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February 15, 2013
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  • 88% of U.S. cities saw housing gains in Q4
    The median home price rose in 133 of 152 metro areas measured by the National Association of Realtors, according to a report released Monday, pointing to further recovery in the housing market. The national median home price of $178,900 was up 10% compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, marking the biggest year-over-year gain since 2005. Bloomberg (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AmeriGas gets creative with Valentine's Day marketing
    AmeriGas got creative with its Valentine's Day marketing this week, using a lighter approach and targeting women, writes Burney Simpson of the Propane Education & Research Council. The company encouraged homeowners in a blog post to use propane-fueled appliances for a warm and romantic evening at home. Propane Today blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research & Development 
  • Shell continues evaluating possible Pa. ethane plant
    Shell Chemicals is still weighing whether to go ahead with a planned petrochemical facility in Pennsylvania, said spokeswoman Kimberly Windon. "We need to confirm the suitability of the site, secure ethane feedstock supply, complete the engineering and design work, confirm the support of customers for our products, receive all the necessary permits and confirm that the project is economically robust and competitive," she said. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Safety & Training 
  • DCP Midstream defends safety of propane facility at public hearing
    DCP Midstream this week defended the safety of its planned 138-foot-tall propane storage tank in Searsport, Maine, after associates of former federal counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke testified against the project at a public hearing. DCP said the findings of Clarke's project analysis were unrealistic, and the company gave assurances that it has put up all necessary safeguards to ensure the facility's safety. The company also said it is willing to shoulder the costs of propane training for contractors and emergency responders. The Free Press (Rockland, Maine) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PERC News 
  • PERC Releases Video for the Residential Market
    The Propane Education & Research Council has released a new video titled Propane Appliances Save Money that presents a homebuilder explaining the cost-effective benefits of propane-fueled appliances. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Space Heater Safety is Right for Cold Weather
    Colder weather means it's time for marketers to share with customers season-appropriate safety modules from the Propane Education & Research Council. The "Using Space Heaters Safely" module provides tips on the proper use of propane-fueled space heaters and can be viewed in a few minutes. View the module. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Manage your talent like a sports team, says former Tyco CEO
    Successful sports teams usually have a balanced roster of committed and talented players, says former Tyco International CEO Edward Breen. That's the same approach leaders should take in running their companies, Breen explains. "There's no one individual going to make a company. So I always want to put people around me who I think are better than me, who will challenge me," he says. Knowledge@Wharton (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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