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November 27, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Billions needed to help N.Y. recover from Sandy
    New York needs $32.8 billion to fix damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo also wants $9.1 billion for prevention and mitigation projects, including "flood protection for the World Trade Center site and road and subway tunnels, fuel supply system power generation and sewage treatment protection, and secondary power supply systems for hospitals." United Press International (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 

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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
  Economic Update 
  • Disability hiring rule would be costly
    The Department of Labor's proposed disability hiring rule will be costly for companies, writes Sara Cann. A study by the Associated General Contractors of America found that an average-sized construction firm would need to spend about $14,000 annually -- for each project site -- nearly 30 times the DOL's estimate of $473. Fast Company magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Chemistry's role in reducing building emissions
    Improvements in insulation and roof coatings can achieve as much as a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in North America, Europe and Japan, according to the International Council of Chemical Associations. "Between now and 2050, you could save about 600 million tons of CO2 equivalent a year. The savings potential in the buildings sector is huge and something governments can control," said Russell Mills, global climate director at Dow Chemical. Bloomberg (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Obama and lawmakers work to avoid "fiscal cliff"
    Private discussions between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to find a compromise and avoid the "fiscal cliff" are picking up speed, officials say. Over the weekend, Obama phoned House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Also, Boehner is facilitating a meeting between senior Republicans and Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. The Washington Post (11/26), The White House Blog (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • 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
  • AGC’s Data DIGest
    Data DIGest is your source for the latest economic news relevant to the construction industry with commentary and analysis from AGC’s Chief Economist, Ken Simonson. It brings you actionable information to stay ahead of the curve on issues such as materials, prices, construction employment, and state-by-state construction trends. Subscribe at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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