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News Article | May 12, 2017
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AIS Network, a leader in IT managed services, and Ciniva, an award-winning integrated marketing firm specializing in website development, today announced a creative partnership and integration. The partnership provides mutual customers with the opportunity to leverage Ciniva’s award-winning development team and AISN’s high security, high compliance platform and suite of eGov managed solutions. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., Ciniva is known as a “one-stop marketing shop” for digital and traditional advertising, specializing in designing, developing, populating and marketing custom solutions. A winner of many industry awards, Ciniva has been named “Best PR and Marketing Firm/Advertising Agency” and is a recipient of the Gold Hampton Roads ADDY Award and “Best Graphic Web Design Firm” award, among other honors. Based in McLean, Va., AISN is SWaM-certified and 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. The Commonwealth recently extended AISN’s contract for state agencies, localities and education. AISN hosts http://www.Virginia.gov and recently completed development of the Virginia School Quality Profiles online state report card tool. “We are delighted to partner with Ciniva on some exciting, upcoming projects, especially sophisticated web applications that make government big data fast and approachable, and then in the Virginia tourism industry, visually compelling web sites that help revitalize economic development and tourism objectives in Virginia,” said AISN CEO Jay Atkinson. Last fall, Ciniva client Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism was recognized by the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC), winning a Gold Award in the Online Communications category for website redesign, built by Ciniva. Ciniva also manages the Currituck Outer Banks web presence and paid digital search and social media campaigns. “This integration is a perfect fit for customers who not only need to modernize and enhance their online presence but need to do so in a way that will help actualize meaningfully the goals of the site and the organization, and at the end, show measurable return on investment. We can extend AISN’s capabilities to serve government and the Virginia tourism industry by offering proven expertise in branding and integrated marketing,” said Steve Van Leeuwen, Ciniva’s president and master strategist. AISN’s three Virginia contract vehicles make Virginia government IT purchasing a one-stop shop. 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 the Commonwealth 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 IT 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. About Ciniva The Ciniva Agency is one of the larger digital development and marketing agencies on the East Coast. The company manages the media investments of key organizations in the fields of tourism, healthcare, real estate, transportation and services out of its Norfolk, Va. offices. Ciniva's network delivers digitally-integrated, full-service solutions covering the areas of search, social, local, mobile, and content marketing, coupling award-winning website development and high-level hosting solutions. Ciniva services corporations and small businesses, including Huntington Ingalls Industries, Currituck Outer Banks, Bon Secours Health System, The Port of Oakland and the Jamestown Settlement. To learn more, visit ciniva.com or follow Ciniva on Facebook.com/CinivaSystems, on Twitter at @CinivaWebAgency, and on LinkedIn.


News Article | May 9, 2017
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RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avizia, the leading end-to-end telehealth solution provider, today announced the appointment of Joseph M. Quinn as its chief financial officer. In this role, Quinn will guide Avizia’s strategic growth initiatives as the company expands its telehealth solution suite across the healthcare continuum. At Avizia, Quinn will be responsible for all accounting, finance, human resources and legal operations. Avizia recently closed several high-profile partnerships, which include an $18 million Series A funding round. With Quinn’s guidance, the telehealth technology provider will accelerate the expansion of its solution suite and further drive innovation in the field of virtual care. “Joe has a track record of mindfully accelerating businesses and optimizing company resources for success,” says Mike Baird, CEO at Avizia. “His experience will be an asset as Avizia advances its mission to connect providers and patients no matter their location or condition.” Quinn comes to Avizia with two decades of experience as a CFO and vice president of finance for several high-profile companies, including 14 years at AOL. Through his financial executive leadership, Quinn helped redefine the accounting and finance functions for the company during a period of significant growth and later led the finance team responsible for repositioning AOL’s Access and Paid Services business unit. Quinn comes to Avizia from comScore Inc., a cross-platform media measurement company, where he was in charge of revenue accounting and operations. “I am thrilled to be a part of Avizia’s mission to close the healthcare access gap,” says Quinn. “We already reach more than 40 countries and eight of the top 10 hospital networks in the US, and we’re well on our way to connecting patients to providers anytime, anywhere.” Quinn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Virginia Tech and is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Avizia is the only comprehensive telehealth solutions provider that empowers hospitals and health systems to span clinical programs and services across the continuum of care. Avizia provides efficient, accessible telemedicine solutions that integrate care coordination, provider collaboration, consultation and patient access. With solutions found in more than 40 countries and eight of the top 10 hospital networks in the United States, Avizia strives to ensure that a patient in need will never be denied care due to geographic barriers. For more information, visit www.avizia.com.


News Article | April 26, 2017
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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Planning Association (APA) honors comprehensive planning efforts and inspiring individuals with its 2017 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. APA’s national awards program is a proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country – and around the world. Each year, APA recognizes outstanding efforts in planning and planning leadership through its National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards. The two-tier awards are selected through a juried process. Excellence recipients are the highest honor and Achievement Awards recognize areas of specialization with the planning profession. Five recipients were selected to receive APA’s National Planning Excellence Awards and 12 recipients were selected to receive Achievement Awards. Award recipients will be recognized during APA’s National Planning Conference at a special awards luncheon on Monday, May 8, 2017, in New York City. Read more about the 2017 award recipients, access images and supplemental materials. Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff Near Northside Quality of Life Agreement (QLA) 2015 – Houston, Texas The Achievement Awards are a way for the awards jury to recognize good planning work and are similar to an honorable mention. National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Gold Urban Development Areas and Technical Assistance Grant Program – Commonwealth of Virginia National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver Placemaking for an Aging Population: Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks – Los Angeles, California National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice | Silver Plan 2020: The Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis – Indianapolis, Indiana “Good planning is not just preparing the community for the future, but engaging the residents in the discussions and decision-making that will impact their lives,” said W. Shedrick Coleman, AIA, 2017 chair of APA’s Awards Jury. “This year’s award recipients advanced the planning profession by more thoroughly engaging all residents in the planning process.” For a complete list of all the APA 2017 National Planning Excellence and Achievement Award recipients, visit www.planning.org/awards. The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning -- physical, economic, and social -- so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit www.planning.org.


"The goal of this project was to make everyone who comes to the Executive Mansion feel welcome and included when visiting and touring this very special historic home," added First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.  "The Governor and I are truly grateful to the architectural and preservation experts who gave us guidance and support throughout this process, making our vision a reality." The Governor's Mansion is located at the heart of Richmond, the Commonwealth of Virginia's capital city.  It is one of America's oldest executive residences, sitting within the gates of a park-like area that includes the state capitol building, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. The Executive Mansion has been the home to Virginia's governors since 1813, and Governor McAuliffe is the 55th governor to reside there. Until last year, visitors with mobility disabilities had to enter the historic landmark through the basement, at the back of the building. In March, Governor McAuliffe debuted an accessibility facelift for the national historic landmark. Now, wheelchair users and all those with disabilities can enter the mansion via a ramp that is connected to an existing breezeway leading to the southern entrance on the first floor of the mansion. The first floor is the formal reception area used to welcome visitors and guests. Guests in wheelchairs utilized the new ramp to enter the mansion for last night's event. "The Barrier-Free Award is a symbol of freedom, and one that recognizes the dignity and respect that accessible design offers so many injured veterans and all disabled Americans," stated Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr.  "When I arrived at the Governor's Mansion last evening to attend this very special event, and entered the first floor of the mansion using the new, accessible ramp, I could fully appreciate the work it took for the architectural team to maintain the historical integrity of the building.  And I could personally appreciate the ease and graciousness the ramp offers disabled visitors.  Paralyzed Veterans of America is proud to present the Virginia Governor's Mansion with its 2017 Barrier-Free America Award, and thanks Governor McAuliffe and the First Lady for welcoming us into the 'People's Home' to celebrate this accomplishment." For nearly 30 years, Paralyzed Veterans' architects have been on a mission to promote accessible design for the entire nation. Since 2001, Paralyzed Veterans' Architecture team has been the leader in recognizing exemplary accessible design by others through our annual Barrier-Free America Award. The award honors and promotes leadership, innovation and action in the architectural, design and construction communities for advancing accessibility—an advancement that improves the quality of life for everyone. Previous recipients of the award have included architects, business people, philanthropists and television personalities. For more information:pva.org/accessible-design. Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis. As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (pva.org). To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/paralyzed-veterans-of-america-celebrates-virginia-governors-mansion-for-its-accessible-design-accomplishment-300445578.html


News Article | May 4, 2017
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Childress Agency, Inc. is a certified Small, Women and Minority (SWaM) vendor certified in the Commonwealth of Virginia --, a Fredericksburg, VA-based, certified Service Related Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, marketing agency, announced today that it is certified to participate in the SWaM program as administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise (DMBE).The Childress Agency's SWaM Certification Number is 725020. The certification is effective for the initial term until May 2020.The SWaM Procurement Initiative was established to enhance business opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned businesses and to ensure a level playing field for all small businesses in the Commonwealth of Virginia. SWaM is the acronym for Small, Women- and Minority-owned businesses. A SWaM vendor is a business that has been certified by the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise and is listed in the SWaM Vendor Directory. On August 10, 2006, Governor Timothy Kaine signed Executive Order No. 33 (2006) focusing on enhancing business opportunities for small, women- and minority-owned ("SWaM") businesses. Governor Kaine set forth a 40% goal of purchases from SWaMs for the Commonwealth and established a Small Business Set-Aside Program, as well as several other initiatives for state agencies and departments to enhance SWaM participation in procurement activities. The Childress Agency fully supports, understands the importance of, and appreciates the initiatives of local and state government in supporting small businesses that fit these criteria. To learn more about this program, visit the DMBE site (www.dmbe.virginia.gov). Please let us know if you have questions about the Virginia SWaM program or Childress Agency's participation.To learn more about Childress Agency's participation in the SWaM program, visit the Childress Agency federal website: http://www.federal.childressagency.com The Childress Agency is a SWaM certified, certified Service Related Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, full-service marketing agency specializing in brand management solutions, multi-faceted marketing strategies, and creative web design services. The Childress Agency is owned and operated by Gerald Childress, Founder/President, a Marine Corps veteran. With over 20 years of experience to draw from, the Childress Agency is dedicated to their clients' business success and brand credibility. Follow Childress Agency on Twitter/LinkedIn/Facebook or via blog posts at www.childressagency.com/blog.


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.


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.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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First colorectal and general surgery practice to achieve NCQA's PCSP recognition in the Commonwealth of Virginia


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

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