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November 26, 2012
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  Industry Buzz 
  • Toro helps Calif. city save water
    Toro donated an irrigation system with high-efficiency drip and spray emitters to Upland, Calif., to help support the new sustainable landscaping at the Public Works headquarters. The landscaping contains native species of drought-tolerant plants and is meant to educate residents about water conservation. The company also gave away water-efficient sprinkler nozzles to residents. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Indicators 
  • U.S. data to reflect effects of storm, budget crisis
    Factors from the immediate past and the near-term future both worked to hold down U.S. consumer spending and business investment last month, according to economists looking ahead to reports due this week. Hurricane Sandy's effects will be reflected in the consumer figures, and the ongoing negotiations over deficit reduction probably weighed on business calculations. "What I hear from customers, what I hear from suppliers, what I hear from other CEOs that are running businesses is a real hesitation to step out and make big capital investments, to step out and take on big projects because of the ambiguity of what's going on in the economy," said James Ryan, chairman of W.W. Grainger, a supplier of tools and equipment. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 4 ways leaders can foster innovation
    There are plenty of ways for bosses to foster innovation, writes Scott Edinger, but the best techniques all focus on building a companywide culture rather than on recognizing and rewarding a handful of creative superstars. "A culture where innovation thrives in every corner is exponentially more valuable than a culture which anoints one or even a few people as 'the innovative ones,' " Edinger writes. Forbes (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Update 
  • Deal is closer to avoid "fiscal cliff"
    Several veteran lawmakers predict the "fiscal cliff" will be avoided as Republicans will agree to raise taxes by limiting deductions and Democrats will agree to reform entitlement programs. Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., says he will violate his anti-tax pledge because when "you’re $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece." The Hill/Blog Briefing Room (11/25), The Wall Street Journal (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. is closer to free-trade deal with Europe
    Momentum is picking up in negotiations that could lead to a free-trade agreement between the U.S. and the EU. Although trade with China gets much publicity, the EU buys more U.S. exports than China. An agreement could increase economic growth in the U.S. and the EU by 1.5 percentage points, according to the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Limited immigration measure proposed by House GOP members
    A limited immigration measure that would provide 55,000 visas for some foreign graduates of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs and shorten the waiting period for families of green-card holders has been proposed by Republican members of the House of Representatives. The bill has a good chance of passing in the House, but it is uncertain if it will receive support in the Senate. Google/The Associated Press (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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