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News Article | May 2, 2017
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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CF Real Estate Services, a leading provider of multifamily and student housing, has expanded with the opening of its first location in the Southwest, a regional office in Dallas. From its new regional office, CF Real Estate Services will manage its expanding portfolio of properties in Texas and the western U.S., as well as acquire and develop apartment communities throughout Texas. “We have an opportunity to expand our footprint by leveraging an effective and forward-thinking platform in development, acquisition and property management services,” said Tom Lamberth, regional partner for CF Real Estate Services, who has been named to head Southwest initiatives. “We will work hard to provide best-in-class services to our clients, investors and partners. We will also strive to maintain our culture as a firm that is nimble, innovative and informed on trends in the multifamily industry ahead of our competition, in addition to fostering the continued growth of the talented professionals who carry out the mission of CF Real Estate Services.” CF Real Estate Services has staffed its regional office in Dallas with industry veterans who have proven experience in the multifamily industry, including: CF Real Estate Services Dallas Regional Office is located at 10210 N Central Expressway, Suite 425, in Dallas. To reach a member of the CF Real Estate Services team, please call the office at (214) 817-1161. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, CF Real Estate Services is a vertically integrated multifamily real estate firm. With decades of multifamily industry experience, the team has evolved into a leading provider of multifamily services including property management, asset management, and consulting. CF Real Estate Services serves clients in 14 states. With expertise in affordable, conventional and student housing, CF Real Estate Services successfully manages various holdings in multiple arenas of real estate.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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There are roughly 1.2 million cattle and nearly a million sheep, goats and pigs in the mountainous Republic of Georgia, providing a vital source of food and income to many of the country's 4.9 million people. Brucellosis is an all-too-common bacterial disease in a country that does a brisk business in livestock and dairy exports. The disease can cause decreased milk production, weight loss, abortions and infertility in infected animals, symptoms that threaten a vital source of food and income. The Government of Georgia has stepped up its efforts to tackle the disease, calling on FAO to help put in place a national strategy for brucellosis control. Brucellosis has become endemic in livestock across Georgia, especially in the country’s eastern region. Infected animals shed the bacteria through their milk or reproductive discharge, which in turn can contaminate communal feed, pasture and water. Left undetected or untreated, the disease can spread quickly among herds or flocks. To make matters more difficult, brucellosis can only be accurately diagnosed by a laboratory test. That’s why preventive measures such as vaccinations, epidemiological surveillance, and proper husbandry practices are the key to curtailing brucellosis. Now, Georgia is shifting into high gear and has begun implementing its national brucellosis control strategy. The FAO project, valued at US$ 280,000, is funded by the Georgian government, using financial resources allocated through the Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) programme. The disease has a long history in Georgia, according to Andriy Rozstalnyy, Livestock Officer at FAO's Regional Office in Budapest. "Brucellosis, unfortunately, was not managed or properly addressed in the past". Furthermore, agricultural reforms in 2005 saw the privatization of some of the country's agricultural land and services. As a result, there was a decrease in the number of people working for the Ministry of Agriculture and veterinary services. Keeping the disease in check Proper animal husbandry practices and sanitation, vaccines and veterinary support services − along with regular surveillance, accurate and current epidemiological information and greater awareness among farmers and consumers − can minimize the spread of brucellosis. These were issues taken up by FAO through a strategic intervention that helped lay the groundwork for a long-term brucellosis control policy in Georgia − and future investment from the Government and its partners. A baseline assessment, organized by the project, identified priorities, gaps, bottlenecks and opportunities, while findings from the assessment formed the basis of a proposal outlining a control strategy, complete with a plan to carry it out. A workshop and related training materials aimed to strengthen the capacity of the country's National Food Agency and other key institutions engaged in the livestock sector, and to equip them with the technical know-how to deal with brucellosis. "We presented what other countries were doing to control brucellosis, the advantages, the disadvantages," said Rozstalnyy. "There is no perfect recipe. When switching from one strategy to another, countries need to base their decisions on a long list of factors, including the prevalence of the disease, farmers' awareness of transmission routes, animal identification systems and animal movement in the country." Springboard for more resources A Government-funded follow-up project zeroed in on developing and implementing the control strategy and drew on the expertise of multidisciplinary teams − veterinarians and epidemiologists as well as non-governmental organizations and universities − to get the word out about brucellosis and how to minimize the risk of infection. "When countries have limited resources, like Georgia, and they use them for a project like this one, it's confirmation that the FAO’s project was useful," said Rozstalnyy. Furthermore, the European Union has developed a sector policy support programme on agriculture, running until 2015, which focuses on animal health and food safety. It has also introduced a comprehensive institution building (CIB) instrument to help develop the capacity of Georgia's National Food Agency. With funding from the CIB programme, the National Food Agency contracted FAO to carry out the brucellosis inception phase, while a brucellosis control programme is expected to follow in 2014 and 2015. "Brucellosis was quite bad in Georgia, but the country is making progress, investing its own money and increasing the number of people working on it. It's on the right path, but it will take a lot of time, effort, patience and commitment from the Government," added Rozstalnyy. Healthy animals for healthy lives  Together, these efforts, which FAO helped set in motion, are contributing to overall improved animal health. And, in turn, they are helping revitalize Georgia's livestock sector so that it is more vibrant and competitive − good for the country's food security and economy.


News Article | May 2, 2017
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COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OFC) has posted its quarterly property tour books in the ‘Investors’ section of its website under ‘Property Tour Books’ as follows: http://investors.copt.com/GenPage.aspx?IID=103010&GKP=1073752563 COPT is an office REIT that owns, manages, develops and selectively acquires office and data center properties in locations that support the United States Government and its contractors, most of whom are engaged in national security, defense and information technology (“IT”) related activities servicing priority missions (“Defense/IT Locations”). We also own a portfolio of office properties located in select urban/urban-like submarkets within our regional footprint with durable Class-A office fundamentals and characteristics (“Regional Office Properties”). As of March 31, 2017, we derived 87% of core portfolio annualized revenue from Defense/IT Locations and 13% from our Regional Office Properties. As of March 31, 2017, and including six buildings that are owned through an unconsolidated joint venture, our core portfolio of 152 office properties, encompassed 16.3 million square feet and was 94.2% leased. As of the same date, we also owned one wholesale data center with a critical load of 19.25 megawatts. This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements, as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the Company. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan” or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even anticipate. Accordingly, the Company can give no assurance that these expectations, estimates and projections will be achieved. Future events and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and projections include, but are not limited to: The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.


News Article | April 27, 2017
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COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the “Company”) (NYSE: OFC) announced financial and operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. “Our first quarter results were on track with our business plan and represents a solid start to the year. Our FFO per share, as adjusted for comparability, result of $0.47 exceeded the high end of our guidance, and was boosted by the timing of some operating expenses and favorable net weather related expenses. Accordingly, we are narrowing our guidance for the full year, but maintaining the original mid-point of $2.04. Our first quarter same office cash NOI increase of 5% represents our eighth consecutive quarter of increases, and reaffirms our confidence in our forecast for increasing same office cash NOI by 3% to 3.5% for the full year,” stated Stephen E. Budorick, COPT’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “The defense industry we serve continues to strengthen, confidence levels are high, but progress is correlated with defense spending appropriations. In the near term, we patiently await the Fiscal Year 2017 defense appropriation, and remain confident in our ability to accelerate our leasing progress once the budget is signed into law. Long term, given our portfolio’s unique geographic alignment with the Pentagon’s spending priorities, we remain bullish regarding our growth prospects from the increased levels of defense spending that initially occurred in Fiscal Year 2016 and are expected to continue once the current budget delay is resolved,” added Mr. Budorick. Adjustments for comparability encompass items such as gains and impairment losses on non-operating properties, gains (losses) on early extinguishment of debt, derivative gains (losses), executive transition costs and write-offs of original issuance costs for redeemed preferred shares. Leasing: In January, the Company executed a lease for a 125,000 square foot, full-building renewal with the U.S. Government that had been negotiated during the fourth quarter of 2016. Because the Company already disclosed this renewal in its fourth quarter 2016 supplemental leasing statistics, the following leasing statistics for the first quarter of 2017 exclude it: Management is narrowing its previously issued guidance range for full year EPS and FFOPS, as adjusted for comparability, to revised ranges of $0.60―$0.66 and $2.01―$2.07, respectively. Management also is establishing EPS and FFOPS, as adjusted for comparability, guidance for the second quarter ending June 30, 2017 at a ranges of $0.05―$0.07 and $0.47―$0.49, respectively. Reconciliations of projected diluted EPS to projected FFOPS are as follows: Prior to the call, the Company will post a slide presentation to accompany management’s prepared remarks for its first quarter 2017 conference call, the details of which are provided below. The accompanying slide presentation can be viewed on and downloaded from the ‘Investors’ section of the Company’s website (www.copt.com). Management will discuss first quarter 2017 earnings results on its conference call tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, details of which are listed below: A replay of this call will be available beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, April 28, through 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 12. To access the replay within the United States, please call 855-859-2056 and use passcode 99028882. To access the replay outside the United States, please call 404-537-3406 and use passcode 99028882. The conference call will also be available via live webcast in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.copt.com. A replay of the conference call will be immediately available via webcast in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. For definitions of certain terms used in this press release, please refer to the information furnished in our Supplemental Information Package furnished on a Form 8-K which can be found on our website (www.copt.com). Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the attached tables. COPT is an office REIT that owns, manages, develops and selectively acquires office and data center properties in locations that support the United States Government and its contractors, most of whom are engaged in national security, defense and information technology (“IT”) related activities servicing priority missions (“Defense/IT Locations”). We also own a portfolio of office properties located in select urban/urban-like submarkets within our regional footprint with durable Class-A office fundamentals and characteristics (“Regional Office Properties”). As of March 31, 2017, we derived 87% of core portfolio annualized revenue from Defense/IT Locations and 13% from our Regional Office Properties. As of March 31, 2017, and including six buildings that are owned through an unconsolidated joint venture, our core portfolio of 152 office properties, encompassed 16.3 million square feet and was 94.2% leased. As of the same date, we also owned one wholesale data center with a critical load of 19.25 megawatts. This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements, as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the Company. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan” or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even anticipate. Accordingly, the Company can give no assurance that these expectations, estimates and projections will be achieved. Future events and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and projections include, but are not limited to: The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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While the Administration, the Congress and the media are consumed with partisan rift over the wall on our southern border and its funding [here Virtual Guard, a video monitoring company, came up with its own plan: erecting a virtual wall, at a fraction of the cost of a physical one, and with none of the rancor that is associated with it. A win-win plan. Is anyone listening? “Our plan is simple,” claims Virtual Guard’s president, Owen Dvir. “Raising an electronic wall with strategically placed cameras, all linked to monitoring centers. There, the company’s personnel field alerts, warn intruders via speakers to stay away, and notify border guards if compliance is not achieved. It’s effective, economical, and humane.” Virtual Guard is a leading developer and integrator of cutting edge technology, combined with experienced security professionals, and designed to cost-effectively prevent intruders from breaching the perimeter of the secured area. The company’s founder and CEO cut his teeth on security matter decades ago when he served in the Israeli Defense Force. The technology is based, in part, on national systems used by the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and verified by leading national testing laboratories. The system used has been tested rigorously in all seasons and all visual conditions in order to ensure that it is active at all times. Virtual Guard solutions are currently being used by auto dealerships, hospitals, museums, scrap yards, construction sites, government facilities, warehouses, estate protection, commercial buildings, and industrial or manufacturing sites. National challenges such as the often-discussed protection from on the southern border are next in the company’s ambitions. Virtual Guard: Preventing Crime Before it Happens. Virtual Guard national headquarters, 4645 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403. Phone: (888) 435-3533 Owen Dvir, President West Cost Regional Office Jude Hen, Security Consultant, phone: (310) 466-9330, jude@virtualguard.com East Coast Regional Office Jim Happel, Security Consultant, phone: (954) 914-6291, jim@virtualguard.com http://www.virtualguard.com


The Mozambique Minister of Fisheries, Mr Víctor Manuel Borges, and the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Mr Árni Mathiesen, signed on 12th November a Host Agreement of the South West Indian Ocean Fisheries Commission’s Secretariat. At the ceremony, Mr Mathiesen said it is “a clear signpost in the history of SWIOFC; a new path just opened for all of us”. On behalf of the Government, Víctor Manuel Borges said that the signature of this Agreement is “an important step that shows Mozambique’s commitment towards the regional cooperation in fisheries”. Until now, SWIOFC’s Secretariat was located in Harare, Zimbabwe. The country is home to the FAO Sub-Regional Office for Southern Africa but it is not a Member of the Commission. SWIOFC is composed of such costal states, which are FAO Members, whose territories are situated wholly or partly within the area of the Commission. Currently it has twelve Members: Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, and Yemen.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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MDO Managing Partner to Moderate Two All-Star Panels at iLaw 2017 Miami, FL, February 21, 2017 --( The first panel moderated by Mr. Montes de Oca is titled: “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2017: Will the Regulatory Force Continue?” This panel will address recent FCPA enforcement actions and trends, the Department of Justice Pilot Program, the impact of President Donald Trump and his new administration on FCPA issues, whistleblowers and their bounties. Panelists will include Jacqueline Arango, Chair of Akerman's White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice; Eric Bustillo, Regional Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Miami Regional Office; Kendall Coffey, Partner at Coffey Burlington; and Michael Sherwin, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Southern District of Florida. Mr. Montes de Oca will also moderate the closing plenary session titled: “International In-house Counsel Challenges: Managing the Intersection of Business, Law and Ethics.” This panel will discuss real-world conflicts and challenges for in-house counsel and practical methods for resolving them successfully. They will also discuss strategies for making viable recommendations to help clients make ultimate decision in the face of ethical dilemmas and adversity. Panelists will include Alena Brenner, Deputy General Counsel at Ryder System Inc.; Dainira Falk, Head of Legal, AMC Networks International; Jenny Schaffer, Attorney at UPS; and Catherine Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at Brightstar Corp. “iLaw is one of the premier international law conferences in the country, featuring trending topics and prominent speakers in international law,” said Mr. Montes de Oca. “It is a privilege to be moderating these interesting panels with such distinguished speakers in very important areas such as FCPA and ethical dilemmas for in-house counsel.” For more information and to register for iLaw 2017, please visit: internationallawsection.org/ilaw2017 About MDO Partners MDO Partners is a boutique law firm that focuses on Corporate, International, and Real Estate and Law, as well as Global Compliance and Business Ethics. The firm is comprised of a solid team of attorneys and advisors with over 100 years of experience who are committed to the business goals and best interests of our clients. The firm delivers value-added services of the highest caliber, and serve as a trusted advisor to their clients through their practical and business-savvy approach. About International Law Section of The Florida Bar International Law Section of The Florida Bar (ILS) was founded in 1981 to provide an organization for members in good standing who have an interest in the field of international law. The ILS is a forum for the communication and exchange of hot-button, need-to-know information for the specialty, including legislative developments that significantly and immediately impact the practice of international law. It is also a forum for the sharing of knowledge, experience, and “best practices” that may improve the administration and application of the statutes, rules and regulations of international law and enhance the proficiency of practitioners. Miami, FL, February 21, 2017 --( PR.com )-- MDO Partners is pleased to announce that Richard Montes de Oca, Managing Partner of MDO Partners, will be moderating two all-star panels at iLaw 2017: The Global Forum on International Law, organized by the International Law Section of the Florida Bar at the Conrad Hotel in Miami, Florida on February 17, 2017.The first panel moderated by Mr. Montes de Oca is titled: “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 2017: Will the Regulatory Force Continue?” This panel will address recent FCPA enforcement actions and trends, the Department of Justice Pilot Program, the impact of President Donald Trump and his new administration on FCPA issues, whistleblowers and their bounties. Panelists will include Jacqueline Arango, Chair of Akerman's White Collar Crime & Government Investigations Practice; Eric Bustillo, Regional Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Miami Regional Office; Kendall Coffey, Partner at Coffey Burlington; and Michael Sherwin, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Southern District of Florida.Mr. Montes de Oca will also moderate the closing plenary session titled: “International In-house Counsel Challenges: Managing the Intersection of Business, Law and Ethics.” This panel will discuss real-world conflicts and challenges for in-house counsel and practical methods for resolving them successfully. They will also discuss strategies for making viable recommendations to help clients make ultimate decision in the face of ethical dilemmas and adversity. Panelists will include Alena Brenner, Deputy General Counsel at Ryder System Inc.; Dainira Falk, Head of Legal, AMC Networks International; Jenny Schaffer, Attorney at UPS; and Catherine Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at Brightstar Corp.“iLaw is one of the premier international law conferences in the country, featuring trending topics and prominent speakers in international law,” said Mr. Montes de Oca. “It is a privilege to be moderating these interesting panels with such distinguished speakers in very important areas such as FCPA and ethical dilemmas for in-house counsel.”For more information and to register for iLaw 2017, please visit: internationallawsection.org/ilaw2017About MDO PartnersMDO Partners is a boutique law firm that focuses on Corporate, International, and Real Estate and Law, as well as Global Compliance and Business Ethics. The firm is comprised of a solid team of attorneys and advisors with over 100 years of experience who are committed to the business goals and best interests of our clients. The firm delivers value-added services of the highest caliber, and serve as a trusted advisor to their clients through their practical and business-savvy approach.About International Law Section of The Florida BarInternational Law Section of The Florida Bar (ILS) was founded in 1981 to provide an organization for members in good standing who have an interest in the field of international law. The ILS is a forum for the communication and exchange of hot-button, need-to-know information for the specialty, including legislative developments that significantly and immediately impact the practice of international law. It is also a forum for the sharing of knowledge, experience, and “best practices” that may improve the administration and application of the statutes, rules and regulations of international law and enhance the proficiency of practitioners. MDO Managing Partner to Moderate Two All-Star Panels at iLaw 2017 MDO Partners is pleased to announce that Richard Montes de Oca, Managing Partner of MDO Partners, will be moderating two all-star panels at iLaw 2017: The Global Forum on International Law, organized by the International Law Section of the Florida Bar at the Conrad Hotel in Miami, Florida. Filename: MDONewsiLawPanels.pdf Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from MDO Partners


RE/MAX Northern Illinois Honors Its Network Members Who Helped Raise $184 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2016 The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network raised nearly $184,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 2016. Chicago, IL, March 01, 2017 --( RE/MAX Northern Illinois has contributed more than $3 million to CMNH since 1992. Most funds raised by the network go to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. However, donations from offices in the far western portion of the RE/MAX Northern Illinois region benefit the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. At its 40th Annual Awards Ceremony, held Feb. 17 at Navy Pier, RE/MAX honored the brokers and offices that were leading contributors to that effort in 2016. The awards they received featured artwork created by young patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Five companies received a CMNH Outstanding Citizen Award as the top fundraisers. As a group, the contributions of these companies accounted for 52 percent of the total donated to CMNH by RE/MAX Northern Illinois last year. The 64 offices honored as Miracle Offices reached that status by meeting a minimum donation requirement to CMNH during 2016. Those offices accounted for 61 percent of RE/MAX offices in the northern Illinois region, a new record for office participation. Angie Lotz of RE/MAX All Pro in Bloomingdale, Ill., was saluted as the 2016 Top Miracle Agent for donating $3,750 to CMNH. The Becker Group of RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch, Ill., was named 2016 Top Miracle Team after donating $8,100. The following are the RE/MAX companies honored as Outstanding Citizens for their generous donations to CMNH, all of which benefited Lurie Children’s Hospital. They are listed in order based on the size of their donation, with the largest contributor first: RE/MAX Suburban, with offices in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Glen Ellyn, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg and Wheaton. RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, with offices in Algonquin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake Zurich and Palatine. RE/MAX Advantage Realty of Antioch. RE/MAX Showcase, with offices in Gurnee, Long Grove and Waukegan. RE/MAX All Pro of Bloomingdale, Sugar Grove and St. Charles. The 64 RE/MAX Northern Illinois Miracle Offices for 2016 are listed below, grouped by the county in which the office is located: Cook County RE/MAX 10, Chicago Lincoln Park; RE/MAX 10, Chicago Midway; RE/MAX 10, Oak Lawn; RE/MAX 10, Palos Park; RE/MAX 1st Service, Orland Park; RE/MAX All Stars, Niles; RE/MAX Central, Roselle; RE/MAX City, Chicago; RE/MAX Exclusive Properties, Chicago; RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors®, Oak Park; RE/MAX Market, Willow Springs; RE/MAX NorthCoast, Chicago; RE/MAX of Barrington, Barrington; RE/MAX Partners, Berwyn; RE/MAX Properties, Western Springs; RE/MAX Suburban, Arlington Heights; RE/MAX Suburban, Mt. Prospect; RE/MAX Suburban, Roselle Road, Schaumburg; RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg; RE/MAX Synergy, Chicago; RE/MAX Synergy, Flossmoor; RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Bartlett; RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Palatine. DuPage County RE/MAX Action, Lisle; RE/MAX All Pro, Bloomingdale; RE/MAX Professionals, Burr Ridge; RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville; RE/MAX Signature Homes, Hinsdale; RE/MAX Suburban, Glen Ellyn; RE/MAX Suburban, Wheaton. Grundy County RE/MAX Hometown Properties, Channahon. Kane County RE/MAX All Pro, St. Charles; RE/MAX All Pro, Sugar Grove; RE/MAX Deal Makers, Hampshire; RE/MAX Excels, Geneva; RE/MAX Northern Illinois Regional Office, Elgin; RE/MAX Town and Country, Aurora. Lake County RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch; RE/MAX Center, Grayslake; RE/MAX NOW, Lake Barrington; RE/MAX Plaza, Wauconda; RE/MAX Prestige, Long Grove; RE/MAX Showcase, Gurnee; RE/MAX Showcase, Long Grove; RE/MAX Showcase, Waukegan; RE/MAX Suburban, Buffalo Grove; RE/MAX Suburban, Libertyville; RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Lake Zurich. LaSalle County RE/MAX 1st Choice, Ottawa. McHenry County RE/MAX Connections II, Marengo; RE/MAX Plaza, McHenry; RE/MAX Plaza, Richmond; RE/MAX Plaza, Woodstock; RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Algonquin; RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Crystal Lake; RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Huntley. Mercer County RE/MAX Country Crossroads, Viola. Ogle County RE/MAX of Rock Valley, Oregon; RE/MAX Professional Advantage, Byron. Rock Island County RE/MAX Elite Homes, Moline. Will County RE/MAX 10, New Lenox; RE/MAX Professionals, Bolingbrook; RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Plainfield; RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Shorewood. RE/MAX agents consistently rank among the most productive in the industry. In 2016, RE/MAX Northern Illinois agents averaged 18 transaction sides. RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989 and is continually growing. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,250 sales associates and 103 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app, available for download at www.illinoisproperty.com, provides comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 110,000+ sales associates in 100+ nations. Chicago, IL, March 01, 2017 --( PR.com )-- The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network has long been a leading supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). Recently the network honored those members who led its fundraising efforts in 2016 when nearly $184,000 was donated to CMNH. That was an increase of more than $25,000 over the 2015 total.RE/MAX Northern Illinois has contributed more than $3 million to CMNH since 1992.Most funds raised by the network go to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. However, donations from offices in the far western portion of the RE/MAX Northern Illinois region benefit the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.At its 40th Annual Awards Ceremony, held Feb. 17 at Navy Pier, RE/MAX honored the brokers and offices that were leading contributors to that effort in 2016. The awards they received featured artwork created by young patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Five companies received a CMNH Outstanding Citizen Award as the top fundraisers. As a group, the contributions of these companies accounted for 52 percent of the total donated to CMNH by RE/MAX Northern Illinois last year.The 64 offices honored as Miracle Offices reached that status by meeting a minimum donation requirement to CMNH during 2016. Those offices accounted for 61 percent of RE/MAX offices in the northern Illinois region, a new record for office participation.Angie Lotz of RE/MAX All Pro in Bloomingdale, Ill., was saluted as the 2016 Top Miracle Agent for donating $3,750 to CMNH. The Becker Group of RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch, Ill., was named 2016 Top Miracle Team after donating $8,100.The following are the RE/MAX companies honored as Outstanding Citizens for their generous donations to CMNH, all of which benefited Lurie Children’s Hospital. They are listed in order based on the size of their donation, with the largest contributor first:RE/MAX Suburban, with offices in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Glen Ellyn, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg and Wheaton.RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, with offices in Algonquin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake Zurich and Palatine.RE/MAX Advantage Realty of Antioch.RE/MAX Showcase, with offices in Gurnee, Long Grove and Waukegan.RE/MAX All Pro of Bloomingdale, Sugar Grove and St. Charles.The 64 RE/MAX Northern Illinois Miracle Offices for 2016 are listed below, grouped by the county in which the office is located:Cook CountyRE/MAX 10, Chicago Lincoln Park;RE/MAX 10, Chicago Midway;RE/MAX 10, Oak Lawn;RE/MAX 10, Palos Park;RE/MAX 1st Service, Orland Park;RE/MAX All Stars, Niles;RE/MAX Central, Roselle;RE/MAX City, Chicago;RE/MAX Exclusive Properties, Chicago;RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors®, Oak Park;RE/MAX Market, Willow Springs;RE/MAX NorthCoast, Chicago;RE/MAX of Barrington, Barrington;RE/MAX Partners, Berwyn;RE/MAX Properties, Western Springs;RE/MAX Suburban, Arlington Heights; RE/MAX Suburban, Mt. Prospect;RE/MAX Suburban, Roselle Road, Schaumburg;RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg;RE/MAX Synergy, Chicago;RE/MAX Synergy, Flossmoor;RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Bartlett;RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Palatine.DuPage CountyRE/MAX Action, Lisle;RE/MAX All Pro, Bloomingdale;RE/MAX Professionals, Burr Ridge;RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville;RE/MAX Signature Homes, Hinsdale;RE/MAX Suburban, Glen Ellyn;RE/MAX Suburban, Wheaton.Grundy CountyRE/MAX Hometown Properties, Channahon.Kane CountyRE/MAX All Pro, St. Charles;RE/MAX All Pro, Sugar Grove;RE/MAX Deal Makers, Hampshire;RE/MAX Excels, Geneva;RE/MAX Northern Illinois Regional Office, Elgin;RE/MAX Town and Country, Aurora.Lake CountyRE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch;RE/MAX Center, Grayslake;RE/MAX NOW, Lake Barrington;RE/MAX Plaza, Wauconda;RE/MAX Prestige, Long Grove;RE/MAX Showcase, Gurnee;RE/MAX Showcase, Long Grove;RE/MAX Showcase, Waukegan;RE/MAX Suburban, Buffalo Grove;RE/MAX Suburban, Libertyville;RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Lake Zurich.LaSalle CountyRE/MAX 1st Choice, Ottawa.McHenry CountyRE/MAX Connections II, Marengo;RE/MAX Plaza, McHenry;RE/MAX Plaza, Richmond;RE/MAX Plaza, Woodstock;RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Algonquin;RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Crystal Lake;RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Huntley.Mercer CountyRE/MAX Country Crossroads, Viola.Ogle CountyRE/MAX of Rock Valley, Oregon;RE/MAX Professional Advantage, Byron.Rock Island CountyRE/MAX Elite Homes, Moline.Will CountyRE/MAX 10, New Lenox;RE/MAX Professionals, Bolingbrook;RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Plainfield;RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Shorewood.RE/MAX agents consistently rank among the most productive in the industry. In 2016, RE/MAX Northern Illinois agents averaged 18 transaction sides. RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989 and is continually growing. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,250 sales associates and 103 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app, available for download at www.illinoisproperty.com, provides comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 110,000+ sales associates in 100+ nations. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from RE/MAX Northern Illinois


CHARLESTON, W. Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DMV customers needing to renew their West Virginia driver’s license or vehicle registration may now do so at one of three self-service kiosks in place across the state, with more locations coming soon. Commissioner Pat Reed announced today at the Beckley Sheetz on Eisenhower Drive that the kiosk featured there will help customers “Skip the Line” and conduct two of the DMV’s most popular transactions. “We are thrilled to offer the citizens of West Virginia quick and efficient transaction opportunities,” said Reed. “The three kiosks, located in Beckley, the Star City Sheetz, and outside the Kanawha City DMV, will help you renew your driver’s license and vehicle registration in just minutes.” To access the driver’s license renewal process, simply bring your current or expiring driver’s license, renewal form with pin number, and credit card to one of the three kiosk locations. Once at the machine, you will be able to process your transaction in just minutes, and receive a receipt to keep with you until your hard copy comes in the mail. Renewing your vehicle registration card can be even faster. Your decal and registration card are printed immediately at the kiosk. Customers with driver’s license changes, including name or address change, will still need to visit their local DMV Regional Office for service. For additional information, please contact the WV DMV at 1-800-642-9066, or visit the DMV website at www.dmv.wv.gov. WV.gov is the official website of the state of West Virginia (http://www.wv.gov) and is the result of an innovative public-private partnership between the state and West Virginia Interactive. West Virginia Interactive works with state and local government agencies to build and manage interactive online services and is a subsidiary of digital government firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV). Founded in 1992, NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is celebrating 25 years as the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 12,000 digital government services for more than 4,500 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking digital government personal assistant, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single access point for government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.


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COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Corporate Office Properties Trust (“COPT” or the Company) (NYSE: OFC) announced that its President & CEO, Stephen E. Budorick, will provide an overview of the Company and participate in a question and answer session at Citi’s 2017 Global Property CEO Conference. The presentation will be held on March 6, 2017 at 1:35 p.m. Eastern Time at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida. A live audio webcast of the presentation and materials encompassing the information provided during the presentation and conference will be available in the ‘Investors’ section of the Company’s website, www.copt.com. The replay of the presentation will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 20, 2017. COPT is an office REIT that owns, manages, develops and selectively acquires office and data center properties in locations that support United States Government agencies and their contractors, most of whom are engaged in national security, defense and information technology (“IT”) related activities servicing priority missions (“Defense/IT Locations”). We also own a portfolio of Class-A office properties located in select urban/urban-like submarkets within our regional footprint (“Regional Office Properties”). As of December 31, 2016, we derived 87% of core portfolio annualized revenue from Defense/IT Locations and 13% from our Regional Office Properties. As of December 31, 2016, our core portfolio of 152 office properties encompassed 16.3 million square feet and was 94.4% leased. This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements, as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that are based on the Company’s current expectations, estimates and projections about future events and financial trends affecting the Company. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “plan” or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which the Company cannot predict with accuracy and some of which the Company might not even anticipate. Accordingly, the Company can give no assurance that these expectations, estimates and projections will be achieved. Future events and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that may affect these expectations, estimates, and projections include, but are not limited to: The Company undertakes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements. For further information, please refer to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly the section entitled “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

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