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January 14, 2013
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  • Multibillion-dollar project envisioned for N.Y. coliseum site
    The New York Islanders will leave the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Nassau County, N.Y., in 2015, and some are making plans for the "decaying" arena and its nearly 77 acres of concrete. Developers envision turning it into a biotech complex with health care, biosciences and sports medicine offices for startups and established companies. Don Monti, one of the developers, estimates it would take between $2 billion and $3 billion to develop the project. The Wall Street Journal (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Slate, copper specialist brings skills to rock-climbing gym
    Ed Smith specializes in copper and slate roofing -- and rock climbing. Smith and his roofing crew have converted a barn in Caldwell, Ohio, into a gym that focuses on rock climbing. The Cave, as it's called, has a floor made from recycled tires and walls textured in rock-like material. Designed for free climbing, there are 14 different climbing routes in the gym that cater to a variety of skill levels. The Daily Jeffersonian (Cambridge, Ohio) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • White roofs offer "easy" way to achieve energy efficiency
    White roofs can offer buildings a simple way to reduce their energy use, according to this piece. Roofs painted white can reduce the spike in temperatures and help one-story buildings save up to 15% on air conditioning energy use in one year, according to the Department of Energy. The nonprofit White Roof Project is encouraging property owners to adapt the concept across the country, and plans to promote it across the world in 2014. The Liberty Vindicator (Texas)/EarthTalk (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GSA's Green Proving Ground program pushes energy efficiency
    The General Services Administration manages a federal buildings' portfolio of almost 10,000 assets, and the agency sees technological advances as key to energy efficiency and cost savings. For this reason, the Green Proving Ground program was developed, and it "leverages GSA's own real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging building technologies and practices to save energy, water and reduce operational costs," said Eleni Reed, chief greening officer at GSA. AOL Government (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  In the Office 
  • Want happier workers? Go on a hike
    Dropbox holds regular "hillcore" events, in which workers are encouraged to climb a hill together. The hikes help employees clear their heads, boosting overall productivity and helping foster collaboration and innovation, says programmer Dan Wheeler. "When you're programming, you're doing your job more effectively if your mind is going faster. When you're hiking, you're letting your mind wander," he explains. Fast Company online (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • Obama administration to propose broad changes to immigration
    A comprehensive measure on immigration reform could soon be introduced by President Barack Obama and Democratic members of the Senate, according to senior administration officials. The bill is expected to put forth a legal process by which undocumented residents could become citizens through a series of payments and taxes. It would also mandate that the legal status of all new hires be verified. The measure could be unveiled in the State of the Union Address next month, officials said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/12), The Wall Street Journal (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. paychecks shrink as tax cut expires
    Americans are seeing decreased take-home pay after a 2-year-old tax cut expired. About $125 billion in consumer spending power is expected to disappear from the economy this year as the payroll tax increases 2 percentage points. Bloomberg (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • NRCA announces 2013 FEI graduates
    NRCA’s Future Executives Institute, a three-year educational program designed to develop the management and leadership skills of future and current roofing company leaders, has announced its graduates for 2013. FEI provides basic business information, current industry topics, leadership and personal development opportunities, and team-building exercises. Learn more, and view a list of graduates. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRCA offers new affinity program
    NRCA has partnered with Labor Sync to provide its members with a technology solution to help control labor costs and drive profitability. The Labor Sync application is available for iPhones, iPads or any Android phone or tablet. From any wireless device or computer, the Labor Sync website provides you with interactive maps to see where employees are; allows messaging with attachments; and offers a suite of reporting tools to simplify payroll and job order costing. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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