Some local governments are pushing through re-zoning proposals as part of an effort to revive plans for new construction. Officials in Fresno, Calif., for example, have approved a $150 million mixed-use development on a prime 39-acre plot. Meanwhile, leaders in St. Francis, Wis., are expected to approve construction of a university that could revive plans for local commercial development. Officials note that construction will help keep workers employed while the economy is weak.

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