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News Article | May 5, 2017
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At the 2017 Waterfront Conference on May 10, the Waterfront Alliance Previews the Region’s First-Ever Harbor Scorecard How protected are our coastal communities and our infrastructure? Are waterways meeting Clean Water Act standards? Where are opportunities for public access to the water? Turn to the Harbor Scorecard for answers and action, neighborhood by neighborhood NEW YORK, May 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At this year’s Waterfront Conference, titled “Measuring Our Harbor: Strong, Healthy, and Open,” the Waterfront Alliance will preview the region’s first-ever Harbor Scorecard. Comprehensive and user-friendly, the Scorecard compiles research in public access, ecology, and resiliency for a neighborhood-by-neighborhood evaluation of the waterfronts of New York City and northern New Jersey. Distilling extensive research into an easy-to-use tool, the Harbor Scorecard will be previewed at the Waterfront Alliance’s annual Waterfront Conference on Wednesday, May 10, and rolled out three weeks later in time for the start of hurricane season. The Waterfront Conference takes place aboard the Hornblower Infinity, dockside at Hudson River Park, Pier 40, in the morning, and cruising New York Harbor throughout the afternoon. Featured speakers include Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, Member of Congress; Lauren Brand, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration; Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, City of Newark; and Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, City of New York, along with dozens of expert panelists and workshop leaders, and hundreds of policy-makers, waterfront advocates, and professionals. Hornblower Cruises & Events is the venue sponsor. For the third year, Arcadis is the premier sponsor of the Waterfront Conference, and for the second year, the sponsor of Arcadis Waterfront Scholars, a program that invites more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the conference and engage with professional mentors. On May 10, Arcadis Global Lead for Water Management Piet Dircke will discuss the Harbor Scorecard in a global context using the Arcadis Sustainable Cities Water Index, which assesses the water resources of 50 cities around the world. “New York City is making strides in protecting its coastline, and the Waterfront Conference is an important step in bringing together the best minds to help benchmark our harbors and waterways,” said Mr. Dircke. “Waiting until the next big storm to create safeguards against future disasters is not a sound resiliency strategy.” “As the Waterfront Alliance begins our milestone tenth year of work, we have put together the Harbor Scorecard, an essential tool to take stock of progress along our waterways,” said John Boulé, vice-chair of the Waterfront Alliance and senior vice president at Dewberry, where he is business manager for New York operations. “While we’ve got a lot to be proud of, it’s clear that we need to do better, and the Harbor Scorecard will give citizens and policy-makers alike the information they need to act.” “The Waterfront Alliance cannot solve all of New York City’s waterfront and sea level rise issues, but its Harbor Scorecard will indicate whether we are moving in the right direction, becoming more resilient while at the same time providing more and better access to the waterfront,” said Klaus Jacob of Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. “Right now, New York City is making decisions that will affect clean water investments for the next generation,” said Larry Levine, a senior attorney at Natural Resources Defense Council. “Thanks to the Clean Water Act, our harbor is cleaner than it used to be. But far too often the water is still too polluted to touch. Sewage overflows still foul our waterways after it rains, making them unsafe for eight million New Yorkers to use recreationally. The Harbor Scorecard will provide a call to action for local, state and federal officials, shining a light on where we need to invest in our infrastructure for a cleaner, healthier future.” Learn more about the Waterfront Conference and purchase tickets ($150 regular ticket; $75 government agencies and nonprofits; $50 students). Registration and breakfast is 8am to 8:45am; the boat is dockside at Pier 40, Hudson River Park until 1pm; the afternoon harbor cruise returns at 5pm. Continuing education credits will be offered (AIA CES; with APA AICP CM, and LA CES credits pending). The Waterfront Conference is generously sponsored by: Venue Sponsor: Hornblower Cruises & Events Premier Sponsor and Waterfront Scholars: Arcadis Commander: AECOM, GCA , New York City Economic Development Corporation Supporter: Dewberry, ExxonMobil, GBX Gowanus Bay Terminal, Hudson River Foundation, Newtown Creek Group, Red Hook Container Terminal, Seastreak, Stantec, Studio V, Two Trees, United Metro Energy Champion: Entertainment Cruises, HDR, Industry City, Langan, New York Water Taxi, Park Tower Group, Queens Chamber of Commerce, Sims Metal Management/Sims Municipal Recycling, Friend: ARUP, Ecology and Environment, HATCH, Kyle Conti Construction, M.G. McLaren Engineering Group, Moffatt & Nichol, Mott MacDonald, NY Waterway, Perkins & Will, Scape Studio, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, Steer Davies & Gleave, Williams, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff Continuing Education Partners: AIA New York, APA NY Metro Chapter, ASLA NY The Waterfront Alliance works to protect, transform, and revitalize our harbor and waterfront.


News Article | May 4, 2017
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The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, will deliver a mobile workshop during the 2017 American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference. This workshop will provide a firsthand look at one of the communities most acutely impacted by Super Storm Sandy and the processes involved in its rebuild. The workshop will take participants to Breezy Point, a Co-Op situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay. The Breezy Point community sustained significant damage from Super Storm Sandy, the second most costly storm in US history, having nearly the entire community flooded. Additionally, as was widely shown on national news, a fire burned over 130 homes to the ground. In total, 350 homes were damaged or completely destroyed during the storm. IBTS worked closely with the Breezy Point Co-Op to deliver services compliant with Build it Back (BiB) New York and CDBG-DR requirements. To date, IBTS has rehabilitated and elevated 180 homes in Breezy Point to create flood- and fire-resilient residences that are compatible with the historical and architectural context of the community. The Breezy Point workshop will take place on Sunday, May 7th, and will include a walking tour of the Breezy Point community. From there, experts from the Breezy Point Co-Op, IBTS, and other stakeholders will have stations set up at houses in varying degrees of reconstruction; each of these subject matter experts have been, and continue to be, key players in the Breezy Point recovery process. These stations will be used to explain the scope of the disaster, state and federal recovery program implementation, residential reconstruction, and resiliency lessons learned. “IBTS’s disaster recovery experience coupled with Breezy Point Co-Op’s commitment to rebuilding their community, is what has made this project the success that it is,” says Jawanza Nyahuma, BiB New York Elevations Task Manager at IBTS. “This workshop not only gives participants an up-close look at large-scale home elevation, but also a chance to investigate innovative community engagement approaches in a Co-Op managed community.” “The visit to Breezy Point will help planners understand state-of-the-art flood damage recovery and mitigation methodologies they can then incorporate into their own community resiliency strategies,” says Thomas Womeldurf, AICP Planner and Director of Federal and State Programs at IBTS. The objective of the workshop is to share experiences gained from both the challenges and successes involved in Breezy Point’s recovery. The 2017 APA National Planning Conference takes place May 6 – 9, in New York, New York. About IBTS IBTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to helping communities through quality services that reduce risk, enhance public safety, and improve quality of life. IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia with branch offices across the country. IBTS’s work is guided by a Board of Directors made up of government officials appointed by five of the most highly respected, grassroots, state and local governmental associations, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), National Association of Counties (NACo), National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), and National League of Cities (NLC).


News Article | May 4, 2017
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John Barrot, PE, LEED AP is a fire engineer in Arup's New York office. Dahlia Chazan, AICP, LEED AP is an urban planner in our San Francisco office. Jackie Coburn is an airport planner and architect in the Toronto office. Russell Fortmeyer, LEED AP, BD+C is an architectural engineer in Arup's Los Angeles. Martin Howell, LEED AP, CEM is a mechanical engineer in our Los Angeles office. Henry Jeens, CEng is a civil engineer in the Toronto office. Qiyu (Leo) Liu, PE is a bridge engineer in our San Francisco office. Alan Merrett, ENV SP, PMP is a project manager in the Los Angeles office. Omid Nakhaei, MAA, MBA is an architect in the Toronto office. Ken Sissakis, PEng, LEED AP is a structural engineer in our Toronto office. Melody Ablola is a logistics consultant and industrial and systems engineer in our San Francisco office. Olena Allen, MBA is a finance leader for the New York, Chicago, and Washington DC offices. Benjamin Anstiss, CEng is a mechanical engineer in our Los Angeles office. Terence Caulkins is an acoustic and audiovisual consultant in the New York office. Geoff Gunn, PE, LEED AP is an electrical engineer in our Boston office. Duncan Jack, CTS is a technology consultant in the Los Angeles office. Jacob Koshy is an information and communications technology consultant in our New York office. Marta Lee is an information technology and communications engineer in our New York office. Matt Mahon is an acoustic and audiovisual consultant in the New York office. Andrew McCulloch, AICP is a transportation engineer in our San Francisco office. Shane Myrbeck is an acoustic and audiovisual consultant in our San Francisco office. Lawrence (LJ) Nassivera, AICP is a transportation planner and project manager in our New York office. Samantha Peart, LEED AP ND, ENV SP is a sustainability consultant who just transferred to Arup's Melbourne office. Carolyn Poirier, CPA, CA is the Americas Region Assistant Controller in our Toronto office. Michelle Roelofs, PE is a structural engineer in the New York office. Juan Manuel Serrano is a BIM design manager in our New York office. Aihua Tang, PE, ENV SP is a water resources engineer in the San Francisco office. Elizabeth Valmont, LEED AP is an acoustic consultant in Arup's Los Angeles office. Ben Voelker, PE, PEng is a structural engineer/project manager in our St. John's project office. Cress Wakefield, PE, LEED AP is an electrical engineer in the Seattle office. Kirsten Warren, CPSM leads the business development team in the Toronto office. Felix Weber is a structural engineer and architect in Arup's San Francisco office. Kirstin Weeks, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, GRP, CEM is a building ecology specialist in the San Francisco office. Robert Young is a theatre consultant in our San Francisco office. About Arup Arup provides planning, engineering, design, and consulting services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. Arup opened its first US office more than 30 years ago and now employs 1,400 people in the Americas. The firm's employee-ownership structure promotes ongoing investment in joint research to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners. Visit Arup's website, www.arup.com, and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas, doggerel.arup.com, for more information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-associate-principals-and-associates-named-at-arup-americas-region-300451749.html


News Article | November 7, 2016
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Two nursing-driven programs that provide home and community-based care for vulnerable populations with advanced illness receive $600,000 to expand and sustain efforts NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 07, 2016) - The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation has announced the 2016 recipients of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, a multi-year initiative funding leading edge, nursing-driven programs that address the healthcare needs of vulnerable populations. The winning projects -- a telehospice program serving rural western North Carolina, and an advanced illness care program supporting the communities served by African-American churches in Alameda County, CA -- were selected from a diverse field of over 160 applicants. The Foundation's Advisory Committee praised the grant recipients for their creative approaches to addressing some of healthcare's most intractable challenges, and for their efforts to meet the triple aim goals of improving health, reducing costs, and improving the patient and caregiver experience. "This year's grant recipients are potential game changers," said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. "Each person-centered, community-focused program is uniquely positioned to make a national impact on the care of underserved populations with advanced illnesses." The grantees, who will each receive a $600,000 three-year grant, are: Four Seasons Compassion for Life, Flat Rock, North Carolina (Principal Investigator: Michelle Webb, MSN, RN, CHPCA) The grant will leverage Four Season's federally funded telepalliative care model to develop a program providing remote, in-home hospice services to people in western North Carolina. Four Seasons serves a number of rural, low-income counties in a geography and climate that does not allow for consistent, coordinated health care and poses numerous challenges for nurses charged with regular hospice care home visits. Hillman funds will be used to improve patient and family satisfaction and health outcomes by implementing a care management portal to be used in conjunction with the telehospice program. Specially trained nurses will seek to efficiently and cost effectively provide hospice care by remotely addressing symptom and pain management, medication adherence, advance care planning, and spiritual and psychosocial needs. Visits will be conducted using TapCloud, a HIPAA-compliant app, and a web-based video conferencing service. Patients or their caregivers (including long-distance caregivers) will enter information on symptoms and medication use via patient portal software, and nurses, together with the hospice team, will use this information, along with online vital sign measurement, to monitor progress, adjust treatments, and determine when in-person visits are needed. "Telehospice is a promising care delivery innovation that can enhance communication among caregivers and the care team, and improve the hospice experience for those most in need," said Bobbie Berkowitz, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and chair of the Foundation's Advisory Committee. "With over 35 years of award-winning experience in hospice care, Four Seasons is well equipped to implement and lead this effort." University of California, Davis - Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing (Principal Investigators: Janice Bell, RN, MN, MPH, PhD, UC Davis and Rev. Cynthia Carter-Perrilliat, MPA, Alameda County Care Alliance) Hillman funding will be used to expand, evaluate, and sustain the Advanced Illness Care Program (AICP), a faith-based, nursing-driven intervention developed in partnership with the Alameda County Care Alliance and the Public Health Institute. Since its inception in 2013, the program has trained and placed care navigators in five African-American church communities in Oakland, California. The care navigators provide referrals and care not only to congregants and their caregivers, but to persons with advanced illness in the community. Care navigators offer support with basic needs such as food, housing, or transportation, and help people access social services, spiritual support, respite care, palliative care and hospice care, and complete advance care plans. The intervention includes a baseline home visit and assessment, follow-up visits, and additional telephone support. "People often turn to their faith community for support in times of need, and the AICP has been successful in filling the gaps in conventional healthcare by utilizing the inherent trust, support, and resources offered by these innovative and influential hub churches," said Rachael Watman, Vice President of Programs at the Hillman Foundation. "This program capitalizes on the strengths of three partners: UC Davis (evaluation), Alameda County Care Alliance (for their work in the African-American church community), and the Public Health Institute (for their expertise in program development and implementation) to increase the alignment between end-of-life goals and the care received. Looking forward, the data collected to date and ongoing evaluation will be used to engage payers, providers, and policy makers to develop a blueprint to scale and sustain the model across the U.S." The team will use the funding to double the impact of the program, expanding the program to three additional church communities, and enrolling an additional 500 congregants, community members, and family caregivers. Funding will also be used to train additional care navigators and volunteer care ministers, to promote the program through community outreach, and to continue to support ongoing data collection that has provided evidence of the program's success. Partnerships with Kaiser Permanente and the Washington DC-based C-TAC (Coalition to Transform Advanced Care) will contribute to the spread and scale of the model. About the Hillman Innovations in Care Program The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program is to advance leading edge, nursing-driven models of care that improve the health and health care of vulnerable populations, including the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBQT, the homeless, rural populations, and other groups that encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services. The foundation is specifically interested in proposals that address maternal and child health, care of the older adult, and chronic illness management. The Foundation will accept submissions for the next round of proposals in March 2017, and will award grants again in late 2017. For more information on the Hillman Innovations in Care Program or to access the RFP, please visit http://www.rahf.org/grant-programs/hillman-innovations-in-care-program/. ABOUT THE RITA & ALEX HILLMAN FOUNDATION The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation's mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. healthcare system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The foundation's goal is to leverage the power of nursing's unique knowledge to ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the high-quality care patients need and deserve.


News Article | March 3, 2017
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The Flood Mitigation Plan Update was funded by a Coast Smart Initiatives Grant from NOAA and administered through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Chesapeake and Coastal Service Program. The VPC Team, led by VPC’s President, Deepa Srinivasan and Dr. Michael Scott of Salisbury University, utilized FEMA’s HAZUS-MH software to estimate the financial loss associated with specific levels of floodwater in the southern Maryland County of Calvert. The analysis takes into consideration how far inland the water will go, as well as its height, to determine how much damage it could potentially cause. The estimated depth of the potential floodwater was developed from LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation measurements taken in 2011, that show not only which areas will be inundated, but also by how much. The HAZUS software then crosses these elevation measurements with the flood polygons of the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM’s), which are used by the National Flood Insurance Program to determine floodplains and insurance rates. These two inputs generate flood depth grids for areas based on the 10%, 4%, 2%, 1%, and .02% chance of flood occurrences in 2016, 2050, and 2100. Various flood depth grids are overlaid with the building polygons, to determine which buildings fell in the flood zones. The building layer was then laid over the various flood occurrence grids to determine which buildings were at risk for each recurrence interval. These buildings were then matched to the County’s 2013 Tax Assessments to show the assessed value of the property. Finally, to determine the total financial loss, the function of the building is used to estimate the value of its contents. The industry standard estimates for the contents are; one-half of the value of a residence and 100% of the value of a commercial building. Thus, a total dollar amount can be given for each building, whether commercial or residential, for each potential flood occurrence. “The success of this project is attributed to our Client who dug into the data,” Dr. Scott shared. “It’s very heartening to know that someone cares enough to make sure we’re doing it right.” “The analysis conducted by Dr. Scott shows Calvert County’s flood-vulnerability beyond that of FEMA’s DFIRMs, it also identifies flood-prone properties outside of the 100-year floodplain,” said Calvert County Department of Community Planning and Building Environmental and Long Range Planner, Tay Harris. “Combining Dr. Scott’s analysis with VPC’s policy expertise allows Calvert County Government to better serve residents who own flood-prone properties located inside and outside of FEMA’s 100-year floodplain. In recent years, nuisance flooding has become a more frequent problem in Calvert County’s low lying communities. It is important to work with these communities to plan for the future and mitigate the impacts of flooding and sea level rise,” added Dr. David Brownlee, AICP, Principal Environmental Planner. Vision Planning and Consulting (http://www.planVPC.com), is a small, minority and woman-owned 8(a) certified firm based in Fulton, Maryland, specializing in emergency management, community planning, public outreach and education, and grants management, with a focus on technology. VPC prides itself in assisting communities to plan and prepare for disasters, and building consensus across all levels of government, private sector, and academia.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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Peter Gertler, AICP, rejoined HNTB Corporation as a senior vice president in a corporate and national strategic business development role. He is a nationally recognized rail and transit expert who brings three decades of infrastructure leadership to the firm’s clients across the country. He is based in Oakland, California. Gertler previously worked at HNTB from 2004 to 2014 as rail and transit market service leader and principal project manager. During that time, he served as national thought leader and subject matter expert on high-speed and intercity passenger rail, as well as serving in leadership roles for projects with a total construction value of over $100 billion. “Peter is a transportation and infrastructure expert with extensive global experience leading transportation and infrastructure businesses, projects and programs,” said Doug Mann, HNTB corporate development president. “Our clients truly value Peter’s proven ability to assist them in solving their most challenging issues. He brings a unique blend of hands-on experience and executive leadership that is rare in our industry.” “We are pleased to welcome Peter back to HNTB,” said Darlene Gee, HNTB Northern California district leader and vice president. “He is widely known throughout the industry and our region as a proven leader, innovator, strategist and trusted adviser.” Prior to re-joining HNTB, Gertler managed global business and strategic development for a technology firm, providing business and technology transformation advisory services to public infrastructure owners, including national governments, and state and local transportation agencies. In this capacity, he served as an industry expert on public transport and led major programs and projects in North America, Europe and the Middle East. Gertler has written or been quoted in numerous print media outlets, including The New York Times; The Bond Buyer; Engineering News-Record; and Bloomberg News. He has also appeared on many radio and television programs, including Fox Business TV; National Public Radio; “All Things Considered”; and Bloomberg Business Radio. From 2009 to 2012, Gertler authored several articles on the state of high-speed rail in the U.S. for Progressive Railroading. He was awarded the 2010 Civil Engineering News “Power List,” which distinguishes 15 of the most eminent professionals in civil engineering. He holds a Master of Science in transportation engineering and a Master of Arts in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkley. Gertler is active in multiple industry and community organizations, including: California Association for High Speed Trains (board member); American Public Transportation Association (board of directors); Jack London Improvement District (board member), APTA High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Committee (immediate past chair); Transportation Research Board (member); American Institute of Certified Planners (member); Running for a Better Oakland (board chair). HNTB is currently involved with many of the nation’s most high-profile transit programs, including Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, California High Speed Rail, Northeast Corridor, Bay Area Rapid Transit System in San Francisco and Sound Transit in Seattle. About HNTB HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.


Raleigh, NC, Sept. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RegEd, the leading provider of compliance technology solutions to insurance companies, broker-dealers and other financial services firms, is pleased to announce its participation in the Association of Insurance Compliance Professionals’ (AICP) Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando, FL, October 25-28, 2016. The 29th AICP Annual Conference, an educational forum for Property and Casualty and Life and Health insurance compliance professionals, will offer more than 60 concurrent sessions including ethics, evolving cyber threats, market conduct, corporate governance, culture of compliance, and regulatory oversight. Presenters and panelists include senior compliance executives from leading insurers, as well as subject matter experts and industry regulators. During the conference RegEd will showcase the CODE® Enterprise Compliance Management Platform. CODE supports an integrated suite of compliance management solutions, including: Regulatory Change Management. Facilitates a workflow-enabled, closed loop process that provides insurers with everything they need to be aware of, comply with, and demonstrate compliance with relevant regulatory changes. Policies and Procedures Management. Provides an enterprise workflow and task management solution that enables end-to-end administration and oversight of all elements of the firm’s policies and procedures, including policy approval, policy distribution, attestation management, testing program management and deficiency and case management. Market Conduct Exam Management. Enables firms to effectively prepare for and efficiently manage tasks related to market conduct exams, significantly reducing the time and resource commitment required during a market conduct exam. Debra Freitag, Chief Strategy Officer at RegEd, stated, "The AICP Annual Conference is an important forum for insurance industry compliance professionals, who must effectively manage volumes of regulatory change, readily respond to document requests from examiners, regulators and internal stakeholders, and be well-prepared to demonstrate a strong compliance program in the event of a market conduct exam.” Freitag continued, "We’re excited to support the event again this year, and to share our expertise and highlight RegEd technology solutions and ways they help our clients close non-compliance gaps and reduce risk." RegEd representatives will be on-site to meet with conference attendees to understand their compliance challenges and discuss solutions that enable insurers and other financial services firms to meet compliance requirements and proactively manage their compliance program. The RegEd conference exhibit will be located at booth #19 in the conference’s main exhibitor hall at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. For more information on RegEd or its attendance at the AICP Annual Conference, please call 800-334-8322 or email sales@reged.com. RegEd is a leading provider of compliance technology solutions with relationships with more than 400 enterprise clients, including 80% of the top 25 broker-dealers and top 25 insurance companies. Established in 1994 by former regulators, the company is a recognized industry authority and has created the standard of excellence for rule-based and content-driven compliance automation for insurance companies, investment advisors and broker-dealers.  RegEd solutions drive new levels of operational efficiency and enable firms to cost-effectively comply with regulations and mitigate risk. For more information, please visit www.reged.com.


New Children’s Book, “Mak the Kraken” Released This Week Written by London J. Maddison, Illustrated by Nick McCarthy London J. Maddison and Nick McCarthy have created a new children's book released this week. "Mak the Kraken" is a heartwarming tale of a young sea creature from the undiscovered depths of the ocean. It is a story of persistence, accepting those who are different and achieving goals woven through a theme focused on conservation of the ocean's resources. Enjoyed by ages preschool through third grade. Available to order on Lulu.com as of December 1, 2016. Laguna Niguel, CA, December 03, 2016 --( Inspired by science and research showing that 95% of the ocean’s creatures are still undiscovered, the story takes children on a journey with this young Kraken. It is a legend of persistence, diversity and achieving goals, woven through a tale ultimately focused upon conservation of the ocean’s resources. "Mak the Kraken is an imaginative story with brilliant illustrations by Nick McCarthy that bring the tale to life,” Indicated London J. Maddison, author, “The book offers multiple levels of opportunity to meet learning objectives and for teaching about the undiscovered wonders of the ocean, conservation, accepting those who are different and following dreams." Five percent of the profits from the book will be dedicated to ocean education institutions. The book includes a unique glossary and to answer to many of the questions children might ask for a deeper level of education. The book provides both fiction and non-fiction elements for ultimate learning. To order the book visit: eBook: http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/mak-the-kraken-illustrated-by-nick-mccarthy/19918712 Softcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/mak-the-kraken-illustrated-by-nick-mccarthy/19882445 About the Author, London J. Maddison A certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a LEED Accredited Professional, the author has written about the environment for over 30 years with over 300 published articles, documents and stories. London J. Maddison is a pseudonym used to separate professional and writing careers. A first generation American of British heritage, London works and resides in California and Hawaii. Additional publications by London J. Maddison are in various stages of the publishing process. https://sites.google.com/site/londonjmaddison/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011412121704 Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/london-j-maddison-5616a0114 twitter: @londonjmaddison, @makthekraken About the Artist, Nick McCarthy Nicholas (Nick) McCarthy is a San Francisco, California Bay Area local, living in Concord, CA. Nick attended California State University, Monterey Bay where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mixed Media Design. Nick specializes in illustration, focusing on pointillism and realism. He is involved in exhibitions all around Northern California and across the country, having illustrations at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas and the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. Some of these book illustrations have been featured in past and will be featured in future exhibitions. Nick can be contacted at nick5036@gmail.com or through his website: https://nicholasmccarthy@allyounet/4975584 Laguna Niguel, CA, December 03, 2016 --( PR.com )-- “Mak the Kraken,” one of the most inspiring children’s stories of the decade, was released today by Lulu Publishing. The book is available in electronic and print versions on Lulu.com and will soon be available through other major publishing outlets.Inspired by science and research showing that 95% of the ocean’s creatures are still undiscovered, the story takes children on a journey with this young Kraken. It is a legend of persistence, diversity and achieving goals, woven through a tale ultimately focused upon conservation of the ocean’s resources."Mak the Kraken is an imaginative story with brilliant illustrations by Nick McCarthy that bring the tale to life,” Indicated London J. Maddison, author, “The book offers multiple levels of opportunity to meet learning objectives and for teaching about the undiscovered wonders of the ocean, conservation, accepting those who are different and following dreams."Five percent of the profits from the book will be dedicated to ocean education institutions. The book includes a unique glossary and to answer to many of the questions children might ask for a deeper level of education. The book provides both fiction and non-fiction elements for ultimate learning.To order the book visit: eBook: http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/mak-the-kraken-illustrated-by-nick-mccarthy/19918712 Softcover: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperback-book/mak-the-kraken-illustrated-by-nick-mccarthy/19882445About the Author, London J. MaddisonA certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a LEED Accredited Professional, the author has written about the environment for over 30 years with over 300 published articles, documents and stories. London J. Maddison is a pseudonym used to separate professional and writing careers. A first generation American of British heritage, London works and resides in California and Hawaii. Additional publications by London J. Maddison are in various stages of the publishing process. https://sites.google.com/site/londonjmaddison/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011412121704Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/london-j-maddison-5616a0114twitter: @londonjmaddison, @makthekrakenAbout the Artist, Nick McCarthyNicholas (Nick) McCarthy is a San Francisco, California Bay Area local, living in Concord, CA. Nick attended California State University, Monterey Bay where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mixed Media Design. Nick specializes in illustration, focusing on pointillism and realism. He is involved in exhibitions all around Northern California and across the country, having illustrations at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas and the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. Some of these book illustrations have been featured in past and will be featured in future exhibitions.Nick can be contacted at nick5036@gmail.com or through his website: https://nicholasmccarthy@allyounet/4975584


News Article | February 24, 2017
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Matthew Click, AICP, HNTB Corporation national director of priced managed lanes and vice president, has been appointed by the Transportation Research Board to its Standing Committee on Managed Lanes. Bringing more than two decades of industry experience, Click joins the distinguished group of transportation professionals for a three-year term. Click has been active in TRB for more than 12 years. “I’m pleased to enhance my involvement with TRB in my new role on the Standing Committee on Managed Lanes,” Click said. “Our group’s most important task is studying the evolving role of high-occupancy vehicle, high-occupancy toll, and managed lanes in response to the challenges of congestion, energy consumption and climate change.” The committee examines methods for enhancing person throughput, energy conservation, air quality, and user choices and safety through the optimization of preferential lanes, priority treatments, and other supporting systems for bus transit, carpooling and vanpooling. In his role as HNTB’s national director of priced managed lanes, Click advises federal agencies and state DOTs about planning, financing and implementing priced managed lanes, corridors and networks. He has worked on or advised priced managed lanes projects in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, Washington and several other states across the country. Click has experience working with both the public and private sectors, including public tolling authorities, private concessionaires, state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, regional transportation authorities and the federal government. HNTB is the nation’s No. 1 consultant to toll authorities, currently serving as the general engineering consultant to more toll agencies than any other firm. With a national breadth of tolling expertise and recognized industry leaders, HNTB provides specialized services and an in-depth understanding of financial and engineering feasibility, toll plaza design, priced managed lanes, toll collection technology, operations and solid relationships within the investment banking community and bond markets. About HNTB HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit http://www.hntb.com.


News Article | October 29, 2016
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Engel & Völkers Savannah and NAI Mopper Benton in partnership with the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority (SDRA) announce former Charleston Mayor Joseph “Joe” Riley, Jr. as guest speaker at the Savannah Urbanism Series, a biannual event featuring renowned professionals from across the U.S. speaking on topics ranging from urban design to development and revitalization. The free event will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at The Savannah Theatre (222 Bull Street) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The second installment of the Savannah Urbanism Series, Building Beauty in the Urban Environment will explore how sound planning and preservation can foster an engaging city fabric and create economic growth and better quality of life for the people therein. By sharing his insights and decades of experience, Mr. Riley will demonstrate how political leadership and individual stakeholders alike can enhance our infrastructure and public spaces and refine our strategies for development in the future. SDRA’s Chairman of the Board, Richard “Dicky” Mopper says, “Engel & Völkers Savannah is thrilled to present the second installment of the Savanah Urbanism Series with Joe Riley. Riley has been honored nationally as one of the nation’s outstanding mayors for his vision in urban design, and his legacy can be felt in every corner of the historic city of Charleston. This is something our city leadership should pay attention to as Savannah is positioned for excellent growth.” The timing could not be better for Savannah to welcome nationally renowned speaker, Riley when he comes to town on Thursday. No stranger to adversity, when Hurricane Hugo slammed into Charleston in 1989, Riley won wide praise for getting the city cleaned up quickly and back on its feet. As Savannahians begin to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, there’s a lot we can learn from other communities and leaders who have faced similar devastation. The talk with Joe Riley will take place on Thursday, October 20th at The Savannah Theatre located at 222 Bull Street. A reception sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah will be held in the lobby from 5 – 5:30 p.m. with Riley taking the stage from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The event is free, however registration is encouraged through Eventbrite: https://thesavannahurbanismseries.eventbrite.com. Credit is available for AIA/AICP members. Event sponsors include Engel & Völkers Savannah, NAI Mopper Benton - Savannah Commercial Real Estate, Brown Design Studio, Downtown Neighborhood Association of Savannah, Thomas & Hutton ENG Co and Longleaf Partners. For questions about the event, contact Kevin Klinkenberg, Executive Director of SDRA at kevink@sdra.net, for media inquiries contact Amy Brock at amy(at)amybrockmarketing(dot)com.

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