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Housing & Development

DELEG Announces Green Lodging Certification for Sunburst Inn Facility Earns Partner Certification

July 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The Sunburst Inn, located in Ludington, has earned Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) Partner certification from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG). Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) encourages hotels, resorts, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities to implement environmental initiatives and cost-saving "green" practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality, reduce waste, and participate in environmentally preferred purchasing.

Macomb, Oakland Receive $7.6 Million for Weatherization Assistance

Recovery Act Funds Will Provide Weatherization Assistance for Homeowners. Washington D.C. - July 7, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — The US Department of Energy released $288 million in weatherization assistance funds today, including $97.3 million for Michigan. Macomb County received $3.2 million and Oakland County received $4.4 million. The counties previously received funds for training and ramp-up activities, and will be eligible for additional funds ($4 million for Macomb and $5.5 million for Oakland) after the state meets reporting guidelines. The funding, to be administered by Macomb County Community Services Agency and Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency respectively, will provide home energy audits and weatherization improvements to local eligible homeowners.

Levin, Stabenow Hail $2 Million for Detroit Community Development

WASHINGTON, DC - June 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today hailed news that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded $2 million to Communicating Arts Credit Union in Detroit through the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund. The funding will be used to expand lending and services in the Highland Park community.

Obama Administration Announces More Than $32 Million for Energy Projects Michigan

Funding Will Speed Adoption of Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies. Battle Creek, MI - June 22, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $32 million in Recovery Act funding to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Michigan. Under DOE’s State Energy Program, states have proposed statewide plans that prioritize energy savings, create or retain jobs, increase the use of renewable energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative is part of the Obama Administration’s national strategy to support job growth, while making a historic down payment on clean energy

FHA Issues Condo Project Approval Guidance

June 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — New regulatory guidance designed to streamline the Federal Housing Administration’s approval process for condominiums nationwide is expected to have an immediate impact in the state of Michigan, where single-family projects are frequently developed under a condominium structure, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).While most of the new rules announced on June 12 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will not take effect until October 1, a provision that eliminates the need for FHA approval of “site condominiums” that are prevalent in Michigan, but may also exist in other states, will take effect immediately, opening the door for thousands of home buyers to use low-downpayment FHA financing to purchase new single-family homes

Cherry Says Recovery Act is Creating Jobs, Rebuilding Infrastructure in Michigan

In radio address, lieutenant governor says improving transportation infrastructure crucial to growing Michigan economy. LANSING, MI - June 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Lt. Governor John D. Cherry Jr. said today's groundbreaking for a project to widen I-94 in Kalamazoo County illustrates the real and positive impact that the federal Recovery Act is having on Michigan. Cherry made his remarks in delivering this week's radio address on behalf of Governor Granholm.

Vice President Biden concludes “Road to Recovery” tour with Michigan groundbreaking

WASHINGTON D.C. - June 12, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Vice President Biden concluded a two-day, three-state "Road to Recovery" tour with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the I-94 widening and Westnedge Avenue interchange reconstruction project. The Vice President and Secretary LaHood were joined by Governor Jennifer Granholm and United States Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow.

Legislature approves SMC renovation and expansion plans

LANSING, MI - June 4, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Southwestern Michigan College is one step closer to renovating its Kairis Technology Building today after the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee approved the planning documents, announced Sen. Ron Jelinek and Reps. Sharon Tyler and Matt Lori.

STATE OF MICHIGAN TO BREAK GROUND IN TAYLOR

TAYLOR, MI - May 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — ProVisions, LLC and the State of Michigan will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. on June 2, 2009 to announce the Taylor Business Center as the Michigan Department of Human Services' new office facility. The ceremony will take place at the Taylor Business Center's location at 25637 Ecorse Road in Taylor, Michigan. The event's speakers include Ismael Ahmed, State of Michigan Director of the Department of Human Services, and Murray D. Wikol - ProVisions, LLC President and CEO.

Levin, Stabenow Announce Second Infusion of $15 Million for Detroit Metro Airport

WASHINGTON, DC - May 21, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced today the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $15 million to the Wayne County Airport Authority through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funding will be used to rehabilitate a runway at Detroit Metropolitan International Airport. This funding is in addition to the $15 million announced on May 13 for the rehabilitation of runway 9R/27L

Governor Granholm, MSHDA Announce Over $7.5 Million for 15 Michigan Entitlement Cities Two additional...

LANSING, MI - April 30, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Governor Jennifer M. Granholm together with Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Keith Molin today announced over $7.5 million in grants to be distributed to 15 cities across the state through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The grants are the first round of NSP funding in Michigan that could total as much as $22 million over the next six to nine months. This initial funding will support the redevelopment of 116 residential units and the demolition of 276 blighted units throughout the state.

DELEG Announces Green Lodging Certification for Grand Hotel Facility Earns Partner Certification

April 29, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Grand Hotel, located on Mackinac Island, has earned Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) Partner certification from the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG). Grand Hotel is eligible for Leader certification (the highest possible level) pending a site visit which will be conducted once the hotel opens for the 2009 season.

Earth Day Ceremony: LEED Gold-Certified Building Ribbon Cutting Offers Renewable Energy On-Site

BAY CITY, MICHIGAN - April 15, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will welcome the Michigan Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) and the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) to their new location at the Bay City Business Center (www.baycitybusinesscenter.com), a building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Murray D. Wikol – President and CEO of ProVisions, LLC, the facility’s developer and owner – will host this ceremony at 2 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22, at 401 Ketchum Street.

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm and Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Award Federal...

April 02, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) Director Stanley "Skip" Pruss today announced that five Michigan builders have been awarded federal grants from the Energy Star Home Grant Program to construct energy-efficient houses. "As the demand for energy efficiency in home building goes up, so too, does the demand for the technologies and products that are critical to Michigan's new energy economy and the jobs that come along with it," said Granholm.

News Advisory – DELEG to Present Builders with Federal Energy Star Home Grants On...

April 01, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Deputy Director Liesl Eichler Clark will present Energy Star Home Grants of $5,000 to five builders from across the state at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1 at Urban Options in East Lansing.

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