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August 22, 2012
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  • ACC, 68 other groups seek redraft of TSCA-reform bill
    The American Chemistry Council is among 69 industry groups asking the Senate to redraft a bill sponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., that would revise the Toxic Substances Control Act. "Attempts have been made to characterize the current version of S.847 as a compromise bill that could gain the support of Republicans and industry. ... [T]his is not the case for the bill in its current form," said the letter sent by the groups. Senate Republicans "have signaled that they will continue to develop sound, science and risk-based legislation to update TSCA, and will work with members of the Democratic caucus on new legislation," the letter states. Chemical Week (subscription required) (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Learn more from ACC about the latest Chemical Activity Barometer report  LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pa. panel releases report on state's manufacturing prospects
    An advisory panel to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released a report detailing how the state's manufacturing industry could benefit from low natural gas price. One of the panel's key recommendations is enabling producers to find skilled workers for manufacturing jobs. "Bridging the gap between job-seekers and employers will address the great disconnect that currently exists between the number of available jobs and number of people looking for work," Corbett said. The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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.

Research & Innovation 
 
  • BASF is focused on solar energy, team leader says
    BASF North America's Clean Energy Focus Team is working on efforts related to solar energy such as wafer cutting fluids, texturizing materials and plastic additives for various applications, says Juron Bradley, leader of the BASF team. "To really compete in this market you have to understand all those market forces; understanding not only technology changes but also all of those outside external forces like government policy and things like that. So it's tricky, but it's worth it in the long run," Bradley says. The Daily Energy Report (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Will robots become manufacturers' favored workers?
    Consumer-device manufacturers are utilizing robots far more sophisticated than those used by automakers and other heavy manufacturers, experts say. As the technology spreads to other industries, sweeping changes might be seen in the manufacturing workforce as more jobs might be created for skilled engineers at the expense of jobs for low-wage workers, experts say. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (8/18) 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.

Leadership & Management 
 
  • The art of saying "no" strategically
    Good strategic decision-making boils down to learning to say "no," writes Mike Figliuolo. Successful companies do well because they focus relentlessly on core strengths and reject distractions. "That's why they win -- because they're better than everyone else in their chosen field of endeavor," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

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