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December 28, 2012
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  • Ohio to add more than 200,000 shale jobs by 2035, study says
    A study supported by the American Chemistry Council and other groups projects that activity in Ohio's Utica Shale will generate 266,000 jobs by 2035 -- or more than 200,000 more such positions than exist today. The economic and tax benefits to Ohio by 2020 are expected to be $18 billion and $4.6 billion, respectively. The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (12/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Policy Watch 
  • Perciasepe, McGinty among candidates to succeed Jackson at EPA
    Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert Perciasepe is considered a potential replacement for Administrator Lisa Jackson. Other options include the agency's air-pollution chief, Gina McCarthy, California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols and Kathleen McGinty, who has held top environmental jobs in Pennsylvania and for former President Bill Clinton. The Hill/E2 Wire blog (12/27), National Journal (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BPA concerns are leading to reactionary regulations
    Unwarranted fears about bisphenol A are spurring regulations that could lead to more dangerous alternatives, writes Angela Logomasini of the Independent Women's Forum and Competitive Enterprise Institute. "Manufacturers have used BPA for more than 60 years to make hard, clear plastics and resins that line food containers, and there are no documented cases of BPA-related illnesses from consumer exposures," she writes. The Hill/Congress blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Research & Innovation 
  • What is the bioplastics sector watching for next year?
    Bioplastics are making gains as drop-in replacements for conventional petroleum-based substances, among other advances, according to this analysis. Bioplastics are also benefiting from the expansion of biomass feedstock options and availability, the analysis adds. PlasticsToday.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Leadership & Management 
  • Treat your workers like a pack of huskies
    As individuals, husky dogs are notoriously headstrong, but put them in a sled team and they'll work together, Jack Zenger writes. Many employees are the same: Their productivity and value only emerge when you put them in the right context. "Sometimes ... you will never recognize an employee's full potential until they are placed in the right area with the right people," Zenger writes. Forbes (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 voluntary benefits most coveted by employees
    Offering voluntary benefits is an inexpensive way for companies to boost morale, Michael Motyka writes. "The most popular benefits are those which foster health and wellness, and provide for families or individuals in times of need," he writes, noting that disability insurance and life insurance are among the voluntary benefits that employees will be most grateful for. The Employee Benefits Blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SmartQuote 
If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart."
--Socrates,
Greek philosopher


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