Transforming the Construction Industry in the Coming Decade: An Opportunity for St. Louis IT Innovation

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By LEE METCALF For the past three years, investments in construction industry startups have skyrocketed. These startups are looking to improve the industry’s communication, payment processes, workforce development and management processes while promoting access to real-time information across the construction value chain. Many of these improvements are driven by significant IT hardware enhancements; building, tailoring

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Top 10 Major Marketing Mistakes That Cost You Money

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By STEPHANIE WOODCOCK I recently purchased a Peloton bike.  I was doubtful at first. Will this become an expensive clothes hanger? Will I feel like going to my basement to literally spin my wheels? After setting up my subscription service with customer care, they said, “Welcome to the Peloton family.” Oh wow. We’re family now?

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COVID-19 Health Crisis Increases Importance of Boilerplate Lease Provisions

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By ANDREW J. WILLIAMS While the COVID-19 pandemic has obviously resulted in far-reaching and fundamental impacts to the commercial real estate market, one phenomenon I have noticed in my leasing practice is the increased interest and focus my clients have on lease provisions that they previously thought of as “boilerplate.” This is understandable, since the pressures

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A View From the Top

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By: Michael Chollet, Publisher – St. Louis CNR Magazine A few weeks ago, my son and I set out on our annual trout fishing trip to the White River in Arkansas. The Fall weather and Ozark mountain scenery were beautiful and the fish were exceptionally cooperative. We’ve been making the trip for several years now

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AGCMO/TRC Partnership Generates 2nd Class of Graduates

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Early in 2020, AGCMO entered into a partnership with Three Rivers College (TRC) in Poplar Bluff to offer a 6-week certification program designed to propel its graduates into Heavy/Highway construction industry. The first class, taught out of the TRC facility in Poplar Bluff, was dramatically impacted by the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, forcing both

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Altering Your Sales Approach in This Climate

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By TOM WOODCOCK Sales trainers and consultants around the country are trying to pull rabbits out of their hats. How do you teach traditional sales techniques to contractors in a non-traditional business environment? Answering that question is a daunting task. I’ll take a stab at it. As I watch and experience what is taking place

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Financing Issues Surrounding Modular Construction

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By ELIZABETH A. BARRETT Modular construction is on the rise in the commercial construction industry, including the new AC Marriott NoMad New York Hotel in New York City, the world’s tallest modular hotel originally scheduled to be stacked late fall 2020. Modular construction is touted as being faster, better and cheaper than traditional construction; however,

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The Coming Decade: A Revolution in Technology, Education and Impact of Women

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By Lee Metcalf The 2020s will see further transformation of business and society around the world because of technology. This means unheard of levels of productivity across every discipline of the construction industry – actually, across every Industry. At the core of this movement is information technology and the ability to access and harness huge

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Minimizing Your Risk of Cyber Breach

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Submitted by: Schmersahl Treloar & Co. Concerns about cyber threats disrupting core operations are now a top operational risk. The Securities and Exchange Commission has called threats to cybersecurity “the biggest systematic risk we have facing us.” Given the impact that breaches can have and the level of sophistication shown by hackers in recent breaches,

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The Future of Office Space in a Post COVID-19 World

By BRIAN J. NOLAN COVID-19 has led to an enhanced health consciousness across the country, affecting virtually every aspect of our lives. In response, federal, state and local governments implemented laws, rules and regulations regarding health and safety. These changes will have an impact on how we work and on the future design of the

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