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Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s 2014 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Training Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Are you planning to apply for Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funds in the 2014 AHP round? If you are and have not yet attended one of the AHP Application training sessions, you should consider registering for one of the remaining training sessions. Both members and development sponsors should consider participating.

Farmers Market Pop-Up Project Design Competition Recipients Selected

Chicago – June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates there are over 8,100 farmers markets nationwide, a jump of almost 5,000 from the previous decade. At farmers markets most produce vendors use simple, generic white canopies that need to be light weight and portable, which also means that vendors have to get creative when they anchor them to the ground (no stakes allowed). Most vendors can’t afford a custom tent, so they are all white, with flimsy signage. The AIA’s Small Project Practitioners Knowledge Community developed the Pop-Up Project Design Competition with the goal to re-imagine the farmer’s market canopy pop-up booth to make it easier for produce vendors to set up and transport their canopies and produce, while also

American Institute of Architects Adopts New Board Structure

Chicago –- June 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) convention delegates gave final approval to a plan that restructures the Institute’s governance. Bylaw amendments adopted by them will reduce the size of the Institute’s Board of Directors and augment the AIA’s governance structure by adding a new body, the Strategic Council, which will inform the Board and other Institute bodies of important professional issues.

VA Celebrates 70th Anniversary of the Original “GI Bill”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 23, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is celebrating 70 years of investment in the education and economic prosperity of America’s Servicemembers and Veterans. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the “GI Bill” was enacted on June 22, 1944. The law provided a wide range of benefits for Veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training. The original GI Bill was heralded as a success and major contributor to America’s stock of human capital that sped long-term economic growth across the Nation. Today, a new group of Veterans is accessing the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefits, following in their footsteps.

CRE 2014 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate Announced

CHICAGO – June 19, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Energy, jobs, and the far-reaching influence of the Millennial generation are the issues that will have the most significant impact on real estate both near-and long-term, according to The Counselors of Real Estate® organization, which today released its official 2014 Top Ten Issues Affecting Real Estate, a list it compiles annually.

National Association of Real Estate Editors Announces 2014 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Award Winners

Houston – June 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) has named the winners of the Seventh Annual Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards. The awards recognize excellence in books published in 2013 covering the broad field of real estate.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Statistics for April 2014 have exceeded total housing units from the previous month by 36%. Single-family units produced a 5% increase in month-over-month activity, while increasing annually by 2% from April of 2013. Statewide multi-family housing units increased by 58% since March 2014 and by 43% since last April

Washington, D.C. – June 12, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected the ten recipients of the 2014 Small Project Awards. The AIA Small Project Awards Program, now in its 11 year, was established to recognize small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work and to promote excellence in small-project design. This award program emphasizes the excellence of small-project design and strives to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects bring to projects, no matter the limits of size and scope

NAHB Remodelers Now Accepting Entries for Annual Remodeling Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 NAHB Remodelers awards which include NAHB Remodeler of the Year, National Remodeling Hall of Fame, Homes for Life awards and the Council Awards for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADRE)

Deadline Approaching to Obtain Low NAREE Rate at Westin Oaks Hotel for NAREE Conference in Houston in June

HOUSTON – May 20, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The deadline is approaching to obtain discounted hotel accommodations for the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ 48th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Houston June 11-14.

The U.S. Economy: Good, Bad, or Ugly? Economists Examine What’s Ahead for Real Estate

Chicago, IL – May 16, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Economic positives outweigh negatives according to real estate economists who addressed a standing-room only audience last week at The Counselors of Real Estate’s Midyear conference in Austin, Texas. The three-day event is noted for bringing together thought leaders from around the world, offering balanced perspectives on the most critical issues affecting real estate.

CONSTRUCTION UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINES TO SEVEN-YEAR LOW OF 9.4 PERCENT AS PAYROLLS RISE BY 32,000 JOBS IN APRIL TO 6.0 MILLION, HIGHEST SINCE JUNE 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 5, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The unemployment rate in construction dropped to the lowest April level in seven years as contractors added 32,000 workers to payrolls in April, bringing industry employment to 6.0 million, the highest level since June 2009, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that it is essential to revive and expand training opportunities before the industry runs short of workers.

Study examines present-day policies and fiscal realities of zero energy, Living Buildings in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 30, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The District of Columbia Department of the Environment today released the findings of a recent study detailing how the District, already home to more green buildings per capita than other large cities, can best craft policy and create incentives to build zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings

Mayor’s Office Announces New Initiative on Racial Reconciliation

NEW ORLEANS, LA – April 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced a new multi-year initiative focused on race, reconciliation and community-building. Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Welcome Table New Orleans, will bring citizens of different racial groups and backgrounds together to build relationships that lead to improvements in key areas throughout the city.

The Office Of The State Fire Marshal Encourages Residents To Follow Safe Cooking Practices

SPRINGFIELD – April 28, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is taking the lead in educating Illinois residents to practice safe cooking habits to prevent home fire tragedies. Unattended cooking continues to be a top cause of home fires and injuries since 1990. Since 2011, cooking fires have ranked second as the cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association

Real Estate Industry Headliners To Speak at NAREE’s Houston Conference in June

HOUSTON – April 24, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Global real estate developer Gerald D. Hines, Hugh F. Kelly, chair of the Counselors of Real Estate, and ULI healthy communities expert Rachel MacCleery will join leading economists and top talent from the world of online real estate sales to offer remarks and take questions from reporters attending the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ 48th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Houston

Landlord and Property Manager Workshop

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 14, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Sioux City Human Rights Commission’s annual Landlord and Property Manager Workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Long Lines Family Recreation Center, 401 Gordon Drive.

World Renowned Developer Gerald Hines to Address NAREE’s June ‘Uptown Energy’ Real Estate Journalism Conference in Houston

Houston – April 14, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Gerald D. Hines, one of world’s most influential developers, will address the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ 48th Annual Real Estate Journalism Conference in Houston.

CSH Honors Excellence in Supportive Housing at Eastern Region Supportive Housing Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Philadelphia, PA – At a gathering today of 300 supportive housing industry leaders from across the Eastern Region, CSH recognized outstanding individuals, community organizations, government agencies and supportive housing developers who are setting the bar for supportive housing solutions for the most vulnerable in their own communities. “The recipients of our Eastern Region Supportive Housing Awards represent the most dedicated and innovative individuals and agencies, who ensure that housing solutions are available for those who need it most,” said Ryan Moser, Managing Director of the Eastern Region for CSH.

Global Green USA Completes 2nd Green School Makeover; Demonstrates Model for Sustainability at Green Schools National Conferenc

SACRAMENTO, CA – April 1, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Speaking at the Green Schools National Conference, Global Green USA and Pureology announced the completion of its comprehensive, student-led Green School Makeover at Boston Latin School. A panel of expert judges selected the winning school after six months of intensive outreach by educators, school districts and educational organizations, resulting in more than 450 submissions. Drawing on its green building expertise that spans more than two decades, Global Green USA provided Boston Latin School with a $75,000 grant to realize its student-created proposal of giving America’s first and oldest public school a sustainability-focused makeover.

Education, Business and Environmental Leaders Call for Action to Ensure Universal Sustainability Literacy in all U.S. Public Schools by 2040

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 26, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, together with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), released aNational Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability, a call for action to ensure that Education for Sustainability (EfS) is accessible to all students across the United States. The plan outlines a robust goal for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy by 2040