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2017 Robert W. Davenport Community Development Leadership Award

On October 25, 2017, Tracey Nichols will receive the 2017 Robert W. Davenport Community Development Leadership Award at the NDC Academy, a biennial gathering of the National Development Council in Washington, D.C. The award honors an individual for leadership in the field of economic development.

This year’s Academy, titled “Rethinking How We Invest: Homes, Jobs and Communities in 2017 and Beyond,” will focus on four tracks: Investing in Small Businesses, Innovating Project Finance, Rebuilding Our Public Infrastructure and Building Affordable Housing. Ms. Nichols will serve on a panel titled “Leveraging Your CDBG Dollars for Economic Development” during the Innovating Project Finance track. Her presentation, “Using HUD 108 for Job Creation and Economic Inclusion,” will provide a clear explanation of how to use these funds, along with examples of projects and potential pitfalls. Click here to view presentation.

Ms. Nichols has 33 years of community and economic development experience, most recently as the director of economic development for the city of Cleveland from 2008-2017. She joined PMC in February 2017 and specializes in assisting businesses with incentives to help them grow and create jobs, working with municipalities and nonprofit organizations on strategy, and assisting with real estate development expertise. She works with banks, nonprofits and municipalities to develop funds designed to provide targeted funding to attract neighborhood jobs and investment. She also works on appraisal gap issues.

Starting a New Chapter - Renovated & Expanded Cleveland Heights High School Provides Something For Everyone

We proudly serve the board and administration of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.  We are honored to be involved with a community that has the commitment and vision to provide modern facilities that meet the needs of today’s students and educators. Read more.

The Threat of a Government Shutdown and What Contractors Need to Know and Do Now

As we approach the end of the U.S. government’s fiscal year (September 30), you may have heard in the news that the government might experience a shutdown if Congress does not pass, and President Trump does not sign, the appropriations bills that are necessary to keep many government agencies open and running. So far the House has passed only a “minibus” spending bill that would provide funding for certain departments (Defense, Energy, Interior and Veterans Affairs), while the Senate has passed no appropriations bills, and President Trump has threatened to veto any spending bill that does not include funding for the controversial U.S.-Mexico “border wall.” Although threats of, and actual, government shutdowns are not new (with the last one occurring in 2013), and although not all contracts are affected by them (e.g., contracts for activities considered essential to the protection of life and property), government contractors should be planning and preparing now for potential stop work orders or terminations of their contracts. This article provides some tips and guidance that government contractors should consider and follow to lessen or avoid the potential impact of a pause in government funding.

New OSHA Regulations on Construction Exposure to Crystalline Silica

Beginning on September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will significantly reduce the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica during work at construction projects from 250 to 50 µg/m3 (micrograms of silica per cubic meter of air), averaged over an eight-hour day. This new PEL applies to all occupational exposures to respirable silica in construction work, except where employee exposure will remain below 25 µg/m3. Read more.

Hilton Cleveland Downtown – New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year

PMC is proud to have served as owner’s representative for the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on behalf of the County of Cuyahoga. The project received the honor of New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year this week at Hilton’s 2016 Development Awards.

PMC Convention Center Hotel Project Tops Out

PMC is serving as owner’s representative for this fast-tracked, 330-key convention center hotel that recently celebrated it’s topping out on June 1, 2017. PMC has assisted with the following: 

  • Selection of design team
  • Selection of hotel operator
  • Budget
  • Schedule
  • Design and construction issues

The hotel is scheduled to open March 2018. Read more

Trending Exception to the Exclusion: Finding a Subcontractor’s Defect Isn’t “Your Work”

Most contractors’ Commercial General Liability (CGL) policies are based on the post-1986 Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) standard form policies that include a “Your Work” exclusion that precludes coverage for property damage to work or operations performed by a contractor or on the contractor’s behalf. However, the “Your Work” exclusion includes an express exception that states that the exclusion does not apply if the damages arise out of work performed on the contractor’s behalf by a subcontractor. Despite this express exception, most courts have historically interpreted these CGL policies to exclude coverage for property damage caused by defective work of subcontractors based on a determination that such defective subcontractor work did not constitute “property damage” arising from an “occurrence” under the policies and, accordingly, there was no initial grant of coverage. In determining that there was no initial grant of coverage, most courts did not perform a detailed analysis of the language of the “Your Work” exclusion or its exceptions. Read more.

Up-Close Encounters – Cleveland Museum of Natural History Enhances Guest Experience With New Wildlife Center

PMC is proud to have served as owner’s representative for the Perkins Wildlife Center at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Read more.

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