Afternoon Coffee: Conference, Fieldglass = #1, September PMI Numbers

Definitely worth a trip to Atlanta!
The Summit for Leaders in Finance Shared Services -- The 2012 Summit for Leaders in Finance Shared Services is designed to help you get the greatest value for money from your shared services. With built in networking and benchmarking opportunities this is a valuable opportunity to get up to date with the key issues facing your business, as well as to meet and benchmark with your peers

Spend Matters commends Fieldglass.
Fieldglass Ranked #1 VMS in Customer and Supplier Satisfaction by Leading Analyst Firm -- Fieldglass, Inc., the leading technology provider to procure and manage contingent labor and services, has earned the highest satisfaction rating by both buyers and suppliers of flexible labor, according to Staffing Industry Analysts' 2012 customer experience survey of 40,000 users.
For the third consecutive year, Fieldglass is the only major Vendor Management System (VMS) provider to be recognized as a "Top Performer" by the survey. To earn the distinction, Fieldglass maintains a strong commitment to providing innovative solutions and services that deliver ongoing value to customers as well as improve services procurement processes for all VMS technology users.

Philadelphia hates privately-created mini parks.
City Considers Legal Action Against Businessman Who Spent $20,000 To Clean Up 40 Tons Of Trash From Vacant Lot -- Ori Feibush had visited the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority four times, sent in seven letters, and volunteered to manage the clean-up of a lot neighboring his business, all to no avail. The city not only took no action to clean up the trash and debris, it denied Feibush's permit to manage the clean-up efforts. But Feibush was not to be deterred. Spending $20,000 of his own money, he hauled off the 40 tons of debris, planted cherry trees, put in benches and fencing, and paved the sidewalk. "This was a lot of garbage," Elaine McGrath, a local resident, told the Philadelphia Daily News. "Now it's gorgeous. I'm excited."

No change.
US manufacturing growth 'modest', PMI survey shows -- Growth in the US manufacturing sector remained "modest" during September, according to a closely-watched survey. The Markit Flash US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) was unchanged from August's figure of 51.5. A reading above 50 implies growth. While manufacturing output continued to rise, "growth was only marginal and the weakest for three years", Markit said.

- Sheena Moore

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