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January 17, 2013
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  News & Trends 
  • Cost of construction material rose 1.3% in 2012
    Construction-material prices increased 1.3% last year compared with 2011, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. "Moderate price swings for several materials last year gave contractors some breathing room, but future price spikes could push many firms into the red," Chief Economist Kenneth Simonson said. "Contractors have not recovered from the cost increases they had to absorb in 2010 and 2011." American City Business Journals/Boston/BBJ Real Estate Daily blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stalled $1.8B N.J. mall project could restart this month
    Work on the long-stalled former Meadowlands Xanadu mall project in New Jersey could restart this month, according to various state officials. The $1.8 billion project, renamed the American Dream Meadowlands mall, is expected to create more than 9,000 construction jobs and 10,000 project-related jobs. "In the short term, the construction industry desperately needs jobs, and that project would provide a major infusion of dollars from salary, wages, income," said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. "It’s sorely needed in that regard." The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. roofing business remains strong as it reaches its 50th year
    Family-owned Bob Goldsmith & Sons Roofing in Petoskey, Mich., will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year and looks forward to many more years under family ownership. The firm has worked on residential, commercial and industrial projects in Northern Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula. When the economy weakened, the company expanded its offerings to include trim work and insulation installation to keep its business afloat. Petoskey News-Review (Mich.) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Seattle "living building" sports green roof, solar array
    The 50,000-square-foot Bullitt Center in Seattle will showcase its features that meet the Living Building Challenge standards on Earth Day, April 22. Dubbed the "world's greenest building," the facility sports a green roof, along with cisterns that will manage stormwater runoff at the site. The six-story building also has a solar array as its source of energy, and architectural features that make its interior healthier for its occupants. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • 3 ways to juggle the roles of leader and manager
    If you want to become a better manager and leader, you should be honest and focus on delivering results, Emily Jasper writes. "Even if parts of your job are delegated to others, make sure they're delivering according to expectations." Also, look for ways to address issues that crop up at your company, she advises. The Starr Conspiracy (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to select automation software for your business
    You can determine how automation software might be able to help your business by monitoring how employees are using their time, writes Curt Finch, CEO of Journyx. When picking automation software, you should look for tools that have a proven track record and that can be integrated with other programs, he advises. Small Business Trends (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • OSHA and making a safety difference
    While some companies are critical of the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration publishes the names of employers that violate safety standards before they've been proven guilty, the agency does it to encourage others to adopt safety rules, according to David Michaels, assistant secretry of labor for occupational safety and health. Michaels notes that more companies are paying more attention to safety. All tools the agency uses have one point to hammer home: "Change what you're doing in the workplace in a way that makes a big difference and that will really reduce injury and illness," said Michaels. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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