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More builders turning to eco-friendly practices
The Press-Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The average customer at the University Avenue McDonald's in Riverside probably doesn't realize that the restaurant's water is heated by solar power, its countertops are made with recycled glass and the parking lot's permeable pavers eliminate polluting storm water runoff. More

Industry News

Dubuque, Iowa agrees to settlement with E.P.A. over wastewater problems
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The City of Dubuque, Iowa has reached an agreement with state and federal officials over improvements to its sewage system to prevent overflows. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman, Chris Whitley, says the proposal includes a civil penalty. More

Paving that is good for the earth
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Green Learning Station Program Manager Ryan Mooney-Bullock writes, "It is Earth Day and here at the Civic Garden Center we are excited to see our first pervious paving test areas functioning beautifully in the intense rains we have had." More


South side of Visalia Transit Center to close for construction
Visalia Times-Delta    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Visalia Transit Center's new expansion has closed to re-do new brick pavers that were installed with recent construction. The pavers are not up to a new standard set by the Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute, transit employee Gamaliel Anguiano said. The city is taking care of the issue now, while the pavers are still under warranty. More

Economic conditions improve for landscape architecture firms
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Market conditions continued to improve for landscape architecture firms, with firm leaders reporting renewed optimism for billable hours, inquiries, and hiring in ASLA's first quarter 2011 Business Quarterly survey. More


Industry to benefit from GIE+EXPO and Hardscape North America co-location
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Hardscape North America (HNA) will again co-locate at GIE+EXPO 2011, Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-29 in Louisville, Ky. And, attendees and exhibitors from both segments of the industry will benefit from the synergy of the co-located shows. The co-location will bring expanded education and business growth opportunities to the thousands of lawn and landscape professionals that attend GIE+EXPO but will also provide new attractions for over 2,400+ design-build contractors, distributors, architects and engineers who attend Hardscape North America. More

4th Annual HNA Hardscape Project Awards now open!
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The Hardscape North America Hardscape Project Awards is now accepting projects to be considered for this year's contest. The awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors in commercial/industrial, residential and transportation/municipal street applications. These projects may include but are not limited to walkways, patios, driveways, plazas, parking lots, roadways, etc. More


2011 International Concrete Sustainability Conference will feature over 60 world renowned speakers
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Join the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) for the 2011 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, August 9-11 in Cambridge (Boston), Mass., at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus. Click here for the registration form.

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General News

Study: Corporate tax reform could hurt small businesses
Jacksonville Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study concludes that corporate tax reform could hurt many small businesses unless individual income tax rates are reduced as well. President Barack Obama has called for reducing the corporate tax rate but eliminating various tax breaks. Many U.S. companies contend America's 35 percent corporate tax rate - the second-highest in the developed world - makes them less competitive globally. More

NAM Economic Report
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This week, much of the economic news was about housing. Given that the economic crisis began with the busting of the housing bubble, the housing and construction sectors continue to garner a lot of attention in conversations about the larger macroeconomy. Overall housing starts fell from a high of 2.1 million homes being built in 2005 and quickly plummeted to around 500,000 housing starts, where they have more or less remained ever since. This has had a tremendous impact on the domestic construction sector, which continues to struggle.

Residential real estate in Canada continues to attract buyers
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Residential real estate markets in Canada continue, with a few exceptions, to perform well. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the seasonally adjusted level of resale activity in this year's first quarter was 4.5 percent higher than in the fourth quarter of last year. More

Government News

Clear economic victory eludes Obama as vote nears
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Barack Obama does not yet know the identity of his 2012 Republican challenger, but his toughest reelection challenge could be to convince voters the economy is in steady hands. In the two years since Obama took office, the U.S. economy has improved dramatically. Growth has swung from -4.9 percent to plus 3.1 and firms are no longer bleeding jobs. More

Industry Calendar of Events

August 25-27, 2011
ICPI Summer Meeting
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

September 18-21, 2011
APWA Congress & Exposition
Denver, CO

October 4-7, 2011
Toronto, ON

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