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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from national and international trade associations influencing the debate on federal policies.

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Town of Atlantic Beach Councilmember Graduates from Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government
COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 24 -- The Municipal Association of South Carolina issued the following news release:

Councilmember Lenearl Evans from the Town of Atlantic Beach has graduated from the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Hometown Legislative Action Day.

Established in 1986, the Institute is a program of the Municipal Association of South Carolina that gives municipal officials a strong foundation in the operation of local government. Participants learn about the role of elected ... Show Full Article

Trump Administration Building Positive Record on Renewable Fuels, NFU Says
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The National Farmers Union issued the following news release:

Stressing the need for certainty around the administration's support for the renewable fuels industry, National Farmers Union (NFU) recognizes the Trump Administration's growing positive record in support of renewable fuels as a means to spur economic growth, provide good-paying jobs, and benefit American family farmers, ranchers, and rural economies.

In a recent letter to ethanol industry leaders, President Trump acknowledged that renewable biofuels are critical to his vision for American energy.

"The ... Show Full Article

TESOL Signs Joint Statement on Administration's Decision to Rescind Guidance on Federal Protections for Transgender Students
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 23 -- TESOL International Association issued the following news release:

In response to the Administration's recent decision to rescind guidance on federal protections for transgender students, TESOL International Association joined 18 other education organizations and issued the following statement:

"As leaders in education policy and strong supporters of transgender students and every student, we disagree with the Administration's decision to rescind federal guidance related to Title IX civil rights protections for transgender students in public schools. The guidance ... Show Full Article

Stable Growth Expected for Commercial Real Estate in 2017
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The National Association of Realtors issued the following news release:

Steered ahead by strengthening demand in smaller markets, the commercial real estate sector should remain on stable ground in 2017 and offer decent returns for investors, according to the latest National Association of Realtors quarterly commercial real estate forecast (https://www.nar.realtor/reports/commercial-real-estate-outlook).

National office vacancy rates are forecast by Realtors to retreat 1.1 percent to 12.1 percent over the coming year as job growth in business and professional services ... Show Full Article

NTCA Response to Mobility Fund Order and Enhanced Transparency Exemption
ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 23 -- NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association issued the following news release:

NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association today issued the following statements in response to actions by the FCC on two issues important to rural telecommunications.

On the adoption of the Mobility Fund Phase II order:

"NTCA's most recent wireless survey indicated that dozens of our members have invested millions of dollars to deliver reliable mobile wireless services in rural America," said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. "Universal service support helped enable and sustain ... Show Full Article

City of Charleston Councilmember Graduates from the Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government
COLUMBIA, S.C., Feb. 23 -- The Municipal Association of South Carolina issued the following news release:

Councilmember Bill Moody from the City of Charleston has graduated from the Advanced Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government. Graduates received their certificates during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's Hometown Legislative Action Day.

Offered exclusively for graduates of the Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government, the Association established the Advanced Institute in 2014 to provide elected officials with continuing education through classroom instruction ... Show Full Article

After Kansas Murder, NIAC Calls on Trump to Condemn Anti-Immigrant Violence
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 -- The National Iranian American Council issued the following news release:

The National Iranian American Council is horrified and outraged by the shooting of three people in Olathe, Kansas Wednesday evening. NIAC sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibotla, who passed away, and Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, both of whom are recovering from injuries.

The alleged shooter, 51-year-old Navy veteran Adam Purinton, was reportedly heard using racial slurs and yelling "get out of my country" before attacking the three men at a restaurant. He ... Show Full Article