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    Back to School: 2016 Spending to Rise as Prices Increase

    Back to School: 2016 Spending to Rise as Prices Increase

    Parents and students are expected to spend $27.3 billion on back-to-school products this year, based on estimates from the National Retail Federation (NRF).  Back-to-school spending has increased since 2013, as per capita disposable income levels improved and families were more willing to spend on new clothes, electronics and other products for their school-age children. The […]

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    Teaching & Learning: The Rise of Technology in the Classroom

    Teaching & Learning: The Rise of Technology in the Classroom

    Elementary and secondary educational institutions face a significant level of financial uncertainty. Education tends to be one of the first budgets to get cut at the state and local levels, and even with federal education funding initiatives, many school districts struggle when deciding what to prioritize and where to make sacrifices each year. Yet despite […]

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    Zooming in on the Body Camera Market

    Zooming in on the Body Camera Market

    In recent years, public protests have erupted over cell-phone video recordings that document law enforcement officers using lethal force in the field. Reacting to these protests, a growing number of governments and police departments across the country are adopting body camera programs, causing demand for these products to surge. With body cameras becoming an increasingly […]

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    Foreign Buyers Tax Spells Unknown Consequences for Canada

    Foreign Buyers Tax Spells Unknown Consequences for Canada

    In an effort to prevent foreign capital from inflating already sky-high home prices in the Vancouver metropolitan area, the Government of British Columbia recently enacted a 15.0% transfer tax on any residential purchases undertaken by foreign buyers. Overview The new tax has been implemented alongside additional measures meant to curb demand for homes in Vancouver, […]

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    Up Your Energy Efficiency And Save Money In The Process

    Up Your Energy Efficiency And Save Money In The Process

    As originally published in Water Online With electricity prices climbing each year and eating up a greater share of companies’ operating expenses, energy efficiency is rightly becoming a top priority for many municipalities and businesses. According to the U.S. EPA, drinking water and wastewater treatment plants account for about 30 to 40 percent of many municipal […]

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    Negotiation Brief: Facilities Management Services

    Negotiation Brief: Facilities Management Services

    Facilities management services have been becoming more popular among building owners. Providers offer direct management of a range of facility functions, from janitorial services to landscaping, building maintenance and energy management. As the economy has been growing during the past three years, business investment has risen, thus encouraging demand for these services. The market is estimated to have nearly 2,000 service providers […]