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Naper Settlement construction in Illinois paves a greener path
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The Naper Settlement is open for business this summer as it continues to make environmental upgrades to its grounds. The Settlement is in the process of installing permeable pavers around the grounds and in parking lots, said Donna DeFalco, marketing and sales representative for the Naper Settlement. The installation of the permeable pavers will help the facility address flooding and stormwater issues on the grounds as well as improve water quality. More

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Inside out
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Whether it's an acreage or a postage stamp-sized lot, the backyard has evolved from a spot to grow a few tomatoes to an outdoor room that can rival many interior spaces. "Outdoor spaces have become an extension of our homes," says Audrey Partridge of landscape design company Juergen Partridge Ltd. in Caledon, Ont., Canada. More

City of Aiken, SC, receives Municipal Achievement Award
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The City of Aiken, S.C., received a Municipal Achievement Award for its stormwater runoff project. Officials were presented with the award during the Municipal Association of South Carolina's 71st Annual Meeting on June 18. The city won in the public works category. Thirty-nine cities and towns submitted their projects and initiatives. More

Board to issue proposed guidelines for accessible public rights-of-way
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The Board plans to release for public comment proposed guidelines for public rights-of-way later this summer. These guidelines will address access to sidewalks, street crossings, and other components of pedestrian networks for people with disabilities, including those with vision impairments. Through this rulemaking, the Board seeks to establish design criteria for pedestrian access routes, curb ramps and blended transitions, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, street furniture, and other elements that take into account constraints unique to public streets and sidewalks, including space limitations and terrain. The guidelines are currently under review by the Office of Budget and Management. If cleared on schedule, the Board anticipates publishing its proposed rule in late July or August. At that time, the Board plans to release the guidelines at a public event and press conference at the Board's conference space. In addition, the Board will conduct a webinar to review the rule and will hold public hearings in Washington, D.C. and Dallas. The guidelines will be available for comment for several months and will be posted to for review and comment. To receive email updates on this rulemaking and further details on planned outreach activities, sign up to the Board's rights-of-way subscription list.   


Mayfield Village secures EPA grant for Wiley Park renovation in Ohio
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The Ohio EPA has awarded a $184,429 innovative storm water improvement project grant to the village for renovation of Wiley Park into a storm water friendly zone. It is one of 10 grants totaling $2.8 million the EPA awarded statewide to restore stream banks impaired by high speed runoff. More

Concrete pavers remain popular
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Concrete pavers continue to be popular among homeowners seeking an option to poured concrete that's not only durable and a cinch to maintain, but stylish and easy on the eye. "What's happening is people want to create an outdoor room and they're discovering the cost of that is cheaper than putting an addition on," notes David Smith, technical director for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), based in Herndon, Va. More


Registration to open June 24 for Hardscape North America 2011
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Hardscape North America (HNA) has announced that registration will open June 24, 2011 with an extensive offering of educational opportunities for hardscape contractors and distributors. The HNA Conference and Trade Show will run concurrently with GIE+EXPO (Green Industry and Equipment Expo), October 27–29. Attendees can choose from over 60 educational sessions and workshops covering everything from hardscape installation best practices to management and business marketing. To register online for the HNA Pre-Conference Courses, HNA/GIC Education Conferences, the Distributor Program and the HNA/GIE+EXPO Tradeshows visit


4th Annual Hardscape Project Awards now accepting entries
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Hardscape North America (HNA) is now accepting entries for the 4th Annual Hardscape Project Awards to be presented during HNA 2011 Awards Breakfast being held on Friday, Oct. 28 in Louisville, Ky. More
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    The US economy has built up a tolerance to economic stimulus
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    Economic data over the past weeks, punctuated by the dismal employment reports, confirm the diminishing impact of the stimulus efforts orchestrated by the Obama Administration and the Federal Reserve. In what must be a huge disappointment to Keynesian enthusiasts, the record doses of both monetary and fiscal narcotics did not produce the desired results. More

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    Banks apply for less than half of small-business lending fund
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    Small banks applied for less than half of the $30 billion in capital available from a federal program to increase small-business lending, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. A total of 847 banks sought $11.6 billion from the Small Business Lending Fund by a June 6 deadline, Colleen Murray, a Treasury spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. More

    Canadian economy still near top of G7
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    The International Monetary Fund says Canada's economy will continue to outperform those of most big advanced nations, but is warning that global risks are intensifying. The IMF's latest global forecast shows economic growth lower for both advanced and emerging nations this year, from its last call. More

    Industry Calendar of Events

    August 23-27, 2011
    ICPI Summer Meeting
    Hyatt Regency Vancouver
    Vancouver, BC

    September 18-21, 2011
    American Public Works Association
    Denver, CO
    Booth #1611

    October 4-7, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    Booth #1445N

    October 27-29, 2011
    Hardscape North America
    Louisville, KY

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