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Sheriff Villanueva’s Reelection Campaign Releases New Campaign Video and Fundraising Numbers

SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. -- The campaign to re-elect Sheriff Alex Villanueva announces the launch of its new campaign video airing across local Los Angeles TV stations and online. You can view the video https://youtu.be/SGnEDO64yI4.

In addition, as of the September 24 reporting deadline, the Campaign announces fundraising numbers as follows: With 24 hours + remaining on our fundraising deadline, we expect close to $500,000 to have been raised during this reporting period. Sheriff Villanueva's Campaign has led in fundraising from day 1 and continues to outperform his opponent, showcasing the will of the people of Los Angeles County.

Additional endorsements this month include: The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 13 workers Union Local and the El Monte Police Officers Association.

At the first televised debate which took place earlier this week on September 21 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Santa Monica and was presented by FOX 11 Los Angeles and partners KPCC, Univision and Los Angeles Times, Sheriff Villanueva discussed his plan for a second term and presented pivotal questions for his opponent to respond to.

Among these questions, Sheriff Villanueva pressured Chief Robert Luna to clarify his record across the following issues:

* Alex exposed Luna for having no plans to address Homelessness, Rising Crime, and Public Corruption

* We learned Robert Luna admitted he grew up admitting he grew up in Santa Fe Springs, not East LA as he has claimed.

* Robert Luna failed to explain his involvement in the beating of African American motorist Galen Ball?

* Luna failed to explain why in his 20 years in senior command he failed to promote a single African American Woman.

* Luna failed to explain his involvement in the death of Faustino Rodriguez - the Breonna Taylor of the 90's.

* Luna also failed to explain his involvement in the North Town Rangers, a white supremacist police officer "gang" in Long Beach.

"The record shows that Robert Luna has a history of racial bias against African Americans, a personal history of misconduct, and a professional history of promoting and protecting racists. In addition, Robert Luna has several violent incidents as an officer he needs to explain to all of us," said Sheriff Villanueva.

Campaign Manager Javier Gonzalez (javier@alexvillaneuva.org) can provide firsthand witnesses to discuss these incidents.

For campaign information, visit https://alexvillanueva.org/ and follow @Alex4Sheriff on Instagram.

About Sheriff Villanueva:

When elected Sheriff four years ago, Sheriff Villanueva became the first candidate to unseat an incumbent LA Sheriff in over a century. Running on a campaign platform of "reform, rebuild and restore," Sheriff Villanueva began to immediately address challenges within the department that plagued it for so many years under previous administrations. The Sheriff wasted no time in tackling these problems, such as instituting policies that ban deputy "gangs," equipping all deputies with body-worn cameras, banning transfers to ICE and raising standards which helped diversify the leadership within the department (such as raising standards for internal promotions, new hires and senior command staff). Along with creating the most diverse senior command, Sheriff Villanueva's actions resulted in a dramatic reduction in use of force lawsuits against the department.

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Business, Free News Articles, Government, Police, Fire and Rescue, Webinars

Broward County Crime Commission to Host Webinar: Active Shooters Among Us: Are the Solutions that Complex?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As part of its Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series, the Broward County Crime Commission is hosting a preemption and prevention-based webinar to analyze outside the box solutions to stop Active Shooter tragedies. 15 of the most renowned experts in the country are participating.

WHAT: Are the Solutions that Complex: Active Shooters Among Us

WHEN: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

WHERE: ZOOM Webinar Platform

TIME: 7:50 a.m. to Noon EDT

TO REGISTER: http://www.browardcrime.org/

Crime Commission Director/CEO, James DePelisi, was quoted as saying, "These Active Shooter killings are becoming an epidemic of great proportions. If School Districts, Public Safety, and Behavioral Health Specialists work closer together, to implement Intelligence Gathering solutions, these tragedies can certainly be mitigated. But it will require the proverbial Team Effort approach. It is not that complex. To quote Steve Jobs, Let's Think Different...Together"

Four Tracks on the Day: 3 panels, 1 presentation, and 15 speakers.

* Panel I: Artificial Intelligence Concepts and Intelligence Gathering Techniques;

* Panel II: Root Causes of Active Shooter events.

* Dual Presentation: How to Talk to Children about Active Shooter Tragedies;

* Panel III: Survivors from the Highland Park Illinois, July 4th shooting, discuss how they are coping and moving forward. Hear their stories.

TO REGISTER: www.BrowardCrime.org

SEE FULL AGENDA WITH PARTICIPANTS AND TIMES BELOW:

7:50 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Opening Comments, James DePelisi, Broward County Crime Commission

8:00 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. - Panel I:

Educators, Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategies to INTERCEPT Active Shooter Killers

* Retired District Attorney, Matt Mangino, Lawrence County, PA

* Dr. Allison Paolini, Assistant Professor of School Counseling, Program Director, Arkansas State University

* J.T. Wilkins, Senior Vice President of Government Solutions, Zero Eyes

* Marisa R. Randazzo, Ph.D., Director of Threat Assessment Georgetown University

* Ret. Colonel Alvin Pollock, Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO)

MODERATOR: James DePelisi, Director/CEO, Broward County Crime Commission

BREAK: 8:55 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. - Panel II:

Are Guns the Root Cause of Active Killer Events?

* Analysis and Debate

* Mr. John Lott, President, Crime Prevention Research Center

* Dr. Ragy Girgis, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and New York State Psychiatric Institute

MODERATOR: James DePelisi, Director/CEO, Broward County Crime Commission

BREAK: 9:55 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. - Dual Presentation:

How to Talk to Your Children about Active Killer Tragedies

* Dr. Thomas DeMaria, National Center for School Crisis & Bereavemet

* Dr. Robin Gurwitch, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

BREAK: 10:55 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. to Noon - Panel III:

Survivors of Active Shooter Attacks - Hear How They Cope and Move Forward

* Mr. David Sallak, Citizen, Highland Park, Illinois, July 4th Shooting

* Mr. Tony Brosio, Citizen, Highland Park, Illinois, July 4th Shooting

* Ms. Nancy Rotering, Mayor, Highland Park, Illinois, July 4th Shooting

* Mr. Eric Graves, Community Journalist, FOX 59 TV, Indianapolis, on Behalf of the Citizens of the Greenwood Park Mall Shooting, Indiana

MODERATOR: Ms. Sandra Welch, Vice Mayor City of Coconut Creek

About the Broward County Crime Commission:

Founded in 1976, by Proclamation of the citizenry of south Florida, the Broward County Crime Commission is one of 22 Citizen Crime Commissions in America, and the fifth oldest in the United States. Its mission is to assess and evaluate crime, and social issues which can transpire into crime, within Broward County (and the state of Florida, in general), and to work in concert with the General Public, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice System to derive preemptive and preventive solutions to such crimes, through Behavioral Health Analytics, Academic Programs, and Community Outreach Programs. http://www.browardcrime.org/.

About the Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series:

The Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series was conceived to narrow the gap, and finite the correlation between Behavioral Health issues and Crime, so that such crimes can be prevented and preempted. Since November of 2013, the Crime Commission has hosted and executed a body of work comprising more than 40 webinars and conferences, in the areas of: Active Shooter Events, Verbal De-escalation and Conflict Resolution, Narcotics Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Workplace Violence, Societal Violence, School Campus Violence, Juvenile Violence, Crimes Against Children of Autism, Hate Crime Violence, Sextortion, and Cyber Crime Ransomware Extortion. More than 7,000 people have attended these acclaimed forums; and more than 700 speakers and judges have participated. Attendees and panel participants include: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Sociologists, Social Workers, Journalists, Law Enforcement Administrators, Judges, Criminal Justice Members, Front Line First Responders, Prosecutors, Defense Attorney's, Doctors, Nurses, Academia, Educators, and the General Public.

TO REGISTER: www.BrowardCrime.org

Related link: http://www.BrowardCrime.org/

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Business, Environment and Ecology, Free News Articles, Government, NonProfit and Charities

Ivan Duque, Former President of the Republic of Colombia, announces historic Concordia Amazon Initiative at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Ivan Duque Marquez, Former President of Colombia, today announced the Concordia Amazon Initiative on the Metropolitan Stage of the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit. The leading global affairs platform commenced its 12th annual convening on Monday, September 19 and it is being held through Wednesday, September 21, alongside the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Amazon, which spans eight rapidly-developing countries and French Guiana, contains 1.4 billion acres of dense forests-half of the planet's remaining tropical forests. Additionally, there are 2.6 million square miles in the Amazon basin, which equates to around 40% of South America. The objective of the Concordia Amazon Initiative is to raise awareness around the intricate link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet, and the kinds of commitments the private sector can make to preserve the rainforest.

"The Concordia Amazon Initiative constitutes a milestone in the process of public-private engagement to protect, defend and promote the most important natural lung of our planet," commented Former President Duque.

He went on to say: "Through aggregated value chains with indigenous communities, conservation projects, the promotion of nature-based solutions, and green finance, we expect to build traceable and trustworthy interventions that will have a meaningful effect in a territory that is pivotal in any climate action policy framework."

The Initiative's first iteration will consist of a high-level strategic convening in the Amazon, bringing together leaders of the private and public sectors to provide education, training, and insight, and ultimately foster collaborative solutions.

Concordia's Co-Founder & CEO, Matthew Swift, said: "The Former President has placed environmental sustainability at the forefront of Colombia's agenda during his tenure, establishing an ambitious strategy for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and, specifically, mobilizing climate finance at scale to accelerate the country's transition to a green future. Now he is ensuring it is also at the forefront of our collective global agenda with his announcement today. We are honored to work with President Duque on this important and most relevant topic and convening."

LEARN MORE: https://www.concordia.net/annualsummit/2022annualsummit/

For press enquiries, contact Rita Lockheart at rlockheart@concordia.net.

About Concordia:

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. As equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is actively fostering cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis. Learn more: https://www.concordia.net/.

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Cross-sector leaders to join the leading nonpartisan global affairs forum alongside UNGA

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The 2022 Concordia Annual Summit is taking place next week, September 19-21, at the Sheraton New York Times Square during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Maintaining its position as the premier global affairs forum alongside the UN General Assembly, Concordia's 12th Annual Summit (purchase a pass here to attend) will convene today's preeminent C-suite executives, politicians, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs to explore the greatest challenges of our time through the lens of collaboration.

Speakers include:

Goldie Hawn, Founder, MindUP | The Goldie Hawn Foundation; Anne M. Finucane, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America Europe; Eric Adams, Mayor, City of New York; Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US; Dr. Olivia White, Director, Mckinsey Global Institute, Mckinsey & Company; Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon; David Malpass, President, The World Bank Group; Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens USA; Steve MacMillan, Chairman, President & CEO, Hologic, Inc.; Sofia Carson, Actress, Singer & UNICEF USA Ambassador; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; H.E. Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; Dr. Bernard Harris, CEO, National Math and Science Initiative; Robbie Brozin, Founder, Nando's; Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP; Ginni Rometty, Former Chairman, President & CEO, IBM; Chip Lyons, President & CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; and, Dr. Bernd Montag, CEO, Siemens Healthineers.

View all confirmed speakers and the agenda.

* https://www.concordia.net/annualsummit/2022-annual-summit-speakers/

* https://www.concordia.net/annualsummit/2022-annual-summit-agenda/

"This month marks our 12th annual convening, and we're looking forward to bringing people together in person in New York City to prompt important conversations and, most importantly, find cross-sector solutions that go on to stand the test of time," commented Concordia's Co-Founders, Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis.

Concordia's Programming Sponsors are:

Libra Group (Founding Sponsor); Microdose Psychedelic Insights (Principal Programming Sponsor); DP World, Faith & Media Initiative, Meta, Visa (Lead Programming Sponsors); APCO, ExxonMobil, Google, Hologic, Horizon Therapeutics, McKinsey, Merck, Microsoft, Salesforce, Siemens Healthineers, Tyson Foods, Veracity Worldwide, Verizon, Walmart (Patron Programming Sponsors); McDonald's, Rubicon (Sustainability Programming Sponsors).

Concordia's Programming Partners are: S

upreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (Principal Programming Partner); AB InBev Foundation, CARE, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, The Mayor's Office for International Affairs, UNICEF USA, World Vision (Lead Programming Partners); AARP, Rockefeller Foundation, TECO, The Wilson Center, University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, U.S. Department of State Office of Global Partnerships, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Patron Programming Partners).

To attend the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, purchase a $600 General Access Pass or sign up to Concordia's organizational membership program here - https://www.concordialive.com/22annual

For press enquiries, contact Rita Lockheart at rlockheart@concordia.net.

About Concordia:

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. As equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is actively fostering cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

Related link: https://www.concordia.net/

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Environment and Ecology, Free News Articles, Government, NonProfit and Charities, Regional Events

First Lady Jill Biden to take the stage at the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The First Lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, will speak on the Metropolitan Stage of the first day of the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, September 19, at the Sheraton New York Times Square during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Maintaining its position as the premier global affairs forum alongside the UN General Assembly, Concordia's 12th Annual Summit (register here to attend) will convene today's preeminent C-suite executives, politicians, nonprofit leaders, and entrepreneurs to explore the greatest challenges of our time through the lens of collaboration. From Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis, to the critical role of the private sector in advancing environmental sustainability and technological innovation, Concordia's 12th Annual Summit will place the need for public-private partnership at its core.

Register here: https://www.concordialive.com/22annual

Dr. Biden previously spoke at the 2017 Concordia Annual Summit on the importance of building and sustaining strong healthcare infrastructure in driving global development, urging for dialogue across sectors, disciplines, and nations. Five years on, Dr. Biden will bring a unique perspective as First Lady of the United States.

"It is an honor to welcome back Dr. Biden to our Mainstage. A lifelong educator and public health advocate, and now as First Lady, Dr. Biden brings an invaluable perspective and will be an influential voice at this year's Annual Summit," commented Concordia's Co-Founders, Matthew Swift and Nicholas Logothetis. "This month marks our 12th annual convening, and we're looking forward to bringing people together in person to prompt important conversations and, most importantly, find cross-sector solutions that go on to stand the test of time."

The First Lady joins a powerful roster of leaders from across industries and sectors, including:

Eric Adams, Mayor, City of New York; Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US; Anne M. Finucane, Chairman of the Board, Bank of America Europe;Dr. Olivia White, Director, Mckinsey Global Institute, Mckinsey & Company; Hon. Jeh Johnson, Former Secretary, U.S. Department Of Homeland Security; Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Verizon; David Malpass, President, The World Bank Group; Professor Soumitra Dutta, Dean-Elect, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford; Goldie Hawn, Founder, MindUP | The Goldie Hawn Foundation; Dikembe Mutombo, Chairman & President, Dikembe Mutombo Foundation; Barbara Humpton, President & CEO, Siemens USA; Suzanne Clark, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Hector Mujica, Head of Economy Opportunity, Google.org; Sofia Carson, Actress, Singer & UNICEF USA Ambassador; and, H.E. Dr. Lazarus Mccarthy Chakwera, President, Republic of Malawi.

View all confirmed speakers: https://www.concordia.net/annualsummit/2022-annual-summit-speakers/

To attend the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit, register here: https://www.concordialive.com/22annual

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About Concordia:

Concordia is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that builds meaningful partnerships for positive social impact. As equal parts convener, campaigner, and idea incubator, Concordia is actively fostering cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future. Concordia was founded in 2011 by Matthew A. Swift and Nicholas M. Logothetis.

Related link: https://www.concordia.net/

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Business, Free News Articles, Government

VOSH Increases efforts to help employers prevent workplace fatalities

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Department of Labor and Industry's Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program is enhancing its efforts to protect workers and reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the state after a sudden rise in workplace deaths.

These efforts will address hazardous conditions that workers continuously face every day. Through coordinated outreach, education efforts and on-site inspections, VOSH is determined to identify hazardous workplace conditions and hold industry employers accountable for providing a safe and healthful workplace free from injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.

So far in 2022, the agency has investigated 30 workplace fatalities, an alarming increase over years past. To help combat a further rise in these deaths, employers are encouraged to take advantage of the agency's free Consultation Services. These services are state/federally grant funded so there is no cost to the employer.

Employers who make use of these services can better understand and comply with the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) standards. Consultation services can provide employers with the ability to identify and correct potential safety and health hazards in the workplace, reduce workplace injuries and illnesses, reduce worker's compensation costs, and strengthen your workplace safety and health program.

For more information, please visit https://www.doli.virginia.gov/ or call 1-804-371-2327.

Related link: https://www.doli.virginia.gov/

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Free News Articles, Government

Thousands Expected to March on DeSantis This Weekend for Reproductive Rights

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Thousands of people this weekend are expected to March on Ron DeSantis, the Capitol and the Supreme Court of Florida, Bans Off Our Bodies Florida announced today. Fed up with the way that the Republican government is treating their rights, they are prepared to show the governor their displeasure with numbers.

What: Thousands to March on Governor's Mansion

When: August 27, 2022

"I think that the consistent insults that come from Tallahassee have worn down the patience of the people of Florida," Laura Lippo, one of the organizers said of the March, "and they are ready to show Ron that attacking our bodily autonomy is the last straw."

"Our main message is that he, and his fellow lawmakers, need to make a declaration, with actions to match, that they will support the people of this state under no uncertain terms by declining all legislation that prevents the right to choose." Laura concluded.

DeSantis has continued to uncharacteristically remain relatively quiet on the subject, only saying that he would, "work to expand pro-life protections." Most political scholars feel this is to avoid the election year controversy that largely favors the opposing view.

The peaceful protest on Saturday is pressuring the governor to make his stand.

"The constitution of Florida states, 'Every natural person has the right to be let alone and free from governmental intrusion into the person's private life'," Emmie Reed, another organizer of the March said, "what we are asking of Ron DeSantis is to enforce our Constitutional rights."

Bans Off Our Bodies Florida is a campaign led by abortion rights supporters. It is a movement for reproductive rights and healthcare with rallies across the state which are intended to send a message loud and clear: All people deserve access to abortions when they need it and in the communities they live in.

LEARN MORE:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bansoffourbodiesflorida/

FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1056758318558916/?ref=share_group_link

Event page: https://fb.me/e/2CCBBPrFP

Instagram https://instagram.com/bansoffflorida?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

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AI-Based Transit Signal Prioritization Helps Buses in Silicon Valley Get Residents Living in Zero-Vehicle Households to Destinations Faster

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County C/CAG) and the Intelligent Transit Signal Prioritization (iTSP) project partners have successfully completed a pilot project that demonstrated a positive impact on improved transit performance in East Palo Alto, Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) announced today.

* Without iTSP, buses stop at traffic signals 70% of the time.

* With iTSP deployed at key traffic intersections, buses spent less time idling and got riders to their destinations faster and more efficiently.

* Fact Sheet about the iTSP project - https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1-nIZmFkuuJ-Ow0W5MInB2zu4_eGYtu8l

With funding from C/CAG, Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) formed a coalition of public and private stakeholders including San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), the City of East Palo Alto and technology company LYT, to deliver intelligent transit priority along congested arteries in transit-dependent communities. The City of East Palo Alto is a place where such improvements are most needed and can potentially improve the quality of life for residents.

SSV successfully led the pilot project, creating a blueprint for future investments in regional bus systems. The SSV/ LYT team will present the project findings in a Special Presentation to the City of East Palo Alto City Council at the September 20th, 2022, City Council meeting.

The efficiency of local transit has a direct impact on communities such as East Palo Alto which is designated as an Equity Priority Community by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). This designation is in part due to the number of Zero-Vehicle Households, meaning households that do not own a personal vehicle making it a challenge to get to work, school, etc. In East Palo Atlo, 9% of households do not have a vehicle compared to 6% countywide in San Mateo.

For the pilot project, the coalition deployed LYT's Artificial Intelligence-powered Transit Signal Priority (TSP) technology, called LYT.transit, on a corridor consisting of four signalized intersections in East Palo Alto. This corridor is a subsection of SamTrans route 281 and includes the following intersections: University Ave. at Bay Rd., Runnymede St., Bell St., and Donohoe St.

The iTSP deployment on University Ave. yielded a significant positive impact on several key performance indicators:

* iTSP reduced northbound intersection delays by 45% and southbound intersection delays by 19%.

* These reductions translate to 18% and 7% reductions in travel time for northbound and southbound respectively.

Bringing cities, agencies and tech together around some of the big challenges facing under-represented communities is itself a powerful tool.

"SSV is recognized for creating unique partnerships and we are pleased to identify a solution for a systemic transit issue in East Palo Alto with LYT's innovative technology and introduce SamTrans to an AI-powered TSP solution that scales for wider deployment," said SSV Board Chair Andrew (Drew) Clark.

LYT is a cloud-based software platform that uses state-of-the-art connected vehicle and machine learning technologies to prioritize the flow of vehicles in a city and across a corridor. By optimizing public transport, emergency and other vehicles it enables shorter travel times, less congestion, improved air quality and more reliable mass transit.

To learn more about the iTSP project and SSV, contact Drew Clark at AirQuality@sustainablesv.org.

About Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV):

Sustainable Silicon Valley ( https://www.sustainablesv.org/ ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit "think and do tank" that has a well-deserved reputation for coalescing Silicon Valley residents, government, agencies, leading tech companies, and start-ups around tough sustainability issues such as equity, transit, decarbonization, building electrification and water reuse.

Twitter: @SustainableSV - https://twitter.com/SustainableSV

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainable-silicon-valley/

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Photo Caption: SamTrans buses get residents living in Zero-Vehicle households to their destinations faster and more efficiently using AI-based Transit Signal Prioritization through a project led by Sustainable Silicon Valley and a coalition of partners including C/CAG, City of East Palo Alto, and LYT. Photo courtesy of SamTrans.

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https://lyt.ai/

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1-nIZmFkuuJ-Ow0W5MInB2zu4_eGYtu8l

https://www.samtrans.com/transit-signal-priority-projects

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Business, Economic Development, Free News Articles, Government

RMA Hired by Haines City for CRA Professional Consulting Services

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The award-winning economic development firm, RMA (rma.us.com), is proud to announce the firm has been hired by Haines City, Florida for professional consulting services to help execute the CRA 5-Year Strategic Implementation and Financing Plan. The plan will focus on key areas of the CRA, including Downtown, the Lake Eva Community Center and redevelopment within the East and Oakland Neighborhoods.

"We are honored to be working with the leadership of Haines City," said Allison Justice, RMA Senior Associate. "Our team will be utilizing the current redevelopment plans to focus on several target projects within the CRA to enhance the tax base and quality of life in the city."

Located in Polk County, in the heart of the state, Haines City is twenty-five miles inland from the Tampa Bay area and is a popular destination for both family and retirement residences.

The goal of the plan is to increase the tax base by implementing projects that will offer the most positive impact. By defining the investment plan, the CRA is better positioned to market and promote the area, leading to business attraction and redevelopment. The Financing Plan provides the associated funding sources while creating a transparent financial document that clearly demonstrates the investments the CRA intends to make year after year.

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: https://rma.us.com/

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Free News Articles, Government

LA Metro Partners with Strive Well-Being for Innovative Transit Ambassador Program as Strategy to Improve Customer Experiences, Increase Ridership and Reinforce Public Safety

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) approved a bold initiative to pioneer a multi-year transit ambassador program throughout its bus and rail system. Metro is contracting with Strive, a reputable and experienced wellness and community health partner, to implement and manage a diverse team of transit ambassadors.

Strive will work collaboratively with local community-based organizations to offer a trauma-informed and rider assistance solution. The program is part of Metro's plan to bring non-law enforcement representatives to improve the customer experience, reinforce public safety, and increase ridership on its transit system.

This program is the first of its kind in the region, and will employ 300+ ambassadors from diverse L.A. County neighborhoods. Strive will provide ambassadors trained in unconscious bias identification, trauma-informed response, de-escalation, cultural/situational awareness, customer service, disability awareness, and public safety.

Friendly ambassadors will provide a high-quality customer service experience and orient passengers with general transit information such as directing customers and paying for fares. They will also work closely with community-based crisis intervention teams and be equipped to call dedicated personnel within Metro's public safety ecosystem.

"Our team is very excited to support the Los Angeles community with this innovative and forward-thinking initiative," said Amit Sangani, Strive Well-Being Inc. President. "We look forward to delivering a 'care-first' approach while improving the overall customer experience and reinforcing safety for public transportation in the region."

"Our top priority is to improve the customer experience- including making sure our riders feel safe," said Stephanie Wiggins, Metro CEO. "In the coming months, we expect customers will see a noticeable difference with our transit ambassadors in place. Once they deploy, transit ambassadors will greet riders and help our customers have positive interactions with our system.

"Ambassadors will also work closely with community-based crisis intervention teams and be able to call dedicated safety personnel when needed quickly. Thank you to the Metro Board of Directors for approving this new program; I look forward to its full deployment."

About Strive:

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