Business briefs for Saturday, Oct. 21 |

Business briefs for Saturday, Oct. 21

Park City Area Homebuilders Associations announces program

At the Utah Green Building University and Tradeshow, the Park City Area Home Builders Association unveiled a new voluntary residential green building program called the Utah Green Building Initiative. The program is designed to offer local builders information on products and building practices to help build homes to meet their buyers’ diverse needs.

A committee of Utah builders reviewed and modified voluntary green building guidelines in an effort to provide Utah builders with a tool kit for practical green building approaches applicable to Utah’s geographical and climatic region.

Coldwell Banker announces new additions

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage has announced the addition of Kati Irwin, Ron Ratcliffe, Lori Regan and Amber Small to its Park City sales team. Irwin is an experienced agent from Lewis Wolcott & Dornbush. Ratcliffe, Regan, and Small are recent graduates of Stringham Real Estate School.

Cost of living drops again

For the second month, the overall cost of living along the Wasatch Front decreased in September by 0.9 percent, according to the Wells Fargo Wasatch Front area Cost of Living Report.

The September Wasatch Front area Cost of Living Index (March 1988 = 100) decreased to 158.5 compared to 174.3 calculated nationwide from the same base month. From April to September 2006, the overall local cost of living was up a moderate 0.5 percent compared with the same year-ago period well below the national 3.7-percent rate.

Preceded by six straight months of increases, Wasatch Front transportation expenses fell markedly in September by 5.8 percent due to lower gasoline prices. And during the past six months, local transportation costs have gone down 4.6 percent compared with a year ago. National transportation costs fell as well, decreasing 4.2 percent for the month.

Roommate Round-up reignites

The first of many Roommate Round-ups was held on Oct. 3, with the next coming this Tuesday, Oct. 24. The round-ups are held every Tuesday, except Halloween, to help seasonal workers find roommates, get to know Park City and to get other information and access to resources. Mountainlands Community Housing Trust puts on the event at the Bad Ass Coffee House.

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