I've got a couple of items from around the construction industry I thought would be of interest to everyone. First off, the latest on the state of the construction industry. The most recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce shows that construction spending during March 2009 was estimated up 0.3 percent from February. Nonresidential construction was up 2.7 percent from the February estimate, public construction spending was 1.1 percent above the revised February estimate and highway construction was at 0.8 percent below the revised February estimate of $76.8 billion. Season Two, Episode Two of John Deere's Skid Steer Smackdown, "Battle in Bowling Green," is now posted on John Deereâ€™s www.skidsteersmackdown.com Web site. In this episode real contractors get in the cab of competitor equipment to take on a John Deere skid steer in a hill-climbing contest. Finally, SAP is offering a White Paper on how to thrive in a down economy. "Find the Silver Lining: How Your Business Can Thrive During an Economic Storm" reveals five key strategies smart companies use to gain strength and build momentum during challenging economic times: 1. Take advantage of tax breaks to save. 2. Use technology to work smarter. 3. Trim the fat. 4. Improve cash flow. 5. Turn downtime into productive time.