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November 26, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • Fiscal woes could delay completion of $1.7B Wis. project
    The $1.7 billion reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange in Wisconsin was supposed to be completed in 2018. However, the state Transportation Department is asking to delay it for two years due to funding issues. Seven other projects could also be delayed if there isn't enough money set aside for transportation projects. "This is a live-within-our-means budget," said Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. "To be clear, this is not something we are happy to be proposing." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
 
  • Vinci consortium wins $1B contract in Ind.
    Indiana has awarded a $1 billion design-build and 35-year operations and maintenance contract to a consortium led by Vinci Concessions SA. Work, which is part of the Ohio River Bridges Project, will include a twin-bore tunnel, 19 bridges and roadway improvements. Participants include Walsh Construction, Jacobs Engineering, and Vinci Construction Grands Projets. WorldConstructionIndustryNetwork.com (11/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weather: Growing threat to transportation infrastructure
    Hurricane Sandy's damage to subway tunnels, Midwest flooding and southern roads buckling in the heat are all signs that transportation infrastructure in the U.S. is being "hammered by extreme weather," reports the Associated Press. "There is a whole series of standards that are going to have to be revisited in light of the change in climate that is coming at us," said John Horsley, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Yahoo/The Associated Press (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • West Coast port to be built to resist tsunami effects
    When Japan's 2011 tsunami reached Crescent City, Calif., it destroyed more than 60% of the harbor's docks. Now, port officials there are investing $54 million to build the West Coast's first harbor resistant to a once-in-50-years tsunami. The project includes construction of 244 steel pilings and a dock to diminish incoming waves. Google/The Associated Press (11/23) 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.

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  Economic Update 
 
  • Wells' CEO Stumpf: Recovery remains cautious
    In a wide-ranging interview, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf discusses the economic outlook, loan activity and the Dodd-Frank Act. Many Americans and businesses are paying off debt and increasing savings, he says. "We're starting a fourth year of the recovery, but it's a very cautious recovery. People and businesses are spending money on things they need, but they're not investing for the future in many cases," he says. CNNMoney/Fortune (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Rails-to-trails projects continue to spread
    In Georgia, there's an effort under way to convert 22 miles of railroad track around Atlanta into a network of urban trails, parks and streetcar routes. Throughout the U.S., about 1,600 rail corridors have been transformed into trails. The rails-to-trails projects are "sparking real estate sales and energizing future development," said Ed McMahon, a senior residence fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington. The Washington Post (11/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Feds help accelerate adoption of green building
    Governments that have green-procurement policies or green-building mandates can help accelerate the adoption of green-building practices, according to research by Timothy Simcoe and Michael Toffel. "Committing in advance to build green does have spillover effects for private adoption of green-building practices, for both the supply of inputs such as contractors and the demand for buildings that are measurably green," said Toffel. HBS Working Knowledge (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Deal is closer to avoid "fiscal cliff"
    Several veteran lawmakers predict the "fiscal cliff" will be avoided as Republicans will agree to raise taxes by limiting deductions and Democrats will agree to reform entitlement programs. Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., says he will violate his anti-tax pledge because when "you're $16 trillion in debt, the only pledge we should be making to each other is to avoid becoming Greece." The Hill/Blog Briefing Room (11/25), The Wall Street Journal (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC webinar: Stormwater Compliance -- New Templates to Help Contractors Keep Effective Documentation
    If your company wants to stay in compliance with the myriad of new and forthcoming stormwater runoff requirements, you need an effective document management system. All stormwater permitting authorities require a site-specific Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan as well documentation of inspections, findings, and maintenance and repair of all BMPs. In the case of an audit or incident, government enforcers will want to see written proof of your compliance. This webinar will take place on Dec. 18 at 2:00 pm ET. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC Safety and Health Conference
    Jan. 16-18 || Tampa, Fla.
    Construction safety and health is vital for the success of the industry. Join more than 150 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on national and local levels, assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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