Entries by Rob Felber

10 communities receive $925,000 in Main Street Iowa Challenge grants

Reprinted from Business Record  “The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded $925,000 in Main Street Iowa Challenge grants to 10 communities around the state. The grants will help redevelop or rehabilitate underused buildings in an effort to stimulate economic growth and advance investment in Iowa’s historic main streets. Projects include removing a metal slipcover from a […]

As 2022 kicks off, store closures are down 65%: Coresight

Reprinted from RetailDive.com Dive Brief: By the fourth week of January, announced store closures across the retail industry — at 742 total — were down 65% compared to the same time last year, according to the latest counts by Coresight Research. CVS accounts for 300 of those closures. Store openings, meanwhile, stood at 1,910, a 3% increase from last […]

How communities can use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for Vacant or Abandoned Properties

How communities can use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for Vacant or Abandoned Properties The American Rescue Plan Act provides $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to respond to the Covid-19 public health emergency. This act also established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) […]

Yuck, non-potable contaminated water entering your facility

    A simple and effective approach is our backflow preventer inspection   Benjamin Franklin famously advised fire-threatened Philadelphians in 1736 that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” In 2021, we can certainly heed the same advice when it comes to preventing changes in water pressure that can cause unwanted sewage and other contaminants […]

What You Need to Know About Protecting Your 1031 Exchange Investment Properties

There is a windfall of opportunities today that meet the criteria of a 1031 exchange. Whether you’re a commercial investor, an attorney, or an accountant that represents clients with these types of properties, there are some critical issues to consider impacting the market. A 1031 exchange allows investors to avoid capital gains taxes when they sell an […]