Our economy, for good or ill, is largely driven by the notion of home ownership. Ever since the notion of an American dream was construed to mean owning a home, residential development has driven the economy. With so many industries involved in such construction, one key is the availability of commercial drywall.One measure of local economic health is the number of housing starts filed for by area developers. This is logical when one considers the enormous amount of material, services and skills required to transform open ground to a residential community. It begins long before any ground is disturbed or trees removed in the targeted area.First companies have to determine if there is a need for additional housing in a specific area. This often includes considerable analysis of current and future industry predictions. In areas where continued growth is predicted, the next piece of this puzzle is to determine which areas are physically capable of sustaining the development, and if there is adequate infrastructure availability.Once this initial assessment is completed with positive results, the next step is the intricate business of applying for and attaining permission to begin construction. This process is laborious, intricate and lengthy, and must take into consideration all the needs of the potential population. This will include adequate power supplies, water and roads.At the same time, it is imperative that the development company have an encompassing knowledge of local laws and regulations, especially where the environment is concerned. The impact on the land, water and air, both during construction and after the development is populated has to be protected. The process by which this comes to pass must be laid out in advance, in detail.Presuming this process is successful and permission to begin is granted, the next step in this gargantuan endeavor is to make sure the raw material is available, and if not, how it will be moved in keeping in mind the environmental impact. This process will involve the selection and contracting of a wide array of businesses which will work in concert to first, prepare the area, and then begin construction.Preparing an area for construction of a residential community is more than just bringing in the heavy equipment and laying the land bare. Before the first big machine begins its work, the entire infrastructure has to have been laid out. Roads, power lines, cabling for communication water and sewage all have to be coordinated not only for their existence, but so they can be repaired, cleaned out or added to and improved.When the construction phase begins, additional businesses like framing, carpentry, commercial drywall, electricians and a host of others must be contracted. A general contractor is usually in charge of these myriad subcontractors, and they usually have a pretty good handle on which ones are reliable enough to depend upon. In good times, this effort can be a tremendously powerful economic positive on the community, the down side is when demand drops, which can be devastating.