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Justice Department Requires Divestiture of General Electric Company’s Water & Process Technologies Business before...

The Department of Justice announced that it will require General Electric Co. and Baker Hughes Incorporated to divest GE’s Water & Process Technologies business in order to proceed with their merger
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Cantwell Statement On Russian Ability To Attack U.S. Energy Grid

Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) responded to reports that the Russians have expanded their capabilities with respect to cyber-attacks against our electric grid
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Wendy Sisneroz joins Opes Advisors

Opes Advisors, a Division of Flagstar Bank and innovative mortgage lending and wealth management firm with division headquarters in Cupertino, California has named Wendy Sisneroz as the new Area Manager for the region’s four offices in California’s Central Valley. This experienced mortgage lending team has been helping Central Valley residents achieve their dream of homeownership for more than 10 years.

Power conference funds available

The Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs announced $36,447 in federal matching funds for 10 technical engineers from power utilities in the Pacific U.S. insular areas, including one from Saipan, to attend the 26th Annual Conference of the Pacific Power Association in Apia, Samoa.

BEST5 Technical Committee Extends Call for Abstracts

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) and the Building Enclosure Council – Philadelphia are extending the deadline to submit abstracts for papers for presentation at the fifth BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science and Technology™ (BEST5), to be held April 16 – 18, 2018 at the historic Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Honors 9 National Award Winners

William T. Anglyn, MAI, of Marietta, Georgia; and Donald S. Boucher Sr., SRA, of Orange, Virginia, were honored Saturday with the Appraisal Institutes Lifetime Achievement Award and Woody R. Fincham, SRA, AI-RRS, of Charlottesville, Virginia, was named the

Ralph Boyd Is Named Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Land Institute’s Americas Region

Ralph Boyd, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross’s Massachusetts region, has been named CEO for the Americas region of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global, multidisciplinary, member-driven real estate organization dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities.

New Hanover County Takes Action to Understand GenX and Drinking Water

New Hanover County, in partnership with Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) and the City of Wilmington, has taken several actions in response to the recent news of GenX in CFPUA’s drinking water

Share Interior Expands Information Sharing Initiative to Prevent Drone Incursions over Wildland Fires

Building on recent initiatives to prevent privately operated Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) from interfering with Federal, state, and local wildland firefighting activity, the Department of the Interior announced today that it is expanding and enhancing its wildfire location data-sharing program for 2017.

Alliance To Save Energy Honors Morocco, U.S. Senators With Energy Efficiency Visionary Awards

The Alliance to Save Energy honored King Mohammed VI of Morocco and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, with EE Visionary Awards recognizing pioneering leadership in energy efficiency

Advocates Plan Day of Action on July 29 to Call for Greater Federal Investments...

The Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and other state, local, and national leaders call on advocates, elected officials, and concerned citizens to participate in the Our Homes, Our Voices day of action on July 29 to bring more attention to America’s affordable housing crisis

Statement from Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition,...

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and his colleagues for introducing the “Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017.” Joining Senator Kaine as original cosponsors of the legislation are U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Patrick Leahy (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ed Markey (D-MA),

5 Root Causes for U.S.’s Depressed Homeownership Rate: New Study

Despite steadily improving local job markets and historically low mortgage rates, the U.S. homeownership rate is stuck near a 50-year low because of a perverse mix of affordability challenges, student loan debt, tight credit conditions and housing supply shortages

DOE Announces $28 Million for Advanced Energy Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the availability of approximately $28 million for cost-shared research and development. Three new funding opportunities will advance technologies related to advanced combustion systems, advanced turbines, and gasification as part of the Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) Advanced Energy Systems program. Advanced energy conversion systems are designed to enable efficient, low-cost, and near-zero emission energy from existing and new fossil fuel power plants.
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Palo Alto Housing Breaks Ground on New Affordable Veterans and Workforce Housing in Mountain...

On June 12, 2017, City of Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg, Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Joseph Simitian, State Housing and Community Development Director Ben Metcalf, California Department of Veterans Affairs and other local leaders will celebrate the groundbreaking of Eagle Park Apartments, an affordable residential rental community being developed by Palo Alto Housing (PAH) in the center of Silicon Valley
Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Panel Reviews Cost Reductions in Emerging Energy Technologies

In what was easily the most anticipated hearing on Capitol Hill this morning, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, held an oversight hearing to consider cost trends in emerging energy technologies. Committee members heard from a variety of witnesses who detailed cost reductions in everything from oil and natural gas to renewables, energy storage, and alternative fuel vehicles

NREL-Led Research Effort Creates New Alloys, Phase Diagram

A multi-institutional team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a way to create new alloys that could form the basis of next-generation semiconductors.

High Cost of Rental Housing in the U.S. is Out of Reach for Millions

A new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing, reveals that on average a full-time worker in the U.S. must earn $21.21 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment and $17.14 to afford a one-bedroom apartment.  The report indicates that housing costs are “out of reach” for both for the average renter and for millions of low-wage workers, seniors and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes, and other low-income households

One Week Left to Submit an Abstract to Present at Building Innovation 2018

Potential presenters, there is only week left to submit an abstract to present at Building Innovation 2018: The National Institute of Building Sciences Sixth Annual Conference and Expo. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the industry’s only all-inclusive Conference where members of the entire building community come together to connect, collaborate and create solutions that benefit the built environment.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Norton Says Expected New Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy’s Record of Fairness to D.C. Home...

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today responded to the announcement that Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has been recommended by the Republican Steering Committee as the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR), which has jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, and that he is expected to be confirmed in that role by a vote of the full Republican Caucus next week. Norton said that if Representative Gowdy (R-SC) operates as OGR chairman as he has in the past, she believes he will respect D.C.’s right to govern itself without congressional interference in the city’s local affairs.
Natural Resources

Hearing Focuses on Bills to Protect Endangered Salmon, Empower Local Management on Federal Water...

The Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held a legislative hearing on two bills to lessen the costs of federal water and power infrastructure to American ratepayers.


The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International, in collaboration with other real estate industry groups and with support from a grant from software developer Yardi, has released a groundbreaking study on the costs and benefits of modernizing and extending the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction, commonly referred to as 179D after its U.S. Internal Revenue Code section number.


Contractors Struggle to Fill Jobs as Weekly Hours Reach Highest May Level Since Series Began in 2006; Association Officials Urge Greater Public-Sector Support for Career and Technical Education Programs

USDA Helps Expand Rural Broadband Infrastructure in Four States

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that USDA is awarding four loans to help provide broadband service in rural portions of California, Illinois, Iowa and Texas.

Mortgage Credit Availability Decreases in May

Mortgage credit availability decreased in May according to the Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI), a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) which analyzes data from Ellie Mae's AllRegs® Market Clarity® business information tool.

DCHFA Celebrates Homeownership Month with New Incentives for D.C. Home Buyers

June is National Homeownership Month and the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency is celebrating with three announcements from its Single Family Programs division as a part of the District wide June Housing Bloom. “Homeownership is the cornerstone of wealth accumulation. This month DCHFA is expanding the Agency’s homeownership resources and providing greater incentives for people to purchase a home in the District of Columbia,” stated Todd A. Lee, Executive Director, DCHFA.

U.S. Solar Market Adds 2 Gigawatts of PV in Q1 2017

Following rapid growth across the industry in 2016, the United States solar market added 2,044 megawatts of new capacity in the first quarter of 2017. As installations grow, prices continue to fall to new lows, with utility-scale system prices dropping below the $1 per watt barrier for the first time, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report.

Statement from Urban Land Institute Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips Reaffirming the...

The following is a statement from Urban Land Institute Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips reaffirming the Institute’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development as a component of thriving communities

United Not Blighted rally calls for Baltimore to invest in affordable housing, new jobs,...

Hundreds had gathered at the War Memorial building in Baltimore on a rainy Saturday afternoon. One by one, people rose from the crowd to share why they were fighting to build a city that is United Not Blighted. They described landlords who fail to maintain homes. Frequent evictions. Redevelopment that prices out current residents.
The White House

President Donald J Trump Works to Rebuild American Infrastructure

“Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land.” – President Donald J. Trump



SG Property Services Adds Two Medical Buildings to Portfolio

Property Services, an Atlanta-based real estate firm with a focus on healthcare and professional office development, has acquired Johns Creek Medical and The Swan Building for a combined $11.9 million. The two properties, located at 6918 McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek and 4165 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta, total 55,664 square feet.