The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) is a not-for-profit trade organization established in 1954 to promote, protect and preserve the building industry of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. The Lee BIA is chartered by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is an affiliate of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA), giving members three memberships in one. These combined memberships provide a seamless, constant flow of information from all three levels of government, in addition to the various events and programs presented by the Lee BIA. It is comprised of over 420 member companies involved in every aspect of building and creating a thriving community for a growing Southwest Florida. The mission of the Lee BIA is to promote, protect and preserve homeownership, private property rights and affordable housing by advocating for balanced laws, regulation and fees through member education and outreach.