Construction companies prepare for winter challenges | Dec. rate bump almost guaranteed, Fed minutes show | Construction companies should talk salary in first hiring interview
October 13, 2017
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Construction companies prepare for winter challenges
Construction companies prepare for winter challenges
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Safety is the top priority for construction firms as winter approaches, and Kim Slowey looks at some ways companies protect their workers. Construction industry professionals say bad weather needs to be integrated into the construction schedule, so planning is the key.
Construction Dive (10/10) 
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News & Trends
Dec. rate bump almost guaranteed, Fed minutes show
An interest-rate increase in December has strong support among the members of the Federal Open Market Committee, minutes from its September meeting show. Officials said they were confident the economy is growing steadily, despite the slow rise of inflation.
CNBC (10/11) 
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Construction companies should talk salary in first hiring interview
Construction companies need to be asked about salary expectations at the outset of the interview process and should expect to pay an average of 12% to 15% -- and up to 25% -- more for a construction manager to change jobs. A better overall hiring process will decrease the likelihood of talent going elsewhere.
ForConstructionPros (10/10) 
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Construction starts on tallest skyscraper in Canada
Workers began building a 1,003-foot skyscraper in Toronto, which will be the tallest in Canada. Called "The One," it will span 85 floors and have a glass curtain wall with structural framework and horizontal bands and will be home to retail, cafes and residential space.
New Atlas (10/9) 
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Energy & the Environment
Houston's Capitol Tower to offer 12th-floor park
A 24,000-square-foot park is being developed on the 12th floor as part of the 35-story Capitol Tower office building in downtown Houston. Walking paths will wind through native plants and grasses in the green space above the parking garage.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/12) 
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Startup Edisun Microgrids aims to expand solar-tracker use
Edisun Microgrids, a startup that completed the installation of 3,000 solar trackers on an industrial roof in California, is working to make the devices more commonplace. The company developed a dual-axis rooftop tracking system for commercial and industrial roofs that pivots from the bottom of the panel, allowing it to retract to lie flat.
Greentech Media (10/11) 
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In the Office
How to write a value proposition that stands out
Value propositions provide the differentiating factors that make people want to do business with you, writes Mark Coronna. Any good value proposition identifies distinct competencies, uses customer-facing language and gets a regular refresh.
Chief Outsiders (10/10) 
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Be a listener, not a talker
People pay more attention to your actions than what you say, which is why Mark Deterding suggests you should spend most of your time listening. Open-ended questions and a tactical use of silence can ensure you're not the one doing all the talking.
Lead Change Group (10/9) 
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Government & Regulatory
Denver mayor says green roof initiative is too much
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock thinks the Denver Green Roof Initiative on the ballot goes too far. "By taking a mandate-only approach and eliminating the opportunity for options, the initiative would actually hinder efforts to pilot, promote, phase and incentivize green infrastructure, as is being done in many of our peer cities across the United States," he notes.
KMGH-TV (Denver) (10/11) 
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White House: Trump to end subsidies for low-income health care
White House: Trump to end subsidies for low-income health care
Trump (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump will order an end to the subsidies paid to insurance companies that help cover the cost of medical care for people on modest incomes, the White House said. Members of Congress from both parties have urged Trump to allow the payments to continue.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/12),  National Public Radio (10/12),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/13),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/13) 
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TAMKO donates $100,000 to American Red Cross for Hurricane Maria
NRCA member TAMKO Building Products Inc., Joplin, Mo., has again donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross; the funds are designated for assistance with Hurricane Maria disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico. The company previously donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in September to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Houston and the surrounding area. Find more information here.
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Two additional companies join NRCA's One Voice initiative
NRCA has announced two additional companies recently have joined its One Voice initiative and upgraded their associate memberships to "partner member" -- ATAS International, Allentown, Pa., and Owens Corning Inc., Toledo, Ohio. In early 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative aimed at collectively recognizing threats to the industry and the opportunities they may present. To do so, NRCA has undertaken a campaign to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice on matters of industry importance. Find more information here.
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