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March 4, 2013
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  • Propane autogas to take spotlight at Indianapolis truckers show
    Propane autogas will have a large presence this week at the National Truck Equipment Association's Green Truck Summit and Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The Propane Education & Research Council will showcase new propane technologies, and other propane autogas proponents at the conference will include CleanFuel USA, Roush CleanTech, GM, Ford, Freightliner, Isuzu and Knapheide. Propane Today blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • La. dealers to demo propane autogas safety at school convention
    The Louisiana Propane Dealers will attend the Louisiana School Boards Association's annual convention this week to educate school officials about propane safety and the benefits of using propane autogas in vehicles. "We've added live demonstrations this year so the educators can feel more comfortable than ever that propane is an incredibly safe and efficient fuel for everything from backyard barbecues to automobiles," said Randy Hayden, executive director of the Louisiana Propane Gas Association. Amite Tangi Digest (Amite, La.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Pa. shale benefits could last "over a century"
    More than 500 companies are already involved in shale natural gas drilling in southwestern Pennsylvania, and the economic effects extend to many unrelated industries, according to the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance. "I look at it not as a boom, but it will for over a century be an integrated part of our economy. I think boom implies bust, and I think what we are seeing is a new entrance into our region's economy," said Kathryn Klaber, CEO of the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Beaver County Times (Pa.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • Deliberations on DCP propane terminal to begin this month
    The Searsport, Maine, Planning Board is expected to begin deliberations on DCP Midstream's proposed propane import terminal later this month now that the series of public hearings is concluded. "Everything will be considered in our decision. Our decision will be based on the 18 performance standards laid out in the town ordinance," said board member Mark Bradstreet. "We're appreciative of all the discipline and commitment of the planning board. We're pleased to be at the point of deliberation," said DCP spokeswoman Roz Elliott. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Texas airport firefighters use Airbus A380 mock-up for training
    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has built an Airbus A380 mock-up to better train its firefighters on aircraft-fire response. The aircraft mock-up can be ignited by propane to simulate real conditions. The facility is part of the airport's $29.2 million renovation program aimed at improving its safety personnel's skills in responding to emergencies. Fire Engineering (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Officials respond to propane leak in Seymour, Conn.
    Emergency officials responded to a propane leak Friday at T&M Paving's property in Seymour, Conn., after equipment accidentally hit a pipe connected to an underground propane tank and caused a leak. The leaking fuel had to be flared off from the underground tank, officials said. No injuries were reported. New Haven Independent (Conn.) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Midwest Propane Show Starts March 12 in Indianapolis
    The Midwest Propane Gas Convention & Trade Show will run March 12 to 14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The Propane Education & Research Council will be in booth 229 showcasing new technology along with safety and training material. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E-learning Offers Flexibility, Consistency, Savings
    E-learning works best when the students are geographically diverse, have time constraints, or need flexibility in the material. The Propane Education & Research Council offers six e-learning courses, including Basic Principles & Practices, and Bobtail Delivery Operations. To learn more, visit the Propane MaRC. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Leadership & Management 
  • Many of the most respected firms are one-man shows
    Forbes' annual ranking of the world's most respected companies reports that seven of the top 10 are essentially one-man shows -- companies such as Amazon, Starbucks and Berkshire Hathaway that depend on the vision and charisma of a single strong leader. That's largely due to the changing nature of the business world, writes Geoff Colvin. "In an information-based economy, a company can rocket to industry dominance and a towering valuation in the space of a founder's career, much faster than in an industrial economy," he explains. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/28), CNNMoney/Fortune (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Want healthier workers? Start a lottery
    Four out of five major U.S. companies offer their employees cash incentives in a bid to spur them to exercise and eat more healthily. However, experts say that most could be deploying those incentives more effectively. Workers respond better to the chance of winning a large amount than they do to the guaranteed payment of a smaller amount, so companies can get more bang for their buck by running lotteries open only to workers who complete health-risk assessments. Knowledge@Wharton (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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