Business, Economic Development, Free News Articles, Manufacturing

One Good Job Leads to A World of Great Outcomes – Robotic Process Automation Comes to Clarksdale, Mississippi

CLARKSDALE, Miss. -- "What is the value of one good job?" asks Crossroads Economic Partnership. For Spencer George, it means higher income and better well-being for himself and family. It also means understanding his own higher potential. Just a few years ago, living in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Spencer wouldn't have dreamed he could ever work in the development and distribution of leading-edge technology.

Clarksdale is located in the Mississippi Delta, the poorest region in the poorest state in the nation. Decent jobs have been traditionally hard to come by, and certainly high-tech jobs were once unimaginable for this flat, agricultural region along the Mississippi River.

But at the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Center of Excellence, opened in 2020 in Clarksdale at the PeopleShores Center, Spencer is not just dreaming, he's living his dream. And now in his new job he's also helping other workers around the globe discover their own higher potential, as RPA automates business processes through software bots, relieving workers of low-level, repetitive tasks and allowing them to engage more meaningfully and creatively in the workplace.

A new day in Clarksdale

Like Spencer, Clarksdale is discovering its potential as a newly vitalized gigabit city. Known as the birthplace of the Blues, Clarksdale now hums with new ideas and excitement, in an era which began with the development of an ecosystem of leadership fostered by the Crossroads Economic Partnership.

"We've come together to make a new day," explains Jon Levingston, Executive Director of the Partnership. "Today we are collaborating at every level, weaving a network of economic, governmental, educational, and social leadership. We are transforming expectations and changing lives for the better."

Learn more: https://crossroadseconomicpartnership.com/

Expanding manufacturing, breakthrough technology

Results have been immediate and impressive: Since 2018, five new economic development projects have been completed in Clarksdale involving both expansions and startups. Arriving in 2018, PeopleShores is a global leader in impact sourcing. A Silicon Valley-based for-profit social impact enterprise, PeopleShores is committed to helping underserved communities by creating tech-enabled jobs that provide office solutions for multiple sectors, including tech, retail, travel, banking, and insurance. In 2020, Automation Anywhere, a global leader in RPA, joined with PeopleShores to create the Automation Anywhere / PeopleShores Robotic Process Automation Center of Excellence for training people in the development of AI software.

"We are strategically located just south of Memphis and the Tennessee border, but we offer that hometown feel," said Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy. "After attracting PeopleShores, a Silicon Valley company, we want to capitalize on that momentum. Clarksdale is open for business and we're ready to do the work."

Workforce development has gone well beyond expectations of company management. Custom training in partnership with Coahoma Community College and the Delta Area Workforce Board has prepared PeopleShores associates quickly and strategically, expediting their participation in the Automation Anywhere University certification process.

"Through our partnership with Automation Anywhere and regional leaders, we are training associates to become bot developers in as little as six months," notes Murali Vullaganti, founder of PeopleShores. The company expects to train 200 associates from across the region. "We've taken the plunge; we've come here and we've proven that they can do the work."

In addition to PeopleShores and Automation Anywhere, Clarksdale has attracted Image Industries, a Chicago steel manufacturing business that moved its entire company to the Delta. The company will be hiring at least 50 employees. According to Blake Hobson, co-owner of Image Industries, "One of the biggest things that had to do with it was the people. We have never met more warm, welcoming people in all of our lives and that was a significant deciding factor for us."

Saf-T-Cart - a homegrown industry - is finalizing a $1.5 million expansion at the plant that manufacturers steel carts and welding storage products. The expansion is bringing 25 new jobs.

MAP of Easton Inc. expanded their Clarksdale location in 2018, adding approximately 40 new jobs to the 51 they previously employed. MAP of Easton Inc. manufactures products including automotive, architectural and acousta-art.

"We, obviously, like Clarksdale," said John D'Amico, president of MAP of Easton. "We want to stay in Clarksdale and we want to use the Clarksdale people as much as possible."

Not long ago, a flourishing partnership between Silicon Valley and the Mississippi Delta might have seemed unlikely. But in this new day, as workers like Spencer realize their potential, the value of one good job appears limitless in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Learn more:

Website: https://crossroadseconomicpartnership.com/

Social Pages: Facebook | LinkedIn

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Jon Levingston, Executive Director
Crossroads Economic Partnership
Phone: 662.902.4968.
Email: jon.levingston@crossroadseconomicpartnership.com

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Nation’s Top 5G Experts come together for Indiana 5G Zone’s First Quarterly Innovation Event

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Indiana 5G Zone is hosting its first Quarterly Innovation Event on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 1 p.m. EST. This virtual event will consist of several of the nation's top 5G experts discussing the industry and a variety of other 5G-related topics. The event is free and open to the public.

Sean Hendrix, executive director of the Indiana 5G Zone stated, "These quarterly events will focus on different topics surrounding 5G and allow the public and those working in related fields to hear from experts in the area and ask them questions."

The event will consist of three different panels on the following topics:
* 5G Business Opportunities & Funding Sources
* 5G Deployment Challenges & Solutions
* 5G Security: Potential Threats & Strategies To Stay Safe

The event will also include live demos from the Indiana 5G Lab of state-of-the-art Smart City security.

The panelists and discussion items for the virtual event include:

Randy Clark, Vice Chair at National Spectrum Consortium - The Department of Defense's new Spectrum Forward contract will provide up to $2.5 Billion to accelerate innovation in 5G solutions.

Bob Flores, Former CTO of the Central Intelligence Agency - In depth analysis of the recent Solarwinds breach and important lessons that 5G developers should incorporate to protect their business.

Dr. Apurva Mody, Founder of AiRANACULUS - Review of recent breakthroughs in 5G direct digital transceivers that will simplify deployment and speed, and 5G in space.

Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson, Former Bureau Chief of the FCC - Importance of secure software development to ensure 5G systems are less vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Walt Magnussen, Director, IITEC at Texas A&M - Overview of new 5G architectures for Public Sector applications.

Gail Nolan- Chief Strategy Officer, Invest Puerto Rico - New business opportunities that 5G creates for Smart City and Smart Manufacturing

Christian González - Founder & CEO, Wovenware, Inc. - New product concepts that combine 5G and Machine Learning

The event is Wednesday, January 13, and begins at 1:00 p.m. EST. More information and registration can be found here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_M_viG9VeRUuGb3tLL2yR0w

About Indiana 5G Zone:

5G Zone is a cross-sector demonstration laboratory to help government, industry and academia, design and deliver groundbreaking practical testbed offerings. Learn more: https://indiana5gzone.com/

MEDIA ONLY CONTACT:
Kasia Chaberski
VP, Communications & Program Development, NineTwelve
(503) 388-1963
kasia@ninetwelve.us

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Come Live, Work, Grow and Prosper in Amarillo, Texas

AMARILLO, Texas -- Airport officials at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport today unveiled the Airport's new corporate image piece "Taking Flight, Experience Amarillo." The new corporate image piece is the latest in the Airport's on-going aviation and non-aviation business development initiative in conjunction with its community partnership, Taking Flight - Amarillo.

This development campaign is simply an expansion of the intense level of transportation and aviation manufacturing activity already existing in Amarillo, just more focused. The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport has hundreds of acres of prime real-estate that can serve both aviation and non-aviation business needs. The real estate opportunities at the Airport are supported by very strong and successful private/public partnerships within the City of Amarillo.

Michael Conner, Director of Aviation, commented, "At the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, we take partnerships seriously and realize that positive relationships and creative thinking help to build economic engines that stand the test of time."

Conner went on to say, "Our mission with our enhanced development portfolio of partnership programs is in solidifying Amarillo as a significant location in the supply chain for aviation and other industries as well."

A key customer-focused aspect of the "Taking Flight, Experience Amarillo" initiative is the creation of the Taking Flight, Experience Amarillo Leadership Team. The Leadership Team is comprised of prominent business leaders who are leading experts in their various fields and who have volunteered their time and expertise to assist companies who express interest in Amarillo.

The areas of expertise of the Leadership Team include; economic incentives, financial services - liquidity issues & programs, Amarillo labor force education & counseling, understanding the supply chain distribution in Amarillo and maintenance and repair operations (MRO) currently at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

As many business owners are considering moving away from megaplex cities where congestion and overcrowding make it difficult to get around and where taxes are restricting business opportunities, the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport and the City of Amarillo offer an alternative location in the middle of the country...on a major interstate highway...with friendly people...in a State with no income tax...where city and local leaders really care...and assets and resources abound to help make businesses dreams a reality.

Amarillo is a progressive and business-friendly city that is committed to providing a high quality of life for its residents and to providing an environment where businesses can succeed. As a progressive airport in a growing city, the Airport's resources are positioned to help identify business incentives.

Additionally, our Economic Development Corporation has an excellent history of helping businesses of all sizes expand and relocate to Amarillo. The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport has opportunities available with airfield access as well as on-airport business park access (with or without rail access). The multi-modal capabilities are endless.

For a complete understanding of what makes Amarillo a unique opportunity for business development at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, click on this link https://www.fly-ama.com/business-info/partner-connections to download an electronic copy of "Taking Flight. Experience Amarillo."

In addition, for a free link to a brief video highlighting the development opportunities or for someone from the Taking Flight, Experience Amarillo business development team to contact interested businesses directly, please e-mail Michael Conner, Director of Aviation at michael.conner@amarillo.gov.

Learn more about Amarillo: https://www.fly-ama.com/

MEDIA CONTACT
Michael Conner, Executive Director
Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport
Michael.conner@amarillo.gov
Phone: 1.806.335.1671

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Grand Opening of the Indiana 5G Zone, the first Practical 5G Innovation Lab

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- NineTwelve Announces the Grand Opening of the Indiana 5G Zone, a virtual and onsite practical innovation lab. NineTwelve's 5G laboratory in downtown Indianapolis means significant speed and quantum encryption are possible for technologists, businesses, and visitors throughout Indiana and its worldwide network.

This exclusive public private partnership leverages assets across industry, government and academia. The Indiana 5G Zone is the first practical testbed in the Nation designed to support the development of mission-critical applications such as manufacturing and cities as well as national security applications such as energy and military facilities.

In collaboration with AT&T, Verizon, and XQ Message, NineTwelve officially offers its 5G innovation facility and accelerator services using millimeter wave spectrum, which can deliver unprecedented performance, with download speeds greater than 1 Gbps.

The overall Indy 5G Zone contains a Demo Lab and an Open 5G Testbed. Purdue Engineering College leads the creation of the testbed with one of the first open, end to end configurable 5G research labs in the country.

"We are proud to partner with the state of Indiana ... and with innovators like NineTwelve to launch this pioneering 5G facility. Indy is speedy, and we will drive 5G innovations here," said Mung Chiang, the Dean of Purdue College of Engineering.

For Indiana companies and those in the NineTwelve ecosystem across cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, aerospace and space, telecommunications, hypersonics, microelectronics, research universities and DoD labs, the 5G demonstration lab and accelerator services, support their projects and de-risk their innovation with federal grants, state innovation funds, and corporate contributions.

The Indiana 5G lab drives innovation by allowing cellular-connected devices to collect data and report in real time in ways that 4G has only hinted. Being first to 5G has sustained benefits to our national economy, associated with adding billions of devices to the 5G network.

Indiana 5G partners and members have shared use of communal space during monthly events, pitch competitions, entrepreneurial support, research and scholarship presentations, tech talks, a space for dialog with industry thought leaders, hackathons and other collaborative experiences, corporate-sponsored internship programs, open invitation for quarterly journal submissions, discounted fees-for-service usage.

5G is the technology of the future, and the Indiana 5G Zone facilities and accelerator services ensure that innovation organizations are in the forefront of this new wave. As part of the US Cybersecurity Office and White House priorities, the National Strategy to Secure 5G initiatives establish the need for demonstration labs like the Indiana 5G Zone for dual-use commercial technologies. The CISA effort prioritizes public private partnerships with federal, industry, and international allied nations as well as academia and non-governmental organizations for national, state, regional, and international partner nation 5G security and resilience.

About NineTwelve:

NineTwelve, the parent of the Indiana 5G Zone, teams industry, government, and academia to meet critical technology needs. Its unique CoLab platform accelerates the design and implementation of emergent solutions. It does this by creating cross-sector collaborative networks that design and deliver groundbreaking solutions.

About Indiana 5G Zone:

5G Zone is a cross-sector demonstration laboratory to help government, industry and academia, design and deliver groundbreaking practical testbed offerings.

Learn more: https://indiana5gzone.com/

MEDIA ONLY CONTACT:
Kasia Chaberski
VP, Communications & Program Development, NineTwelve
(503) 388-1963
kasia@ninetwelve.us

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RMA’s Consulting Strategies Result in Multiple Client Wins at FRA Awards

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- RMA (www.rma.us.com) is proud to announce that their city clients won three of the fourteen awards bestowed by the Florida Redevelopment Association, including the prestigious President's Award. RMA provides staffing services for the West Palm Beach CRA and provides economic development and real estate consultancy services for the City of Deltona. The FRA award ceremony was presented virtually on November 19, 2020.

RMA has been staffing the West Palm Beach CRA since 2014, and the firm was thrilled when FRA announced that the top award across all categories, the President's Award, recognized the Historic Northwest marketing campaign, which was entered in the Cultural Enhancement category. The West Palm Beach CRA also won in the Capital Project and Infrastructure category for the Clematis Street revitalization. In the City of Deltona, RMA's vision and unique deal-making was instrumental in the City's win in the Management Programs and Creative Partnerships category.

"We are thrilled to have our clients recognized for their excellence by the FRA," said Sharon McCormick, Director of Business Development and Attraction for RMA. "RMA is comprehensively focused on excellence, from visioning to implementation. Our consulting firm becomes a committed partner with the leadership of each city, bringing our expertise and innovation in multiple disciplines to the revitalization process."

Throughout the past decade, RMA has been instrumental in a dozen FRA wins for city clients including West Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Margate and North Miami.

Each year, FRA accepts entries for the annual awards from its members in a variety of categories, ranging from annual reports to cultural enhancement. The entries are examined for effectiveness and completeness - including the narrative, supplemental material and compliance with the submittal instructions.

A cross section of Florida redevelopment professionals, individuals and business organizations judge and rank all of the entries and select the winners.

ABOUT THE AWARD-WINNING PROJECTS:

Category: Cultural Enhancement (Won the President's Award)

The Historic Northwest, located just north of Downtown West Palm Beach, is a long-standing neighborhood enriched with a deep and significant culture spanning back to the 1890s and early 1900s. It was here that African-Americans established institutions, businesses and ultimately a way of life that would carry on for generations to come. Now with the help of the Northwest community, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is working to renew the renaissance of a place where you're encouraged to "find your rhythm, explore your roots and live your destiny" through a unique variety of complimentary programs and initiatives.

Category: Management Programs and Creative Partnerships

The City of Deltona hired Redevelopment Management Associates (RMA) to create a Strategic Economic Development Plan for a business park and manufacturing related recruitment. An economic development approach with a real estate-based foundation was used to develop a plan for an Innovation District, Logistics and Commerce Centers on 240 acres near Central Florida's transportation corridor. RMA also helped implement the plan by attracting Deltona's Portland Industrial Park developer that brought Amazon as an anchor tenant. This development will provide 500 full-time jobs with an average annual payroll over $16 million and deliver a $100 million project to the tax base.

Category: Capital Project and Infrastructure

With a rich history beginning in 1894, Clematis Street is the most iconic street in the City of West Palm Beach. To invigorate the street and advance efforts to attract new businesses, the street was transformed with modern infrastructure improvements and vibrant design elements that improved the experience and quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors. The project began with the 300 Block as a pilot to guide the future design of the street, followed by the 100 and 200 blocks. Extensive public input led to a curbless design of the street featuring large shade trees, wider pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, and narrower travel lanes.

About RMA:

Founded in 2009 by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, RMA is comprised of a phenomenal team of leading experts in economic development, real estate for governments, marketing, urban design, and financial analysis. RMA, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida is a highly experienced, full-service economic redevelopment consulting and management firm, specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide. The co-founders are also the authors of one of the definitive books about city redevelopment, "Reinventing Your City: 8 Steps to Turn Your City Around."

Learn more at: https://rma.us.com/

Media Contact:
Kay Renz
Kay@KRPRmediagroup.com

Related link: http://www.rma.us.com/

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Pompano Beach CRA Wins FRA Award for Atlantic Boulevard Bridge Enhancement

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach CRA is proud to announce that the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge Enhancement is the 2020 winner of the Best Transportation Transit Enhancement category at the annual Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) Awards, which were bestowed November 19, 2020.

Focused on creating a sense of community and adding art elements to the transportation in Pompano Beach, the Pompano Beach CRA developed a bridge that would serve as a landmark, as well as offering a sense of place and destination whether traveling by land or water. This project serves multi-functional uses with its nautical themed infrastructure. Elements included in the enhancement include grand bridge entrances, repurposed pedestrian walkways and tender house facade improvements. It is now a symbolic welcome for residents and visitors.

"We are honored to have this outstanding project recognized by FRA," said Nguyen Tran, CRA Director. "And we appreciate everyone who worked with us on the beautiful transformation of this bridge including the City of Pompano Beach, Currie Sowards Aguila Architects, Burkhardt Construction and artist Dennis Friel."

One of the most stunning features of the bridge are two large sails at either end which feature a computer-operated lighting system that allows the sails to change colors for special occasions. This "sail" theme continues the style that was launched with the City's Pier Parking Garage.

Each year, FRA accepts entries for the annual awards from its members in a variety of categories, ranging from annual reports to cultural enhancement. The entries are examined for effectiveness and completeness - including the narrative, supplemental material and compliance with the submittal instructions. A cross section of Florida redevelopment professionals, individuals and business organizations judge and rank all of the entries and select the winners.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two independent districts: Northwest CRA and East CRA established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district.

The Pompano Beach CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes. For more information: http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

About FRA:

FRA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of "transforming spaces, revitalizing places," FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida.

Media contact:
Kay Renz
Kay@KRPRmediagroup.com

Related link: http://pompanobeachfl.gov/index.php/pages/cra/cra

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Pompano Beach CRA Announces ‘Love Always, Pompano Beach’ Website and Marketing Campaign

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach CRA is proud to announce their new marketing campaign, "Love Always, Pompano Beach." The all-encompassing annual program will feature local businesses located in the East CRA District, sharing special offers and experiences to attract residents and non-residents alike.

The campaign kicks off with "Sunset Sips," showcasing promotions from local restaurants. Following this launch, Shop Pompano and Play Pompano campaigns will debut. Capturing the signature style of the area, the http://www.lovealwayspompano.com/ website will become the first destination before any excursion or night on the town!

"We are excited to be launching this campaign," said Nguyen Tran, Pompano Beach CRA Director. "The East CRA District has an outstanding array of restaurants, shops and attractions that will offer a variety of enticing specials. During this time of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that we help promote our local businesses and raise awareness about all that Pompano Beach has to offer."

Sunset Sips | November 15-December 31, 2020

Join us as we toast Pompano Beach with a spectacular campaign that is sure to dazzle foodies and cocktail connoisseurs alike! As the sun sets, the specials rise! So, make a new Happy Hour tradition, and visit LoveAwaysPompano.com for drink and dining specials, food pairings, tasting menus and more. These offers are available Monday-Thursday from 3-8 pm. Notable participants in the campaign include beachfront favorites Oceanic, Beach House Pompano and Lucky Fish.

Shop Pompano| November 28-January 15

What better day to launch a shopping campaign! Small Business Saturday kicks off the holiday shopping season with a cheerful reminder to "Shop Small!" Supporting local businesses will be even more rewarding when you visit LoveAlwaysPompano.com for details about discounts, gift with purchase/ services offerings, loyalty cards and so much more.

Play Pompano |December 1- January 31

Pompano Beach is the perfect place for sun, fun and adventure! And now, you can enjoy all these options like a VIP. Make your first destination, LoveAlwaysPompano.com and plan your day with our carefully curated list of suggestions that always include special discounts, visitor promotions and more! Whether you want to unplug or amp it up with an action-packed stay-cay, we've got you covered!

The Love Always Pompano website, www.lovealwayspompano.com will offer an ever-evolving array of specials from featured local businesses.

About the Pompano Beach CRA:

The City of Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) was created in 1989. It has two independent districts: Northwest CRA and East CRA established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district.

The Pompano Beach CRA is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes. For more information http://www.pompanobeachfl.gov/pages/cra

Media Contact:
Kay Renz
Kay@KRPRMediagroup.com

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‘I am Lauderhill’ Campaign Features City’s Police Officers – Short Form Videos Reveal Fun Facts about Local Law Enforcement

LAUDERHILL, Fla. -- The City of Lauderhill has launched a new video campaign featuring local police officers sharing fun facts about themselves. The "I am Lauderhill-We are Lauderhill" segments are emailed to residents and other subscribers in the City's official newsletter, Lauderhill Living and posted on social media. City officials in collaboration with the consulting firm RMA (www.rma.us.com) developed a plan to foster stronger connections between the community and law enforcement by focusing on officers' local roots, hobbies, favorite sports teams, and music, along with other engaging aspects of their personalities.

"Through this campaign police officers reveal themselves as the neighbors, friends and family members they are," said Leslie Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Cultural Arts. "These videos have been a tremendous tool in our overall campaign to enhance the positive connection between our officers and residents."

RMA was hired to develop a strategic communications plan for the City, with special emphasis on creating new avenues to engage the community with law enforcement. This initiative was conceived well before the recent headlines, but its implementation has come at a most opportune time.

"During our biweekly collaborative meetings with the City's leadership, we agreed that it was imperative for Lauderhill's residents to feel comfortable calling the police not only in an emergency, but also to report critical information," said Sharon McCormick, RMA's Director of Business Attraction & Marketing. "The goal of this campaign, coupled with prior initiatives by the Lauderhill Police Department, is to change the preconceived notions that some residents had about police in general, by creating a safe environment for relationship-building."

The email and social media campaign also allows the police department to share success stories about cases closed through the very popular segment, "Just Don't, You Will Get Caught!" This section of the email showcases the dedication of local law enforcement in their pursuit of catching criminals, leading to a safe environment for their residents.

In addition, the campaign features regular messages from Chief Constance Stanley. As an African-American woman, who leads a large police force, her words resonate. Chief Stanley's impassioned letter to the community in the wake of George Floyd's death was a powerful message about racial injustice, the need for accountability, and an earnest plea for unity and dialogue. She has followed that message up with regular communications highlighting Lauderhill's comprehensive crime-fighting strategy, which is built on facilitating and maintaining positive communication and collaboration.

About RMA:

Founded in 2009 by Kim Briesemeister and Chris Brown, RMA is comprised of a phenomenal team of leading experts in economic development, real estate for governments, marketing, urban design, and financial analysis. RMA, headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida is a highly experienced, full-service economic redevelopment consulting and management firm, specializing in revitalizing core areas and corridors for cities, counties, and special districts nationwide. The co-founders are also the authors of one of the definitive books about city redevelopment, "Reinventing Your City: 8 Steps to Turn Your City Around."

Learn more at: https://rma.us.com/

Media Contact:
Kay Renz
Kay@krprmediagroup.com

Related link: http://www.rma.us.com/

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First Ever ‘Better Together Small Business Saturday Market’ at ENKI Brewing to Celebrate Local Businesses

VICTORIA, Minn. -- ENKI Brewing is proud to partner with several local small businesses and the City of Victoria to hold a special shopping event on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28. The new "Better Together Small Business Saturday Market" makes it easy for neighbors and visitors to Victoria to find unique holiday gifts for friends and family.

While many people are opting for virtual gatherings or keeping them small and intimate, the holidays can still be special by sharing gifts of love and appreciation with the people in our lives.

The "Better Together Small Business Saturday Market" features giftable items and more from these local businesses:

* The Bakerz Dozen
* Abundant Kitchen
* Chateau Tea
* Midwest Loud and Proud
* Veterans Farming Initiative
* Winnie Lu
* Desserts First Bakery
* Michele's Cookies
* Victoria Sweets
* Burnt Sugar
* B True Essentials
* Vera's Jewelry Boutique
* Chocolate San Jose
* Victoria Rose Floral
* ENKI Brewing

Each business is offering a featured item, that will also be included in the door prizes drawn each hour. When customers arrive at the market, they will be asked to sign in as part of our COVID-19 safety protocols. This sign-in will also automatically register patrons for the door prize drawings. Customers need not be present to win.

The marketplace is set up with safety in mind and will be following COVID-19 safety protocols. In addition to registration, shop stations will be spaced six feet apart; traffic flow will be one way through the market; and the number of people allowed in the market is limited to 28 visitors at time (2 per shop). Masks are required, and sanitizer stations will be set up at the entrance and exit.

"Victoria is an excellent destination for holiday shopping, great food and entertainment, without the large crowds you'll find at the big box stores," said Victoria Community & Economic Development Director Marty Doll. "In addition to the market, we'd love to encourage shoppers to visit all of our downtown shops and eateries. A special flyer will be available at the market registration table that will include highlights of the things all of our great downtown businesses have to offer."

Matt Rosen, owner of The Bakerz Dozen, commented: "The Better Together market is such an amazing way for people to support local small businesses during these trying times. These small business owners are your friends, neighbors, and family members who support the local communities. They sponsor local sports teams, purchase gifts through school fund raisers, etc. The Better Together market will be the perfect way to bring the entire community together."

Julie Huffcutt of Midwest Loud and Proud, described a variety of gift items offered: "We feature many handmade items, from Masks, Crocheted Ear Savers, Bracelets, Coasters (mug rugs), Book Marks, Crocheted Lanyards, Crocheted keychains, Crocheted mini candle wraps, lots of handmade jewelry, caps & candy bouquets."

"We've gotten to know many local businesses who participated at Victoria's Farmers Market and we wanted to show our appreciation to them for showing up week after week. We thought what better way to than to provide our space for them to gain exposure to more customers in our community. We truly believe that supporting each other is what makes us all better," said Jeanne Arnst, ENKI Brewing Controller.

Important Information:

For more information on the Better Together Saturday Market and directions to ENKI Brewery and Taproom please visit http://www.enkibrewing.com/ or look for the event on Facebook @enkibrewing (https://www.facebook.com/ENKIBrewing/).

About ENKI Brewing

Since opening in the historic Victoria Creamery in 2013, ENKI Brewing has been an essential part of the local community. ENKI now occupies a 20,000 sq. ft. facility with a spacious taproom and events center overlooking the brewhouse. We seek to be #bettertogether by creating positive gathering spaces for nurturing friendships and by contributing to local non-profit causes aligned with our mission to make the world a friendlier place. We are inspired to brew beer that fosters communion, congregation, and conversation. We believe that experiences shared together lead to enduring friendships. And, we are committed to working together to make our beer the best it can be today and even better tomorrow.

About the City of Victoria

The City of Victoria is a growing suburban edge community, with more than 10,000 people calling it home (an increase of more than 2,500 residents since 2010). Victoria is known as the City of Lakes & Parks, with impressive natural features, walking, biking, hiking and recreational opportunities aplenty. At the heart of the community is Downtown Victoria, a small town downtown with big city amenities, including entertainment, boutique shops and a wide array of locally owned-and operated eateries. Learn more about the City of Victoria at https://www.ci.victoria.mn.us/

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Indiana 5G Zone Launches as First to Demonstrate Quantum-Safe Encryption as A Service for 5G IoT Systems

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- In September 2020, the quantum-safe XQ Message platform was successfully deployed at the Indiana 5G Zone's Advanced Innovation & Test Lab in a service configuration. Quantum-safe encryption ensures that data can be kept safe from existing data exfiltration as well as future quantum computing attacks. The Indiana 5G Zone is the first to demonstrate Quantum-safe Encryption as a Service (QEaaS) transparently protects and tracks IoT data as it moves across 5G infrastructure.

* The Indiana 5G Zone utilized XQ Message's crypto-agile platform to transparently encrypt IoT data and track movement via management system

* The Zone is planning to offer Quantum-safe Encryption as a Service (QEaaS) to academic and commercial 5G networks across America

The Indiana 5G Zone was established in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to leverage Indiana's developing digital infrastructure in order to catalyze innovation and support rapidly-developing companies. Its focus is on 5G solution architecture such as Advanced Manufacturing and Smart Communities. This initiative focuses on commercial 5G applications that provide cost savings and the creation of new service concepts. To date, the Zone has secured academic and manufacturing partnerships as well as 50 development partners.

XQ Message was selected by the Zone due to their ability to support a wide array of Quantum-safe algorithms and their management dashboard to provide the tracking and billing required for Quantum-safe Encryption as a Service (QEaaS). XQ provides IoT systems a crypto-agile Quantum-safe data protection solution that supports all of the new Quantum-safe algorithms currently being reviewed by NIST. Most importantly the Indiana 5G Zone plans to offer Quantum-safe Encryption as a service (QEaaS) to academic and commercial 5G networks across America.

"Within a very short time the Indiana 5G Zone has established an ecosystem that brings together over 50 local and global partners together. Our goal is to become the rapid innovation leader for dual-use, secure 5G technologies," said Sean Hendrix, Director of the Indiana 5G Zone.

"Protecting data must be the highest priority for 5G networks. The partnership between the Indiana 5G Zone and XQ to create a Quantum-safe encryption service is a national security achievement," said Bob Flores, Former CTO of the CIA, XQ Message Board Advisor.

"Indiana is committed to investing in emerging areas like 5G to position the state for long-term competitiveness and economic growth," said David Roberts, IEDC Chief Innovation Officer. "With this new initiative at the Indiana 5G Zone, the state will continue to attract more diverse companies to Indiana while leading in the development of 5G-enabled technologies."

"Public - public research partnerships with the Department of Defense and State initiatives such as the Indiana 5G Zone will be critical to reducing the cost and development time for 5G innovation," said Randy Clark, Vice Chair National Spectrum Consortium (NSC).

The rollout of this 5G initiative enables a new level of encryption security in our national data and communication infrastructure. The selection of XQ Message, a California startup, was based on their new type of API-based edge-encryption technology that is able to support all the algorithms that NIST is reviewing. XQ provides a future proof data protection solution for IoT systems by eliminating the need to write code as agents in 5G Gateways and MEC nodes automatically update the algorithms.

"We are excited to be selected by the Indiana 5G Zone as the platform for their Quantum-safe Encryption as a service (QEaaS). QEaaS is a breakthrough in simplicity and scale for IoT data protection that XQ looks forward to rolling out across America," said Brian Wane, CEO XQ Message.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Indiana 5G Zone should reach out to info@wherespeedmatters.com for more details. The lab welcomes all private, government, and academic entities, as well as students and individuals.

About Indiana 5G Zone

5G Zone is a cross-sector demonstration laboratory to help government, industry and academia, design and deliver groundbreaking testbed offerings.

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About NineTwelve Institute

NineTwelve teams industry, government, and academia to meet critical technology needs. Its unique CoLab platform accelerates the design and implementation of emergent solutions. It does this by creating cross-sector collaborative networks that design and deliver groundbreaking solutions.

About XQ Message

XQ is an API-based data protection platform that can encrypt and track any type of data as it moves. XQ enables 5G IoT solution developers to support high scale mission critical applications. Learn more at: https://www.xqmsg.com/

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