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News Article | February 21, 2017
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AIS Network, the high compliance, secure IT managed services expert serving the Commonwealth of Virginia and large enterprises across multiple industries, is pleased to announce that it has completed development of the Virginia Department of Education’s School Quality Profiles site, an online data tool that communicates to parents and the public about the status and achievements of Virginia’s public schools. AISN, a Virginia SWaM-certified IT contractor, has worked closely with the VDOE to develop and host the new site. The state Board of Education has identified additional data to be added by AISN on an ongoing basis. This includes reports on gifted education programs, average class sizes, and statistically valid surveys of students, teachers and other school employees on the learning environment. Since 2012, AISN has been the premier provider of eGov Services to the Commonwealth of Virginia, supporting dozens of state agencies and other public entities with application development, support, security and high compliance cloud hosting. “AISN was uniquely positioned to implement a successful launch of Virginia’s School Quality Profiles,” said AISN CEO Jay Atkinson, whose company is actively engaged with the VDOE on other projects. “Across all aspects of design and development, the AISN team has a deep understanding of the aesthetic and technical features that must be reflected in statewide school report card tools in order to engage a range of stakeholders. This is going to be an excellent tool for the state to share ongoing results openly and honestly. Parents and students deserve a tool that delivers transparency and accountability, so that they can be well-informed.” Atkinson said public and media feedback on the site has been positive. Virginia State Superintendent Steven R. Staples, in a statement released by the department, said, “The interactive graphics of the School Quality Profiles reveal important facts about quality and performance that otherwise might be lost in the data. Users can drill down to exactly the level of information they want, and if there are achievement gaps or other areas in need of improvement, those become obvious as the user interacts with the display.” The VDOE provides support, guidance and technical assistance to Virginia’s 132 school divisions and is the executive branch agency responsible for implementing K-12 policy decisions of the state legislature, governor and state Board of Education. AISN supported the agency’s efforts to respond to the 2015 General Assembly, which directed the Board of Education to redesign online reports for schools and school divisions to communicate more effectively to parents and the public about the status and achievements of Virginia’s public schools. School Quality Profiles are available for all schools, school divisions, and for the state. The site provides data about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest. The interactive School Quality Profiles replace static PDF reports on schools and school divisions that the VDOE first published in the late 1990s. The current site is fully accessible to the visually handicapped and can be accessed by mobile device. It is Section 508 compliant, satisfies all the Virginia State IT Accessibility Requirements and Virginia.gov State Website Standards, and meets ADA Standards for Accessible Design. AISN’s three contract vehicles make Virginia government IT purchasing easy. They are the CAI Virginia IT Contingent Labor Contract Statement of Work (SOW) – Application Development, VA-120416-AISN Hosting Services, and VA-120413-BPI Web Applications Maintenance and Operations. Executive branch agencies, counties, cities, towns, schools and all other public entities throughout Virginia can use AISN as a one-stop shop to build, host, operate and maintain their mission-critical applications, websites, portals, databases and more. About AIS Network AIS Network takes highly regulated businesses and governments to the cloud. AISN is the high compliance, secure cloud hosting and managed services expert serving large enterprises in the health care, pharmaceutical, government and financial industries, notably numerous international corporations and the Commonwealth of Virginia. When our clients’ highly regulated data, applications, payment portals and websites are simply too critical or complex to entrust to a commodity hosting provider, they call us for help. We engineer, customize and manage high-performance, secure cloud and disaster recovery solutions. Our clients never worry about whether their IT environment can pass a HIPAA, PCI, FISMA, SOX or other compliance audit, because we pass ours 100% of the time. We value highly giving our clients all of the personalized attention that they deserve, while also helping them to audit their infrastructure, reduce their IT compliance risk, avoid costly regulatory mistakes and lower costs for their business and their customers. Visit http://www.aisn.net.


MILTON, GA / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2017 / Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRDN) ("Meridian Waste" or the "Company"), a vertically integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, today announced the completed acquisition of The CFS Group, LLC, The CFS Group Disposal & Recycling Services, LLC and RWG5, LLC (collectively, "The CFS Group"). The CFS Group services 30,000+ commercial, industrial and residential customers in the Richmond, VA market area utilizing frontload, roll off and automated side load vehicles, containers and other related equipment, two MSW landfills, one transfer station and one recycling facility all located within central Virginia. Following the transaction, under Meridian Waste's ownership, The CFS Group companies will continue to own and operate all of their existing waste collection and disposal assets with greater access to capital for growth and acquisitions. The transaction marks Meridian Waste's first solid waste acquisition outside the state of Missouri and creates a vertically integrated market for the Company within the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, The CFS Group generated $25 million in revenues. Rob Guidry, a twenty-seven year veteran of the solid waste industry, and all 109 CFS employees join the Meridian Waste family in this transaction and will continue operations in their respective locations. Mr. Guidry will continue in his role as the President of The CFS Group, responsible for managing the business and operations of the companies. "The stock transaction maintains the integrity of our entities while granting us access to greater capital to replace scheduled equipment and systems and invest in new opportunities for expansion. This event will be seamless in the eyes of our customers and stakeholders, as our entire team continues to strive to be the best in the solid waste industry," stated Mr. Guidry. Following the acquisition, Meridian Waste services over 118,500 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers with an estimated annual run rate of $58 million in combined revenues. Meridian Waste financed the acquisition with $34.1 million of additional capital provided by current senior lenders and funds from a recently completed equity offering. "Meridian Waste is on the forefront of an explosive period of growth, and I couldn't be more pleased than to have The CFS Group and Rob Guidry lead our expansion into the Commonwealth of Virginia," stated Jeff Cosman, CEO of Meridian Waste. "This acquisition further defines our growth strategy of targeting and expanding within vertically integrated markets and serve as a platform for further growth. Our combined companies will continue the quality environmental services The CFS Group's customers have come to expect, and we know that together we create a stronger company driven by men and women committed to a clean community and environmental excellence. We welcome our newest team members to Meridian Waste and are proud to continue their efforts in providing superior customer service under the Meridian Waste family of companies." Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. is a company defined by our commitment to servicing our customers with unwavering respect, fairness and care. We are focused on finding and implementing solutions to solid waste needs and challenges within the industry and for our customers. Currently, the company operates in St. Louis, Missouri and Richmond, Virginia servicing over 118,500 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers. In addition to a fleet of commercial, residential and roll off trucks, the Company operates four transfer stations, one recycling facility and three municipal solid waste landfills. This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this press release, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.'s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.


MILTON, GA / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2017 / Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRDN) ("Meridian Waste" or the "Company"), a vertically integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, today announced the completed acquisition of The CFS Group, LLC, The CFS Group Disposal & Recycling Services, LLC and RWG5, LLC (collectively, "The CFS Group"). The CFS Group services 30,000+ commercial, industrial and residential customers in the Richmond, VA market area utilizing frontload, roll off and automated side load vehicles, containers and other related equipment, two MSW landfills, one transfer station and one recycling facility all located within central Virginia. Following the transaction, under Meridian Waste's ownership, The CFS Group companies will continue to own and operate all of their existing waste collection and disposal assets with greater access to capital for growth and acquisitions. The transaction marks Meridian Waste's first solid waste acquisition outside the state of Missouri and creates a vertically integrated market for the Company within the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, The CFS Group generated $25 million in revenues. Rob Guidry, a twenty-seven year veteran of the solid waste industry, and all 109 CFS employees join the Meridian Waste family in this transaction and will continue operations in their respective locations. Mr. Guidry will continue in his role as the President of The CFS Group, responsible for managing the business and operations of the companies. "The stock transaction maintains the integrity of our entities while granting us access to greater capital to replace scheduled equipment and systems and invest in new opportunities for expansion. This event will be seamless in the eyes of our customers and stakeholders, as our entire team continues to strive to be the best in the solid waste industry," stated Mr. Guidry. Following the acquisition, Meridian Waste services over 118,500 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers with an estimated annual run rate of $58 million in combined revenues. Meridian Waste financed the acquisition with $34.1 million of additional capital provided by current senior lenders and funds from a recently completed equity offering. "Meridian Waste is on the forefront of an explosive period of growth, and I couldn't be more pleased than to have The CFS Group and Rob Guidry lead our expansion into the Commonwealth of Virginia," stated Jeff Cosman, CEO of Meridian Waste. "This acquisition further defines our growth strategy of targeting and expanding within vertically integrated markets and serve as a platform for further growth. Our combined companies will continue the quality environmental services The CFS Group's customers have come to expect, and we know that together we create a stronger company driven by men and women committed to a clean community and environmental excellence. We welcome our newest team members to Meridian Waste and are proud to continue their efforts in providing superior customer service under the Meridian Waste family of companies." Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. is a company defined by our commitment to servicing our customers with unwavering respect, fairness and care. We are focused on finding and implementing solutions to solid waste needs and challenges within the industry and for our customers. Currently, the company operates in St. Louis, Missouri and Richmond, Virginia servicing over 118,500 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers. In addition to a fleet of commercial, residential and roll off trucks, the Company operates four transfer stations, one recycling facility and three municipal solid waste landfills. This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this press release, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.'s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. MILTON, GA / ACCESSWIRE / February 16, 2017 / Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRDN) ("Meridian Waste" or the "Company"), a vertically integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services company, today announced the completed acquisition of The CFS Group, LLC, The CFS Group Disposal & Recycling Services, LLC and RWG5, LLC (collectively, "The CFS Group"). The CFS Group services 30,000+ commercial, industrial and residential customers in the Richmond, VA market area utilizing frontload, roll off and automated side load vehicles, containers and other related equipment, two MSW landfills, one transfer station and one recycling facility all located within central Virginia. Following the transaction, under Meridian Waste's ownership, The CFS Group companies will continue to own and operate all of their existing waste collection and disposal assets with greater access to capital for growth and acquisitions. The transaction marks Meridian Waste's first solid waste acquisition outside the state of Missouri and creates a vertically integrated market for the Company within the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, The CFS Group generated $25 million in revenues. Rob Guidry, a twenty-seven year veteran of the solid waste industry, and all 109 CFS employees join the Meridian Waste family in this transaction and will continue operations in their respective locations. Mr. Guidry will continue in his role as the President of The CFS Group, responsible for managing the business and operations of the companies. "The stock transaction maintains the integrity of our entities while granting us access to greater capital to replace scheduled equipment and systems and invest in new opportunities for expansion. This event will be seamless in the eyes of our customers and stakeholders, as our entire team continues to strive to be the best in the solid waste industry," stated Mr. Guidry. Following the acquisition, Meridian Waste services over 118,500 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers with an estimated annual run rate of $58 million in combined revenues. Meridian Waste financed the acquisition with $34.1 million of additional capital provided by current senior lenders and funds from a recently completed equity offering. "Meridian Waste is on the forefront of an explosive period of growth, and I couldn't be more pleased than to have The CFS Group and Rob Guidry lead our expansion into the Commonwealth of Virginia," stated Jeff Cosman, CEO of Meridian Waste. "This acquisition further defines our growth strategy of targeting and expanding within vertically integrated markets and serve as a platform for further growth. Our combined companies will continue the quality environmental services The CFS Group's customers have come to expect, and we know that together we create a stronger company driven by men and women committed to a clean community and environmental excellence. We welcome our newest team members to Meridian Waste and are proud to continue their efforts in providing superior customer service under the Meridian Waste family of companies." Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. is a company defined by our commitment to servicing our customers with unwavering respect, fairness and care. We are focused on finding and implementing solutions to solid waste needs and challenges within the industry and for our customers. Currently, the company operates in St. Louis, Missouri and Richmond, Virginia servicing over 118,500 residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers. In addition to a fleet of commercial, residential and roll off trucks, the Company operates four transfer stations, one recycling facility and three municipal solid waste landfills. This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this press release, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.'s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.


PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Prince William Board of County Supervisors announced today that it has authorized a $50,000 public-private performance agreement with Caerus Discovery, LLC, to work with George Mason University, the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to discover an antibody for the Zika virus. Caerus Discovery, LLC, a biotechnology company newly located at the Prince William Science Accelerator, will use its proprietary elements to identify and develop a new antibody to fight the Zika virus. The work will be performed at the George Mason University Biomedical Research Laboratory (BRL), located on George Mason University’s (Mason’s) Science & Technology Campus, Innovation Park, Prince William County, Va. The data generated from this work will also be used by Caerus Discovery, LLC to seek continued funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), angel, venture or other private investors, to further advance this important research. “We are thrilled to participate in this important public-private partnership, with thanks to the innovative leadership and support of Prince William County,” said Cohava Gelber, PhD, MBA, Co-Founder, Caerus Discovery, LLC. “The opportunity to tap into the leading brain-power at Mason, state-of-the-art facilities at the BRL and the entrepreneurial environment here in Prince William County, solidifies our decision to locate to the nearby Prince William Science Accelerator.” “Prince William County recognizes the importance of creating an ideal business community environment; one that promotes synergy and collaboration for entrepreneurs and startups to truly succeed,” said Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors. “The Prince William Science Accelerator is focused on delivering world-class researchers, businesses and workforce into the community.” The Prince William Board of County Supervisors authorized an agreement between Caerus Discovery, LLC and the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Prince William County and assigned a $50,000 grant from the Prince William County Economic Development Opportunity Fund (EDOF). The grant will assist the company in the purchase of materials, contractual services, labor costs and licensing fees used in the discovery of a new antibody for the Zika virus. In turn, Caerus Discovery, LLC will invest $200,000 through in-kind services and labor. “Mason’s BRL was created as a unique facility for advanced research of infectious diseases, under the leadership and vision of Dr. Charles Bailey, a world-renowned infectious disease expert. The new joint collaboration with Caerus Discovery, a leader in monoclonal antibody development, opens the door to addressing unmet needs in the field of emerging infections,” said Dr. Aarthi Narayanan, Assistant Professor, National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases, George Mason University. “We are delighted to work together towards developing an effective new therapeutic strategy for treating Zika virus infections.” According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus and associated consequences remain a significant public health challenge requiring intense action, but they no longer represent a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. However, WHO reports the global risk assessment of the Zika virus has not changed and continues to spread geographically to areas where mosquitoes are present that can transmit the virus. Further, the rise in the spread of the Zika virus in Brazil has been accompanied by an unprecedented rise in the number of children being born with unusually small heads – identified as microcephaly. In addition, several countries, including Brazil, report a steep increase in Guillain-Barré Syndrome – a neurological disorder that could lead to paralysis and death. Links to other neurological complications are also being investigated. Want more Prince William County? Check out our latest video, sign-up for newsletters, follow us on Twitter or visit us at: www.PWCEconDev.org. Caerus Discovery, LLC, a Prince William County innovator now located at the Prince William Science Accelerator, was founded in 2011. Its mission is to identify and develop new therapeutic targets for treatment of human diseases, including infectious, inflammatory, metabolic, neurological and malignant diseases. Caerus Discovery, LLC’s discovery paradigm has two key technology elements: Immune Synapse and Subtractive Immunization. These proprietary elements have been utilized to discover new therapeutic targets for large pharmaceutical companies and startups. To learn more visit: www.caerusdiscovery.com Located in the heart of Prince William County’s Science and Technology hub at Innovation Park, the Prince William Science Accelerator is a premier life sciences incubation facility, which features 9 fully built out, commercially available wet labs – the only commercially available wet lab space in Northern Virginia. Competitive lease rates, flexible terms, the availability of location incentives as well as a full complement of amenities are just some of the reasons why the Science Accelerator is an ideal option particularly for small and growing life sciences companies. To learn more visit: www.PWCEconDev.org


On the 15th of November, the Board of Commissioners of the Virginia Port Authority approved the award of contracts to Konecranes for 86 Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) in two contracts. The signing of the contracts took place on the 17th of November. The award covers the provision of 86 ASCs in two contracts, the first for 60 ASCs for Norfolk International Terminals and the second for 26 ASCs for Virginia International Gateway. Deliveries are scheduled in phases for 2018-2020. The value of the contracts exceeds EUR 200 million, making this the largest deal ever won by Konecranes in its history. The Virginia Port Authority, marketed as The Port of Virginia, is the fifth largest port in the USA, and is one of the largest economic engines for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The port has experienced record growth over the past two years and is in the midst of two large-scale infrastructure projects at its largest container terminals. Virginia Governor Terry R. McAuliffe said, “Once the construction is done and these cranes are in place and operational, our port will have the capacity to process an additional 1 million containers annually, have the channel depth to handle the biggest ships in the Atlantic trade and double-stack rail service offered by Norfolk Southern and CSX to some of the nation’s most important markets.” The agreement between Konecranes and the VPA covers two projects. The first is redevelopment of container handling operations at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT). The second is expansion at Virginia International Gateway (VIG). Konecranes supplied the Automated Stacking Crane system currently working at Virginia International Gateway. It has been working, reliably and productively, for ten years. Both projects involve the establishment of new automated container handling operations. Konecranes will supply the Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs) based on Automated Rail Mounted Gantry cranes (ARMGs). Sixty ASCs will be delivered to NIT. They will stack containers 1-over-5, 9 containers wide. Twenty-six ASCs will be delivered to VIG. They will stack containers 1-over-5, 8 containers wide. Globally, Konecranes has delivered 174 ASCs of the same type in 11 projects. “Konecranes is able to take complete responsibility for this type of very large delivery because the company has extensive crane knowledge and experience from similar large projects,” stated John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of The Port of Virginia. “The product is field-proven, the delivery is on-time and ultimately, on-budget. We’re looking forward to putting them into use and further increasing our ability to serve as an economic engine for the Commonwealth.” “I’m proud of the great confidence that The Port of Virginia has placed in us. We will make sure that we deserve their confidence as these projects move forward and the new terminals go online,” said Panu Routila, President and CEO of Konecranes. The Virginia concept is the benchmark Mika Mahlberg, Senior Vice President, Head of BU Port Cranes, Konecranes, added: “Konecranes supplied the Port of Virginia’s current automated stacking crane system in 2007. The concept we developed with the Port of Virginia at the time, the ‘Virginia Concept’, has established itself as the benchmark around the world. Since 2007, every new automated stacking crane container terminal has used the Virginia Concept to a greater or lesser degree.” Strong in the USA The USA is a strategically important country for Konecranes across many industries, including container handling. With its Americas headquarters in Springfield, Ohio, Konecranes has over 2,100 employees in the USA and branch offices in 44 states that carry out sales and service activities. For more information: Press Tuomas Saastamoinen, Director, Sales & Marketing, Port Cranes, Konecranes Email: tuomas.saastamoinen@konecranes.com or phone: +358 20 427 2662 This press release is available at our website www.konecranes.com. About Konecranes Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™, serving a broad range of customers, including manufacturing and process industries, shipyards, ports and terminals. Konecranes provides productivity-enhancing lifting solutions as well as services for lifting equipment and machine tools of all makes. In 2015, Group sales totaled EUR 2,126 million. The Group has 11,100 employees at 600 locations in 48 countries. Konecranes is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (symbol: KCR1V).


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) this week announced the passage of HB 1432/SB 1347 by the Virginia House and Senate Committees on Courts of Justice. The legislation, conceived by AKTI and sponsored by Delegate Lee Ware, R-65, and Senator Bryce Reeves, R-17, will reform current state laws to authorize any person to carry an automatic knife concealed when such knife is carried for the purpose of engaging in a lawful profession or recreational activity the performance of which is aided by the use of an automatic knife. The bill also removes automatic knives from the list of weapons for which selling, bartering, giving, or furnishing is a Class 4 misdemeanor. The legislation now moves to the House and Senate floor for votes the next few weeks. “Ensuring that the Code of Virginia provides for the safety of the public, while not impinging on the rights, and needs, of law-abiding citizens is one of the most important obligations entrusted to a member of the General Assembly,” said HB 1432’s sponsor, Delegate Ware. “I am pleased to be patron of House Bill 1432, I am grateful for the indispensable assistance of AKTI in preparing and securing Committee passage of the bill, and I look forward to advocating for full passage of the bill during the 2017 General Assembly." AKTI is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization that represents all segments of the knife industry and knife users, promoting reasonable and responsible knife legislation and enforcement. We believe that law-abiding citizens should be able to carry their essential and valuable tools without the fear of arbitrary, inconsistent and ineffective government restrictions. We are extremely pleased to see HB 1432 and SB 1347 pass the Courts of Justice Committees, and look forward to the bill passing the House of Delegates and the Senate in the near future,” said AKTI’s Executive Director, Jan Billeb. “We have worked closely with Delegate Ware and Senator Reeves on this bill, and are thankful for his leadership on the issue.” “Delegate Ware and Senator Reeves are true champions of responsible knife owners in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” said AKTI President CJ Buck. “We are also grateful to Chairman Rob Bell, R-58, Chairman Obenshain, R-26, for his support in passing the bill. Finally, AKTI wants to thank Knife Rights and the Virginia Citizens’ Defense League (VCDL) for extending their support of the legislation.” About AKTI: The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) is a non-profit organization (501(c)6) representing all segments of the knife industry and all knife users. Formed in true grassroots fashion by concerned industry leaders after considerable discussion with individual knifemakers, knife magazine publishers, and a broad section of the knife community, AKTI has been the reasonable and responsible voice of the knife community since 1998. AKTI’s mission is to ensure that Americans will always be able to make, buy, sell, own, carry and use knives and edged tools. To learn more, please visit http://www.akti.org and https://www.facebook.com/saveourknives.


RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem HealthKeepers Plus has contracted with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Medical Assistance Services to provide statewide coverage to Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic and complex health care issues. Anthem HealthKeepers Plus is the Medicaid managed care division of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In addition, Anthem is Virginia’s largest health insurer serving more than 3 million members, including more than 288,000 Medicaid members, which is also highest in the state. “ Anthem has been a trusted partner of the Commonwealth since the inception of the Medicaid program,” said Patrick Sturdivant, president, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus. “ We are excited for the opportunity to continue making a meaningful difference in our members’ lives by using our care coordination and integration model that improves access, quality and efficiency.” Anthem currently participates in the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) Medicare-Medicaid demonstration program, the state’s first long term services and supports program launched in 2014. CCC Plus builds on CCC best practices and is scheduled to launch in the Tidewater region in August 2017 with other regions soon to follow. Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, has contracted with the Virginia Department of Medicaid Assistance since 1996, and provides managed care services to enrollees of Virginia’s FAMIS and Medicaid programs. Currently, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus serves approximately 289,000 Medicaid beneficiaries living in Virginia. HealthKeepers, Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information about Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, please visit https://mss.anthem.com/va/Pages/aboutus.aspx.


HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 20, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In his inspiring and motivational new book, Principles of Leadership: The Harvey Leadership Model, Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey, an icon of higher education, shares the insights and philosophy that have shaped his empowering leadership model. Set to be released on February 20, 2017 the book ($24.99, hardcover, Hampton University Press, available on Amazon.com) examines ten principles that have guided Dr. Harvey throughout a remarkable life and career, spanning his upbringing in Brewton, Alabama and his current role as one of the longest serving higher education presidents in the United States. During his nearly 40-year tenure at the helm of one of the nation's most prestigious small colleges, Dr. Harvey has helped usher in a remarkable era of growth. When he assumed the presidency of Hampton in the summer of 1978 the university's endowment stood at $29 million. Today it exceeds $260 million, making it consistently in the top three of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) with the largest endowments. "When I interviewed for the presidency at Hampton 39 years ago, I made it clear that if selected, I would run Hampton like a business for educational objectives," said Harvey. Harvey attributes much of his success to one of the principles he discusses in a chapter on fiscal conservatism, that also illustrates the compelling way he weaves throughout the book, the importance of his parents in framing his leadership philosophy. "I mentioned that my mother emphasized, 'If you have a dollar, you can't go to the grocery store and buy a dollar and twenty-five cents worth of groceries. This concept demonstrates sound thinking, and I have incorporated her views into my philosophy". In one particularly poignant account, Harvey describes the role his boyhood home played as a meeting place for civil rights leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his brother Rev. A. D. King and Rev. Ralph Abernathy. His father allowed him to be present during meetings but as Dr. Harvey describes, "He gave me permission to be present with the proviso that I could not ask a question, venture an opinion, or otherwise speak. As he would say, 'You are to listen and learn." Another chapter deals with the importance of results, amply demonstrated in the growth of Hampton University under Dr. Harvey's leadership. As he notes, "We at Hampton have realized undeniable success for almost four decades in the areas of academics and research, student enrollment and accomplishments, finances, the enhancement of the physical plant, and athletics". One of those accomplishments is the unique place the university holds as the first and only HBCU to have 100 percent control of a NASA mission, a global climate change project run by Hampton's Atmospheric Science unit. For an example, Hampton currently has three satellites orbiting the earth and expects to launch another one within the very near future.  A powerful testament to Dr. Harvey's influence and example, are the 17 former administrators of Hampton University who served under Dr. Harvey, and have gone on to become presidents of other institutions of higher learning. "Dr. William Harvey is a phenomenal mentor who promotes and advances his staff, providing opportunities to soar above the eagles and to land safely when storms erupt as they inevitably will do," said Dr. Elnora Daniel, former President of Chicago State University. For anyone seeking to become an effective leader, in any endeavor, the core values, characteristics and insights outlined in Principles of Leadership: The Harvey Leadership Model, is a must-have guide. You can learn more about Principles of Leadership: The Harvey Leadership Model at http://www.PrinciplesOfLeadershipBook.com/. For media requests and additional information, contact B. Da'Vida Plummer, Assistant Vice President Marketing/Dean of The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, Hampton University at (757) 727-5405 or DaVida.Plummer@hamptonu.edu.                                   About Dr. William R. Harvey Dr. William R. Harvey has served as President of Hampton University for 39 years. During his tenure, he has introduced innovations that have solidified Hampton's stellar position among the nation's colleges and universities. His extraordinary leadership is reflected in the growth and quality of the University's student population, academic programs, physical facilities and financial base. Hampton University has built the first proton therapy cancer treatment center in the Commonwealth of Virginia -- an unparalleled hub for cancer treatment, research and technology. An astute businessman, Dr. Harvey has applied his business acumen to the needs of Hampton University. In the process, he established student scholarships, created jobs, provided services, and increased the number of African-American entrepreneurs, while expanding the tax base in the City of Hampton. In addition to the distinguished leadership Dr. Harvey has provided to Hampton University, he is the sole owner of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Michigan. Photos accompanying this release are available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42208 http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=42209


News Article | October 29, 2016
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202 Partners, a boutique enterprise software sales consultancy for startups and mature IT companies, today announced that Samsung Electronics has acquired the Tachyon enterprise mobile device configuration software developed by its client Kaprica Security. Tachyon will be integrated into Samsung’s successful defense-grade KNOX™ mobile security platform. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. North Bethesda, MD, October 27, 2016 --( Doug Britton, CEO of Kaprica Security, shared that “202 Partners were instrumental in putting the strengths of our Intellectual Property into a buyer’s context, closing deals and building an 8-figure sales pipeline over the last two years.” 202 Partners · Developed Tachyon’s go-to market strategy · Presented to scores of enterprise prospects and ecosystem partners, including integrators, managed services providers, vendors, carriers, resellers, distributors, analysts and investors in the US and EMEA · Closed key accounts and partner relationships in government, healthcare, automotive and general enterprise · Obtained GSA Schedule 70 listing, Samsung Gold partnership and coverage by Gartner · Represented Tachyon at MWC, mHealth, CTIA, ATARC, AFCEA and other mobility events As the Tachyon product is absorbed into Samsung KNOX ™, 202 Partners will continue to assist Kaprica Security with its next generation vehicle cybersecurity product, RunSafe Security. About 202 Partners 202 Partners is a boutique enterprise software sales consultancy for startups and mature IT companies, focusing on product launches and growth hacking. 202 was founded in late 2014 by industry veterans Peter Laitin and Simon Hartley, together with decades of expertise and successful experience in cybersecurity, mobility and IoT sales hunting, marketing and product management. 202 specializes in emerging technology and early markets such as government, healthcare, finance and automotive. Customers include RunSafe Security, Kaprica Security, Spectrum Comm and others. 202 is headquartered just outside Washington, DC, in North Bethesda, MD. Learn more at About Kaprica Security Kaprica Security Inc. is an expert in mobility and security, providing hosted and on premise solutions. Kaprica was founded in 2011 by a team of cyber security experts from Lockheed Martin and Carnegie Mellon University, with the goals of delivering high quality cyber security services to a wide government and enterprise audience, and simultaneously developing easy to use and deploy software tools to support them. Today, clients range from DARPA, to the Department of Transportation, Lockheed, Intel and the University of Maryland. Kaprica is a Gold-Level Samsung partner and its enterprise software products include the Skorpion™, Tachyon™ and RunSafe™ lines and associated patents. Kaprica is headquartered just outside Washington, DC, in College Park, MD, with offices in Austin, TX. Learn more at kaprica.com. About RunSafe Security RunSafe Security is a vehicle cybersecurity company. RunSafe was founded in 2015 by a team of cybersecurity experts from Kaprica Security (kaprica.com), to focus on the delivery of high quality cybersecurity solutions to fleet managers across government, commercial trucking, law enforcement, rental agencies, taxi companies and developing embedded solutions for automotive OEM and suppliers. Clients and partners include DARPA, the US Department of Transportation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. RunSafe offers three levels of automotive security products, including Vehicle Guardian™, App Guardian™ and OS Guardian™, together with associated patents. RunSafe is headquartered in Washington, DC. Learn more at runsafesecurity.com. North Bethesda, MD, October 27, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Prior to the acquisition, Tachyon’s users included Federal Law Enforcement, the Department of Defense (DoD), leading hospital systems and vehicle fleets in the US and Europe.Doug Britton, CEO of Kaprica Security, shared that “202 Partners were instrumental in putting the strengths of our Intellectual Property into a buyer’s context, closing deals and building an 8-figure sales pipeline over the last two years.”202 Partners· Developed Tachyon’s go-to market strategy· Presented to scores of enterprise prospects and ecosystem partners, including integrators, managed services providers, vendors, carriers, resellers, distributors, analysts and investors in the US and EMEA· Closed key accounts and partner relationships in government, healthcare, automotive and general enterprise· Obtained GSA Schedule 70 listing, Samsung Gold partnership and coverage by Gartner· Represented Tachyon at MWC, mHealth, CTIA, ATARC, AFCEA and other mobility eventsAs the Tachyon product is absorbed into Samsung KNOX ™, 202 Partners will continue to assist Kaprica Security with its next generation vehicle cybersecurity product, RunSafe Security.About 202 Partners202 Partners is a boutique enterprise software sales consultancy for startups and mature IT companies, focusing on product launches and growth hacking. 202 was founded in late 2014 by industry veterans Peter Laitin and Simon Hartley, together with decades of expertise and successful experience in cybersecurity, mobility and IoT sales hunting, marketing and product management. 202 specializes in emerging technology and early markets such as government, healthcare, finance and automotive. Customers include RunSafe Security, Kaprica Security, Spectrum Comm and others. 202 is headquartered just outside Washington, DC, in North Bethesda, MD. Learn more at 202partnersllc.com About Kaprica SecurityKaprica Security Inc. is an expert in mobility and security, providing hosted and on premise solutions. Kaprica was founded in 2011 by a team of cyber security experts from Lockheed Martin and Carnegie Mellon University, with the goals of delivering high quality cyber security services to a wide government and enterprise audience, and simultaneously developing easy to use and deploy software tools to support them. Today, clients range from DARPA, to the Department of Transportation, Lockheed, Intel and the University of Maryland. Kaprica is a Gold-Level Samsung partner and its enterprise software products include the Skorpion™, Tachyon™ and RunSafe™ lines and associated patents. Kaprica is headquartered just outside Washington, DC, in College Park, MD, with offices in Austin, TX. Learn more at kaprica.com.About RunSafe SecurityRunSafe Security is a vehicle cybersecurity company. RunSafe was founded in 2015 by a team of cybersecurity experts from Kaprica Security (kaprica.com), to focus on the delivery of high quality cybersecurity solutions to fleet managers across government, commercial trucking, law enforcement, rental agencies, taxi companies and developing embedded solutions for automotive OEM and suppliers. Clients and partners include DARPA, the US Department of Transportation and the Commonwealth of Virginia. RunSafe offers three levels of automotive security products, including Vehicle Guardian™, App Guardian™ and OS Guardian™, together with associated patents. RunSafe is headquartered in Washington, DC. Learn more at runsafesecurity.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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