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EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities
Environmental Protection Agency
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, shows that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could impact drinking water. The assessment follows the water used for hydraulic fracturing from water acquisition, chemical mixing at the well pad site, well injection of fracking fluids, the collection of hydraulic fracturing wastewater (including flowback and produced water), and wastewater treatment and disposal.
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Opportunity Starts at the Local Level
American Supply Association
Last week, Mike Adelizzi, ASA Executive Vice-President, addressed the North Central Wholesalers Association at their annual convention in Columbus, OH. He informed them about all of the great things that ASA is doing and has done for our members and the industry. The ASA Education Foundation was also present at the event and met individually with wholesalers and manufacturers to discuss their educational needs and the resources available to them from ASA University. NCWA is one of six independent, regional affiliates. Wholesalers and independent manufacturers' representatives that maintain membership in any one of these local organizations also receive membership in ASA. Learn more about joining at
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ASA Signs Letter Supporting End to Ban on Crude Oil Exports
American Supply Association
With its partners at the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance, MSCI signed a letter to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in support of their bill, S. 1312, the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015, to end the ban on U.S. exports of crude oil. The letter argued, "Opening global markets to U.S. producers will support added domestic production that will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and contribute tens of billions of GDP dollars in the supply chain within the next few years. At the same time, we will put downward pressure on domestic fuel prices, while we provide our allies and trading partners with an alternative to sourcing energy from unfriendly and unstable sources." Read the full letter here.
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    Ready for Growth?
2015 promises to provide a few scares, but 2016 should see increased levels of demand across a broad swath of industries. On June 22, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Alan Beaulieu of ITR Economics will discuss the economic realities that portend good news and the need for more capital expenditures, more planning, more labor and an optimistic view of the future. The one-hour webinar will include interactive Q-and-A opportunities for registrants throughout the event. To register, please log in to My ASA, or contact ASA at (630) 467-0000 or After registering, you will receive a follow up email with webinar login credentials.

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    "We try to utilize as many ASA benefits as possible, including: economic forecasting, the education and employee programs, the networking opportunities, and of course 'the voice' in Washington, D.C., with the Government Affairs Committee. Our involvement with ASA actually enhances our A-D buying group experience and allows us additional opportunities to participate in this great industry we share with each other. I am a small part of a group of industry peers reinstating the South West Central region of ASA, and I look forward to giving more of our team members the ASA experience – locally and nationally."Glenn Fuller, Texas Plumbing Supply, Inc.
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At Network2015, Adapt New Revenue Models
American Supply Association
Do you know the impactful nature of disruptive innovation in the evolution of your business and revenue models? At Network2015, hear from industry expert David Nour on Leadership Strategies for the Age of Connected Relationships. Nour will demonstrate how social media has helped swing the power pendulum to members and customers while many industries and organizations continue to get disintermediated. Return on Impact isn't about Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. It's about socially enabling the organization to listen louder and think faster, so it can respond in real time to changing market dynamics. And in the process, adapt new revenue models, reinvent itself and grow – its top line, top talent and top relationships. Network2015 — bringing you the tools and experts needed to thrive. Visit for full program information.
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ASA Benchmarking Tools a Major Benefit
Supply House Times
Some of ASA's benchmarking reports, such as the very popular annual Operating Performance Report, have been around for years without some members taking full advantage of them. This is unfortunate considering the quality of takeaway such reports provide. In a 2014 survey of the ASA membership by ASA's third-party marketing firm McKenna Design Group, the association's business intelligence reporting came up as the second-most valuable member benefit. This alone speaks volumes for the quality of the reporting. LEARN MORE
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Is US Verging on Growing Demilitarization? (The Desert Sun)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.

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Why Employee Development Is Important, Neglected and Can Cost You Talent
It's hard to think of an important aspect of management more neglected than development planning: helping your employees shape the future direction of their careers. Yet for a variety of reasons, this valuable activity is often ignored, or handled as a bureaucratic exercise, or an afterthought. Companies pay a high price: the loss of top young talent.
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