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February 12, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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Webinar: Impactful Precon with a New Breed of BIM
If you are looking for a way to make an impact with your preconstruction efforts, sign up for this free webinar. You will learn how DProfiler 2013 can change your customer experience, adding confidence and clarity. DProfiler combines a 3D sketchpad with real time estimating, topography, sequencing, and more into a single interface. Register now to learn more!
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Selling your business? Here are 7 things you should do now.
If you're considering selling your business, you should be doing everything you can to get the best possible price. In just 7 simple steps you can improve your chances of attracting buyers and getting big bucks for your business. Read the article and learn the 7 steps.

  Economic Update 
 
  • Debt-reduction effort is almost finished, White House says
    The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that it doesn't plan to launch another initiative to cut the national debt. The White House is telling policymakers that if a deal can be reached to head off across-the-board cuts, President Barack Obama will have achieved his goal of curbing the acceleration of government borrowing. The Washington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State of the Union address will pledge a focus on jobs
    President Barack Obama reportedly has promised Democratic lawmakers that he will use his State of the Union address to present issues such as immigration and education reform as means to boost employment. Tuesday's speech could be a defining moment for Obama, giving him the chance to set out his vision at a time when he has significant political capital. "He's never really had an opportunity like this -- and he probably won't have one again," write Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake. USA Today/The Oval blog (2/8), The Washington Post/The Fix blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Innovation & Green Building 
 
  • Slideshow: How to build the world’s longest floating bridge
    The longest floating bridge in the world, Seattle’s Route 520 bridge that spans Lake Washington, is being rebuilt. This slideshow aims to demonstrate how "advanced construction methods and new technologies, including electrified rebar and hundreds of moisture sensors, will play prominent roles in building the 116-foot-wide, 20-foot-high, six-lane structure." Wired.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Policy Watch 
  • Fla. DOT proposes $8.5B budget for 2013
    Florida Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad has unveiled a final 2013 budget proposal of $8.5 billion, the state's biggest nonstimulus plan ever. "We need to continue to make the case that infrastructure and investment in transportation is more than road builders and engineers ... it is what drives the economy," Prasad said. Sunshine State News (Fla.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • American Legion Post reopens after renovation by AGC Charities and volunteers
    Construction charity organization AGC Charities, Inc., completed renovations to an American Legion Post on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to make the facility more handicap accessible. Dozens of local contractors donated their time, expertise and money to make a series of improvements to the Kenneth H. Nash Post 8 building. "We are honored to have this opportunity to give back to the men and women that have sacrificed so much for our great country and the freedoms we all enjoy," said Joseph H. Jarboe, senior vice president of Clark Construction Group and the president of Associated General Contractors of America. "We hope that with these new renovations the Post will be able to better serve these honorable service men and women and provide the best accommodations possible." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 AGC’s 94th Annual Convention and Constructor Expo
    March 6-9 || Palm Springs, Calif.
    Growing your business can be a difficult endeavor ... even in a strong economy. In today’s construction marketplace, with fewer projects to bid on, increased competition from out of market firms, lower margins and higher materials prices, the average contractor faces nightmarish conditions in which to try to keep their businesses afloat, much less thriving. Very often, the line between success and failure comes down to simply who you know. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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