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DelBene: Research Should Be Driven by Science, Not Ideology

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today opposed a bill that would restrict government investments in science, technology and innovation based on partisan ideology. The bill makes specific cuts to programs designed to combat climate change, promote energy efficiency and spur renewable energy research and development

Cantwell: Increasing Energy Workforce, Infrastructure Investment Should Be Our Priorities

Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, discussed her energy workforce bill and urged consideration of carbon reduction technologies. She also raised concerns with existing coal leasing policies, which fail to ensure a fair return to taxpayers or account for carbon pollution.

Workers in Sacramento’s retail, service and health care industry are just a few of the new residents who live at Cannery Place Apartments which officially opened today as the first housing development completed at Township Nine in the River District.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today published the latest edition of its Community Developments Investments electronic newsletter entitled "Small Multifamily Rental Property Financing.”

Fannie Mae Prices $1.04 Billion Multifamily DUS REMIC (FNA 2015-M8) Under Its GeMS Program

Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) priced its fifth Multifamily DUS® REMIC in 2015 totaling $1.04 billion under its Fannie Mae Guaranteed Multifamily Structures (Fannie Mae GeMS™) program on May 12, 2015.

Commercial Market Continues Recovery, Says NAR Chief Economist

While the commercial market still faces its share of challenges, Realtors® specializing in commercial real estate expressed confidence in the marked improvement seen in the market over the last year at a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

NREL Supports China PV Investment and Financing Alliance to Open Capital for Solar Deployment

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the China PV Investment and Finance Alliance (CPVFA) have formed a collaboration with the goal of opening wide-scale and diverse sources of investment for solar photovoltaic (PV) asset development in China

Mayor in Houston for Rose Center for Public Leadership and Urban Land Institute expertise on Hazelwood redevelopment, and presentation on city technology innovations

The Mayor was selected in November as a 2015 Rose Center Fellow, which affords Pittsburgh guidance on land use challenges from a team of national design experts. In February a team of Rose Center officials visited Hazelwood and forwarded recommendations for the use of the Almono site.

Investments In Working Americans Are Key To Continued Growth

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement after the Department of Labor announced that the economy had added 223,000 jobs in April

Republicans’ Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Slashes Investments in New Energy Technologies, Restricts Environmental Protections

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in opposition to House Republicans' Energy and Water appropriations bill

Vice Chair Crowley, Rep. Brady Move to Increase Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

The bill would alter the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 which requires foreign investors to pay taxes on profits earned when selling properties or real estate securities in the United States. It also exempts from the FIRPTA tax foreign pension funds investing in commercial real estate.

Realtors® Applaud House Passage of Mortgage Choice Act

The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., in support of legislation to ease regulatory burdens on mortgage lending:

Academic Connections to Shape the CCIM Institute for the Next 100 Years

Earning the CCIM, or Certified Commercial Investment Member, designation sets commercial real estate brokers and investors apart from their peers, while obtaining a master’s degree in real estate distinguishes individuals in the field. Now the Florida CCIM Chapter and the University of Central Florida are launching a pilot program that connects academic theory with current industry practice, and ethical and professional standards. This combination provides students with a strong foundation for both advanced investment analysis and real world portfolio management skills

Investment by Homeowners in Kitchen and Bathroom Design Continues

As the housing recovery continues, homeowners investment in their kitchens and bathrooms remains a key focus. Kitchens in particular have solidified their standing as the center of operations within the home. Residential architects also report very healthy business conditions at their firms

Rep. Ellison Introduces Mortgage Interest Deduction Reform Bill

Last week, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) introduced H.R. 1662, the Common Sense Housing Investment Act, which would replace the mortgage interest deduction with a 15 percent flat rate tax credit on interest paid on mortgages up to $500,000. The tax credit would be available to all homeowners, regardless of whether they claim the standard deduction or itemize their tax deductions

Vacation Home Sales Soar to Record High in 2014, Investment Purchases Fall

Vacation home sales boomed in 2014 to above their most recent peak level in 2006, while investment purchases fell for the fourth straight year, according to an annual survey of residential homebuyers released today by theNational Association of Realtors

USDA Awards Loans and Grants to Support Rural Economic Development

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of $31 million in loans and grants for organizations in 12 states to promote rural economic development.

Mayor Stimpson Joins White House Roundtable with Secretary of the Treasury and Senior Administration Officials on Infrastructure Investment

Mayor Sandy Stimpson traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where he joined Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew and other Senior White House and Administration officials in a roundtable conversation about infrastructure investment as part of the President's Build America Investment Initiative.

Bellwether Enterprise Establishes Dedicated Affordable Housing Group

Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC (Bellwether Enterprise), the commercial and multifamily mortgage banking subsidiary of Enterprise Community Investment Inc. (Enterprise), today announced that it has expanded its affordable housing business by establishing a group dedicated to providing flexible financing resources to affordable, multifamily clients across the United States. With 18 Bellwether Enterprise offices located throughout the country, the Affordable Housing Group will leverage the firm’s existing, nationwide lending platform.

More than $1.1 Billion in SSBCI Funds Helping Local Economies

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) today released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses grow and create jobs.

USDA Expands StrikeForce Initiative for Rural Growth and Opportunity to Build Rural Economies

Over 125,000 low income home owners to receive loans to repair or purchase homes.