Colorado State Government and Public Real Estate News

The House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan energy efficiency bill that includes legislation previously introduced by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to boost the use of energy efficient technology by tenants in commercial buildings.
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) took federal land management agencies to task for continued administrative attempts to take private water rights without compensation and interfere with users’ access to their private property rights. During an oversight hearing in the House Natural Resources Water, Power and Oceans Subcommittee, Tipton stressed that until a legislative solution is passed water users will continue to face federal water grabs
The House passed by a vote of 263 to 162 H.R. 650, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act of 2015, a bill to protect the availability of financing for affordable manufactured housing sponsored by Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released guidelines in 2013 that went into effect last year to expand the range of loan products considered to be “high-cost” under the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act. H.R. 650 makes two changes to these regulations.
University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced the appointment of Lori Bergen, dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as dean of the new College of Media, Communication and Information. Bergen will begin her duties as dean on July 20, 2015
For the fourth time in two years, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office has successfully sued an air-duct cleaning company for false advertising. A consent judgement was obtained against 212 Home Inc
The ConAm Group (ConAm), has acquired PeakView Place, a 296-unit apartment community in the Denver, Colorado market. PeakView Place is in the City of Englewood, which is within the heart of Denver’s largest employment center, the 850-acre Denver Technological Center (DTC).
A new series of fact sheets issued by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) provides energy efficiency program managers with a visual snapshot of new building and renovation activity in the $11.3 billion regional commercial construction industry, broken down by each of six southwest states and the region overall
The Senate passed an energy efficiency bill yesterday that includes a bipartisan bill introduced by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet to boost the use of energy efficient technology by tenants in commercial buildings. Bennet originally introduced the bill with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in 2013
Gov. John Hickenlooper and Kevin Patterson, interim executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), today announced $34,240,176 in competitive grants has been awarded to 40 projects throughout Colorado through the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund grant program. Projects address key public improvements ranging from public facilities to water and wastewater systems in communities statewide.
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced an amendment to the Senate's budget proposal that instructs Congress to extend expired and expiring tax credits for renewable energy. The tax credits should be extended for a reasonable period of time as a bridge until Congress completes its work on tax reform
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) joined with a bipartisan group of his House colleagues to urge House leadership to prioritize funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, and to work toward a long-term, sustainable solution for the vital program on which rural counties rely to provide essential services. Tipton also sent a letter to House appropriators this week requesting full funding for PILT in FY 2016 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations.
At a hearing this morning of the House Veterans Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora), Democrats on the subcommittee joined Rep. Coffman’s call to fire the VA from building any future hospitals.
The FEMA temporary housing mission serving Colorado came to a close March 14, 2015. In the aftermath of the 2013 Colorado flooding, FEMA brought in more than 50 manufactured homes to areas where a severe housing shortage was identified. In the past month, the final few remaining households have been moving out of the FEMA units.
Gov. John Hickenlooper joined the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Rick Garcia, and other nonprofits, mental health centers, and housing authorities today to celebrate the announcement of a $7.6 million award to the Colorado Division of Housing from HUD. The award is designed to provide rental vouchers for up to 411 vulnerable individuals.
Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) joined with a number of his bipartisan House colleagues to urge House leaders to work with them to pass a multi-year transportation infrastructure reauthorization bill.
Tipton: FHA Practices Pose Risk to Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – February 12, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) –Today, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) questioned Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro during a House Committee on Financial Services oversight hearing to examine the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) precarious financial state. more »

 
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