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October 3, 2012
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  • Va. governor signs deals with Alliance AutoGas, Clean Energy Fuels
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signed separate deals with Alliance AutoGas and Clean Energy Fuels to boost the state's adoption of vehicles that run on propane autogas and compressed natural gas by building fueling stations and converting fleets to autogas and CNG. Alliance AutoGas will initially build at least seven autogas stations while Clean Energy will initially install at least six CNG stations across the state. The public-private partnership will "move state government and private industry away from vehicles fueled by gasoline and diesel fuel," the governor said. NGT News (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • W.Va. to consider propane autogas school buses
    The West Virginia Board of Education today will consider allowing school buses in the state to be powered by propane autogas. Currently, diesel is the only fuel allowed. According to a presentation to be given at the board's meeting, using propane autogas would save $27,621 over the course of each bus' life. WOWK-TV (Charleston, W.Va.) (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Natural gas heating coming to Pa. county
    Residents of Susquehanna County, Pa., could soon be heating their homes with natural gas produced nearby, as Leatherstocking Natural Gas said it plans to run lines through neighborhoods in the next five years. "We thought, 'Wow, Pennsylvania, they have gas supply. Pennsylvania, they have a gathering and interstate infrastructure. It's a no-brainer. Let's connect to that. Let's build a distribution system,' " said Russ Miller with Leatherstocking. WNEP-TV (Moosic, Pa.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flood of orders drives expansion of U.S. manufacturing
    After contracting for three months, the U.S. manufacturing sector surprised economists by expanding in September, fueled by an unexpectedly large volume of orders. The Institute for Supply Management's factory index rose from 49.6 in August to 51.5 in September on a scale in which anything above 50 indicates growth. Bloomberg (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Does your company need a cooler office?
    Silicon Valley startups are known for their quirky, design-focused office spaces -- but creating an edgy, instantly recognizable workspace is more than just a conceit, company founders say. The right space arguably boosts a company's profile and its workers' creativity and productivity. "The core job of the CEO is to create the space where people can do incredible work," says 42Floors founder Jason Freedman. "And when you think of the CEO's job in that perspective, the office becomes a huge part of the job." Inc. online (free registration) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to lead like a radical
    Radical social change typically comes from the bottom up, but bosses can also be radicals, write John Elkington and Charmian Love. Bosses such as Paul Polman of Unilever, Jochen Zeitz of Puma and Pavan Sukhdev of Deutsche Bank are shaking up old ways of doing business and embracing new technologies and business philosophies. "Incremental steps will always be necessary, no question, but there is a growing need for more drastic measures," Elkington and Love write. FastCoExist (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Webinar on Propane Autogas and Fleets Available
    September's Third Thursday webinar on propane autogas is archived and now available. The one-hour webinar covered Autogas Fueling and Successes, with a discussion by representatives from Alliance AutoGas, Virginia Clean Cities, and the captain of a police force in Georgia sharing his experience converting his fleet to autogas. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketer Technology Training to Visit Mo., Calif.
    The Marketer Technology and Sales Training program will present free classes covering residential applications. Register for the session at the Missouri PGA on Oct. 10 in Jefferson City, Mo. Register for the session at TEECO products on Oct. 12 in Sacramento, Calif., with the Western PGA. The training sessions from the Propane Education & Research Council cover propane technology along with realistic sales tips. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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