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February 18, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • NYC's Bloomberg aims to build a stronger, more sustainable city
    Three construction components were among work mentioned as critical to New York City's future, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg during his State of the City speech Sunday. They are the ongoing building of a $6 billion water tunnel, the second phase of which will be finished by year's end; rebuilding infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Sandy; and opening several new schools. The work will not only create jobs but will allow the city to "build back stronger. We will build back safer. We will build back more sustainably. But we'll build back here," Bloomberg said. Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (2/17), Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  • Nearly $1B rental building boom at NYC's Court Square
    Four projects worth nearly $1 billion are in the works at Court Square, a neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. Two of those projects will make more than 3,500 residential units available over the next five years. The Linc LIC building will offer over 700 units when it's complete this summer this summer, and a second residential tower with over 900 units will be finished by 2015. The Daily News (Batavia, N.Y.) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Massive tunnel borers at work to build U.K.'s Crossrail tunnels
    The first of eight enormous boring machines, each about 164 feet long and weighing almost 1,102 tons, is carving subway tunnels beneath London. It's part of the $23 billion Crossrail project that is adding 26 miles of track and new twin-bore tunnels. Tunneling is expected to be finished in 2014 and service to start in late 2018 or early 2019. The Sun (London) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • EPA reaches settlement with consortium on stormwater rule
    The Environmental Protection Agency says it will drop the numeric limit it set for stormwater runoff at construction sites. That move helps settle a lawsuit filed by the National Association of Home Builders, Utility Water Act Group, and Wisconsin Builders Association. "The proposed numeric limits were a 'one-size-fits-nowhere' approach that would have cost a fortune to implement and would not have improved water quality," said Jerry Deschane, WBA executive vice president. CENews.com (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama works on backup plan for immigration reform
    President Barack Obama is drafting a backup proposal for U.S. immigration reform in case bipartisan negotiations in Congress over such a bill collapses, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said. Under Obama's draft plan, it would take about eight years for an illegal immigrant to become a legal permanent resident of the U.S. Reuters (2/17), USA Today (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • TECH SHOWCASE presentation at AGC Convention in Palm Springs, Calif.
    Mobile Technology is changing the way construction projects are being built in the field. On March 7, please join the AGC IT Forum Committee at their Annual AGC Convention Technology Showcase which will focus this year on Mobile Apps in Construction. See a live demo of construction focused mobile apps! AGC Construction company presenters from across the country will share why they chose the app they are using, what tablet or smartphone devices the app runs on, and the impact the app has had on their employees, customers and business Each will discuss their company’s mobile device policy including BYOD, device/data security, and the costs of implementation. There will be opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentations. Information on how you can become a part of AGC’s IT Forum and stay abreast of the most effective use of technology in construction will also be discussed. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC Federal Contractors Conference & Infrastructure Fly-In
    April 23 to 25 || Washington, D.C.
    This conference allows open dialogue between contractors and the federal agencies to discuss contracting issues critical to the construction industry. Top decision makers from the federal agencies with large construction programs will be in attendance. Visit www.AGC.org/FedCon for more information and to register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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