N.J. governor previews post-Sandy rebuilding plan | 5 school roofs in Mass. to cost between $8M and $10M | Copper-roof replacement for library in Maine to be put to voters
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March 13, 2013
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Mapping the U.S. housing recovery
Learn more about the U.S. housing recovery: http://smartblogs.com/finance/2013/03/08/mapping-how-housing-is-on-the-mend/
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Lost amid all the political gridlock in Washington has been one major positive indicator for the U.S. economy: The housing market is starting to rebound. Real estate foreclosures, mortgage delinquencies and vacancies are all on the decline. This article uses maps to drill down to the state and ZIP code level to analyze the most promising sections of the country for housing-related businesses. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (3/8)
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N.J. governor previews post-Sandy rebuilding plan
Of the $1.83 billion in post-Sandy, federal recovery aid for New Jersey, half will be spent to assist homeowners and business owners whose properties were damaged during the hurricane. Some of the money will be used to provide grants and loans for eligible residents for flood mitigation, resettlement, rebuilding and construction of new housing units, which is expected to create thousands of jobs. The Philadelphia Inquirer/Christie Chronicles blog (3/12)
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5 school roofs in Mass. to cost between $8M and $10M
Roof replacement projects are planned for all five schools in Pembroke, Mass., because the structures are all in bad condition. The town's selectmen have asked the state's School Building Authority to reimburse the town for the cost of the work. The total cost of the five projects is expected to be between $8 million and $10 million, said Erin Sullivan-Obey, director of finance and operations for the local school district. The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) (3/12)
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Copper-roof replacement for library in Maine to be put to voters
The 100-year-old copper roof of the Bangor Public Library in Maine needs to be replaced because the aging structure leaks and is beyond repair. Copper will be used for the new roof because -- even though it is more costly -- it will last longer, said John Rohman from the library's board of trustees. Structural work also will need to be done to shore up the roof in some areas. Residents will vote on a $3 million bond measure this summer to pay for the repairs. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (3/11)
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OSHA cites N.J. company for fall-protection violations
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has levied about $70,000 in fines against F&G Sons Contractors in Paterson, N.J., for violating fall-protection standards and not taking safety measures on scaffolding work. The agency started to investigate the company when it received an "imminent danger complaint" in 2012. The company was cited with five repeat violations, which included lack of fall-protection equipment and unsecured scaffolding. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (3/12)
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Energy & the Environment
Walgreens to build first net-zero store in Ill.
Walgreens plans to build its first net-zero store in Evanston, Ill., and it will feature more than 800 solar panels on its roof, LED lighting and two wind turbines. The facility will harness geothermal energy, and its heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment will use carbon dioxide refrigerants. "We are investing in developing a net-zero store so we can learn the best way to bring these features to our other stores," said Thomas Connolly, Walgreens vice president of facilities development. Forbes (3/10)
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In the Office
The power of treating people with respect
Leaders who focus more on "why people can't be trusted" than communicating openly risk turning off team members who can be trusted and care about doing a good job, Karin Hurt writes. "In fact, the more you treat others with deep respect, the more likely the team will work to reject any member acting inappropriately," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/8)
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How successful executives manage their time
The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Pete Drucker. "If you're just doing what comes in, you're on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7)
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Government & Regulatory
Republican and Democratic budget plans sharply different
U.S. budgets proposed by Republican and Democratic leaders have little in common, despite President Barack Obama's call for a broad deal. The austere House Republican proposal is similar to one passed last year that Senate Democrats promptly rejected. Senate Democrats introduced a proposal that wouldn't balance the budget anytime soon. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12), The Washington Post (3/12), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (3/12)
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Senate immigration talks: E-Verify more likely than biometric cards
A proposal to use biometric cards to check the legal status of workers could be scrapped under bipartisan efforts to create a comprehensive immigration bill because it is quite costly. The lawmakers are instead leaning to the E-Verify system, noting that it would need improvements to reduce fraud and errors. However, some critics say that could be difficult. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/12)
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Green roof publication is available
Written by Kelly Luckett, a LEED-Accredited Professional and industry expert in green roof system design and installation, Green Roof Construction and Maintenance provides comprehensive information to help you skillfully design, construct and maintain green roof systems. Participants in NRCA University's Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks will receive 10% off the member price when they purchase this publication. The member price for the publication is $60, and the retail price is $120. Learn more, or purchase it.
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