ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Altamonte Springs hosted a groundbreaking to introduce A-FIRST, its innovative water management initiative which is expected to significantly help the region reuse reclaimed water more efficiently and save the state an estimated $15 million. Altamonte Springs Mayor Pat Bates joined the groundbreaking with FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad, State Sen. David Simmons, Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, SJRWDM Executive Director Hans G. Tanzler III and Drew Bartlett, FDEP Deputy Secretary Water Policy and Eco Restoration.
Sam Massell, Buckhead Coalition president and former Atlanta mayor, is pictured reviewing the 135-year history of Atlanta’s Fire Department in a bound volume delivered by Deputy Chief Michael Simmons. The volume was given to Massell from Chief Kelvin Cochran. It is inscribed “For his steadfast support of Atlanta Fire Rescue.” Massell served 22 years in elected offices, including eight as president of the Atlanta City Council (then called the Board of Aldermen) and four as the city's mayor. He has held his present role with the Coalition since the group's formation over 25 years ago.
Port Columbus International Airport, a Class C airport six miles east of downtown Columbus, Ohio, is the second largest airport in the state and provides 151 non-stop flights to 34 airports via 15 airlines daily. The airport operates 25 passenger shuttles that provide transportation between its long-term parking lots and entrances for arrivals and departures. The shuttles, operating 24/7, travel 50,000 miles and carry more than two million passengers annually. In 2008, Port Columbus began researching alternative fuels following the announcement of new, more stringent emissions standards and diesel fuel regulations that would take effect in 2010. Thomas Swackhamer, manager of parking, ground transportation, and revenue at Port Columbus, began exploring electric, ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), natural gas, and propane-autogas-fueled models to replace the airport’s fleet of older diesel-fueled passenger parking shuttles. In 2009, the airport tested its first propane autogas shuttle, a Ford F-450 cutaway converted by Starcraft. Propane autogas reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent compared with gasoline and reduces smog-producing hydrocarbon emissions by 40 percent. Port Columbus liked the performance, and placed an order for four more the following year using a Department of Energy grant. Currently, the airport operates 19 Ford F-450 cutaways, which have been converted with ICOM equipment by their supplier from new gasoline engines. By February 2014, all 25 shuttles will operate on propane autogas.
Members of the Salem, Ore., Police Department's SWAT and K9 teams did a little show and tell for city employees that brought their children to work on Take Your Child to Work Day 2014. Photos taken and submitted by Angie Hedrick, Community Relations Analyst for the Salem Police Department.
It’s been a long, cold winter in Torrington, Conn., but it appears spring has finally arrived.
San Diego Councilman Scott Sherman and I Love a Clean San Diego Executive Director Pauline Martinson speak with the over 200 volunteers who attended the Murphy Canyon Creek, Calif., cleanup.
Special thanks to Dr. Lindsay L. Hathcock Jr., executive assistant to the Bradley County, Tenn., Mayor, for having lunch with American City & County. "Good lunch, Great read!," Hathcock says.
Councilmember Scott Sherman along with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Lorie Zapf held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the San Diego multi-use bicycle and pedestrian pathway project in Mission Valley, Calif. The project will invest $1.8 million into the community. Here, Sherman cuts the ribbon with Faulconer, Zapf and Rob Heitzel, head of the Riverpark Coalition, to make the opening of the trail official.
The Irvine, Calif., Ranch Water Districts, San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses over 300 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands. It provides habitat for more than 200 bird species, and serves as a living laboratory for students, teachers and the public. Photo by Christopher Otsen/Irvine Ranch Water District
With many Georgia workers struggling to survive on $15,000 a year, Lt. Gov. Nominee Connie Stokes, State Sen. Steve Henson, State Rep. David Wilkerson, GA AFL-CIO President Charlie Flemming joined the Atlanta stop in the the 20-State "Give America a Raise" Bus tour to call on congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10.
American Water Resources (AWR) recently teamed up with Nashville Metro Water Services to volunteer their time at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. AWR presented a check to the food bank for $2,500, which will be used to purchase 10,000 meals for those in need. The volunteers inspected, sorted and categorized frozen meat products at the food bank, which is one of the largest food banks and food distribution centers nationwide.
Georgia State Senator Nan Orrock spoke in Atlanta's Woodruff Park as part of the "Everytown for Gun Safety" event. The demonstration gathered local government and faith leaders along with concerned residents to call for common-sense legislation to cut down on gun violence. Also in attendance were victims of gun violence and their families, including the mother of Jordan Davis and a survivor from the Virginia Tech massacre.
More than 1,300 contractors made their mark on the Terex "I Make America" FingerSmear painting during CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014. After the show, Terex donated the artwork to AEM to help the I Make America campaign raise awareness for pro-manufacturing causes. Here, Ron DeFeo and Dennis Slater make their respective marks.
UTS Biogas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anaergia, based in the United Kingdom, has successfully constructed and commissioned a 1.5 MWel biogas facility at Dagenham, London, for its client TEG Environmental. The Dagenham facility, located on a newly developed site within the London Sustainable Industries Park, is a combination of in-vessel composting and anaerobic digestion technology. The facility can process up to 50,000 tons of organic waste each year. Anaergia also does business in America, with offices in Michigan, California, Idaho and Oklahoma.
On Sunday, March 30, Chip Stitley, Brian Mann, Ryan Winpigler and Geoff Stup found themselves working alongside with Frederick County (Md.) Fire and Rescue and Frederick County Animal Control, to rescue a 14 year-old dog named Samantha, from a sinkhole near her home. Samantha is a Lhasa Apso, and she is also blind and deaf. After more than 6 hours in the sleet and freezing rain, Samantha was brought up from the 10-foot deep sinkhole. She was tired, cold and muddy but suffered no major injuries.
British Consul General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford shared his grave concerns about the situation in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine at Georgia Tech on April 7. He emphasized that there can be no justification for Russia’s action, which is violation of a host of international treaties and agreements. The UK continues to support a democratic Ukraine and will leave the door of diplomacy open to Russia.
Las Vegas' triple barrel sewer, by HOBAS.
Ground has been broken for El Monte Gateway, a 14-acre mixed-used development in El Monte, Calif., 12 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The transit-oriented project is a public/private partnership between the city, Jamboree Housing Corporation, and Grapevine Advisors, the project’s master developer. The mixed-use development "boasts so many tremendous benefits for our entire community and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate this important milestone,” Mayor Andre Quintero said. “This development will translate into the creation of hundreds of jobs, while revitalizing our city and stimulating our local economy. I believe the Gateway project will be a model of smart planning and development in the San Gabriel Valley.”
Ground was broken March 19 for The Wharf, a mixed-use waterfront development. Located on the historic Washington Channel, The Wharf spans a mile of land and more than 50 acres of water from the Fish Market to Fort McNair in Washington D.C. The development team is led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette with ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development and Triden Development.
Personnel Specialist 1st Class Cashama Arthur-Frederick renewed her commitment to serving in the Navy for six more years during a re-enlistment ceremony Feb. 26, 2014, on the quarterdeck at Navy Recruiting Command headquarters located at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn. Arthur-Frederick joined the Navy in order to follow in the footsteps of her brother and two sisters. She currently serves as a personnel specialist for the Navy's Recruiting Command where she is responsible for the administrative placement of future sailors into job openings. From the headquarters level, she is able to manage the flow of incoming sailors to ensure a smooth transition from basic training to technical training schools in the fleet.
Nearly 70 teams from 19 schools and organizations in and around Long Beach, Calif., competed in the fifth annual Solar Grand Prix, hosted by Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. More than 400 students, coaches and volunteers participated on race day. Middle and high school students raced solar-powered model cars of their design, challenging students to work as a team, using creative thinking and scientific knowledge to experiment, design and build high-performance model vehicles.
DuPage County, Ill., Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay greets attendees at the county’s Green Infrastructure Symposium. With guest speakers and vendors, the meeting was a starting point for contractors interested in pursuing green construction practices.
Sheriff Carl DuBois announced his intention to run for a fourth term in the Town of Wallkill, N.Y. He was joined by over 200 supporters, including veterans, elected officials and unions. During his speech, DuBois said he is most proud of the four accreditations the office has received during his tenure. These state and national level accreditations include recognition from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, the American Correctional Association, National Commission on Correctional Health Care, as well as the NYS Sheriff’s Association. Sheriff DuBois and Accreditation Manager Greg Gaetano are currently working to secure the department’s third national accreditation. Through this accomplishment, the Orange County, N.Y., Sheriff’s Office will be one of only 35 of over 3,100 sheriff’s offices nationwide to hold three national accreditations.
On Feb. 5, BOMAG representatives, along with South Carolina State and local officials, held a groundbreaking ceremony in Ridgeway, S.C., on the future site of BOMAG’s new North American headquarters. The new $18.2 million, 127,600 square foot facility will house office and training space, parts warehousing and distribution as well as a machine assembly area. Left to right, those breaking ground are: Mike Briggs – President and CEO Central South Carolina Alliance, Milton Pope – Fairfield County Administrator, Philip Land – Regional Director for Senator Lindsey Graham’s Office, Carolyn Robinson – Fairfield County Councilperson, Gov. Nikki Haley – Governor, South Carolina, Walter Link – President, BOMAG Americas, Rob Mueckler – VP Sales & Marketing, BOMAG Americas, Dwayne Perry – Fairfield County Councilperson, Dave Dennison –Marketing Manager, BOMAG Americas, Mary Lynn Kinley – Fairfield County Councilperson and David Brown – Fairfield County Councilperson.
The Smithtown, N.Y., Main Library recently underwent an expansion and comprehensive renovation lead by BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers. The 28,000 square foot Smithtown branch is the central library within the Smithtown Special Library District, Long Island's largest library system, which serves 113,000 members. BBS served as the architect and interior designer as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and civil engineer for the Smithtown Main Library as well as three other libraries within the district.
A rendering of the new 138,000 square foot Easton, Pa., City Hall. The structure is the first phase of a two-phase, Easton City Hall and Transportation Center public development project located in downtown Easton, an eastern Pennsylvania town of 27,000. The completed project will include Easton’s new City Hall building, retail facilities and a public transportation center. Spillman Farmer designed the $31 million, 183,800 square foot, mixed-use complex.
A member of the St. Lucie County, Fla., Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corp. adds some special effects to a student from Indian River State College for a large-scale public safety exercise held Dec. 4 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie. The simulated terrorist event involved more than 300 officials from the St. Lucie County Public Safety Department, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the Fort Pierce Police Department, the Port St. Lucie Police Department, the St. Lucie County Fire District, The Red Cross, local hospitals and others.
The Digital Bookmobile is a high-tech tractor-trailer that tours the nation spreading awareness for digital libraries and eBooks. A 74-foot-long, 18-wheel big-rig, the Digital Bookmobile is a modern take on the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades.
The Lafayette College Arts Plaza is a public arts space located on the site of a formerly abandoned building within the post-industrial landscape of Pennsylvania. Designed by Spillman Farmer Architects, the Arts Plaza is the culmination of a multi-phase urban redevelopment program undertaken by Lafayette College - an example of a very successful “town and gown” relationship that benefited the local community and allowed the college to expand. The plaza recently won an American Institute of Architects, Pa., award.
As part of their final projects, engineering students from the University of Texas at El Paso present their concepts for real-life city projects to the El Paso Engineering and Construction Management Department staff. The city may decide to use some of the students' ideas, which will then be designed by professional engineers and architects.
Kevin Kinker, owner of K-9 Intervention, and his dog, Anna, helped to add a new dynamic of school security to Mona Shores Public Schools last year in Muskegon, Mich. The pilot program uses dogs to detect drugs, alcohol and even guns without having to go through bags, lockers or cars. In a survey, 67 percent of students indicated they felt safer with the dogs patrolling their schools, and 95 percent said they liked having the dogs around.
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