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California Black Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Minority Contractors / Northern California Chapter Partner to Build Advocacy for M/WBE Construction Trades

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The new year is off to an industrious start with Jay King, CEO and President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC), announcing a statewide partnership with the National Association of Minority Contractors, Northern California (NAMCNC), under the direction of its Northern California Chapter President, Pete Varma. The two organizations intend to spearhead a plan to direct support, education and contracting opportunities to Minority/Women Business Enterprises construction trades throughout California.

Together both CBCC and NAMCNC will act as catalysts, building relationships between corporations seeking subcontracting opportunities and underrepresented small businesses. The CBCC is the largest African American non-profit business organization, representing hundreds of businesses, affiliates and Chambers of Commerce in California while the NAMC is the oldest minority construction trade association in the United States.

The construction industry workforce in the United States is made up of over 25 million Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) employees. The representation of BIPOC in critical roles has never been more crucial. While there are some corporations that are actively promoting inclusion and diversity in the awarding of work contracts, many are not, due to the inability to properly target these candidates. Both King and Varma hope to mitigate this disproportioned workforce by stimulating a productive environment of inclusive hiring-tactics, targeted training programs, and by forming partnerships with owners, developers and prime contractors.

"This last year has been a tumultuous one for the building and construction trades. Within this key industry group, no one has felt the crippling effects of the pandemic more than minorities, women, the disabled veteran-owned and especially the Black-owned construction trades," expressed Pete Varma, NAMCNC President. "As a result, this segment has faced additional roadblocks when it comes to talent acquisition, strategic partnerships and the opportunity to effectively scale their construction business."

"Recognizing this, NAMCNC has developed a Pre-Apprentice Construction Labor-Ready program. NAMCNC is filling the gap of labor shortage by educating and training young men and women from underserved communities, foster youth, high schools/ adult schools and others. Coupled with our Contractor Readiness program, which includes financing, bonding, and growth strategy, we are priming our members for success. NAMCNC is enthusiastic about our constituents and works towards creating a more representative and equitable workforce. Our alliance with the CBCC positions us to be even more of service," cites Varma.

NAMC is made of more than 50 Hall of Fame legacy contractors and builders, with a combined annual project capacity of over a billion dollars nationally. As a leading voice for minority trade workers, NAMC also provides assistance/guidance to undocumented workers in the construction industry. Corporations, owners, developers, city, county and federal agencies all must change their policies to ensure the growth and opportunity for the under-represented contractor workforce. CBCC and NAMCNC are focused on influencing the legislation of each local municipality, so that they are more encouraging and focused on minorities, disabled veterans and women-owned businesses, all while, improving the culture of the construction industry they effect.

"Our economy is being rebuilt after a year of unrelenting devastation, from the pandemic and the many protests that have taken place throughout the Trump Presidency. But we don't want to focus on the divide, we want to build the bridge of coming together," cites CBCC CEO and President, Jay King. "With 95% of our (African American) businesses existing as one employee, financial literacy is the chamber's foundational mission alongside of ensuring that our small and micro business owners are included in the rebuilding process of our communities and economies."

"Pete and I will mobilize all key opportunities to represent on behalf of these entities, to ensure they are not overlooked and partner them with other sole proprietors from all of the other disadvantaged groups who have similar issues, so that we can create a culture of allies, not adversaries, and comrades instead of competitors," King continues. "This we believe will be the beginning of a conversation that should be had across America in every business sector in the country. We want to be inclusive of all Americans so we can make 'America Great for Once.'"

Pete Varma serves as President of National Association of Minority Contractors Northern California Chapter, Vice President of Nokatu Construction (an America Indian General Contractor firm) and President of Intraline, Inc. Varma serves on Caltrans Statewide Small Business Council, Standing Committee, emphasis: Small Business (SB), the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) and Chair for Caltrans Statewide Small Business Council-Construction Committee and member of African American DBE Participation Committee for the California Department of Transportation. He also serves and advocates on behalf of Minority, Women and Disabled Construction Trades to the California High Speed Rail and to the BART Small Business Advisory Council. Varma's development teams are made up of local talent that utilize community-based resources. Varma has devoted over 30 years to construction management services, allowing all motivated members of each community an opportunity to affect its growth.

Jay King was elected president of the California Black Chamber of Commerce in June of 2019, working tirelessly as an advocate for African American small business owners. His community involvement includes sitting on the Cal Trans Small Business Council, Chairman of the African American DBE, Participation Committee for the California Department of Transportation, as well as holding seats on the Small Business Council for the Department of General Services (DGS) and the California High Speed Rail project. Other organizations include Commissioner on the Sacramento Police Commission, organizer of the North Sacramento Leadership Council, and founder and spokesperson for the Greater Sacramento Financial Literacy Group.

Both Jay King and Pete Varma are encouraging corporations and contractors alike to reach out to them for additional information. Contact the California Black Chamber of Commerce ( https://www.calbcc.org/home ) via email at cbcc@calbcc.org or at 916-467-8878. Contact the National Association of Minority Contractors, Northern California Chapter ( http://www.namcnc.org/ ) at info@namcnc.org or at (877) 791-1630.

Related link: https://www.calbcc.org/

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EPIC Adds Allen Baker as Senior Risk Consultant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that Allen Baker has joined its National Energy Construction Team as a Senior Risk Consultant. Baker will be based in Birmingham, Alabama. The addition of Baker positions the Energy Construction team to continue to strategically focus on growing market share in key verticals.

Baker brings 15 years of experience advising clients with complex risk on insurance and risk management concerns. Prior to joining EPIC, Baker was a senior vice president with Valent Group. Focus and dedication to clients has propelled Baker's substantial growth, and established him as a foundational player in the insurance brokerage market.

"We are fortunate to welcome Allen to our growing team. His deep knowledge and expertise will be of immediate benefit to our clients and our organization," said Brian Tanner, Managing Principal, EPIC Birmingham office.

Adam Meyerowitz, President, Midwest & Southeast Regions, commented, "We are pleased to welcome Allen to our Birmingham office. His addition furthers our strategy to accelerate our growth in the Southeast Region by partnering with stellar professionals."

Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts from Valdosta State University. He also holds a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS) designation. Baker is actively involved with Ronald McDonald House Charities and is on the Mountain Brook Athletics' Board of Directors.

Allen Baker
allen.baker@epicbrokers.com
205.581.3343

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

For more information on EPIC, visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Current Builders Announces 5201 Congress Groundbreaking

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Current Builders (www.currentbuilders.com) is preparing to break-ground on their latest project in Boca Raton. The 5201 Building is an eight-story structure with 284 units and an 827-space, six-level parking garage. The project's development team is PG Mainstreet NCC 5201 Apartments, LLC, which is a collaboration between two seasoned South Florida developers comprised of Robert Mathias and father/ son duo Paul and Brian Kilgallon.

The market rate rental is the seventh project Current Builders has collaborated on with Mainstreet Capital Partners and RLC Architects. Over the course of more than a decade, the three firms have partnered on projects of all sizes and scopes, crossing commercial and residential markets with a construction value of more than $100 million.

"We are looking forward to getting started on this exciting new project," said Michael C. Taylor, CEO & President. "We are honored to once again be working with the outstanding team members at Mainstreet Capital Partners and RLC Architects. During the past ten years, we have developed a tremendous synergy with these industry leaders, and together we have created a comprehensive portfolio that has enhanced the South Florida landscape."

This is Current Builders' second project with Robert Mathias, President of New Century Companies; the firms partnered most recently on The Lumin, which was sold to Bell Partners Inc. for $56.5 million in fourth quarter 2020. Mathias is a seasoned developer in the South Florida region credited with more than $600 million of residential and commercial product including 4 West Las Olas, Cade, Caspian Delray, Franklin at Delray Beach, The Heritage Club Delray and Royal Poinciana Townhomes.

The 5201 Building will be located at The Park at Broken Sound, which was developed as a business park but has expanded to include multifamily housing. The amenity-rich 5201 project will include a large clubhouse, a fitness room, a yoga room, a business center, a pet grooming room and an interior courtyard with a pool.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for February 2021 with an estimated 18-month delivery schedule. The project team is being led by Ryan Kelley, Current Builders' Partner and Vice President of Construction. Kelley will be joined by the same team that recently completed the Aura Boca project at the corner of Yamato Road and Congress Avenue; directly east of the 5201 project.

Current Builders is an award-winning general contractor, established in 1972 with average annual revenues of $250 Million. Current Builders specializes in multi-family residential projects, healthcare facilities, office/warehouse buildings, commercial distribution facilities, parking garages, interior build-outs, interior and exterior renovations, all included as turnkey projects inclusive of the construction of the buildings and related site work.

Learn more: https://www.currentbuilders.com/

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Co-Living, Perhaps Model of the Future

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Square and Lot, an innovative owner and developer of premium-quality, mixed-use properties in the Washington-metropolitan area, brings an inventive co-living option to Capitol Hill.

In January of 2020, Square and Lot broke ground on the construction of Viva, a 47-room co-living apartment building in Capitol Hill that encompasses 19,000 square feet. Then something happened: two months into construction, COVID arrived and disrupted how individuals live their daily lives. The outlook on co-living quickly evolved and so did Square and Lot. One of their key principles is remaining both malleable and creative to be able to strategically adjust to market conditions and fluctuations. The demand to adapt housing to the shifting world was imminent.

Square and Lot took major steps: outdoor spaces became even more critical and they hired landscape architect Joseph Richardson to transform the rear of their co-living building into a beautiful outdoor oasis with a comfortable living area and kitchen.

They invested to strengthen air quality: they upgraded the HVAC with a whole house HEPA (*Note 1), a mechanical air filter that traps 99% of harmful particles it encounters. Truthfully, being in a co-living apartment building with HEPA and UV light filtrations offers one of the safest living environments one could live in. Square and Lot designed the co-living beds to have dedicated bathrooms.

With 95% of the bedrooms having an en-suite bathroom, Viva boasts limited shared common elements. Square and Lot's organizational priority of building the healthiest and safest housing can additionally be recognized in their selection of fixtures. Flat surface cabinets were chosen to allow for easier cleaning, more refrigeration was added to limit common areas and even electronic locks were added to allow hands-free entry, preventing any spread.

Viva is a new development that takes living in the post-covid world extremely seriously. Leasing for Viva at 331 15th St. NE starts this month in February. The property will be managed by Vie Management, a real estate investment company that represents the future of communal housing and creates unrivaled lifestyle experiences through innovation and a commitment to excellence.

About Square and Lot:

Square and Lot designed, restored and developed 100+ units in various neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Our asset class includes multi-family, for sale condominiums, affordable housing and co-living facilities. The principals, Amit Vora and Sima Tessema bring together several decades of entrepreneurship, real estate development and management experience.

Learn more: https://squareandlot.com/

Follow us on IG @ squareandlot

NOTES:

(1) High Efficiency Particulate Air

MEDIA CONTACTS

Square and Lot: info@squareandlot.com

Vie Management: Ashley Moss, Amoss@viemgmt.com

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The Sacramento SPCA Races to Complete The Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento SPCA announced today that they have reached more than 90% of their fundraising goal to finish construction of the Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center - and the non-profit organization is asking for community support to help cross the finish line.

Completion of the new 6,400 square foot animal hospital will increase the Sacramento SPCA's spay/neuter surgery capacity by 38% (to 23,000 annual surgeries), expand their low-cost vaccine and wellness clinics and help provide more animals entering the shelter with life-saving medical care.

The Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center was designed to help animals like Estelle.

When this four-week-old puppy and her littermates arrived at the Sacramento SPCA, they tested positive for Parvo, a highly contagious and often fatal disease. The shelter's medical team quickly began treatments and after making a full recovery, Estelle was placed in a loving foster home.

But Estelle's battle wasn't over, yet. After a few weeks in foster care, her family noticed that she was having trouble swallowing, and X-rays revealed an abnormal vascular ring around her esophagus, restricting her ability to consume solid food.

"One out of every five animals that enter the Sacramento SPCA needs specialized care before they can be placed up for adoption," said Sacramento SPCA CEO, Kenn Altine. "Completing the Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center will allow us to say yes to more animals like Estelle, who require life-saving care."

With her surgery scheduled in February, Estelle's future looks bright. Finishing the Sacramento SPCA's state-of-the-art medical facility will ensure a hopeful future for all animals and support the emerging needs of the community in 2021 and beyond by:

* preventing animals from entering all of the region's shelters

* getting animals who enter the shelter into homes faster

* providing early detection and treatment of high-cost illnesses that force many families to surrender their animal

Thanks to a generous lead gift by local business leader and animal lover Zoe K. McCrea, as well as the generosity of individuals and community partners throughout the Sacramento region, more than 90% of the funds needed to complete the project have been raised.

The shelter is seeking the community's support to help finish the life-saving project.

As the only full-service 100% non-profit animal shelter in the Sacramento region, the Sacramento SPCA relies on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to support their work. They are local, independent, and do not receive funding from state or local government agencies.

Donations to complete the Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center can be made online or by mail to: Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828. Learn more: https://www.classy.org/campaign/zoe-k-mccrea-animal-health-center/c293556

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/2zIIj2RBn_s

About the Sacramento SPCA:

Founded in 1892, the Sacramento SPCA has been providing homeless animals with individual comfort, shelter, and love for more than 129 years. They provide compassionate medical care to tens of thousands of animals annually and offer a variety of programs and services designed to keep people and pets together for life.

LEARN MORE:

http://sspca.org/savepetslives

https://www.facebook.com/SacSPCA/

https://www.instagram.com/sacramento_spca/

https://www.twitter.com/SacramentoSPCA

MEDIA CONTACT:

Dawn Foster, Sacramento SPCA Marketing & Communications Director dfoster@sspca.org or (916) 802-0915

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*Image caption: The new Zoe K. McCrea Animal Health Center - scheduled to open in early 2021.

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Vistamar School Begins Construction on New Viking Commons

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened many issues of inequity across our region. Vistamar School, an independent college preparatory day school serving grades 9-12, announced construction started this week on the Viking Commons, a new commercial kitchen and gathering space for the school.

The commercial kitchen will provide a nutritious lunch daily for the entire school community, and the innovative communal space will expand ways for Vistamar's students, faculty, and staff to connect. Construction is planned to be completed by August, 2021 for the start of the new school year.

"Our school is built on community and equity. The Viking Commons will provide an important way for everyone in our school community to come together daily over a great equalizer, food," stated Chris Bright, Vistamar Head of School. "We're removing the stress of having to figure out what to do about lunch each day for everyone in the school and instead, providing an array of healthful food options at no added daily charge in a beautiful space to meet."

Design of the Viking Commons has been a collaborative process. Originally envisioned by school leadership working together with the Board of Trustees, the year-long design and fundraising process has incorporated the work of trustees, staff, parents, and the architect, OKB Architecture. The interdisciplinary project team worked diligently using an efficient, cost effective approach to maximize the positive impacts of the project while minimizing funding needed. Care was taken to echo the innovative, open space design of the school.

"As a school committed to best practices in education, our campus design deliberately accommodates and supports the dynamic needs of the community," said Kris Rone, Chair of Vistamar's Board of Trustees and parent of students, classes of '18 and '21. "The Viking Commons will be one of our most dramatic building upgrades since the School was founded."

Vistamar's community is supporting the project enthusiastically and looking forward to the opening when we return to school in August. "The Viking Commons is a natural enhancement to our school, transforming an office area and small commons area into an open-plan, state of the art kitchen and servery and a dynamic and inviting space to gather," noted Chris Bright, "and we're proud to add this powerful enhancement of our school culture and wellness focus."

About Vistamar School

Vistamar, founded in 2005, is an independent college preparatory day school serving grades 9-12. The founders' vision was to tap into the diversity of Los Angeles to bring together students who could learn from each other the skills and attitudes necessary for global citizenship. The Vistamar mission rests on three pillars: challenging academics that engage and inspire students; an intimate atmosphere that supports students with caring relationships; and a diverse community that encourages the authentic exchange of perspectives and leads students to be comfortable crossing cultural boundaries. Vistamar believes there's a better way to do high school.

Learn more at: https://www.vistamarschool.org

Follow on Twitter: @vistamarschool

Media Contact:
Sydney Drell Reiner
310-643-7377
sydneyreiner@vistamarschool.org

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Sunpro Solar Expands Solar Service to Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Sunpro Solar, a leading provider of residential solar energy and battery storage in the U.S., announced its most recent expansion to Arizona. With services beginning in the greater Phoenix area, the company's expansion to the state of Arizona will help satisfy the demand for lower electricity bills and will create more renewable energy jobs.

"With the nation's enthusiasm toward clean energy, we are pleased to bring affordable solar to Arizona," said Sunpro Solar Founder and CEO, Marc Jones. "We continue to invest in the areas that support a high demand for renewable energy and we look forward to providing best-in-class customer service to Arizona homeowners as they reduce their electricity bills."

Sunpro Solar will provide a way for homeowners in Arizona to purchase solar energy systems, to invest in battery backup systems and to enhance their savings with energy efficiency upgrades. Arizona customers will be eligible for state and utility rebate programs as well as the federal solar investment tax credit.

"From Phoenix to Tucson, Flagstaff and even Sedona, we provide solar service to the entire state of Arizona, and we serve it well," said Gregg Murphy, Sunpro Solar's Chief Revenue Officer. "We're excited to offer residents a better quality solar installation option and create job opportunities statewide."

Arizona residents currently pay some of the highest electricity prices in the United States. For that reason, Arizona is a promising market for rooftop solar which will allow homeowners to take advantage of a more cost-effective home energy alternative. For more information about opportunities and incentives for Arizona solar customers, schedule an appointment with a Sunpro Solar Specialist about going solar in Arizona.

Learn more: https://www.gosunpro.com/location/arizona/solar-panels-arizona/

Sunpro Solar's plans for continued expansion in cities across Arizona further reinforce the commitment to building teams and creating jobs in the state. Candidates interested in employment opportunities can visit http://www.gosunpro.com/careers.

About Sunpro Solar:

Sunpro Solar is a leading residential solar company in the U.S. that provides affordable solar energy and battery storage solutions to homeowners nationwide. Sunpro Solar was named 5th largest residential solar installer in the U.S. by Solar Power World magazine in July 2020. An Inc. 500 company, Sunpro Solar continues to expand as the demand for home solar in the United States rapidly increases. Sunpro Solar is headquartered in Louisiana and has operational facilities in 17 states. For more information, visit http://www.gosunpro.com/.

Media Contact: Kristie Moser, Marketing

Phone: 866.450.1012

Email: kristie@theprocompanies.com

Direct Message: Facebook - @gosunpro, Instagram - @gosunpro

This release contains forward-looking statements including but not limited to, expected energy savings and future industry growth and expansion These statements should not be read as a guarantee of future indicators, performance, or results. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions regarding future events.

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Business, Construction and Building, Electronics, Free News Articles, Home and Garden, Product Launches

Garden Light LED Expands Micro Max Lighting Series with Stunning New Beam Variations

TAMPA, Fla. -- Garden Light LED announces their Micro Series fixtures designed to project powerful light from a small source in areas like stairs and steps, discrete overhangs, handrails, trees, potted plants, water features, and garden landscapes. Available in five different beam patterns, the Micro Series fixtures are miniature, measuring only 1.3 inches (w) x 1.5 inches (l) x 0.5 inches (h) - smaller than a matchbook.

The Owl projects a long, oblong beam pattern, while the Tiger Eye produces a rectangular beam, the Ram provides a V-shaped beam, and the Rock projects its beam forward and down. The original Micro Max provides a standard flood output.

Garden Light LED will be holding a live informational webinar this Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET on the Micro Series variations. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5378575999249640717

To ensure precision and consistency in production, they are manufactured using CNC machining - a process that relies on computer-controlled machines in the fabrication of components.

All five Micro Series fixtures are IP68-rated - meaning they are dust-tight and can be immersed in water.

Learn more: https://gardenlightled.com/outdoor/outdoor-landscape-lighting/specialty-lights-and-outdoor-living-spaces/

"Garden Light LED offers an array of unique size fixtures, including the Micro Series, that allow our partners to solve problems in the field that other manufacturers haven't thought about," said Michelle Mueller, co-owner and cofounder of Garden Light LED.

Founded in 1996, Garden Light LED's aim is to diversify their revenue through an expanded portfolio of products, penetrate untapped markets, and deliver custom solutions with thoughtfulness, agility, and confidence.

"We look for people who really have a passion for landscape lighting and we support them," said Reto Mueller, co-owner and cofounder. "We have a motto here: 'By watering others, we water ourselves.'"

About Garden Light LED

Garden Light LED is a relationship-based company that creates high quality, innovative, and environmentally sensitive landscape lighting products designed to improve the lives of their partners. Garden Light LED fixtures are engineered, designed, and assembled in the United States. The company's values center on customer service, high quality craftsmanship, and supporting their employees.

Learn more: https://gardenlightled.com/

MEDIA CONTACT:
Brittany McCauley
Marketing Director
Garden Light LED
brittany.mccauley@gardenlightled.com
813.901.5595

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Developer Provides Update on Florence Project, Potentially Offering Massive Economic Impact to The Shoals

FLORENCE, Ala. -- After a year in the works, downtown Florence could face a new economic boom thanks to The Mandolin, a thriving residential, retail, and office development project Bobo Family Group has proposed for the heart of the city.

When Covid-19 hit, we had to hit pause, step back, and take a look at how things might be changing. We immediately knew that retail and hospitality were going to get hit, we just didn't know how long it would last. Thankfully, we've discovered that some retail sectors have become more resilient, with grocery being one of them.

"We've spent the last six months going back and forth with our architectural, engineering, and construction team to fine tune a project Shoal's residents say they want. It's involved a tremendous amount of time and thought. Now we know we can make this idea a reality if the City decides to make this type of development a priority."

The $45.5 million development will offer modern residential units, high-class office spaces, convenient parking and jobs, totaling over $100 million in proposed ongoing economic impact for the city. Since the initial reveal, developers have been in talks with a national grocery chain to create a large, ground-floor grocery experience with space for additional offices and retailers.

The Mandolin's primary purpose is to boost the local economy and offer resources that will aid in generating greater retention of recent University of North Alabama graduates, said CEO James Bobo.

The development is proposed to occupy the space between Tennessee Street, East Mobile Street, Walnut Street, and North Wood Avenue, across from Turbo Coffee and McDaniel Window and Door.

This much-needed resource for the Shoals area cannot happen without the public's help, though. "In order to attract, develop, and retain the jobs we need for our future, we need the types of developments that will attract and retain talented people," Bobo said. "We have to start thinking proactively as opposed to reactively."

Before this dream can come true for the Shoals, The Mandolin needs your help. Members of the community are encouraged to sign the petition on change.org to make this development a Florence City Council priority.

Petition link: https://www.change.org/mandolinflorence

Project website: https://www.mandolinflorence.com/

About Bobo Family Group

Bobo Family Group is a multi-generational real estate investment company with experience spanning single-family development and brokerage to direct investments in multifamily, office, retail, and undeveloped land. Their mission is to develop a real estate investment platform that will generate superior, risk-adjusted returns through investments built around positive social, environmental, and economic change. They seek to promote open-mindedness and collaboration within the community and offer stakeholders opportunities to learn, grow, and prosper.

Learn more at: https://bobofamilygroup.com/.

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Omaha-Based Apartment Developers Complete Their First 1,000 Apartment Units

OMAHA, Neb. -- SB Communities, LLC, owned by Jerry Slusky and Bob Batt, is a privately-owned real estate development company known in Nebraska and Iowa for its focus on building new, first-class apartment communities since 2013, specializing in identifying Midwest communities with populations of around 50,000 where there is a particular need for amenity-filled apartments.

SB Communities, LLC fulfills this need and develops projects with resort-style pools, innovative clubhouses, full-size fitness facilities, and individual apartments with quartz island countertops, stainless steel appliances and washer/dryers as basic amenities. They have followed this model for the past seven years, and it has been a huge success.

The company has recently passed the milestone of completing one-thousand apartment units. Jerry and Bob put their decades of experience earned in real estate development and furniture sales and marketing to give SB Communities, LLC this extraordinary pace of growth.

Bob Batt grew up and went to college in Omaha. He retired from Nebraska Furniture Mart (now a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary) after a long and successful career in marketing and executive leadership. He then joined with Jerry to create SB Communities, LLC.

Attorney Jerry Slusky has been in real estate law practice for over 45 years, most of which have been spent assisting clients in all aspects of the development of commercial real estate. Jerry is the Founder of the CRE Summit - an annual commercial real estate conference now in its 32nd consecutive year; he is also one of only seven Nebraska Fellows of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL).

Some of the company's widely recognized projects include The Sterling Apartments of Grand Island, The Sterling Apartments of Kearney and The Sterling Apartments at Prairie Trail in Ankeny, Iowa.

Speaking about their recent achievement, Jerry said, "A thousand units is an important number. It demonstrates that we were right to invest in research and move forward with providing these communities the products they were missing. SB Communities, LLC provides a first-class apartment living experience that is more like a home, set in an amenity-filled community campus".

This achievement opens many new doors for SB Communities, LLC. Bob Batt is very optimistic about the future of the company. He says, "Mrs. B, Founder of the Nebraska Furniture Mart, often told me, 'It's not what you want. It's what the customer wants.' And that's true for this business as well! The transfer of business ideas and theory applies as we consider what the customer is wanting, not what we want."

SB Communities, LLC is also a partner in a joint venture in the development of 300 units in Papillion, NE, Axis Apartments, which opened its first two buildings last August. The company is also planning to break ground on a new 404-unit apartment community in the Prairie Trail subdivision of Ankeny, IA in May 2021.

COMPANY CONTACT INFORMATION

SB Communities, LLC is a Nebraska owned and operated company, focused on bringing outstanding, home-like rental apartments to Midwest living. More details about SB Communities, LLC can be found on its website ( https://sbcommunities.com/ ) or via email ( dkline@smithslusky.com ) while inquiries can also be made via phone calls to 402-505-8105.

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