The Santa Clara Valley Water District, the largest water provider in Silicon Valley, voted unanimously to reject the $17 billion plan to build twin tunnels and divert water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. The district instead put forth the idea of a much smaller, single-tunnel project.
Automaker Daimler is preparing to restructure its five business divisions into three registered companies, a move that could signal further development of electric and self-driving cars. "Whoever aims for sustainable competitiveness and profitability must continuously evolve and adapt to rapidly changing surroundings -- technologically, culturally and also structurally," said Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO.
Solar power isn't being utilized to its full potential, but expected advances in engineering mean its outlook is brighter. Five promising areas include cost-reducing perovskite solar cells, tandem photovoltaics, grid integration, nanomaterials and flexible systems.
New York City has been transformed since 9/11, and Dan Doctoroff had a big hand in the changes as a deputy mayor who was instrumental in getting the go-ahead for Hudson Yards. Doctoroff, who now heads Sidewalk Labs, says rezoning nearly half the city was at the heart of all the associated projects.
A California school district attorney alleged that side deals would have given two remodeling contracts to the second-lowest bidder for $2.4 million more. The low bidder on both projects ultimately handled work at a middle school after asking to withdraw its bids, although the county did let the company drop one contract without forfeiting its bid bond.
Companies and public officials are considering the implications of President Donald Trump's statements indicating doubt about the use of public-private partnerships to improve infrastructure. Trump has said he is disinclined toward P3s because they are not always successful.
To better compete with Alibaba, JD.com will share customer data with Tencent Holdings and work with Walmart on sales fulfillment and member benefits. A new system will allow JD.com to fulfill customer orders using Walmart's inventory.
Walmart continues to acquire companies and scale its e-commerce efforts, investments that will pay off in the next few years. However, Marc Lore, the company's e-commerce chief, says it has a "second-mover advantage" because its thousands of physical stores can serve as hubs for online orders and distribution.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to be led competently, but the ideal response to such a situation is not criticism but "trying to help them overcome their faults and limitations," Steve Keating writes. Doing so means you won't always get the credit you deserve, but "are you leading to lead or are you leading for some type of personal glory?" he writes.
Walsh Construction won a $83.7 million contract to widen a section of Interstate 74 in Moline, Ill. The contract is part of a larger, $1.2 billion effort to rebuild the interstate, and work is expected to start next year.
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