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Chad Gamble Public Service Director City of Lansing, MI

It has been said that good news travels fast. In a town like Lansing, MI, news travels slightly faster. The tight-knit capital community is, without a doubt, one of Michigan’s biggest small towns. So when construction hits, the word gets around.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Most travelers are unaware of the complexity of engineering and constructing modern highways and streets, and many of the most critical elements that make a roadway safe and able to withstand heavy traffic for years into the future are not readily apparent.

Liner Products LLC, a leading manufacturer of cured-in-place pipe felt tubes, recently dedicated a 42,000-square-foot expansion of its production and shipping facilities at an open house in Paoli, IN.

"This time they've outdone themselves!" a UCT attendee told another as the two exited the RehabZone following the first round of standing room only demonstrations on the opening day of the 2010 UCT show in Tampa, FL.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Members of the Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) remained “resilient” in 2009 in spite of a worldwide recession. “The telecommunications crash of 2000/2001 forced the association and its members to diversify and to operate in a tight economy, and that experience helped the association and its members deal with challenges of the current recession."

For Princeton, IL, a city of 7,500 residents, the future is now as it continues to modernize itself through a program that will eventually see all overhead electrical utility cables put underground.

Tulsa, OK, has long been established as a principal base for oil and gas pipeline manufacturers, contractors and energy companies. While much of the industry has consolidated in Houston, Tulsa remains a principal manufacturing and service hub for the pipeline market.

President Obama's fiscal 2011 budget proposal (for the year starting Oct. 1, 2010) contains significant sums for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds in spite of pressure to reduce non-defense, non-entitlement spending.

Robert Carpenter, Editor

Cured-in-place pipe rehabilitation technology for sewer systems has been an industry force for decades. The technology is generally well-accepted as an excellent trenchless alternative to dig-and-replace.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

For home internet users with broadband connections, "high speed" service usually is considered a necessity. Yet there are many regions in America that do not have broadband access, and an increasing number of small communities recognize attracting new business is unlikely to succeed without access to broadband.

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