Howard Lake | 16 November 2007 | News 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis SchoolDeals has launched a new website to raise money for schools.www.schooldeals.net is a shopping site on which schools can set up their own home page through which parents, teachers and other supporters can shop online. Household names such as Marks & Spencer, Lego, Butlins, HMV, Laura Ashley and the Carphone Warehouse are all signed up. No charge is made to participating schools and each is offered a free home page as well as links to their own website if required. Supporters receive regular emails containing a mix of school news, website deails for their schools and discounts for them. A commission is paid to the school every time a supporter spends through the website. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital New website to help schools fundraising About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Facebook Pinterest By admin – January 14, 2018 Twitter Odessa city council The debate on the Odessa City Council about a proposal to restructure the board turned to the city’s eastern sprawl, where the most recent oil boom brought a surge in population and a rush of new construction of buildings and homes.Council members Malcolm Hamilton and Filiberto Gonzales argued the eastward growth stiffs other Odessans when supported by business incentives and public infrastructure investments.And Councilwoman Barbara Graff said she would not approve public incentives for businesses moving in the part of Odessa across the Midland County line, because it “cheats” other taxing entities, like the school and hospital districts.But obscured in the debate were the reasons behind Odessa’s outward expansion: a reality decades in the making and driven by simple realities such as available land where people can build and existing infrastructure necessary to support a new home or a new business.Gonzales had argued, after incorrectly asserting that public coffers do not benefit from growth in the east, that: “We are not growing there because the citizens of Odessa voted on that. We are growing out there because of special interests, people that want it to grow in that area and sell their land.”Indeed, private developers generally expect to profit when they build a home. And a company builds a new restaurant or movie theater in places where they are deemed likely to succeed.But there’s more to it.East Odessa also had viable land, while property to the south and west carries constraints. That’s true too in north Odessa, which also saw a boom in new homes and businesses in recent years.“There’s a lot that’s being generated by the cinema out there, the restaurants out there,” Mayor David Turner said. “Is it perfect, no? But unfortunately we live in a city that is surrounded by ranches. Some of them want to sell, some don’t. And there’s an old oilfield.”In east Odessa, he added in a later interview: “That’s where the land was.”Developers building east faced fewer obstacles from oilfield infrastructure like pipelines than if they had built in other directions, said Drew Crutcher, a civil engineer and former economic development volunteer. Another one of the main driving factors of eastward development is access to sewer lines.“There are possibilities for infill development but when you are talking about large portions of the city, Odessa is growing to the east,” Crutcher said. “Midland is growing to the west. There are reasons for that. And it’s infrastructure that can be extended.”In south Odessa, in addition to the industrial areas that include petrochemical and power plants, outward growth is constrained by sewer lines.South of the city’s sewage treatment plant at 9600 South County Road 1325 (which is in Midland County), lines would have to flow uphill, meaning much greater cost.To the west of Odessa’s city limits, there’s another problem: unincorporated West Odessa. Annexing West Odessa would come with tremendous cost. Roads are often not up to city code. Key infrastructure such as sewage lines often do not exist. Development in many cases didn’t factor in drainage.And many West Odessans would likely oppose being annexed anyway, said District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner, who grew up there. They might not want to pay the greater taxes that come with living in the city or deal with city restrictions that could affect things like their pets or livestock.“So isn’t it logical that you would go to areas that developers want to build and people want to build up the community?” Gardner said.For years, that has also included Gardner’s district, such as the building boom in the 87th Street area. But development in north Odessa is also limited by an airport and an oilfield to the west.Odessa’s outward growth also stems from the work of city planners and a few ranching families in the 1950s on land stretching north of Yukon Road to the south below Interstate 20 and east into Midland County.The ranchers worked with city officials and oil interests to reserve spaces for current or future development in exchange for an agreement not to drill for oil and gas on the remaining land. The arrangement would allow land owners to finance their projects, able to assure lenders that production would not encroach.It made building homes and businesses easier.Some of the arguments against supporting east side development on Tuesday were based on incorrect or incomplete information. For example, the infrastructure costs of installing water and sewer lines that Gonzales and Hamilton railed against are chiefly paid for by developers, even though it’s true that the city does bear costs of maintaining roads and utility lines once they are built.Gonzales had pointed to the county line and said “anything and everything that we build here or that we give money to is not a benefit to Odessa. It’s not a return on investment.”At one point, District 2 Councilman Dewey Bryant reminded fellow council members of the Odessans who live there.“Are they not a part of this city?” asked Bryant, who represents them.But Hamilton had made the same argument, ignoring realities like sales taxes injected into city coffers to fund citywide projects, new jobs for Odessans and new homes for families that need them.He argued for a heavier hand in development by the city.“How about we spread out the development throughout all of Odessa so everyone can see some type of return on their investment?” Hamilton said.Today, the city is trying to channel development into its long blighted downtown. That strategy of enticing development costs millions: more than $30 million invested in the hotel and convention center project, plus millions more in building purchases and improvements, along with other dedicated resources. The city’s long-range plan calls for similar targeted redevelopment efforts in the future throughout Odessa.But the recent debate is poised to continue, with Gonzales saying he planned to keep bringing up the discussion at City Council meetings and the perceived influence of east Odessa forming a key part of the argument by a group opposing the plan to restructure the City Council.And more east Odessa development lies ahead. That includes the more than 850-acre Parks Bell Ranch development in the area north of Highway 191 and east of Faudree Road.Just before the debate on supporting east Odessa, the City Council approved a zoning request for part of the project on Tuesday, with Hamilton the lone dissenting vote.“Who are we to say where we grow the city at or we don’t grow the city at?” Gardner said. “A city that’s not growing is dying.” Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleClark taking on Court at Law officeNext articleGUEST VIEW: Schumer is running on fumes admin Why Odessa grows east Facebook Twitter Local NewsGovernment
A smartphone-based lettings platform started up by a 20-something under-graduate claims its new ‘Tinder’ style app for the private rental market will eventually overtake Rightmove.The-bunch.co.uk is already growing fast and started out as a bill splitting service for student in Leeds but now has the backing of several leading angel investors while claiming a seven-figure turnover.It pays agents £20 when a property switches utilities and charges tenants £10 a month to be a guarantor for their share of the rent and bills.The other unusual bit is the company’s app. Tenants register to use it and then swipe through properties enabling it to learn what each person likes and wants, gluing them together socially and making it easier to set them up for bill sharing once they move in.Former youth rugby star and CEO Elliott Herrod-Taylor first launched the company as Easy Student Letting and sourced the first customers via friends and family three years ago.3,000 tenantsBut it now has 3,000 tenants onboard and has begun persuading its first agents to join the new ‘Tinder’ service.“It’s really around creating a relationship when a tenant is young and they are looking for their first time and guiding them through that process,” he says.“And then once they’ve once they’ve found the perfect house, we look after them, we do them a good deal on the energy we make sure that they are only liable. And then we repeat that process.”He says the-bunch will also give agents not only the chance to earn extra income but also provide them with leads.For tenants, it offers a unique package where tenants will only ever pay their share of the bills and rent. “If one of your friends becomes not your friend you are covered,” he says.Visit the-bunch.co.ukRead more about lettings apps.student lettings app the-bunch Elliott Herrod-Taylor October 6, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 7th October 2020 at 6:00 amUnlike many pretenders Elliott Herrod-Taylor is the real deal, he was turning over a million pounds when he was an undergraduate, and had the belief in himself so much so he took a year out of his studies to scale his business. We hear lots of headlines about companies getting multi-million pound cash raises, the really top level companies have dynamic, fearless and bright founders like Elliott who have an idea and execute it.the-bunch is now maturing into a real contender and letting agents in University locations should be beating down his door as he and his co-founder Will are actually changing things. They really care about their clients the undergraduates, and also the letting agents whose inventory they help to let as a part of their service at no cost to the agents. Now that is a win win.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 6th October 2020 at 7:35 amUnlike many pretenders Elliott Herrod-Taylor is the real deal, he was turning over a million pounds when he was an undergraduate, and had the belief in himself so much so he took a year out of his studies to scale his business. We hear lots of headlines about companies getting multi-million pound cash raises, the really top level companies have dynamic, fearless and bright founders like Elliott who have an idea and execute it.the-bunch is now maturing into a real contender and letting agents in University locations should be beating down his door as he and his co-founder Will are actually changing things. They really care about their clients the undergraduates, and also the letting agents whose inventory they help to let as a part of their service at no cost to the agents. Now that is a win win.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » We’ll rival Rightmove with our ‘Tinder’ style bills-inclusive renting app previous nextProptechWe’ll rival Rightmove with our ‘Tinder’ style bills-inclusive renting appClaim is made by three-year-old lettings platform started up by a former youth rugby star that pays letting agents when tenants switch utilities.Nigel Lewis6th October 20202 Comments2,252 Views
PGGM has boosted its investments in Chinese logistics, committing a further $144m (€106m) to a strategy managed by The Redwood Group.The Dutch pension fund asset manager has now invested $270m in the strategy – following an initial €95m investment in 2012 – on behalf of the PGGM Private Real Estate fund.Redwood is targeting Chinese logistics on behalf of the fund in a “develop and hold” approach.It will be able to deploy up to $560m when taking into account a $10m co-investment and leverage, PGGM private real estate senior investment manager, Thijs Schoenaker, told IPE sister publication IP Real Estate. “We feel Chinese logistics property still has much to offer,” he said.“Stock is very limited. Economic growth, urbanisation and the growth of consumption and e-commerce mean demand is still strong.”Redwood, he added, expanded its Chinese operations in the past two years as well as its Singapore-based fund management platform.The firm, Schoenaker said, strengthened its investment processes, integrating ESG factors.PGGM has also committed to Redwood’s Japan Logistics Fund, with Redwood growing its Japanese operations.Schoenaker said, despite concerns over prospects for the Chinese economy, he did not expect a “hard landing” and that PGGM would continue to invest in China.“We are aware it’s slowing down,” he said. “However, the growth is becoming more sustainable over the long term.“The central government is transforming the economy from being export and investment-driven to consumption driven.“Logistics is one of the sectors that will benefit from that, and this investment will contribute to the Chinese economy and the creation of jobs.”PGGM, he said, remained confident in China’s retail sector – a “real long-term business case”.Since 2006, it has invested $600m in a portfolio of 37 malls including offices and residential elements as part of mixed-use schemes via the CapitaMalls China Funds.