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September 11, 2012
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  • Understanding reached; 9/11 museum construction to restart
    Construction could resume by the end of this month on the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum Foundation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have signed a memorandum of understanding that resolves funding, oversight and financing issues. On Monday evening, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the museum foundation, said, "I’m very gratified that on the eve of this important anniversary we are able to announce an agreement that will ensure the completion of the 9/11 museum." CNN (9/11), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure Watch 
  • $5.5B, 8-year plan will address all "bad" bridges in Okla.
    In 2004, Oklahoma identified 1,168 deficient bridges in the state. It's been working to fix them, and a $5.5 billion 2013-2020 budget plan addresses the last of those bridges. A total of 2,030 projects and 951 bridge replacements or major improvement projects are included in the plan. “We believe Oklahomans will be pleased with the upcoming improvements and will reap the rewards of smart investment in our infrastructure,” said Gary Ridley, state transportation secretary. Tulsa World (Okla.) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cost of building new Atlanta Falcons stadium rises to $1.2B
    The cost to build the Atlanta Falcons' new stadium is expected to rise from $948 million to $1.2 billion, according to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The increase is attributed to improvements that will be done around the stadium site, such as upgrading roads, sidewalks and other amenities. The football stadium will have a retractable roof, but its location and final design have yet to be announced. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Hospital construction projects abound
    Multimillion-dollar hospital and related projects are being planned, prepped for expansion or breaking ground in New York, Nevada and Virginia, creating much-needed jobs. Among the projects are the $1.5 billion Union Village complex in Henderson, Nev., the University of Rochester Medical Center's $145 million Golisano Children's Hospital in New York, and Virginia's $215 million Inova Women’s Hospital and Inova Children’s Hospital, along with the $168 million expansion of Children’s Hospital of Richmond. (Las Vegas) (9/10), YNN Rochester (N.Y.) (9/10), Virginia Business (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainable Development 
  • NYC moves slowly to mitigate flood risk, experts say
    New York City is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, but city officials are acting slowly to reduce the risk of severe flooding, which could hurt transportation, the city's low-lying financial district and thousands of residents, experts say. "They lack a sense of urgency about this," said Douglas Hill of the Storm Surge Research Group at Stony Brook University. The city needs sea gates and other structures that would ward off storm surges, Hill said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Election 2012 
  Advancing the Profession 
  • Companies adapt to a new generation of engineers
    Companies need to complement experienced, more senior staff with younger engineers, who are looking for career opportunities and flexibility. "Our young engineers are looking for mobility and to be able to move around. They're not married yet, in many instances, and we do encourage our engineers to go out to site assignments," says Jacek Morawski, AMEC's director of oilsands. Calgary Herald (Alberta) (9/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Does your leadership stand for something?
    Employees can be inspired by the example of their leader, but only if that leader demonstrates excellence through "purposeful and principled living" that shows he or she stands for something, says John Baldoni. "True leaders do not pander to audiences. They lead from inside," he says. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Civil Engineering online exclusive: STEM Education Pays Dividends for Minorities
    ASCE Civil Engineering magazine online  

    A new research study follows minority students through college and into their first jobs and finds that STEM majors earn more than their peers. Look into the findings, then discover more fascinating, topical articles at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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