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January 3, 2013
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  • 3 WTC Tower moves a bit closer to construction
    Tower 3 at the World Trade Center in New York City is a bit closer to construction now that "advanced" talks with a possible tenant are going on, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Developer Larry Silverstein hopes to build the 80-story tower by 2015. However, plans for Tower 2 are still "way down the road," the mayor said. New York Post (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Roofing co. accepts good deeds going forward as partial payment
    Money is tight at the Hoboken Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, but it still needs roof repairs. Welte Roofing has agreed to do the work at a reduced price in exchange for the church and its members doing good deeds in the community. The members will think of ways to reach out to others to "pay it forward," said Pam Stephens, who heads the house and grounds work for the church. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • Green roof allows house to blend with its surroundings
    A green roof on the MM House on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil, helps the structure to blend in with its surroundings. The concrete roof was covered with vegetation to reduce heat and absorb rainwater. In addition, the walls of the house, made of sliding glass doors, can be opened to allow natural ventilation and sunshine to enter. (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Strategic planning can help contractors deal with challenges
    A strategic planning system could help construction firms address various industry risks and business dilemmas, said Marc McKerley, a partner at Crowe Horwath. In this interview, McKerley offers management tips and advice about how to create a plan to help achieve "successful implementation of strategic goals." Smart Business online (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to get your business back on track
    Business owners should focus on repeating activities that have been effective in the past rather than trying to turn a failed tactic into a success, writes Dave Lavinsky of Growthink. "Unfortunately, when we were kids in school, our teachers taught us to work on our weaknesses," he writes. "Rather, in business, we should focus more on our strengths; what we're good at and what's working." Owners should also set goals for the future and make a plan to achieve them, he writes. Small Business Trends (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • House speaker takes a 2-step approach on Sandy aid bill
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he plans a two-step approach on Hurricane Sandy relief -- a vote on a $9 billion appropriation to the National Flood Insurance Program, scheduled for Friday, and another vote on $51 billion in relief on Jan. 15. The decision followed criticism from Northeastern lawmakers after Boehner canceled a vote on a $60 billion relief bill. "Now we see a total change in attitude of the speaker, not just pulling the bill but making an effort to get it moved rather quickly, and that is a very positive development," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The Hill/Blog Briefing Room (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clock ticking on employers contemplating benefits under health law
    With less than a year before most of the federal health care law provisions kick in, companies are considering making changes to contain their health care costs, experts say. Strategies being considered include eliminating health coverage for retired employees, increasing workers' premiums and putting new employees into more basic health care plans. Large firms are less likely than smaller firms to make significant changes to their health coverage, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Last chance for the IRE early registration discount
    The early bird discounted registration deadline is Jan. 4 for the 2013 International Roofing Expo to be held Feb. 5-7 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees can receive discounted registration rates when they register online on or before Jan. 4 at Early registration offers select benefits, including a $10 discount on Expo Only admission, $50-$60 discounts for conference packages and securing your choice of educational seminars. NRCA members receive a discount on all packages. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers fall-protection compliance program
    NRCA’s fall-protection compliance program, Serving Up Safety: A Recipe for Avoiding Falls on the Job, is a comprehensive tool for training new and seasoned roofing workers regarding all aspects of fall protection for roofing work. The program includes a DVD with six hours of video content explaining all fall-protection rules pertaining to each of the 50 states in the U.S., as well as printable PDFs. The member price for the program is $250, and the retail price is $350. Learn more, and purchase it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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