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Author Archive for Deonta Smith

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Growing Markets: A Look at Trends in the Landscaping Industry

Growing Markets: A Look at Trends in the Landscaping Industry

As originally published in Properties Magazine Landscape enhancement services are considered one of the most effective ways to boost a facility or structure’s value. Though the chief benefits of landscaping services are primarily financial (e.g. increasing the value of a property, enticing prospective buyers and reducing heating and cooling costs), there are also numerous health, environmental […]

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Are Wastewater Treatment Prices On The Rise Following The Election?

Are Wastewater Treatment Prices On The Rise Following The Election?

As originally published in Water Online Over the course of the 2016 presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump has presented to the American public his energy and economic plans, which are geared toward establishing energy sovereignty and increasing the pace of job creation in the nation. In his push for energy independence, Trump has suggested lifting […]

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Blowback From Flowback: Push For Groundwater Alternatives

Blowback From Flowback: Push For Groundwater Alternatives

As originally published in Water Online About 50 percent of the nation’s residents source their fresh water supply from groundwater wells, which have deteriorated throughout the U.S. over the past decade. For shallow wells, severe drought conditions have gradually depleted groundwater levels. However, for medium and deep wells, water levels have plummeted much more as […]

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Summer Surge: No Dog Days For Construction

Summer Surge: No Dog Days For Construction

Despite a drag in construction activity in recent months, which has primarily been due to prohibitive winter weather and spring storms, not everything is expected to be doom and gloom in the construction sector. Based on historical trends, IBISWorld predicts construction starts will heat up during the summer, with construction firms taking on as many […]

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Avoiding the Red when Going Green

Avoiding the Red when Going Green

Over the past decade, environmentalists have pressured waste collection firms to become more eco-friendly amid increasing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Waste haulers have, in turn, been able to generate more revenue from the emerging recycled material market created from advances and initiatives to “reduce, reuse, recycle.” However, the cost of going […]

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Growth Postponed: The Fed Rate and Its Impact on the Construction Sector

Growth Postponed: The Fed Rate and Its Impact on the Construction Sector

LOS ANGELES—March 17, 2016—Yesterday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) chose to delay an increase in the federal funds rate. This decision was based on uncertainties regarding growth in the global marketplace. Policymakers project that economic growth will be weaker than expected and inflation levels will remain low during 2016. Fed policymakers have adjusted their […]

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The Transportation Bill's Looming Deadline

The Transportation Bill’s Looming Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE LOS ANGELES – October 21, 2015 – After a series of only temporary solutions to funding necessary construction on the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure, Congress now has only days to make a decision on the latest highway bill that has been proposed as part of the MAP-21 Act. Next week’s deadline comes […]

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Renting Vs. Buying: Factors to Consider When Sourcing Equipment and Machinery

Renting Vs. Buying: Factors to Consider When Sourcing Equipment and Machinery

As originally published in Construction Executive’s Managing Your Business As the economy bounces back from the recession, construction activity has picked up again and more construction firms have entered the market. Thanks to this increased activity, demand and prices for construction equipment have been rising, increasing contractors’ operating costs. Because contractors incorporate labor, machinery and […]

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Hard Bargaining: Equipment Rental as a Cost Reduction Strategy

Hard Bargaining: Equipment Rental as a Cost Reduction Strategy

As seen in Construction Executive’s Managing Your Business As the construction market continues to recoup losses incurred by harsh demand conditions following the recession, contractors have been forced to rethink purchasing habits that were once considered the norm. For example, when demand for construction projects was at its peak prior to the recession, contractors purchased […]