MGM pitches plans for $2.9B-$3.9B Toronto casino | Repairs move forward for leaky roof of historic Ill. county courthouse | Mass. roofing company works after heavy snowfall
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March 11, 2013
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Possible changes to tax code prompt action from various industries
It's possible that Congress could tackle tax reform, and that has businesses, trade groups and others working to get their voices heard. Among them is Duane Musser from the National Roofing Contractors Association, who is urging for faster depreciation for commercial roofs. "Everything is on the table," Musser said. The Washington Post (3/10)
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MGM pitches plans for $2.9B-$3.9B Toronto casino
MGM Resorts officials have presented details for a casino resort the company is proposing to build in Toronto. The firm wants to use Exhibition Place, a mixed-used district in Toronto that hosts a wide number of activities, as the site for the $2.9 billion to $3.9 billion casino, which includes a venue for Cirque du Soleil, retail space and a 1,200-room hotel. Toronto Sun (3/7)
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Repairs move forward for leaky roof of historic Ill. county courthouse
The leaky roof of the historic Vermilion County Courthouse in Illinois may soon be repaired, as a county board is expected to award the project to the lowest bidder. The roof of the century-old building has a concrete bottom, with layers of ballast, wood planking and insulation topped by a membrane. The repairs call for replacing the top layers of the roof with water-resistant sheeting and placing a material membrane on top. Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.) (3/10)
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Mass. roofing company works after heavy snowfall
There were almost 15 inches of snow on the ground in Clinton, Mass., but that didn't stop a roofing crew from Jeff Brewer Construction & Lead Paint Removal from getting to work on a 2,400-square-foot slate roof. The expected rise in temperatures and lack of wind should help the new shingles seal and keep them from blowing away, said Brewer, the owner of the company. Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.) (3/9)
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Report: Green buildings offer a wide range of benefits
Green buildings can offer benefits to a wide array of stakeholders throughout their life cycle, according to a report released by the World Green Building Council. "From risk mitigation across a building portfolio and city-wide economic benefits, to the improved health and well-being of individual building occupants, the business case for green building will continue to evolve as markets mature," said Jane Henley, CEO of WorldGBC. Daily Commercial News (3/11)
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Benefits make green roofs appealing, landscaper says
Green roofs, along with living walls, are gaining traction in Southern California due to their environmental and aesthetic benefits, according to this interview with Jim Mumford, president and founder of Good Earth Plants. Vegetated roofs can control stormwater runoff and save energy. However, green roofs tend to cost more than living walls because their installation requires more work, Mumford said. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/10)
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Change the way you look at mistakes
It's important to treat employees as experts, trust them to do the right thing and ask questions instead of making assumptions, writes Josh Patrick of Stage 2 Planning Partners. For this approach to work, leaders must accept the fact that their employees will occasionally make mistakes. "Instead of thinking of mistakes as problems, we started thinking of them as learning opportunities," Patrick writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (3/7)
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How to grow sustainably after the startup phase
Stay focused on a profitable business model and look three to five years out if you want to foster sustainable growth at your company, write Karl Stark and Bill Stewart of Avondale. In addition, you should spend most of your resources on your core offering, but dedicate some funds to finding other investment opportunities, they write. Inc. online (free registration)/Herding Gazelles blog (3/7)
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Government & Regulatory
Work visas for immigrants divide business, labor groups
A move to overhaul the visa system for low-wage foreign workers as part of broad immigration reform faces challenges because business and labor groups have different interests. The legislative group working on immigration reform has not yet settled on the number of workers to be allowed each year in the agricultural and non-agricultural programs, nor have they agreed on wage issues. The Wall Street Journal (3/10)
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Attendance increased at 2013 IRE
The total attendance at the 2013 International Roofing Expo in San Antonio Feb. 5 to 7 increased by 1.3% to 8,491 compared with the 2012 IRE in Orlando, Fla. The IRE featured 987 booths and 410 exhibiting companies. It also included 44 educational sessions with 3,995 sessions sold. Learn more.
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Air Force will award more than $300 million in roofing contracts
The Enterprise Sourcing Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is changing the way the U.S. Air Force purchases its roof system repair and replacement needs. ESG will move the Air Force to a regional contract model representing about $325 million in roofing requirements during five years. This will represent a significant change in roofing acquisition for the Air Force and roofing contractors. ESG will be hosting a Pre-Proposal Conference at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to communicate the preliminary contract requirements and obtain input from interested roofing contractors. Learn more.
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