About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Home / Daily Dose / Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana 2014-11-21 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Sign up for DS News Daily Print This Post November 21, 2014 768 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced on Friday that two of the state’s municipalities were recipients of a combined total of approximately $2.9 million in awards from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP).In what was the second out of six rounds of funding for the BEP, the city of Fort Wayne and the town of Arcadia were the successful applicants for the funds to help eliminate blighted, vacant, and abandoned homes in their respective communities in an effort to decrease foreclosures in the areas.”The Blight Elimination Program is allowing communities throughout Indiana to address long-standing problems with blighted and abandoned homes,” Ellspermann said. “This second round of funding provides an even larger impact, providing communities with an opportunity to obtain and remove structures that would otherwise continue to negatively impact neighborhoods.”Fort Wayne received $2.8 million of the money recently awarded in order to acquire, demolish, and facilitate an end use for 122 blighted, abandoned residential properties. City officials in Fort Wayne believe the demolition of the blighted properties will facilitate investment and growth as well as prevent avoidable foreclosures. Arcadia received $18,000 for the acquisition, demolition, and end use of one abandoned, blighted property located on Main Street in Arcadia.”Cities across Indiana have been struggling with the damaging effects caused by vacant and blighted properties and will soon see the benefits of these federal funds,” said Sarah Bloom Raskin, Treasury Deputy Secretary. “Removing blighted properties is important in the fight to reduce foreclosures and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the State of Indiana to help stabilize hardest hit communities.”Ellspermann announced the BEP for Indiana in February 2014. In the first round of funding in May, successful applicants to receive a combined total of approximately $15 million in funding were East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis, and Lawrence. The U.S. Department of Treasury approved the use of $75 million for the BEP to help eliminate blight, drawn from the $221.7 million allocated to Indiana for the Hardest Hit Fund. Previous: Economic Forecast Exceeds October Predictions Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 11/24/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe
Leading figures from across the baking industry are being invited to join a representative steering group to push forward plans for a new National Skills Academy for Bakery, following a successful skills summit at the Baking Industry Exhibition last week.Justine Fosh, director of the National Skills Academy, told the One Voice for Training conference that between five and 10 bakery employers from craft, plant and the major retailers are being sought to thrash out a common path for the sector over the next two weeks. The steering group’s remit will cover training and qualification needs, long-term funding and identifying a training provider as a hub or ’champion’ of the academy, alongside other skills providers.The National Skills Academy was launched in August 2007, in a bid to support the government’s 2006 Leitch Report on skills, which threatens levies on emp-loyers if progress towards mee- ting training needs is not made.Delivering John Renshaw’s keynote conference paper in absentia, British Bakels’ MD Paul Morrow urged a unified industry-wide stance on upping skills levels. He said: “The creation of skills academies is the main opportunity for employers to grasp the agenda and demand the kind of training and skills development we feel we need in our businesses, so that no longer is our business growth restricted by skills gaps.”Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees general secretary Matthew May said maintaining the momentum would be critical to establishing the academy: “What it cannot turn into is a talking shop. If the industry agrees that is what needs to happen, we need to make it happen, and it’s a long-term commitment.”To get involved in shaping the future of bakery training, contact Justine Fosh, tel: 0845 644 0558 or email [email protected] foodanddrink.nsacademy.co.uk
(REUTERS) – Europe’s Lee Westwood believes Tiger Woods could have an adverse effect on America’s Ryder Cup chances after the 14-time major winner was named as a vice-captain on the U.S. team.Woods has not played competitive golf since the Wyndham championship in August 2015, and has been sidelined for much of the past year while recovering from multiple back surgeries.The former world number one was recruited by U.S. captain Davis Love III as a team tactician for next week’s event but Westwood, a wildcard pick for Europe, said he was not convinced Woods’ presence would have the desired impact.“I don’t know what impact there will be from having Tiger around,” Westwood told ESPN.com.“They have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that’s been successful. He could have an adverse effect in the team room. People have always seemed to try to do too much when they have partnered him.“It might be different if he’s one of the vice-captains, you don’t know.”Europe, fielding six rookies in Minnesota, will be gunning for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory next week, and Westwood expects the pressure to be firmly on the hosts to deliver.“They have got a strong side and probably are favorites, but they haven’t won it for a while and they are playing in front of a home crowd.“There is a lot of pressure on them. That is going to keep building in the next week or so and by the time the Ryder Cup comes around, it is going to be pretty intense for them.”Love will announce his final wildcard pick on September 25 and Westwood, making his 10th consecutive Ryder Cup appearance questioned the American captain’s omission of one former major winner.“There seem to have been issues about team spirit and chemistry. Love has not picked Bubba Watson and I don’t know what that does for team spirit; he was first outside the points qualification and is No. 7 in the world.”The Ryder Cup begins at the Hazeltine National Golf Club on September 30.
AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari is looking forward to another impressive performance against Barcelona in the Champions League.The Ghana international put in an assured performance in midfield for the Rossoneri in their 2-1 win over Parma on Friday.The 28-year-old appears to have regained full fitness from a serious knee injury after coming through 90 minutes of football unscathed.The injury sustained last summer kept him out of Ghana’s team for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.But the now fit again Muntari is now looking to build upon his performance with an eye on Wednesday’s Champions League game against the Spanish giants.“Looking forward to training this morning after a great game on Friday,” he said.“Feels great to be back out there for the full 90 minutes and working hard for the team.“Big game against Barca in 2 days.”
Facebook2Tweet0Pin0Olympia/Thurston County, WA – Intercity Transit recently received a top honor for its green business practices as part of the fifth annual Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Green Business Designation Program.Intercity Transit won in the large business category, sharing the honor with O Bee Credit Union. The transit agency was recognized for meeting requirements in multiple categories including: waste reduction; transportation and commute trip reduction; water conservation; energy efficiency; pollution prevention; and buying/selling green. The award is based on efforts made prior to March 9, 2012. Intercity Transit has participated in the Green Business Designation Program every year since the program’s inception in 2007. This is the first time they have received the highest honor in their size category. More than 40 businesses received designations this year – the most in the program’s history. Top honorees are selected in small, medium, and large-business categories.The Thurston Green Business honor falls directly after Intercity Transit received the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Gold-level award for their significant efforts in support of the public transportation industry’s Sustainability Commitment. Intercity Transit, along with Sound Transit, is the first in the nation to receive this high honor.Intercity Transit has a history of practicing sustainability and places a strong emphasis on integrating sustainable practices into its organizational culture. The agency’s sustainability activities include: establishing a Sustainability Committee; implementing programs that reduce staff drive-alone commuting; expanding its recycling and conservation program; implementing anti-idling and operator training initiatives that reduce fuel use; and introducing the first hybrid, diesel-electric buses in the South Sound region. Intercity Transit was among the very first transit agencies in the nation to power its entire bus fleet with an eco-friendly biodiesel (B20) blend over a decade ago.Intercity Transit’s sustainability work relies on analysis and tracking of environmental metrics. Between 2007 and 2010, the agency’s initiatives saved 2700 metric tons of harmful CO2 emissions. In recent years, Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts have:• Cut the agency’s total waste output by 5,480 pounds, a 4.8 percent reduction;• Cut total water us by 500,000 gallons, a 5.5 percent reduction;• Reduced Energy use per bus trip by 8 percent;• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per bus trip by 5.4 percent; and• Increased ridership by 1.2 million boardings, a 31.9 percent increase.For more information about Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts, visit www.intercitytransit.com or call 360-705-5842. To learn more about Thurston Chamber’s Green Business program, visit www.thurstonchamber.com.