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1/22/2018

AGC Charities raised $195,000 to help Houston construction workers severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. "These checks won't make everything right, but they will help these construction professionals get their lives back on track," said AGC board President Art Daniel of AR Daniel Construction.

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AGC Charities, Hurricane Harvey
1/22/2018

Construction has started on the $2.1 billion South Terminal at the Orlando International Airport in Florida, and at its peak, the project will employ 2,200 workers. This is the third attempt to build a new terminal, as the 9/11 terror attacks and the Great Recession derailed earlier efforts.

1/22/2018

A master plan is in the works for a sustainable, mixed-use development on 210 acres along the river in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area. The project's organizers hope to have a mix of restaurants, retail stores, small businesses, offices and residential space, as well as walking trails, parks and wetlands.

1/22/2018

Civil engineer George Haikalis, president of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, opposes the proposed Gateway rail tunnel under the Hudson River and contends a different route -- a 2.3-mile tunnel between Hoboken, N.J., and Penn Station -- could more than double rail capacity. The alternative route, including a 1.2-mile, two-track tunnel under 31st Street and Park Avenue to Grand Central Station, would cost $6 billion, compared to the Gateway's $25 billion, and could be completed in four years, he says.

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Daily News (New York)
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Penn Station
1/22/2018

Construction of Interstate 95, the US's longest north-south highway, started 61 years ago, and this year, the road will reach its goal: one continuous interstate in excess of 1,900 miles from Miami to Maine. A gap in the roadway on the border between Pennsylvania and New Jersey will finally be closed.

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The Atlantic online
1/22/2018

Reports indicate that consumers are under less financial stress today, and that the country has moved beyond the housing crisis. The report predicts that the industry will be helped by younger buyers with good credit coming into the market.

1/22/2018

Nissan has joined fellow automaker Tesla in the solar industry. The company launched Nissan Energy Solar, a service selling rooftop solar panels, and xStorage Home, a battery storage product as an all-in-one energy solution.

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Inhabitat
1/22/2018

Analysts believe the food shortage at Whole Foods locations is due to a surge in shopper traffic after the company's acquisition by Amazon, but employees blame order-to-shelf, an inventory management system that uses a minimalistic approach. The system works to reduce unnecessary inventory with a goal of freeing up employee time and reducing waste, but its strict procedures are causing stocking issues.

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Business Insider
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Whole Foods, Amazon
1/22/2018

The Delaware attorney general has filed a lawsuit against drugmakers Purdue Pharma and Endo International, wholesale drug distributors McKesson, AmerisourceBergen and Cardinal Health, and retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health. The lawsuit claims the companies failed to react to signals in prescriptions of opioids and concealing the risks of opioid abuse.

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Reuters
1/22/2018

Leaders who admit their mistakes and take responsibility show self-awareness and strength, notes John Baldoni in this blog post and video. "Leaders accomplish very little by themselves -- they survive or fail on the actions of those they lead," he says.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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John Baldoni