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    Public-private partnerships: The reenergizing of US infrastructure

    Public-private partnerships: The reenergizing of US infrastructure

    In August, the Highway Trust Fund, which provides federal funding for highways, roads and mass-transit systems, was expected to run out of money. Since the fund relies on a federal gas tax that is not indexed to inflation and has therefore not increased since 1993, its ability to finance infrastructure projects has eroded. Although lawmakers […]

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    Advanced Technology Drives Prices Down

    Advanced Technology Drives Prices Down

    Although the prices of many goods have been trending upward over the past few years as the economy, and thus consumer and business spending, has been recovering, a sector of highly demanded products and services has actually experienced falling prices. Specifically, prices for certain technological products are declining not as a result of reduced demand, […]

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    Serving Up Diversity: Major trends in the food-services sector

    Serving Up Diversity: Major trends in the food-services sector

    Switching out the American menu The food-services sector is constantly evolving, as restaurants cater to changing consumer preferences, new lifestyle choices and demographic shifts. The trend toward health consciousness, coupled with an increasing interest in gourmet and high-quality cuisine, is inducing food-service operators to adopt value-added options, such as gluten-free foods, farm-to-table restaurant models and […]

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    Fireworks Display: Five Industries Helping to Power the US Economy

    Fireworks Display: Five Industries Helping to Power the US Economy

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As millions of Americans prepare to commemorate more than 200 years of independence with barbecues, picnics and parades, Uncle Sam has a more recent triumph to celebrate this 4th of July: the nation’s hard-won recovery from the Great Recession. A broad range of industries – some well established and others still in […]

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    Benefiting from the Disruption in Data Mining Software

    Benefiting from the Disruption in Data Mining Software

     As seen in CFO Magazine. While recent innovations in the software sector have significantly boosted capabilities for most software products, free open-source software solutions have made an even bigger splash. More than half of all data mining tasks are now conducted using open-source software, displacing the purchase of proprietary software. Analysis from market research firm IBISWorld estimates the adoption […]

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    Borrowing Balance: New Regulations Raise Prices, Lower Risk

    Borrowing Balance: New Regulations Raise Prices, Lower Risk

    The Great Recession undoubtedly shook the financial landscape; even today, the events leading up to the recession and the recession itself continue to play a role in the creation of new regulation, changing the way in which financial service providers do business. Although these changes have resulted in rising prices for borrowers, the regulations benefit […]