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ABC CEO Mike Bellaman Appointed to Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion for all Americans

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta  to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.

DHS And Partners Convene First Election Infrastructure Coordinating Council

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) joined the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and state and local election officials from around the country today to convene the first Government Coordinating Council (GCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector. Today’s meeting is part of the department’s ongoing work with state and local officials as we build trusted relationships to help keep the nation’s election systems secure.
Natural Resources

Onshore Energy Bill Draws Praise as Subcommitte Continues Broad Overhaul of Federal Lands Energy...

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony on a discussion draft of the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill allows states with established regulatory programs to seek primacy for the implementation of federal permitting responsibilities for oil and gas development on federal lands
NAHB

NAHB Announces Finalists for Apartment and Condo Awards

Adaptive reuse, plentiful amenities and sustainable and green building practices were some of the trademarks found in this year’s finalists for the 2017 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards, which honor superior achievement in apartment and condominium development, design, marketing and management and are sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Natural Resources

Panel: Bipartisan Bills Enhance ESA Protections, Boost Hydropower Reliability

The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3144 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA) and H.R. 3916 (Rep. Ken Calvert, R-CA), the “Federally Integrated Species Health Act” or “FISH Act,” bills to improve the recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed fish while providing certainty for water and power users.
NAHB

Statement from NAHB First Vice Chairman Randy Noel on President Trump’s Executive Order on...

Randy Noel, first vice chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from LaPlace, La., attended today’s White House signing ceremony and issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on health care
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Pushes for Federal Financial Incentives for Localities like D.C. that Use Local Dollars...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), ranking member of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, yesterday at a subcommittee hearing on building a 21st century infrastructure asked key stakeholders about increasing incentives for state and local governments, such as the District of Columbia, that move ahead on infrastructure projects without always waiting for full federal transportation and infrastructure funding.
Ginnie Mae

VA, Ginnie Mae Create Task Force to Address Mortgage Refinancing Issues

The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announce the formation of the “Joint Ginnie Mae – VA Refinance Loan Task Force.”
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae Issues Guidance for Disaster Pass-Through Assistance and Delinquency Ratio Exemptions for Qualifying...

Ginnie Mae issued an All Participants Memorandum (APM) – APM 17-04 to Single-Family Issuers providing updates and further guidance on the availability of optional, special assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria including associated eligibility requirements and the application process.
NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks lending efforts get boost from more than $18 million in CDFI funds

Twenty-five NeighborWorks organizations around the country have received more than $18 million as part of grants from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) program. Combined with grants from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp. (dba NeighborWorks America), local governments, foundations and the private sector, the funds will allow these small- and medium-sized nonprofit businesses to continue to provide affordable loan products and services to low- and moderate-income borrowers.
MBA

September New Home Purchase Mortgage Applications Decreased 7.5 Percent Year over Year

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) Builder Applications Survey (BAS) data for September 2017 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases decreased 7.5 percent compared to September 2016. Compared to August 2017, applications decreased by 20 percent relative to the previous month. This change does not include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.
NCRC

40 years later, CRA remains a powerful tool to ensure banks do business with...

I grew up in Boston in the 1960’s, in public housing, across the street from a full-service bank branch. The bank was critical to the neighborhood until bank executives in downtown-Boston decided to discriminate against poor and working-class whites and racial minorities. Known as “redlining,” banks condemned whole neighborhoods and refused to make loans to people who lived there regardless of their credit worthiness
VA

VA, Ginnie Mae Create Task Force to Address Mortgage Refinancing Issue

The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the formation of the Joint Ginnie Mae – VA Refinance Loan Task Force.
Financial Services Committee

Chairman Hensarling Delivers Opening Statement at Hearing on HUD

Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) delivered the following opening statement at today’s hearing with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson: Today we welcome the 17th Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson for his first appearance before our committee
ConsensusDocs

ConsensusDocs Publishes New O&M Agreement

Today, ConsensusDocs is announcing the release of a new industry standard agreement for operations and maintenance. The ConsensusDocs 910 Standard Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement is the first agreement that ConsensusDocs has published that focuses on construction work services that take place after substantial completion.
Mission Court

Eden Housing to Break Ground on KTGY-designed Affordable Senior Housing Community in Fremont

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning announces that nonprofit developer Eden Housing and the City of Fremont will celebrate the groundbreaking of a new affordable housing community at 47003 Mission Falls Court in Fremont, Calif., on Friday, October 13th, at 12 noon. Mission Court Senior Apartments will provide 90 one- and two-bedroom apartment homes for very low and extremely low-income active adults 62 and better who earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
ULI

Real Estate Economists Expect Continued Moderate Growth for the Commercial Real Estate Industry Through...

The U.S. commercial real estate industry is, in general, expected to experience moderated growth through much of 2019, according to a new three-year economic forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate.
ABC National

ABC Hails Lower Small Business Rates in Tax Reform Framework

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s speech on tax reform in Harrisburg, Pa.
Karen Sanchez-HighDesert

Three Leading MLSs – CRMLS, MetroList and High Desert – Achieve Platinum Certification for...

Leading the way for the more than 650 Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) in the nation that make the real estate market work by providing the data that fuels nearly 6 million home sales annually, three leading MLSs are among the first to be awarded RESO Data Dictionary 1.6 Platinum Certification, RESO’s highest level of certification on the most recent version of the Data Dictionary Standard, the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) announced today.
SEIA

SEIA Joins Settlement to Resolve Oncor Rate Case

Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the unanimous settlement approved today to resolve Oncor Electric Delivery Company’s 2017 rate case
San Pablo_Emeryville

KTGY-Designed Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Community Targeting Large Families Breaks Ground

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning announces that nonprofit developer, manager and advocate of affordable housing EAH Housing and the City of Emeryville celebrated the ground-breaking of a new 86-unit transit-oriented mixed-use residential development on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 3706 San Pablo Avenue in the downtown area of Emeryville, Calif.
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Energy and Natural Resources Committee Developing Western Water and Drought Legislation

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power Chairman Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., last week held a bipartisan roundtable to discuss opportunities to reduce federal red tape for aquifer recharge when it does not impact other water users, fully respects state primacy on groundwater, and complies with state water law.
Speaker Paul Ryan

Statement on Clean Power Plan Repeal

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement following the Trump administration's announcement to repeal the Clean Power Plan: “Repealing the Clean Power Plan is the right move for the economy and for the rule of law.
7-Eleven Bakersfield

Hanley Investment Group Completes Three 7-Eleven Deals for $9.13 Million, Marking Jeremy McChesney’s 23rd...

Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors, a nationally-recognized real estate brokerage and advisory firm specializing in retail property sales, announced today that Executive Vice President Jeremy McChesney has completed the sale of three 7-Eleven properties in separate transactions for a combined value of $9,130,000. The properties are located in Los Angeles, San Diego and Bakersfield, California. One of the transactions had a record-low cap rate for 2017.
MBA

Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 2.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending October 6, 2017
NAHB

Statement from NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald on EPA Chief’s Repeal of the Clean Power...

Granger MacDonald, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, today issued the following statement regarding Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s proposal to begin the process to roll back the Clean Power Plan rule
McCormick Construction

McCormick Construction Announces Groundbreaking of Evolution Warner Center Multifamily Development

McCormick Construction, in conjunction with developer, Evolution Strategic Partners, has announced the groundbreaking of Evolution Warner Center, a 277-unit luxury residential multifamily development. The 426,000-square-foot, transit-oriented development is located at 6606 N. Variel Ave. in the heart of the Warner Center neighborhood. Construction cost is estimated at nearly $60 million.

SACRAMENTO HOUSING AUTHORITY OPENS PUBLIC HOUSING SITE BASED WAIT LIST AT WALNUT GROVE APARTMENTS

The Housing Authority of County of Sacramento will open the wait list for the Site Based Public Housing List for Walnut Grove Apartments in Walnut Grove on Monday October 16, 2017 at 12:01 a.m. until Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. This property consists of 3-bedroom units typically for a household size of 3-6 people.
Center for American Progress

Repeal of Clean Power Plan Is Major Setback in Fight Against Climate Change, CAP’s...

Christy Goldfuss, vice president for Energy and Environment Policy at the Center for American Progress, offered the following response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement Monday that the administration would repeal the Clean Power Plan
ASE

Repealing Clean Power Plan Would Be A Step Backward, Sacrifice Energy Efficiency Benefits

The Alliance to Save Energy released the following statement from President Kateri Callahan in response to the EPA’s announcement of a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan: “The Clean Power Plan could harness the power of energy efficiency as the single most effective way to reduce emissions while driving improved energy productivity and economic prosperity.

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Norton Reelected as Top Democrat on Highways and Transit Subcommittee

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was elected by her fellow Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to return as the Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.

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Natural Resources

Panel: Bipartisan Bills Enhance ESA Protections, Boost Hydropower Reliability

The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3144 (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-WA) and H.R. 3916 (Rep. Ken Calvert, R-CA), the “Federally Integrated Species Health Act” or “FISH Act,” bills to improve the recovery of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed fish while providing certainty for water and power users.

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ABC CEO Mike Bellaman Appointed to Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion...

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta  to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.