Alliance Proposes Updating Electricity Pricing To Enable Transition To Modern Grid

The transition to a modern electrical grid that is reliable, decarbonized and efficient will require changes in the pricing structures used by electric utilities – including moving beyond a traditional two-part rate – the Alliance to Save Energy says in a new white paper released Wednesday


Construction employment increased in 269 out of 358 metro areas between December 2016 and December 2017, declined in 43 and stagnated in 46, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said new infrastructure funding would help ensure firms continue to expand their headcount in 2018

Hundreds of Organizations Call on Congress to Pass Disaster Recovery Legislation

More than 340 national, state, and local members of the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC) issued a letter to Congress urging the immediate passage of a robust disaster relief bill that includes basic safeguards and housing resources to help low income seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and other vulnerable populations recover and rebuild after the 2017 hurricanes and wildfires

Most Renters Want to Own a Home; Lifestyle Changes Are Top Motivation to Buy

Despite weakening optimism from non-homeowners at the end of last year that now is a good time to buy, an overwhelming majority said they do want to own a home in the future and believe homeownership is part of their American Dream.
Center for American Progress

New Polling Shows Large Majorities of Americans Oppose Congressional Republicans’ So-Called ‘Welfare Reform’

Large majorities of Americans across demographic and partisan lines overwhelmingly reject congressional proposals to cut Medicaid, nutrition assistance, affordable housing, and other programs essential for helping provide basic living standards for low-income families, according to new polling from the Center for American Progress and GBA Strategies.

Draft Bill Includes Provisions that Would Increase Rent & Impose Work Requirements on Millions...

The Trump administration is seeking to impose work requirements and rent increases on millions of low income families who receive federal housing assistance, according to draft legislation authored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The proposal would leave even more low income people—including seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, children, and other vulnerable populations—without a stable home, making it harder for them to climb the economic ladder to achieve financial security and live with dignity
EIA’s AEO2018

Robust energy production growth coupled with relatively flat U.S. demand support net energy exports...

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released today its Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018), which includes its Reference case and a number of sensitivity cases. The AEO2018 Reference case shows continued development of the U.S. shale and tight oil and gas resources paired with modest energy consumption growth, leading to the transition of the United States from a net energy importer to a net energy exporter across most cases examined in AEO2018. "The United States energy system continues to undergo an incredible transformation," said EIA Administrator Linda Capuano.

Housing Market Makes Modest Gains Even as Permits Slip

Overall housing and economic activity in metro markets across the nation remained on a gradual, upward trend in the fourth quarter of 2017 even as permit activity remained a stubbornly lagging indicator, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Leading Markets Index (LMI) released today.

Rose Center Advising Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on Advancing a Shared Vision for Shockoe...

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney to advise the city on synthesizing and implementing a shared vision for Shockoe Bottom.
Center for American Progress

Election Security in 50 States: Defending America’s Elections

In 2016, Russia sought to breach the U.S. elections, including attempting to hack into many states’ election systems. More than a year later, despite many states taking proactive measures, U.S. election infrastructure remains vulnerable to attacks.


Construction spending increased for a fifth consecutive month in December as private residential and nonresidential investment for the year topped 2016 totals, while declining infrastructure spending dragged down public-sector outlays, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America.

MBA Statement on S. 2361, The Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion (HOME) Act

David H. Stevens, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), released the following statement, and sent a letter of support, commending the introduction of S. 2361, the Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion (HOME) Act, which amends the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to restore membership for those captive insurance subsidiaries that were removed from the Federal

Energy Efficiency Leaders To Gather For EE Global Forum In Copenhagen

The Alliance to Save Energy will convene the 11th annual Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) – the premier international energy efficiency conference – in Copenhagen May 21-22, 2018, the organization announced Friday.

The National Fair Housing Alliance Condemns the Trump Administration’s Decision to Strip Fair Lending...

Shanna L. Smith, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, issued the following statement concerning the Trump Administration’s decision to remove enforcement powers from the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending.

Senate Housing Finance Proposal Threatens Access, Affordability, and Market Stability

This week, a leaked version of a housing finance proposal from U.S. Senators Bob Corker (TN) and Mark Warner (VA) emerged that would severely harm America’s housing market. Today, several civil rights and affordable housing groups issued a statement on the proposal’s negative impact on access, affordability, and market stability.

Business Real Estate Press Releases

Kamran Charmsaz

Kamran Charmsaz Becomes Shareholder of KTGY Architecture + Planning

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce the addition of Kamran Charmsaz, CSI, CCCA, LEED AP, as a shareholder. Charmsaz, formerly an associate principal with KTGY, was also named a principal. Charmsaz is based in the firm’s Tysons, Virginia office and joins other KTGY Tysons shareholders: Rohit Anand, AIA, NCARB, principal; and Smita Anand, AIA, principal

Recent Gov & Nonprofit Real Estate Press Releases


Mortgage Applications Decrease in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

Mortgage applications decreased 4.1 percent from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending February 9, 2018. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 4.1 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.