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February 20, 2013
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  • School district earns 50-cent-a-gallon credit for propane buses
    The Conroe Independent School District in Texas will receive a 50-cent-per-gallon tax credit for 2012 and 2013 for its school buses that run on propane autogas. The credit is part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The district began operating 25 propane autogas buses last year. "One of the things that encouraged us was the grant that we received. In our analysis, we found [the propane] buses are cheaper to drive per mile and require less maintenance. What we are doing is trying to be economical in the use of the citizens' tax dollars," said school board President Ray Sanders. The Courier (Conroe, Texas) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ohio shale industry helps generate jobs, officials say
    The shale oil and natural gas industry in Ohio has helped generate jobs for the state, officials say. In one year, Southeast Ohio's oil drilling and pipelining jobs grew by 24%. "Ohio is fortunate to have a natural gift with great potential for reinvigorating our economy: huge deposits of shale rock, beneath which sit potentially vast reserves of oil and natural gas," said Michael Colbert, director of the state's Department of Job and Family Services. The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register (Wheeling, W.Va.) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Free Mower Case Studies for Prospects
    The Propane Education & Research Council has posted on the Propane MaRC five free case studies of landscape contractors that are successfully using propane as their fuel of choice. The studies show propane means savings and more efficient operations in states across the country. Find a study that fits your region and share it with a prospect. Go to the MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Propane Cuts New Home's Energy Bill
    A new Texas home that uses propane for its five key areas of energy will save its owner $1,154 annually in energy costs, compared with a standard home. The 3,500-square-foot home fuels its space and water heating, cooking, fireplaces and clothes drying with propane. Read A Five-Step Plan for Lower HERS Scores in the latest Propane Energy Update. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • A promotion doesn't automatically make you a leader
    Leaders don't gain the "skills and strengths of a Steve Jobs" just because they're given a new title and expanded authority, writes Joel Garfinkle. To succeed and lead your former peers, you'll need to be open to learning and developing on the job. "Cut yourself some slack and allow for time for the growth to take place," Garfinkle advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leadership: The difference between life and death at the South Pole
    Polar explorer Robert Falcon Scott believed in the power of noble intentions -- but that led him to set overly ambitious goals, to fail to plan effectively and, ultimately, to perish, writes Art Petty. By contrast, Roald Amundsen took a more pragmatic approach to exploration and was able to guide his team to success. "Don't get caught up in the nobility of your tactics, when there may well be a better, less-elegant approach to save the project, your job or in Scott's case, his life," Petty writes. ArtPetty.com (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We must travel in the direction of our fear."
--John Berryman,
American poet and scholar


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