fairfax County Permitting officials
  • PRO Members can use the PRO Google Group to get advice, share information regarding codes and permitting, and draw on fellow members’ relationships with local municipalities.

Workforce Development: 

  • Collaborating with Maryland Building Industry Association (MBIA) with their Residential Carpenter Apprentice Program. The program provides an opportunity for apprentices to learn in-demand construction skills and earn a good, living wage. PRO is collaborating with MBIA to engage member companies in Maryland and Virginia to help these aspiring carpenters and give them real world experience. Maryland offers businesses valuable support through tax credits and financial incentives to help build a reliable pipeline of qualified workers.
  • Supporting the efforts of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and placing two of their apprentice carpenters on PRO member’s teams.
  • Members can post job descriptions on PROs job board

“The DCRA managers’ meeting provides an invaluable lens into the permitting process. From common mistakes and misinterpretations to improvements and insights into where to find information, this fascinating discussion has significantly optimized our team’s approach to permitting submissions.” 

Tamar King, CARNEMARK design + build

PRO helps you find great employees

Are you looking for your next great skilled employee? We compiled these resources about area training programs to help with your search. You can also post jobs on the job board of the website. Read more about that process here

DCRA Director Ernest Chrappah joined PROs in January to answer questions and discuss recent changes to the agency. 

“I’d like to thank David Merrick and the whole PRO Mid Atlantic group for their leadership and their partnership with DCRA.  A lot of the things we choose to internally is based on the feedback we get from the community, the good the bad and the ugly, but i’m particularly proud of the relationship we have with your organization, and the open line of communication because it only helps us get better with time.”

Director Ernest Chrappah, Director of District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).

Take advantage of quarterly opportunities to meet with area zoning officials

Meeting recordings and documents from recent meetings with Fairfax County zoning officials

Register for the next monthly virtual meeting here

Meeting recordings and documents from recent meetings with DCRA officials

Register for the next quarterly virtual meeting here

As a company that operates in MD, DC and VA, the zoom meetings with DCRA and Fairfax county are very helpful and appreciated.  Procuring permits has gotten much more complicated lately with each jurisdiction having very different and constantly changing requirements and procedures to apply for our building permits.

John Tabor, President, Tabor Design Build 

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