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  • 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
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

Policy Watch 
  • Methanol producer to construct $1.3 billion La. facility
    South Louisiana Methanol is expected to spend $1.3 billion to build a methanol-production plant in Louisiana that could supply regional chemical plants. "The conversion of natural gas to methanol offers natural gas producers an alternative avenue to LNG [liquefied natural gas], enabling the creation of products which are consumed at home on a long-term basis," said CEO Barry Williamson. IndustryWeek (2/28), The Wall Street Journal (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House bill would limit EPA use of Clean Air Act clause against chemical sites
    Four congressmen have introduced legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to undergo a rulemaking process regarding its authority under a Clean Air Act clause that could be used to force chemical facilities to adopt specific design or safety technology. "This bipartisan bill will provide much-needed clarity regarding the appropriate use of the General Duty Clause and the regulatory certainty needed to successfully implement current chemical safety and security programs," said the American Chemistry Council. (subscription required) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACC commends House Republicans for introduction of H.R. 888  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expert: Science-first research is needed with BPA
    Large, publicly funded studies have reaffirmed the safety of bisphenol A, and it's important to accept the results of science, says Richard Sharpe of the U.K.-based Medical Research Council Centre for Reproductive Health. "I want to see thinking in this area become evidence-based and people start using all of the scientific data to make their interpretations and to move things forward; that's the way science works after all," he says. Forbes (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Obama flexible on oil, natural gas opportunities, adviser says
    The Obama administration has adopted a "fluid" policy philosophy on issues of oil and natural gas, said Heather Zichal, a presidential adviser on energy. "Energy is the common thread that links these three issues: our economy, our security and our climate," she said. Reuters (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cytec CEO hails 2012 performance, expects more growth this year
    Cytec Industries posted 20% sales growth in 2012 and was profitable. "Despite the modest growth outlook for the global economy in 2013, I remain optimistic about Cytec's growth potential, given our new company profile and the opportunities in our composites and specialty chemicals businesses," said Shane Fleming, the company's chairman, president and CEO. (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Research & Innovation 
  • Plastics packaging is critical for food safety, DuPont exec says
    Packaging sustainability requires focuses on water use and the protective capabilities of plastics packaging, said Shanna Moore, sustainability director at DuPont. "Packaging enables food security, the ability to live in urban areas, have convenient meals and most importantly, live healthy lives by protecting the safety of the product inside via reduced spoilage, contamination and damage," Moore said. (France) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • How to run a company full of productive geniuses
    Good leadership is not only about unlocking your workers' talents, but managing them for the best cohesive performance, says John Peoples, vice president of global franchise marketing and innovation at Merck Consumer Care. The key, Peoples says, is "trying to find a unique perspective in each one of the people who make up the organization and figure out how all of those unique perspectives work together." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
ACC News 
  • American Chemistry Council's 2012 annual report now available
    ACC's 2012 Year in Review, Progress Through Performance is now available. The publication covers highlights from 2012, including progress on priority advocacy issues, enhancements for ACC's Responsible Care program, and other key ACC initiatives. Contact Kelly Miller for your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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