Pittsburgh-Based Firm Started Small, Grew Into A U.S. Job Creator

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Fourteen years after Chuck Sanders opened a small storefront in Bellevue providing title and settlement services to people buying houses, that single business has mushroomed into a nationwide empire of about 13 companies, with some 2,400 employees and annual revenues this year that will be in the neighborhood of $200 million.

His flagship company, Urban Lending Solutions, headquartered Downtown in the Federated Investors Tower, provides back office support servicing mortgages for major financial institutions such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo and SunTrust.

New York-based Inc. magazine, which publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S., this year ranked Urban Lending Solutions as the eighth-top job creator in the U.S. for creating 1,022 new jobs within the prior 18 months. Black Enterprise Magazine, known for its annual list of the country’s largest African-American owned firms, ranked ULS the nation’s 16th largest with 2012 revenue of $183.5 million.

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Project OK’d For Pittsburgh’s North Shore

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After months of controversy, the city’s Stadium Authority cleared the way Friday for the latest development between Heinz Field and PNC Park — a $20 million retail and office project next to Stage AE.

Stadium Authority board members unanimously approved conceptual plans for the development and voted to sell the 1.3 acres needed for the project to North Shore Developers L.P. for $900,000, the appraised value.

The project is the first one advanced by developer Continental Real Estate Companies and the Steelers and the Pirates since the board voted last fall to amend a 9-year-old option agreement with the teams and extend the deadlines they had missed for developing land between the stadiums.

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