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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Mourns the Passing of Lori Yarrish, Director of Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today issued the following statement on the passing of Lori Yarrish, Director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, who was Norton’s cousin.
EPA

EPA Receives Record Number of Letters of Interest for WIFIA Water Infrastructure Loans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received 62 letters of interest (LOIs) collectively requesting $9.1 billion in loans from a wide range of prospective borrowers in response to the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program’s 2018 Notice of Funding Availability.
DHCD

DHCD Seeks Design Input on New, Comprehensive Affordable Housing Database

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development announced today it is seeking design input on a new public website that would, for the first time, provide comprehensive data on affordable housing in the District.

Wyden Calls for Improvements to Nursing Home Rating System

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today called on the federal government to improve the quality measures for adequate staffing that American seniors and their families use when selecting a nursing home
USDA

USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 23 States

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett visited the state today to announce that USDA is investing more than $124 million (PDF, 155.4 KB) to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure in 23 states. Five projects in Louisiana are receiving funding.
Ilinois.gov

New law cuts red tape for real estate professionals, businesses; takes additional bill...

Gov. Bruce Rauner today signed legislation to reduce burdensome licensing requirements for real estate businesses. The new licensing program is expected to save the state money by reducing a duplicative and unnecessary licensure structure that provides no benefit to the public and discourages business creation and growth.
USDOJ

Owner of Now-Defunct Real Estate Escrow Company Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for...

The owner of a former real estate escrow firm was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 24 months in prison for bank fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes. LORI LYNN ANDREW, 49, of Cashmere, Washington, the owner of Hartman Escrow, Inc., pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. ANDREW stole more than $2.1 million through a variety of techniques

Property Tax Bills Mailed This Week

The New Hanover County Tax Department will begin mailing real estate tax bills to property owners later this week. Personal property tax bills will be mailed by the end of August. Property taxes are due on September 1, 2018 but can be paid without interest until January 7, 2019.
Ginnie Mae

Ginnie Mae MBS Outstanding Increases to $1.982 Trillion

Ginnie Mae today announced that issuance of its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) totaled $36.77 billion in July. A breakdown of July issuance includes $35.383 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $1.391 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS, which includes $1.229 billion of loans for multifamily housing.
DESERT QUARTZITE SOLAR PROJECT

DESERT QUARTZITE SOLAR PROJECT DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public input on actions that would allow the proposed development of the Desert Quartzite Solar Project, a 450-megawatt solar development in eastern Riverside County.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Issues Directive for National Marine Fisheries Service to...

As Secretary of Commerce, today I directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to facilitate access to the water needed to fight the ongoing wildfires affecting the State of California. One of the fires, the Mendocino Complex Fire, has developed into the largest in the state’s history, consuming nearly 300,000 acres in Northern California.

NEH Awards $13.2 Million in Grants for Cultural Infrastructure

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $13.2 million in awards to 29 U.S. cultural institutionsthat will leverage federal funds against private investment to help create and sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure.
DHCD

DHCD Seeks Offers to Transform Vacant Ward 8 Sites into Affordable Housing

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has released Solicitations for Offers (SFOs) to transform several sites in the Ward 8 neighborhoods of Anacostia and Congress Heights into affordable housing for District residents.

BLM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-COMPETITIVE DIRECT SALE OF 140 ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND...

The Black Mountain Golf and Country Club (BMGCC), a non-profit corporation that holds a patent on 140 acres of public land in Clark County, Nevada under the Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) Act, has applied to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for a direct sale of the reversionary interest in its R&PP patent. The BLM Las Vegas Field Office seeks public comments on the proposal, which will be accepted until September 20, 2018.
USDA

USDA Invests $345.5 Million in Rural Electric Infrastructure to Improve Service for More Than...

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $345.5 million in 20 infrastructure projects (PDF, 121 KB) to improve rural electric service
FTC

FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Construction Company CRH plc

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Dublin, Ireland-based construction company CRH plc’s $3.5 billion acquisition of its Kansas-based competitor Ash Grove Cement Company likely would be anticompetitive.
DOI

Secretary Zinke Designates Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home as African American Civil Rights Network...

Recognizing the immense impact that Medgar Evers’ life and Myrlie Evers' contribution had on the African American civil rights movement, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today designated the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home as an official African American Civil Rights Network (AARCN) site. He also announced the Trump Administration is opening up the formal public comment process to designate the home a national monument.

LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES TO IMPLEMENT STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS (GRANGEVILLE)

With the threat of wildfire danger increasing rapidly throughout many parts of north central Idaho, local land management agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the Grangeville Fire Restrictions Area, Riverbreaks Zone 1 and Hells Canyon National Recreation Area beginning at 12:01 a.m.on August 3, 2018
Mayor Muriel Bowser

Mayor Bowser Launches Latest Request for Proposals to Produce and Preserve More Affordable Housing...

Mayor Muriel Bowser today announced that the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is now accepting proposals from housing industry specialists to produce and preserve more affordable housing in the District of Columbia. This coincides with the launch of a new $200,000 grant program for small residential building owners to make key repairs to their properties.

BLM ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF $2.5 BILLION RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSMISSION AND WATER PIPELINE IN RIVERSIDE...

In advancing the Administration's goals of promoting America’s energy independence and supporting infrastructure needs, the Bureau of Land Management announced today the approval of a transmission line and water pipeline project associated with the licensed Eagle Crest Energy Hydroelectric Pumped Storage Project in Riverside County

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Joel MacIntosh WolfNet CEO

WolfNet Helps Customers Set A Real Estate Property Alert “Speed Record”

WolfNet®, the real estate industry’s most trusted MLS data standardization provider and leading innovator of IDX solutions and website services, announced the launch of its new data loader dubbed “PropertyPipeline” to significantly increase its data refresh speed that will benefit more than 250,000 real estate agents

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases

Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Opposes Bills Raising Thresholds for SBA Loans

Citing significant risks to taxpayers, the Appraisal Institute on Monday urged the U.S. House of Representatives to turn back legislation that would virtually eliminate appraisal requirements for the Small Business Administration’s two largest loan programs. Votes on two related bills are expected today in the full House