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2017 HUD Housing, Community Design Award Winners Named

HUD and the American Institute of Architects have named three model housing developments in California, Missouri, and Washington State as the recipients of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Housing and Community Design Award. Each of these developments is recognized for excellence in affordable or accessible housing design.

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Winners Named in HUD’s Affordable Housing Design Competition

This year’s real-life scenario required competitors to produce recommendations that address social, economic, environmental, and construction issues in redeveloping Woodhill Homes, a 478-unit multifamily property owned and operated by the Cuyahoga MHA.

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Two Small Businesses Among This Year’s Baldrige Award Winners

Two small businesses – Don Chalmers Ford in New Mexico and Momentum Group in California – have been named winners of the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for sustainable excellence through visionary leadership, organizational alignment, systemic improvement and innovation.

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Innovative Historic Building Rehab Projects Honored

A closed textile mill renovated into affordable housing, a WWII Officers Club converted into veteran housing, and a vacant warehouse transformed into vibrant affordable artist housing are among the projects named as winners of the J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation by the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA).

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Commerce Secretary Names 2016 Market Development Winners

Nonprofit groups compete for a limited number of MDCP awards by proposing innovative projects that generate exports that create or support U.S. jobs. Awardees pledge to pay a minimum of two-thirds of the project cost and to continue the program after the MDCP award period ends.

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Building Owners Should Take a Look at This ‘Custom House’

Want to see a great example of how it’s possible to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary? If you’re a building owner, you probably know it’s not always easy to backfill vacant space or help potential clients understand what unfinished office space could look like.

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Business Leadership Network Unveils 2016 DEI Survey Results

The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) -- an Office of Disability Employment Policy Alliance member, as well as a member of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) -- has announced the results of its 2016 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey.

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HUD Names Winners of 2016 Housing and Community Design Awards

Four model housing developments in California, Illinois, Texas and Washington State are the recipients of the 2016 HUD Secretary’s Housing and Community Design Awards. Each of the developments is recognized for excellence in affordable or accessible housing design.

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Minority/Woman-Owned Firm Wraps Major SC Renovation Project

CARBRA Construction and Design Inc., a minority- and woman-owned general contracting company, recently completed the successful renovation of a new establishment in Columbia, SC’s bustling downtown entertainment district, the Vista. In addition to CARBRA, three other minority-owned businesses provided services for the project, bringing the minority participation rate to more than 50 percent.

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‘Innovation in Affordable Housing’ Student Winners Named

The Department of Housing and Urban Development names a graduate student team from the University of Texas at Austin as winners of HUD’s third annual “Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition.” The Austin team was one of the four team finalists to develop a plan to redevelop the public housing project Monteria Village in Santa Barbara, CA.

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