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February 11, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Kerry sees "near term" ruling on Keystone XL project
    The federal government's decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline should come in the "near term," new Secretary of State John Kerry said. Hillary Clinton, Kerry's predecessor, created a "very open and transparent process, which I am committed to seeing through," he said after meeting with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. "I don't want to pin down precisely when, but I assure you, in the near term." The Hill/E2 Wire blog (2/8), Platts (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Merchants Salutes Cecil Powell & Company of Florida
The Merchants Bonding Company™ Leaderboard Program salutes Cecil W. Powell & Company of Jacksonville for attaining the Masters Tour of surety professionals. Merchants Bonding salutes the best of the best each year. Congratulations to Bob Theus and Roger Hurst for their surety savvy and professionalism in 2012. Learn more and connect with Merchants and Cecil Powell here.
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Mass. commission head expects busy year for casino companies
    Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, said this year would be a critical period for casino companies competing to win a gaming license in the state. "It's going to be a busy year .. filled with aggressive competition," Crosby said. Eleven companies are seeking to build a casino in the state. Each casino that is built would create roughly 2,000 construction jobs. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Las Vegas Sands names site for huge "Eurovegas" in Spain
    Las Vegas Sands has named Alcorcon, Spain, south of Madrid, as the site for its planned casino-resort complex, which could cost up to $35 billion to complete. The so-called "Eurovegas" project will include six casinos, 12 hotels, a convention center, theaters, shopping malls, golf courses, bars and restaurants. The $3.6 billion first phase of construction is expected to begin later this year. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Economic Update 
  • Economy to be focus of Obama's agenda-setting speech
    The U.S. economy will come to the fore in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday as the president lays out plans for a wide range of investments, including infrastructure, an administration official said. On the pressing subject of the need to raise the U.S. debt ceiling by March, Obama says he is willing to accommodate Republicans on cutting entitlement benefits if they will agree to eliminate some tax breaks on businesses and the wealthy. Reuters (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Tappan Zee Bridge to use "bubble curtains"
    New York's Tappan Zee Bridge will be using the same "bubble curtains" technique used in California's San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to protect fish from construction noise. "Monitoring indicated that the bubble curtain was successful in reducing sound pressure levels and likely impacts to fish," according to a 2007 California report. "It certainly suggests the technology and practices are out there to build a bridge without causing significant in-river impacts. Our goal is to make sure that’s exactly what happens if the Tappan Zee Bridge is built," Riverkeeper attorney Phillip Musegaas said. The Journal News (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, N.Y.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • House panel to discuss "federal role in America's infrastructure"
    Federal involvement in spending on transportation infrastructure will be the topic of a hearing Wednesday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa. "Transportation and infrastructure have long been recognized as federal responsibilities shared with the states," Shuster said. A thorough understanding of the government's role "is critical to ensuring U.S. economic growth and global competitiveness," Shuster said. The Hill/Transportation blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC of America’s Constructor magazine team launches Constructor Marketplace
    AGC of America’s Constructor magazine team, headed by Naylor, LLC, has launched its Constructor Marketplace. The marketplace is an online buyers’ guide for information about construction vendors, products and services. Information on AGC service and supply firms is listed by category -- in order to make sure your listing is accurate and up to date, please take a few seconds to review your listing. Should you need to update your company’s information, please contact Pam Dissel at Constructor’s Online Buyer’s Guide (Constructor Marketplace) is brought to you by Constructor, the magazine of The Associated General Contractors of America. This Buyers’ Guide is not the AGC Online Member Directory. To access the AGC Member Directory, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Federal Government Contractor: Ethics & Compliance Programs -- Second Edition
    A meaningful Ethics and Compliance Program can help prevent potential issues of non-compliance. Combining checklists, forms, tables, and business ethics training materials, this publication will help contractors appreciate the grounds for an alleged violation of the expected standards of business conduct and ethics and to develop, implement, and document an effective Ethics and Compliance Program. Order it here, or visit the AGC Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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