BASE, the Business Alliance for a Sound Economy, is an organization of trade associations and numerous independent businesses, registered with the IRS as a 501(c)6 on January 2003 and was formed to take collaborative action on issues of concern to their broad membership engaged in residential and commercial real estate sales, home building, land development, economic development, finance, property management and leasing. BASE represents numerous independent businesses and the approximately 12,000 members of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association, the Brunswick County Landowners Association, the Topsail Island Association of REALTORS®, The Pitt County Economic Development Partnership, and the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association. BASE also has the resources of the National Association of Home Builders, the NC Home Builders Association, and their lobbyists, staffs, and resources as well as our attorney Craig Bromby with Hunton & Williams’ Raleigh office, at our disposal.
BASE was formed because the real estate, building and development industries are faced with a myriad of local, state and federal laws and regulations, ordinances, rules, and public policy challenges. Many of these restrictions are confusing, duplicative, and extraordinarily onerous. Quite often, the industry becomes aware of these restrictions only after their enactment; and individual firms may only learn of them through an enforcement action of some type. Knowledge comes too late for those most impacted to have any meaningful input into the political or administrative process.
The simple theory behind BASE is strength in numbers. BASE is a coalition of associations with a single mission; to promote public policies which encourage regional economic growth, job creation and a healthy real estate, homebuilding, land use and development industry. This is accomplished through direct input into the political, legislative and administrative processes. The professional staff of BASE is CEO Donna Girardot with 35 years of legislative, lobbying, and campaign experience on the national, state, and local levels; Governmental Affairs Directors Cameron Moore, AICP and Ryan McAlister, RLA both with over 15 combined years of local, state, and federal planning, land use and environmental regulation experience in both the municipal and private sector. Legal assistance and representation is provided by attorney Craig Bromby and various partners with Hunton & Williams LLP in Raleigh.