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Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index

Posted: May 29, 2020 | Tradewinds

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $900 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for April was $8.2 billion, down 7 percent year-over-year from new business volume in April 2019. Volume was down 8 percent month-to-month from $8.9 billion in March. Year-to-date, cumulative new business volume was up 10 percent compared to 2019.

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In a Positive Sign, New Home Sales Hold Steady in April

In a Positive Sign, New Home Sales Hold Steady in April

Posted: May 29, 2020 | Tradewinds

In a sign that the housing market is stabilizing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 623,000 units in April, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The April rate is 6.2 percent lower than the April 2019 pace.

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A Pandemic Doesn’t Change the Need to Engage Communities

A Pandemic Doesn’t Change the Need to Engage Communities

Posted: May 29, 2020 | Tradewinds, Project Management

Even though our in-person interactions are significantly decreased with ongoing social distancing measures, project teams must still work hard to develop long-term plans and projects that respectfully engage the public and key stakeholders. This includes working with communities at the very beginning of a project to develop a long-range vision or plan and then see that vision through to construction or implementation.

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Creative Restaurant Meals in a Pandemic Age

Creative Restaurant Meals in a Pandemic Age

Posted: May 22, 2020 | Tradewinds, Estimating

Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, operating a restaurant was a risky business that skated along on razor-thin margins, and with an often transient workforce. Cooks typically endured long shifts in steamy hot kitchens. Servers were on their feet all day trying to smile at grumpy customers as they sucked up their feelings for a larger tip. Health insurance and paid time off were rare for most workers in small restaurants. Anyone who complained about insurance or time off could be quickly replaced.

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Deciding on Projects (The Go/No Go Decision)

Deciding on Projects (The Go/No Go Decision)

Posted: May 22, 2020 | Tradewinds, Estimating

In dealing with remodeling of public buildings, it’s not smart or even possible for a contracting company to chase every opportunity that comes along for bid. The actual selection process of choosing which projects to go for consists of making a choice from all the opportunities, and deciding which will justify a commitment of company resources.

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