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January 29, 2013
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  • Learn more from ACC on the importance of balanced regulatory policies to the expansion of shale gas  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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
Policy Watch 
  • Cybersecurity bill is introduced in the Senate
    Senate Democrats have introduced a cybersecurity bill in the new session of Congress. The bill's aims include "establishing mechanisms for the sharing of cyberthreat information between the government and private sector," and a public-private system for detection of and response to cyberthreats, according to Bloomberg BNA. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy investments are driving Houston's economy, experts say
    Investments from the energy industry are attracting highly skilled workers for good-paying jobs, said Edward Ogden, director of recruiting company Spencer Ogden. Natural gas liquids are among the trending areas, with petrochemicals eventually expected to benefit in the region, analysts said. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Safety a priority for Dow Kokam battery facilities
    Dow Kokam's battery-production sites in Michigan and Missouri have focused on safe working conditions, with no injuries reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. "Our policy is safety and quality first," said David Pankratz, vice president of operations. "We put a high focus behind ensuring everybody got the training they needed, understood what they were doing, and made sure they have a clear understanding from a safety and quality perspective," he added. Midland Daily News (Mich.) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC offers waste-minimizing tips for Super Bowl parties
    The American Chemistry Council has offered advice for reducing waste related to Super Bowl parties this coming weekend. "We all want to lighten our environmental footprint without sacrificing the things we love, such as big game day celebrations and tailgate parties. Plastics we use in the kitchen can help us prepare, transport, serve and store our favorite game day food and drinks while creating less waste," said Steve Russell, ACC's vice president of plastics. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Leadership & Management 
  • How to avoid stinking up your company
    Great bosses know that "a skunk stinks from the head down," and that businesses similarly succeed or fail based on their leadership, writes Bill McBean in this book excerpt. To avoid making a stink, aim to be determined, humble, transparent and flexible, McBean advises. "If you want to give your business a good start toward success, it has to start with leadership, and leadership has to start with you," he writes. Fast Company online (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 ways to ensure your firm survives flu season
    It's a particularly rough flu season, and smart companies are taking steps to protect their workers. Among the best strategies: Be generous with sick days to keep the contagious away from the healthy; let employees work from home when they feel up to it; and put a bottle of hand sanitizer on every worker's desk. CBS MoneyWatch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • Officials: Pyrolysis to provide boost in northeast Colo. town
    Fort Morgan, Colo., is the latest U.S. city poised to reap benefits from converting waste to energy. Recently, the Fort Morgan City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Creative Energy Systems regarding the construction of a waste-to-energy facility. The CES plant will convert garbage collected from local area landfills into electricity through a process called pyrolysis that will help power the community. Read more on how waste-to-energy can positively impact the Fort Morgan community. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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