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February 6, 2013
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  • Seattle, NYC among the U.S. cities with most green spaces
    Seattle and New York City are among the top 10 large cities in the U.S. with the most parks, trails and gardens that improve air quality and increase property values, according to a federally funded survey done by nonprofit American Forests. Portland, Ore., is also on the list. That city even converted a freeway into a riverfront park. Cities were ranked based on parkland per capita and the amount of green spaces accessible to the public. USA Today (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Buzz 
  • John Deere dealership teams up with Wis. community college
    Tractor Central, a John Deere dealer in the Chippewa Valley of Wisconsin, has agreed to lend equipment to students of the agriscience program at Chippewa Valley Technical College. The dealer might also hire some of the students when they graduate. "We are already working on similar agreements with other technical colleges," said Gene Schlosser, marketing manager of the dealership. The Chippewa Herald (Wis.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • U.S. service industries extend growth in January
    The outlook for U.S. consumer spending improved as service industries sustained their December pace of expansion in January. The Institute for Supply Management's nonmanufacturing index of 55.2 remained well above the 50 break-even mark and indicates the U.S. is "starting to see more evidence of an improving labor market," said Kevin Cummins, an economist at UBS Securities in Stamford, Conn. "So far, it doesn't seem the consumer has fallen off a cliff" due to a payroll tax increase that took effect last month, Cummins said. Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Home prices posted gains in December
    Home prices climbed 0.4% from November to December, according to data from CoreLogic. They rose 8.3% from the year-ago level, the largest gain in six years. "The upward trend in home prices in 2012 was broad-based, with 46 of 50 states registering gains for the year," said Anand Nallathambi, CoreLogic CEO and president. "All signals point to a continued improvement in the fundamentals underpinning the U.S. housing market recovery." Reuters (2/5), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Inside & Out 
  • The purpose-driven company
    There are five questions that corporate leaders should ask to determine their company's true goals and the best strategies to achieving them, experts say. "In the end, as a human being or an institution, you have to understand why you were put on this earth, and what actions you're going to take to deliver on that purpose," says design consultant Keith Yamashita. FastCoDesign (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Empathy and other key strategies for sales success
    Selling can be easier if you understand what your customers are going through, writes Scott Steinberg. "The best salespeople pay special attention to the key issues and market realities that customers face -- and then figure out how to best address and overcome these challenges," he writes. Salespeople should focus on building relationships and gaining an in-depth understanding of the markets they serve. The Huffington Post/The Blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Obama calls for short-term budget deal
    President Barack Obama urged Congress to pass a package of stop-gap tax increases and spending cuts quickly to avert deep across-the-board reductions in military and domestic spending that will automatically take effect March 1. He said the action would give lawmakers time to work out a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan that would put automatic sequestration of funds to rest permanently. Obama said there is no need to endanger "the jobs of thousands of Americans." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/5), Reuters (2/5), Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  OPEI News 
  • Outdoor Power Report -- A quarterly update for OPEI members
    OPEI's quarterly summary of issues and activities is now available. Read the report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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