Tidewater Builders Association was founded in 1953 to improve the climate for quality housing for all income levels and to promote the growth and development of the local shelter industry. With more than 550 member firms, TBA encourages excellence and professionalism among its members through educational programs and networking opportunities. The association also supports and enhances the community through such charitable programs as the TBA Scholarship Foundation and the Building Trades Academy. Membership in TBA also includes membership in the state association (Home Builders Association of Virginia) and the national association (National Association of Home Builders). The annual dues structure for TBA membership is $700 for associate members and $800 for builder/remodeler members.