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Lake County Building Services to offer workshop on proper set up of manufactured homes

The free class, presented by Blaine Fort, Department of Motor Vehicles Safety Program Consultant, Manufactured Housing Section, will cover the installation and safety aspects of setting up a manufactured home. Fort will also discuss what local inspectors look for when reviewing installations. A question and answer opportunity is also scheduled during the event.

Local contractor White Star Construction, has earned the construction/remodeling industry’s Certified 203k Contractor designation

White Star Construction has completed the construction/remodeling industry’s most comprehensive training in the use of the U.S. Government’s FHA 203k Home Renovation Loan program. By earning the designation as a Certified 203k Contractor, White Star Construction is listed in the 203k Contractor Directory , a nationwide database of educated, knowledgeable and experienced 203k contractors, and is dedicated to helping more Americans achieve the dream of home ownership, improve our communities, and contribute to the health of our economy

Clark bill aims to remove barriers to higher education for homeless and foster youth

Congresswoman Katherine Clark introduced the Higher Education Access and Success and Foster Youth Act, legislation to empower homeless and foster students to obtain higher levels of education and to lift traditional barriers to entry.  Education advocates report that current higher education policies regarding students’ independence, financial aid eligibility, and recruitment programs create barriers for homeless and foster youth trying to navigate a complex higher education system.

C.A.R. installs 2016 Leadership team

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today installed its 2016 Leadership Team. Leading the team is C.A.R. President Pat “Ziggy” Zicarelli, a second-generation REALTOR® and broker in Southern California. Serving with Zicarelli are President-elect Geoff McIntosh, Treasurer Jared Martin, and Chief Executive Officer Joel Singer.

USGBC announces 2015 School District Scholarship recipients

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today the 2015 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The five selected school districts will receive ongoing support from the Center for Green Schools over the course of the next year and will benefit from connections with a broad network of school sustainability leaders.

Detroit’s Property Tax: Averting Another Disaster

Having emerged last year from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit is still hindered in its recovery by structural flaws in its property tax system, according to a new report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Notice of Appointments by Governor Dayton

Governor Mark Dayton announced the following appointments to the Clean Water Council, the ClearWay Minnesota Board of Directors, and the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Federal grant to aid rural transit and expand broadband access

A new Ohio Department of Transportation project, funded in large part by a federal grant, will help Ohio’s 34 rural transit systems operate more efficiently and expand broadband access in Ohio.

Construction Spending Continues Strong Year-Over-Year Gains in September but Dip in Monthly Nonresidential Total Points to Workforce Tightness

Construction Spending at Highest Level since March 2008 and Growing at Fastest Rate since January 2006, Demand for Multifamily, Lodging, Manufacturing Office and Education Facilities Experience Sharp Increases

Time to Winterize is Now, Appraisal Institute Tells Homeowners

The nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today encouraged consumers to winterize their homes now for cold weather ahead to increase comfort, save money and possibly increase value

Philadelphia to Host Urban Land Institute’s 2016 Spring Meeting, Set for April 19-21

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and creating thriving, sustainable communities, will hold its 2016 Spring Meeting April 19-21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia

DCHFA and SOME Bring New Mixed-Use Housing Development to Benning Road

Within two weeks the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency has closed its second development transaction of Fiscal Year 2016, with the issuance of $26 million in short term tax exempt obligations to fund the construction of The Conway Center.

Miami Positioned for Continued Commercial Growth, Experts say at RCA MIAMI Super

Miami has evolved into one of the world’s top places for commercial real estate investment, and the area’s population boom, tourist growth, and infrastructure improvements should only lead to more expansion, a prestigious panel of speakers said at the 15th annual Commercial Super Conference hosted by the Realtors Commercial Alliance


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announces a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action for the STEM, Energy, and Economic Development Initiative (SEED): Coalitions for Community Growth. SEED focuses on increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, job skill development, and energy literacy for residents of public housing. In partnership with local public housing authorities (PHAs), SEED will create local coalitions of public-private partners to create or expand programs in these areas. The initiative is being piloted in five communities

MBA’s Future Leaders Program Graduates 57 Residential and Commercial/Multifamily Real Estate Finance Professionals

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today recognized a total of 57 mortgage professionals -- 34 from the residential market segment and 23 from the commercial/multifamily market segment -- in a graduation ceremony for MBA's Future Leaders Program held at MBA's Annual Convention & Expo in San Diego, California.

Norton Announces D.C. Statehood Briefing Ironically Postponed Due to Bill Violating D.C. Home Rule

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the briefing on District of Columbia statehood with a screening of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver D.C. statehood segment followed by a question and answer segment, originally scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2015, must be postponed because a bill to impose private school vouchers on the District is scheduled to come to the House floor that day

MBA Education Recognizes 17 New Certified Mortgage Bankers

Education, the award-winning education division of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), recognized 17 individuals who earned the Certified Mortgage Banker (CMB) designation at a ceremony held at MBA's 102ND Annual Convention & Expo in San Diego, CA. Earning one's CMB is the highest professional honor within the real estate finance industry.

Dan Phelan Presented with MBA Education Rosser Lifetime Achievement Award

The Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) today presented Dan Phelan, CMB, CRI, CCMS, with its E. Michael Rosser, CMB, MBA Education Lifetime Achievement Award. "Dan is one of the industry's strongest advocates for MBA's School of Mortgage Banking," said Bill Emerson, MBA Chairman. "He believes that enhanced industry education is the path to restoring faith and confidence among consumers and policymakers in our industry and those individuals who practice it.

Building Innovation 2016 Keynote Speakers to Share Unique Perspectives

Each year for its conference, the National Institute of Building Sciences staff looks to enlist expert keynote speakers that will build on the event’s theme while engaging and educating conference attendees. For Building Innovation 2016: The Institute’s Fourth Annual Conference & Expo, scheduled for Monday-Friday, January 11-15, 2016, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., the keynote lineup is set to present diverse and informative perspectives on Achieving a Resilient Future.

Institute Kicks Off Effort to Develop National BIM Guideline for Owners

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) is kicking off development of a new guideline to help building owners and their design teams utilize building information modeling (BIM) during the building design, construction and operations process and to better support owners’ performance requirements