Government Affairs Team
Led by the Modular Building Institute's government affairs director Jon Hannah-Spacagna, MBI's team of government affairs professionals is diverse, experienced, and well-connected on both the state and federal levels.
MBI Government Affairs Director
Jon has worked for over 22 years in the government affairs arena leading and managing lobbying efforts at the regulatory, state, federal and provincial levels. He joined the MBI team in 2018 and has worked diligently to remove industry barriers and open new opportunities and significant new funding for the modular industry in the United States and Canada. Prior to joining MBI he worked in Corporate Law for a major insurance company.
Jon is a graduate of Concord University and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. In 2012 he was awarded with Sorensen’s highest achievement, their Expression of Ideals Award for his exemplary work in government affairs in Virginia. He and his family live in Fishersville, Virginia.
CEO, Falcon Structures
MBI Government Affairs
Stephen Shang is the CEO and co-founder of Falcon Structures, the leading manufacturer of shipping container-based structures. Under Shang’s leadership, Falcon Structures has created over a million square feet of safe and quickly deployable container-based structures for virtually every industry seeking a better way to create functional space.
Stephen currently serves as a member of the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council and the Modular Building Institute’s Board of Directors, where he endeavors to promote safe and sensible building code for shipping container structures and modular building techniques.
Stephen is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program. He and his family live in Austin, Texas.
MBI's Government Affairs Committee
Chaired by Stephen Shang, CEO of Falcon Structures, MBI also boasts a working committee of dozens of modular industry professionals that meets and advises MBI on existing legislative barriers, emerging issues, and opportunities to expand the adoption of modular and offsite construction.
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Government Affairs Articles
MBI Helps Kick-Start Stalled Plan Review Process
Modular projects in Washington State had ground to a halt. Plan review lead times began stretching into six, eight, even twelve weeks. “Over the summer of 2021, it was getting even longer than that,” says Alan Rasmussen of Modern Building Systems. “By the fall and winter of 2021, reviews were taking 24 weeks.”
Here’s how MBI was able to get things moving again.Read Complete Article
25,000 New Homes Being Built in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles City Council approved a goal of 25,000 units of new housing for homeless people by 2025. Here’s how MBI is helping to get those projects going.Read Complete Article
Urban Areas Paving the Way for Modular Construction to Address Housing Needs
Without enough skilled labor, homes are more expensive to build and they can’t get built quickly enough — ultimately pushing up rental costs. There is good news, though. Two cities — Chicago and Salt Lake City — are removing obstacles so modular construction can do more to help address their housing shortages.Read Complete Article
Modular Building Institute Protects Members Doing Business in New York
Modular Building Institute Protects Members Doing Business in New York Early during the 2020 New York State Legislature session, two…Read Complete Article
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