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New Capacity Building Initiative Training Focuses on Underserved Areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 8, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced today that it will launch a new Capacity Building Initiative training and technical assistance series, Expanding CDFI Coverage in Underserved Areas, later this year. The series, presented by Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), will provide specialized training and technical assistance to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to extend their reach into certain underserved communities in the United States that currently lack a CDFI presence.

The AIA recognizes 11 projects with the 2014 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award

Washington, D.C. – September 5, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 11 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals and educational program while demonstrating excellence in architectural design. These projects exemplify innovation through the client’s educational goals through responsive and responsible programming, planning and design. Function and surrounding regional and community context are valued as part of the planning and design process as well as sustainability

Webinar: An Introduction to SSVF and Overview of Compliance & Reporting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 2, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans is holding a webinar, “An Introduction to SSVF and Overview of Compliance & Reporting,” on Sept. 25 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

ULI to Host Building the Resilient City: Risks and Opportunities Conference September 4-5, 2014 in San Francisco

WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 29, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — Creating resilient communities that are economically prosperous and environmentally sustainable is the focus of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Building the Resilient City: Risks and Opportunities conference, set for September 4-5, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California

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.