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December 12, 2012
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  • Will N.Y., N.J. towns shift to concrete in rebuilding boardwalks?
    Officials of shoreline communities in New York and New Jersey are pondering the use of materials other than wood to rebuild boardwalks damaged by superstorm Sandy. The concrete portions of two boardwalks, in the Rockaways in Queens and Brooklyn's Coney Island, "held up much better in the storm," which could be a reason why New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes materials other than wood should be considered, according to this article. Crain's New York Business/The Associated Press (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology & Trends  
  • "Fiscal cliff" is already affecting construction jobs
    In November, the construction industry shed 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate reached 12.2%, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Such data might indicate the threat posed by the "fiscal cliff," which has contractors laying off workers and reducing hiring. "As disappointing as these numbers are, they will only get worse if Congress and the White House allow huge tax increases and spending cuts to occur," AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson said. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M./Morning Edition blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Organizations release standard on green health care facilities
    A draft standard recommended by ASHRAE and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering is under public review until Jan. 21. The standard is relevant to sustainable practices in the "design, construction and operation" of hospitals and other health care facilities, according to this article, and covers efficiencies for energy and water use, site sustainability, and "emissions, effluents and pollution commonly discharged from health-care facilities." Engineering News-Record (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & HR  
  • Why Fortune 500 CEOs should learn to love social media
    The leaders of smaller, fast-growth companies are more likely to use Facebook and Twitter than the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, according to a CEO.com study. Large-company CEOs are inherently in an "ivory tower," but avoiding social media makes it even harder for them to understand important consumer trends, writes Josh James. "[B]y not having a social media presence, these giants are handicapping themselves when it comes to agility and growth," James writes. Inside the Domosphere blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to unleash the power of "econovation"
    Innovation often falls short because it's developed without a clear sense of potential "economic and societal impact," writes Steve Faktor. One potential solution lies in the "econovation" metric, which grades innovations according to their profit potential, the consumer needs they serve and their ability to spur job creation and other societal goods. Forbes (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch  
  • Debate arises in Senate over $60B Sandy relief aid
    Legislation that would set aside $60 billion for superstorm Sandy relief efforts is in danger of stalling in the Senate, as Republican leaders on Tuesday expressed opposition to the bill. "Sixty billion dollars at this time when we’re trying to solve the deficit problem ... That’s an awful big bite to swallow," said Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., the Republican whip. The bill is included in a list of items that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., hopes to pass by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal/Metropolis blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ACI News  
  • Join the Concrete Legacy Society
    The Concrete Legacy Society, established in 2008, is a special group of individuals passionate about the concrete industry who have chosen to make a planned gift to ACI or the ACI Foundation. These donors are helping to ensure that future generations will have access to continued advancements in concrete knowledge -- advancements that ACI has been providing since its inception in 1904. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Get certified from ACI!
    ACI offers 17 certification programs designed to form a minimum qualification for personnel employed within the concrete construction industry. Certification examinations and optional training courses are conducted through an international network of over 100 Local Sponsoring Groups. Since 1980, ACI has administered exams to over 350,000 individuals, with over 90,000 certifications currently maintained by ACI. Learn more and get certified. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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