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Cops chasing down criminals across Los Angeles may soon be riding a hybrid police Sedan from Ford, as the company has just unveiled the world's first "pursuit-rated" hybrid cop car, adding that the Los Angeles Police Department is among the first agencies to acquire one. Ford sells more police cars in the United States than any auto company, and its new hybrid, the Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, will expand its presence on the road soon. The new hybrid cop car has an Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.4-kilowatt lithium-ion battery, and is expected to blaze 38 miles per gallon of gas in city-highway drives, which makes it 20 miles per gallon more than its current cop car, the Ford Taurus, or the Police Interceptor Sedan. While the new hybrid cars aren't as fast as the old Taurus, Ford says that it expects they're quick enough to earn a pursuit rating come time they're tested later this year by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. It will be the first hybrid car to acquire such an honor. Cars can only get a pursuit rating if they render great performance results in aspects such as acceleration, handling, braking, top speed, and ergonomics. Hold the throttle for five seconds and the hybrid car will launch its pursuit mode, leveraging both the electric motor and the gas engine for a combined performance boost, Ford said, adding that the cop cars will be durable for tough police duties. Ford has yet to reveal specifications of the new cars, but Arie Groeneveld, of Ford's police programs department, says that it can go from zero to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. Pricing has also yet to be disclosed, but hybrid cars traditionally cost more than other cars. But Ford executives say that fuel savings will offset the added price point in just a year. The company also expects the hybrid car to perform well. "Cities have been asking us for solutions to reduce carbon emissions and costs, and agencies have been asking for greener police cars and greener pursuit vehicles," said Kevin Koswick, Ford's director of lease and remarketing operations in North America. "We saw a need and we thought we could fulfill it." The hybrid cars will begin production next year, and LAPD units could be using the cars at the latter half of that year. Police representatives, however, was laconic as to how much the department will invest in the new hybrid cars. But there's no question about its usefulness for police patrolling streets or chasing criminals. More than any other cars, those used by the police need better fuel economy and lower emissions, especially since they are used in very tough situations. Their engines are rarely shut off over an entire shift, for instance, as the car's emergency lights, radio, computer, and electronics need constant power during police-related activities. Numerous hours of idling is tough on engines, of course, and they burn a lot of fuel. For this, the new hybrid cars can leverage its lithium-ion battery instead of the car's engine, saving fuel costs and reducing emissions. In fact, the car's battery-only mode can go up to 60 mph, without the need of the engine. Thoughts about Ford's new hybrid cop cars? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below! © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | December 15, 2016
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BRIGHTON, Mich., Dec. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In supporting local government agencies, like the recent project for Garden City DDA, CGE Energy (OTCPink:CGEI) is dedicated to helping municipalities across the U.S. to serve their communities by reducing public energy consumption and generating clean, renewable power. With 89,004 local governments nation-wide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and with many agencies within each, CGE Energy sees an immense opportunity to make a difference. The federal government has mandated the improvement of energy efficiency in federal government buildings and an increase in power supplied by renewable sources. The requirements are expected to reduce the government’s carbon emissions by 40% over the next decade. In response, CGE Energy has just released its CGE Sustain program, which allows municipalities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades at municipal buildings and roadways with immediate positive cash flow and no upfront costs. All maintenance and ongoing servicing is included to reduce a local government’s expense budget. Local governments typically need to issue administrative intensive bonds, apply for grants, or seek traditional bank loans to install an energy upgrade. With CGE Sustain, eligible institutions can enjoy substantial energy savings, lessen lengthy RFP processes and have no upfront costs. In a society increasingly focused on environmental responsibility, public sector institutions are ideal candidates for leadership in new energy technology. When the primary responsibility of government is to serve the community, it is critical for energy choices to be grounded in both sustainability and fiscal responsibility. CGE Energy has created their Sustain program to help meet those needs. The CGE Sustain program is another solution to add to CGE Energy’s long history of serving local governments. According to their released success stories, some of these projects include 2 million square feet of the Michigan Capital Complex, 41 Michigan State Police posts, as well as many city halls, fire stations, libraries, civic centers and streetlighting projects. To conclude, streetlighting alone represents enough energy consumption needed to power almost 2 million homes each year. There are an estimated 26 million streetlights in the United States, and the conversion from conventional street lighting to LED technology has only approached approximately 10% saturation of existing U.S. street lighting. To learn more about the CGE Sustain program, interested parties can visit CGE Energy’s website, http://www.cgeenergy.com/. CGE Energy (OTCPink:CGEI) is the leading engineer of no capital cost energy solutions. Headquartered in Brighton, Michigan, the company integrates the optimal configuration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to meet their customers unique energy needs. Today the company serves customers in the U.S. and abroad, using energy technologies that include Cree LED lighting, their patented WIND-e20 wind turbine and leading solar generation technologies. http://www.cgeenergy.com This press release may contain forward-looking statements including statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or future strategies that are signified by the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “believes” or similar language. These forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to us on the date hereof and speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.


FRANKENMUTH, MI, December 02, 2016-- President Obama's FBI continues to obstruct justice and deny Mark Adams urgent holiday pleas before Christmas to restore his Constitutional Rights, fundamental freedoms, business, property owners' rights, and terminate unlawful court orders calling for his arrest if he returns to work. Adams is seeking urgent law enforcement to STOP the imminent State-ordered extrajudicial destruction of his life's work, businesses, manufacturing, research, and intellectual properties. The criminals and crimes are well documented. Unlawful takings in America today are on par with Cuban, Venezuelan and Egyption nationalization of businesses, Israeli occupations and settlements on Palestinian lands.Problem is, Adams cannot find in America today any agency, persons or political parties in State or US Federal government honoring their Oaths, upholding and enforcing human rights and Constitutions. Nobel Peace Prize winning President Obama's Homeland Security steadfastly refuses to enforce willful and deliberate violations of law, Constitutions and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights presented in meetings with the FBI Tuesday, November 29, 2016.Article 5 "No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation", Article 6 "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby", Article 7 "no citizen shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law", Article 8 "excessive fines shall not be imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted", Article 9 "the right of trial by jury shall be preserved".FBI Agents Barry Rumble and Anthony Kraudelt refused all complaints and evidence against State-sponsored terrorists. "I have been dragged through hell by these people and parties," said Adams. "Witnessed here today is Democrat President Obama's FBI obstructing justice to protect corrupted Michigan State Police, eight (8) State Judges, and local Democrats, Sheriff Federspiel, Prosecutor McColgan, Bridgeport Township Board and rogue local cops to cover-up criminal scandals exposed by Adams." Videos of police abuses and political retributions in Frankenmuth, Bridgeport, and Saginaw County, MI are on the YouTube Poor Michigan channel.Adams innovative research remained crippled as he awoke Wednesday still not free to work, not free to travel, not free to participate in professional associations or International business ventures. Adams Passport, bank accounts, credit cards, farm, two businesses, laboratory, intellectual properties, Winnebago, barn, docks, bbq grill, solar lights, bird feeders, picnic table, dock, landscaping and assets all unlawfully seized by government-protected thugs. UnAmerican activities, treason and persistent domestic terrorism of Adams have set new lows exceeding limits of the genres.FBI advised Adams that documented government harassments, retributions, seizures of property are NOW Federally protected State, local, and Civil Forfeiture issues no longer subject to law enforcement or Constitutional protections. Unprecedented 'Hate Crimes' against the elderly have never been so institutionalized and accepted by Americans, until now. Not a single public official, person or political party has stepped up to aid Adams, leaving President-elect Trump his last hope."IF this involved bank robbers or peaceful Dakota Pipeline Protesters, the FBI wouldn't hesitate to brutalize these people," said Adams. "Banks reopen every day, but Mark Adams is STILL BANNED from his laboratory, not free to advance vital research, create jobs and economic opportunities, or protect intellectual properties."American criminal justice has devolved to the point FBI advises citizens' only remaining recourse is being free to sue the government, effectively a denial of justice. Human rights court victories are increasingly rare in America, almost a thing of the past, given scandalous law enforcement, protections for criminal officeholders and lack of mainstream media reporting. Adams is one of 80% of America's working poor, denied justice as they lack the money and wherewithal to successfully sue their government. Unprecedented government seizures of all Adams financial assets in 2014 rendered him indigent and unable to hire attorneys. The Michigan Court of Appeals denied Adams Appeal in October as he could not afford the $475 filing fee and thousands of dollars for court transcripts. No true record of court proceedings exists as Americans are no longer free to have cell phones, capture video or audio recordings of their own Hearings.Revised Michigan court rules dictated by the State Bar and Supreme Court, make it impossible for citizens to get fair trials or defend themselves. Ongoing persecutions of baseless false claims against Adams mark a total breakdown of American justice, with Adams rights to jury trials nullified by rogue judges and attorneys accountable to themselves and no one else. "Americans have lost their moral compass," says Adams. "We have become a country of, by and for attorneys and the political elite while human rights laws and Constitutions now stand unprotected. Obama's FBI persistently failed to prosecute Milton Hall's assassins, perpetrators of Flint Michigan's leaded Water crisis or any of the persons responsible for shelving over 15,000 untested rape kits in Michigan roaming free."President Obama applies knowledge gained as a former small college professor of Constitutional Law to facilitate increasing political hate crimes against dissidents, whistleblowers, and "enemies of the State" fostering unprecedented throwbacks to frontier justice when Americans were forced to protect and defend themselves. "The United States of America has lost all moral authority in their quest to be the world's policemen given Barack Obama's persistent failings to protect Americas most vulnerable citizens and assets."PoorMichigan.org and Adams family efforts seeking justice are funded by donations to the newly established You Caring / Shirley Adams Justice Fund www.youcaring.com/markadams-680906 PoorMichigan.org was created to provide the world an insiders view and document the REAL Michigan (unlike the State's misleading "Pure Michigan" campaign) "IF you think Michigan USA is a great state to do business, raise a family, or take a vacation, you'll think twice after visiting here" said Adams. PoorMichigan.org and Adams family efforts seeking justice are funded by donations to the newly established You Caring / Shirley Adams Justice Fund empowering positive reforms to assure other Michigan families and businesses are not similarly affected, to restore Michigan USA's quality of life, economy, and better futures for America's children.


News Article | November 15, 2016
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Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), a trusted partner for safety software, today announced Michigan’s statewide initiative to make Smart911 available to all residents. Following successful deployments in dozens of 9-1-1 centers across the state, Michigan will make Smart911 standard across the Great Lakes State. Click to Tweet: State of #Michigan makes @RaveMSafety Smart911 available statewide http://bit.ly/MISmart911 During an event held yesterday in Macomb County, Lt. Governor Brian Calley was joined by Senator Margaret O’Brien, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Captain of the Michigan State Police Monica Yesh and Dan Hoffman, Michigan Resident and Smart911 Survivor at the event, to make the official announcement of the new initiative. Smart911 is a comprehensive software program that facilitates data and communications in the event of a 9-1-1 call. With Smart911, Michiganders can create an extensive online profile, which displays to dispatchers when a 9-1-1 call is made. Critical information such as home address, bedroom location, pet information, medical details and whether households include people with dementia or children with autism can all be provided and can improve response. “In emergency situations, every minute counts and enhancing 9-1-1 services across our state is essential to protecting the lives of Michiganders,” said Brian Calley, Lt. Governor of Michigan. “Services like Smart911 help us advance the tools that our dispatchers can use to help save lives on a daily basis. State funding will help communities across our state take advantage of this program and have extra resources to help save lives in emergencies.” Residents are encouraged to create free Safety Profiles on Smart911.com, a secure information platform that instantly tells 9-1-1 dispatchers vital information that can speed emergency response times. When an individual dials 9-1-1, their completed Safety Profile will automatically display. For individuals using mobile devices in an emergency, the platform’s Chat component is fast becoming a 9-1-1 safety game changer. 9-1-1 centers around the country are using the 2-way texting capability to save victims of domestic violence, potential suicides and home invasions. It also provides concrete budget savings by reducing the number of unnecessary law enforcement dispatches. “Cell phones are widely used in today’s world, but that poses unique challenges for 9-1-1 centers,” said Senator O’Brien. “Currently more than 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls come from cell phones, but those calls provide very little information for dispatchers to use. Smart911 allows our state to innovate in light of current technology trends and save lives while doing so.” Traverse City resident Dan Hoffman expressed his gratitude for the role Smart911 played in helping responders locate and save him from his burning home. “I wouldn’t be here today, be able to hug my girls without Smart911. It saved 11 minutes off the response time to my call for help and allowed the heroic responders to extract me from my burning home.” “The capabilities provided with Smart911 have revolutionized our response process,” said Tim Smith, Executive Director Ottawa County 911. “The Chat feature of the platform is a lifeline to those who are unable to communicate and proven to be lifesaving in domestic violence incidents and suicidal subjects across the state. The platform has also helped lower costs by reducing unnecessary law enforcement dispatches and our responders have additional information about the locations into which they are entering, increasing their safety and speeding their response.” Smart911 is currently available across portions of 43 states and thousands of municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting countless emergency situations. “We applaud the state of Michigan for bringing greater safety and peace-of-mind to residents and for their commitment to improving public safety,” said Tom Axbey, president and CEO of Rave Mobile Safety. “By partnering with public safety agencies statewide, we can save more lives together.” Michigan residents are encouraged to create their free, private, and secure Safety Profiles with Smart911 today at https://www.smart911.com/. About Rave Mobile Safety Rave Mobile Safety, the most trusted safety software partner, provides innovative communication software for better emergency preparedness and faster response. Used by leading education institutes, enterprises and state and local public safety agencies, the award-winning portfolio of Rave Alert, Rave Guardian, Eyewitness, Rave Panic Button, Smart911 and SmartPrepare protects millions of individuals. Rave Mobile Safety is headquartered in Framingham, MA. For more information, please visit https://www.ravemobilesafety.com.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Images of our faces exist in numerous important databases - driver's license, passport, law enforcement, employment -- all to accurately identify us. But can these images continue to identify us as we age? Michigan State University biometrics expert Anil Jain and team set out to investigate what extent facial aging affects the performance of automatic facial recognition systems and what implications it could have on successfully identifying criminals or determining when identification documents need to be renewed. "We wanted to determine if state-of-the-art facial recognition systems could recognize the same face imaged multiple years apart, such as at age 20 and again at age 30," said Jain, University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering. "This is the first study of automatic facial recognition using a statistical model and large longitudinal face database." Jain and doctoral student Lacey Best-Rowden found that 99 percent of the face images can still be recognized up to six years later. However, the results also showed that due to natural changes that occur to a face over time as a person ages, recognition accuracy begins to drop if the images of a person were taken more than six years apart. This decrease in face recognition accuracy is person-dependent; some people age faster than others due to lifestyle, health conditions, environment or genetics. "This research shows the importance of capturing new images every four to five years to reduce the number of false positives or chance of not finding a candidate in a facial recognition search due to length of time between captures," said Pete Langenfeld, manager in the Biometrics and Identification Division at the Michigan State Police. "Criminal acquisition is dependent on the number of times a person is arrested, as the majority are not required to update their image. However, civil applications that require updated facial images should look at reducing the time between captures if it is greater than every four years." Jain's team studied two police mugshot databases of repeat criminal offenders with each offender having a minimum of four images acquired over at least a five-year period. The total number of repeat offenders studied was 23,600. Mugshot databases are the largest source of facial aging photos available with well-controlled standards to ensure the photos are uniform. These are the largest facial-aging databases studied to date in terms of number of subjects, images per subject and elapsed times. Academic research has enabled automated face recognition to play an increasingly large role in the criminal justice system. However, there has been a lack of research about the proper usage of these systems, said Brendan Klare, CEO of Rank One Computing, a major supplier of face recognition software. "This comprehensive study by Jain and Best-Rowden provides for the first time an unprecedented body of knowledge regarding the limits of automated face recognition." The paper will appear in the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence journal. The study was conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif & LANSING, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Peloton Technology, a connected and automated vehicle technology company dedicated to improving the safety and efficiency of freight transportation, applauded Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s signing of S.B. 995 into law today. The legislation authorizes electronically-coordinated truck platooning on Michigan roads by creating an exception to the state’s required minimum following distance for commercial vehicles of 500 feet. “With the signing of this landmark law, Michigan now leads the nation in the rollout of commercial truck platooning,” said Josh Switkes, CEO of Peloton Technology, a developer of connected and automated vehicle systems. “We are proud to be working with forward-looking state leaders like those in Michigan who prioritize prudent, driver-assistive truck automation systems that will provide strong economic benefits and improve the safe, efficient movement of goods." A minority of the states in the U.S. have numeric minimum following distances that apply to commercial vehicles, ranging from 100 feet to 500 feet. These rules represent a hurdle to truck platooning, which integrates technologies including vehicle-to-vehicle communications, adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance systems which did not exist at the time the rules were enacted. These new technologies significantly improve the safety of commercial vehicles while also allowing for closer prudent following distances, as the rear truck in a platoon can respond to braking by the lead truck in approximately 10 milliseconds, bypassing a lag in driver perception and reaction time. “We are committed to advancing safety and efficiency in commercial trucking operations and accelerating the economic benefits that result from improving the movement of goods,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “Michigan is proud to be a leader in paving the way for the deployment and growth of vehicle platooning technologies.” Under the new law, the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police will review plans submitted to the agencies by the operators of platoons before vehicles are allowed to platoon on the state’s roads. The law also requires that truck platoons allow access for other vehicles to move safely between platooning trucks. In addition, drivers holding a valid commercial driver license must be behind the wheel of every truck in a platoon. “It is tremendous to see this leadership by Michigan which will accelerate progress across the nation. We are actively working with Michigan to develop our plan for initial and ongoing platooning operations in the state,” said Steve Boyd, Peloton’s VP of external affairs. “Our plan includes early activities to promote public awareness on the key role of professional drivers in our truck platooning system and the safety, efficiency and mobility benefits that this technology provides to fleets and the public.” Peloton previously held a multi-day demonstration of its driver-assistive platooning system in Michigan in September 2014, in partnership with Tier 1 automotive suppliers DENSO and Meritor WABCO, during the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems hosted by Detroit. Since then, Peloton has expanded its partnerships with truck manufacturers and suppliers and is currently safety validating production-level hardware. While 11 other states have approved testing and trial activity, Michigan is first in the country to support deployment of platooning in commercial fleet operations. Peloton is preparing a general plan for platooning operations to submit to the State of Michigan as required by the new law. Due to reach commercial trucking fleets in 2017, Peloton’s two-truck system provides a wireless communications link between the active safety systems of heavy trucks, enabling pairs of trucks to coordinate their speeds and maintain a safe, aerodynamic following distance. The Peloton system intelligently orders pairs of trucks by weight and braking ability and determines their optimal following distance -- typically between 36 and 80 feet. The North American Council for Freight Efficiency has validated fuel savings from the Peloton system of 4.5% for the lead truck and 10% for the follow truck in a two-truck platoon. Similar to adaptive cruise control, which already is used widely in the trucking industry, the Peloton system controls vehicle speed by applying automated brake and throttle commands. Drivers in a platoon retain steering control, and can choose to dissolve platooning in response to changing conditions. Platooning is a new approach to the long trucking tradition of team driving. Because it automates a single driving function -- speed -- while leaving other aspects of driving to professional truck drivers, the Peloton system qualifies as a Level 1 “driving automation system” under the J3016 definitions of the Society of Automotive Engineers International, which were adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy issued in September 2016. The Peloton system employs DSRC, cellular LTE and WiFi communications to connect trucks to each other and to an Internet cloud-based Network Operations Center (NOC) that provides continuous management and supervision of platoons. The NOC limits truck platooning to appropriate road, weather and traffic conditions. Its geo-fencing function will ensure that any platoons which are authorized to operate in Michigan can adjust operations before crossing into states that have different rules for platooning. Some nearby states, such as Ohio and Pennsylvania, have approved testing of platooning, while policy discussions are underway in Ohio and several other states towards commercial approval. Across the nation, states that have approved platooning testing or trials are Texas, Tennessee, California, Ohio, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Utah. Note to editors: Photographs and video are available upon request. Peloton is a connected and automated vehicle technology company dedicated to improving the safety and efficiency of the $700 billion U.S. trucking industry and other global automotive markets. Peloton creates partnerships with customers to provide and manage innovative tools for saving fuel, avoiding accidents, and improving operational insight through the use of connectivity, automation and data analytics. Based in Silicon Valley, Peloton is supported by investors including Volvo Group, DENSO International America, UPS, Nokia Growth Partners, Intel Capital, Magna, Lockheed Martin, Castrol InnoVentures, Lytx, Sand Hill Angels, Birchmere Ventures and Band of Angels. For more information, please visit www.peloton-tech.com and follow us on Twitter @pelotontech.


News Article | November 11, 2016
Site: www.24-7pressrelease.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, November 11, 2016 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Kent County Board of Commissioners this morning approved ballot language asking residents for a Public Safety Dispatch surcharge increase. The measure, slated to appear on the November ballot, will ask voters for an increase of 70 cents per month, per line for phone service in Kent County, making the new monthly levy $1.15 per phone. That works out to $13.80 per year per phone. The 70 cent increase would address shortcomings with current 911 technology and fire dispatch operations by investing in next generation technology that allows for inter-agency communication and other upgrades. The funds would allow authorities to streamline emergency communications that currently can be patchwork in nature because not every agency is on the same radio system. Kent County 911 dispatch currently operates on eight different radio systems, which hampers public safety efforts in some situations because emergency responders cannot communicate directly - even if they are working on the same incident. "Some first responders carry multiple devices in order to talk to various responding agencies, which has led to lapses in communication," Kent County Sheriff Larry Stelma said. "In incidents involving these agencies, Kent County dispatchers use telephones to communicate with other dispatch agencies, then the dispatchers communicate to first responders, which takes more time to complete." The funds would allow Kent County to purchase communications towers and 800 MHz equipment that would place all Kent County dispatchers and first responders on the Michigan Public Safety Communications System. This would improve communication with most of the state's 911 call-taking centers, including those with the Michigan State Police, and Ottawa, Allegan, Ionia and Newaygo counties. "Increasingly, law enforcement officials from multiple agencies are being called on to respond to mass shootings and other events that threaten public safety and require an all hands-on-deck approach," said Curtis Holt, director of the Kent County Dispatch Authority and Wyoming city manager. "From the Dantzler shootings in Kent County five years ago to the mass shootings earlier this year Kalamazoo, we have seen time and time again the critical importance of multiple agencies coming together and working as a unified team in times of crisis. The surcharge proposed by Kent County provides the public an opportunity to address this concern." The Kent County Board of Commissioners sees this proposal as a means to both enhance 911 dispatch operations and improve the safety of our community. "The work leading up to this proposal has been significant and time-consuming, but extremely rewarding," said Jim Saalfeld, chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. "This proposal demonstrates efforts and work by all units of government - Kent County, cities, townships, the law enforcement community, and the fire and emergency response communities - as well as various community stakeholders. It underscores yet another example of how our community pulls together at all levels to improve the lives our citizens in the most effective and efficient way possible." The ballot language comes after much collaboration and study of the current dispatch system by many in the communities served by it. "Strong and safe neighborhoods along with responsive public safety services are top priorities," Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. "This proposal gives us the opportunity to serve our residents and taxpayers through collaboration and new technologies." Part of the surcharge will cover costs associated with countywide fire dispatch, which is more complex technologically and more labor intensive than in the past. Most of the cities and townships in Kent County adopted resolutions urging the County to place a surcharge question on a ballot in 2016. A surcharge is more of a "user-based" fee, directly charging devices that use 911 service. Even with a surcharge increase, County residents will continue to pay on the low end for dispatch services compared to other, like-sized counties within the state.


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

BRIGHTON, Mich., Dec. 15, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In supporting local government agencies, like the recent project for Garden City DDA, CGE Energy (OTCPink:CGEI) is dedicated to helping municipalities across the U.S. to serve their communities by reducing public energy consumption and generating clean, renewable power. With 89,004 local governments nation-wide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and with many agencies within each, CGE Energy sees an immense opportunity to make a difference. The federal government has mandated the improvement of energy efficiency in federal government buildings and an increase in power supplied by renewable sources. The requirements are expected to reduce the government’s carbon emissions by 40% over the next decade. In response, CGE Energy has just released its CGE Sustain program, which allows municipalities to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades at municipal buildings and roadways with immediate positive cash flow and no upfront costs. All maintenance and ongoing servicing is included to reduce a local government’s expense budget. Local governments typically need to issue administrative intensive bonds, apply for grants, or seek traditional bank loans to install an energy upgrade. With CGE Sustain, eligible institutions can enjoy substantial energy savings, lessen lengthy RFP processes and have no upfront costs. In a society increasingly focused on environmental responsibility, public sector institutions are ideal candidates for leadership in new energy technology. When the primary responsibility of government is to serve the community, it is critical for energy choices to be grounded in both sustainability and fiscal responsibility. CGE Energy has created their Sustain program to help meet those needs. The CGE Sustain program is another solution to add to CGE Energy’s long history of serving local governments. According to their released success stories, some of these projects include 2 million square feet of the Michigan Capital Complex, 41 Michigan State Police posts, as well as many city halls, fire stations, libraries, civic centers and streetlighting projects. To conclude, streetlighting alone represents enough energy consumption needed to power almost 2 million homes each year. There are an estimated 26 million streetlights in the United States, and the conversion from conventional street lighting to LED technology has only approached approximately 10% saturation of existing U.S. street lighting. To learn more about the CGE Sustain program, interested parties can visit CGE Energy’s website, http://www.cgeenergy.com/. CGE Energy (OTCPink:CGEI) is the leading engineer of no capital cost energy solutions. Headquartered in Brighton, Michigan, the company integrates the optimal configuration of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to meet their customers unique energy needs. Today the company serves customers in the U.S. and abroad, using energy technologies that include Cree LED lighting, their patented WIND-e20 wind turbine and leading solar generation technologies. http://www.cgeenergy.com This press release may contain forward-looking statements including statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or future strategies that are signified by the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “believes” or similar language. These forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to us on the date hereof and speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.


News Article | April 26, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

Michigan police have started monitoring social media to track posts pertaining to the Flint water crisis, according to emails from Governor Rick Snyder's office. The online surveillance initiative is geared toward honing in on individuals who are making threats based on their frustration with the tainted water problem. In one instance, criminal proceedings have already been initiated against a man who made threatening comments on Facebook about the local government. A state police email states that the individual had called for "civil unrest" and the burning of the governor's mansion. Thus far, the police have not issued further comment on the matter or any other investigations that may come from their findings on social media. Michigan State Police Spokesperson Shanon Banner told MLive — The Flint Journal that the ultimate goal is to protect residents. Although the state police are monitoring the situation on social media, there is already unrest offline to be found throughout Michigan. Snyder has been criticized heavily since the discovery of lead-tainted water in Flint, and protesters went as far as to publicly heckle the governor at dinner in Ann Arbor in February. In an effort to relate to his citizens, Snyder promised to drink and cook with lead-tainted water from Flint for one full month on April 18. "Flint residents made it clear that they would like to see me personally drink the water, so today I am fulfilling that request," the governor stated. "And I will continue drinking Flint water at work and at home for at least 30 days." Following his announcement, critics took to social media networks such as Twitter to mock the governor's move. Some individuals called for the arrest of Snyder, while others simply asked him to resign. Many people stated that they distrusted the governor, and some residents claimed that they were "embarrassed" by his promise. Snyder's office claims that state, federal and independent water quality experts believe that Flint's water quality is "improving." Furthermore, it is supposedly "safe to drink as long as a filter is in place." A protective coating is being added to Flint's pipes to provide better quality water for the local residents. © 2016 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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On Thursday, February 2, Spring Arbor University will host “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” — a statewide panel discussion organized by Spring Arbor University’s Office of Intercultural Relations and Black History Month Committee. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in downtown Jackson’s historic Michigan Theatre. The panel discussion will address the continued issues of racial barriers and illegal use of force in policing, and will serve as an opportunity for the community to come together for a candid discussion intended to foster empathy and understanding. A wide array of notable participants include representatives from the Governor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, the Jackson County Prosecutor, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Michigan State Police, the Detroit Chief of Police, and professors from both Spring Arbor University and Michigan State University. Spring Arbor University is aware of the racial unrest in our state and nation, and the heightened tensions wrought by race-driven, post-election issues. Given this, the panel discussion will encourage participants and attendees alike to listen with open ears and open hearts, to enter into other perspectives and experiences without judgment or preconception. For more information on “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”, please contact Eric Beda, director of SAU's Office of Intercultural Relations, at Eric(dot)Beda(at)arbor(dot)edu or 517-750-6891, or visit arbor.edu/unity.

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