In its ever-widening scope of becoming more “green” friendly, San Bernardino County government is instituting a new program aimed at helping developers and architects cut down on using paper, ink, gas and vehicle emissions.
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Avolve Software announced Tuesday that the county will be using the company’s ProjectDox software, which “enables jurisdictions nationwide to offer web-based electronic file submission and review to citizens, architects and developers who work with their building, planning and public works departments in the review process of building and engineering plans,” a news release states.
The goal is to reduce paper, printing costs, storage costs, drive time, fuel consumption and car emissions and streamline the process.
Review and approval times for businesses and people using ProjectDox have been decreased up to 80 percent, depending on the project, the statement says.
“With San Bernardino County being so large, some of our citizens were having to drive well over an hour each way to drop off and pick up paper plans,” said Julie Rynerson Rock, director of land use services. “ProjectDox will save our citizens drive-time, gasoline, paper and printing costs by allowing them to submit plans electronically for review. Using ProjectDox will contribute very positively to our Green County SB and Green Builder goals of reducing greenhouse gases and promoting environmental responsibility in the county.”
ULI addresses best practices for sustainable development
Attendees will learn how to tackle sustainable development from Southern California’s wine country
The Urban Land Institute Inland Empire and Orange County councils will host, “Best Practices in Sustainable Development: How Southern California’s Wine Country is Leading the Way.” The program will be an in-depth discussion on how builders and developers can implement cost-effective sustainable development practices to build successful master-planned communities, resorts and wineries in Southern California’s wine country.
Bank of America Corp. shareholders are licking their wounds from Monday’s losses, but some experts say they shouldn’t worry too much.
The banking giant’s stock dropped 21 percent to close at $26.55 after it announced it is buying investment brokerage firm Merrill Lynch & Co. for $50 billion.
Merrill Lynch has locations in Ontario, San Bernardino and Riverside.
Bank of America recently bought Countrywide Financial Corp., which made loans to Inland Empire subprime borrowers who lost their homes, and it’s still holding the bag on thousands of mortgages that local homeowners might default on over the next year.
“It’s not a question of the price, but the value of a company,” said Harlan Platt, professor of finance and corporate turnaround expert at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. “The stock is down quite a bit, but that always happens with a merger.”
Lehman Brothers, a 158-year-old investment bank hit hard by the crashing real-estate market, filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday.
“Everyone was focused this weekend on Lehman Brothers, and (Bank of America and Merrill Lynch) just snuck around it,” Platt said. “It was a gutsy move. Buying assets at a time when others are selling them is always painful and difficult.”
Executives at three Merrill Lynch & Co. locations in the Inland Empire are answering to a new boss this morning following Bank of America Corp.’s $50 billion acquisition on Monday.
But some local professionals are questioning whether it was a smart move.
Still, the bigger issue is whether Merrill Lynch’s small business customers will jump ship because of its new behemoth parent company.
You’d think most predatory lenders – if not all of them – walked away from scamming people as the recent housing boom and the financial industry it fueled came crashing down.
Over the past few years, the real-estate fraud unit of the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has seen a 40percent year-over-year increase in residents claiming to be fraud victims.
The Inland Empire Network Partners, a Chino Hills-area business networking organization, is looking for new members. Anyone looking to join this networking group is urged to contact Christine Ritoli at 909-606-5825. IENP is exclusive and only one type of business is allowed to join. The group meets twice a month in Chino Hills.