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Report shows cities’ improved fiscal outlook, lagging infrastructure funding

Sources: National League of Cities, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Officials are optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to the National League of Cities (NLC), whose 29th annual City Fiscal Conditions report confirms the first positive growth in five years, coupled with members’ resumption of hiring.

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Vulcan flattens management structure entering 2015

Source: Vulcan Materials Co., Birmingham, Ala.

A new Vulcan organizational structure places key leaders over one single- and six multi-state operating divisions: Western, California businesses; Mountain West, Arizona and New Mexico; Southwest, Texas and Oklahoma; Central, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois; Mideast, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware; Southern and Gulf Coast, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; and, Southeast, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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Heldenfels, robust-home specialist peg ‘Win-Wind’ solution for hurricane extremes

Sources: Heldenfels Enterprises Inc. (HEI), San Marcos, Texas; and CP staff

In alliance with HEI Building Systems Division, Coastal Fortified Homes (CFH) has designed a carbon fiber-reinforced precast concrete wall system to withstand Category 5 hurricane exposure (winds > 157 mph) and attendant flooding or storm surge. The system premiers at a development of eight 1,600-sq.-ft. properties in Port Aransas, Texas, located between San Jose and Padre Islands.

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ASCE brings technical edge to EPA Green Infrastructure Collaboration

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA has teamed with companion agencies, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Landscape Architects, plus downstream stakeholder organizations to form a network advancing green stormwater management, water conservation and pollution control measures.  

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Kansas, Texas deals bring Summit Materials 12 ready mixed plants

Sources: Summit Materials Inc., Denver; CP staff

Summit Materials has significantly boosted its Kansas ready mixed production capacity, acquiring Concrete Supply of Topeka/Builders Choice Concrete, while also extending its Houston presence by closing on Southwest Ready Mix and Colorado County Sand & Gravel.

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