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Pre-fab gives $1 billion hospital job a big schedule boost (Engineering News-Record)

December 8, 2013 by  
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Engineering News-Record (McGraw Hill): An extensive prefabrication strategy aims to keep the $1-billion University Medical Center project in New Orleans on target to meet the project’s daunting scope and aggressive construction schedule. With more than 2 million sq ft of built space, the project for the state of Louisiana is one of the largest health […]

The All-Purpose, Everything-You-Want-In-One-Place, Sports Stadium (American Planning Association)

December 8, 2013 by  
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Planning Magazine (American Planning Association): Many sports fans will tell you that stadiums, arenas and ballparks can be magical shrines that capture the full range of human emotions. Catching a game at Fenway Park, Camden Yards or Yankee Stadium isn’t just about runs and innings, it’s about family, friends and community. When the New Orleans […]

Louisiana: Climbing the Economic and Business Climate Rankings (Area Development Magazine)

December 8, 2013 by  
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Area Development Magazine — From the Port of New Orleans to the manufacturing facilities of the Shreveport area, Louisiana has been experiencing tremendous economic growth at a time when much of the nation has remained stagnant. Manufacturing, energy, transportation, and agribusiness continue to lead the state’s economy, while software development and biotech are blossoming into […]

401ks could offer more ETFs (Better Investing Magazine)

December 8, 2013 by  
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Better Investing Magazine (National Association of Investors Corp.) – As ETFs experience record-breaking inflows, many retail investors continue to eye them for their lower costs, transparency and opportunities for niche exposure. Although they’re quickly becoming a top choice for many investors, they have yet to gain any serious within 401(k) plans. Experts say most 401(k) […]

Foolproof your disaster plan (Multifamily Housing)

November 14, 2012 by  
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As we enter the summer hurricane season, emergency preparedness experts say many property management companies need to pay close attention to their disaster plans. Effective preparedness starts with evaluating the risks, securing the property, putting together a written plan and having a strong commitment to disaster planning at all levels of the organization. Put your […]

Check your insurance coverage as hurricane season arrives (HSH.com)

November 14, 2012 by  
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As we near the most active part of the Atlantic hurricane season, homeowners in coastal areas should take a closer look at their insurance coverage. Unlike traditional homeowners insurance, the windstorm or hurricane part of a policy carries a higher deductible that can be as much as 5 percent of the home’s value. Having the […]

The financial impact of divorce (Mintlife.com)

November 14, 2012 by  
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Divorce is not only an emotionally trying experience, but it can be a financially devastating one, as well. According to the web site Maritalstatus.com, the average cost of a divorce in the United States now runs about $20,000. From legal fees and alimony payments, to the division of assets and possible tax consequences, the costs […]

Max out your FSA before year’s end (Mintlife.com)

November 14, 2012 by  
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Flexible spending accounts, also known as FSAs, are popular benefits provided by employers that allow workers to set aside money to cover health-related expenses. Contributions are made to the account on a pre-tax basis, which can add up to a lot of savings. The problem is, any funds that aren’t used by the end of […]

Most funds underperforming indexes, S&P study says (Better Investing Magazine)

November 14, 2012 by  
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The ongoing debate of index vs. active investing may never be settled, but research shows that passive investing is a sound strategy. In fact, during a five-year period, three-fourths of managers at over 2,900 funds failed to meet comparable benchmarks in their fund categories. Although data indicates that active management performance does improve over time, […]

Bigger than Auto (Collaborate Magazine)

November 14, 2012 by  
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It’s not a well-known fact, but meetings have a bigger economic impact than the auto or gambling industries. Just ask the boat captains, restaurant servers and small business owners in cities such as New Orleans and Grand Rapids. As a fifth generation boat pilot, Troy Manthey knows very well the impact that meetings and conventions […]

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