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North Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Joseph has been selected as a 2020 Miami Times ‘New Generation of Dreamers’

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The Miami Times has selected North Miami Beach Commissioner Michael Joseph, Esq. to join the Class of 2020's "Next Generation of Dreamers." Joseph is being recognized for his leadership in resolving a water billing controversy affecting nearly 200,000 customers throughout Northern Miami-Dade County served by the city's water utility.

The Miami Times featured an interview with Michael Joseph in the 2020 "Next Generation of Dreamers" Special Supplement inserted inside its February 26 issue. The interview describes Commissioner Joseph's upbringing as the "Leader from humble beginnings dreams big" and his efforts to resolve a water billing controversy as his first major action after being elected to the North Miami Beach city commission in November 2018.

The water billing controversy burdened fixed-income households served by the city's water utility with increased water bills and a new monthly pay schedule from the previous quarterly schedule. The water bills were often three or four times higher than before. Water customers were furious. The neighboring city of Miami Gardens sued the city citing unfair practices.

As The Miami Times reports, "He heard the pleas of seniors who couldn't afford their water bills and acted."

Commissioner Joseph explained to The Miami Times that "On Sept. 17, my proposal to restore quarterly billing by NMB Water was approved and adopted."

"This was exciting news and means water bills will effectively decrease throughout the year. The vote lifted a burden for nearly 200,000 customers in Miami Gardens, Aventura, Sunny Isles, and throughout North-Dade whose bills were three or four times that amount," concluded Commissioner Joseph.

Read the complete interview with Commissioner Michael Joseph in The Miami Times here: https://www.miamitimesonline.com/news/michael-joseph-fights-for-the-people-and-wins/article_53404fc6-5970-11ea-bad4-b75b06f83b65.html

Read Commissioner Joseph's article about the resolution to the water billing controversy here: https://www.michaeljosephnmb.com/post/we-did-it-nmb-water-returning-to-quarterly-billing-schedule

About The Miami Times Newspaper:

The Miami Times, the oldest and largest Black newspaper in the South, annually selects and highlights those in our community who display in their daily efforts, qualities that emulate the works of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other Black History makers. King used his early adulthood to organize ways to improve his community and has inspired millions to imitate or advance his mission.

These "New Generation of Dreamers" are people who use positions and platforms available to them to advance and improve the Black community. Their efforts sometimes fly under the radar of others, which illuminates the selflessness of the tasks they undertake.

Other 2020 Miami Times "Next Generation of Dreamers" include: Former Miami Heat Basketball Power Forward Udonis Haslem, Marketing Executive JaMarlin Martin, Psychiatrist Dr. Delvena Thomas, Filmmaker Elijah Wells, 6-year old oral hygiene advocate MaKynLee Elise, and Beauty Entrepreneur Melanie Fields. The Miami Times website is: https://www.MiamiTimesOnline.com

About Commissioner Michael Joseph, Esq.:

Commissioner Michael Joseph, Esq. is an attorney who champions civil rights and land use cases at the law firm of Galbut Walters and Associates. He is an inaugural member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence program, a Thurgood Marshall law fellow and group seven commissioner of North Miami Beach, elected in 2018.

For more information or inquiries, visit his website at https://www.MichaelJosephNMB.com

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Osceola City Council Green Lights Contractor Bidding On New Wastewater Plant

OSCEOLA, Iowa -- The Osceola City Council has approved a schedule for taking bids on construction of the updated wastewater treatment facility. A recent pre-bid meeting brought in a handful of interest, but with design and budgeting finalized, the City is now able to open the call for bids to contractors interested in undertaking the project.

As far back as 2010, new EPA regulations as well as the continued growth of Osceola itself made the need for modernizing and updating the wastewater treatment unavoidable. According to the EPA, the acceptable limits of certain water constituents were lowered, making the current water treatment plant incapable of meet the new regulations. After many years of research, studies, plans and financial estimates, the project is ready to move forward by beginning the contractor selection process.

The projected timeline for the new wastewater treatment plant's construction is scheduled roughly to take two years, then the repurposing of the current facility is slated to take another two years. All of this will be done before the project is finalized or costs are realized. At this time, total projected costs for the new plant is estimated to be just under $30 million dollars.

A large portion of that cost - roughly 47% - is being covered through a partnership with Osceola's major industrial contributors. The balance will be financed through the State Revolving Fund Loan via the Iowa Finance Authority. Utility payers will pay their proportionate share through minor updates, not expected to exceed the standard cost of living rate over the next several years.

While the updated treatment facility will meet EPA demands, increase treatment capabilities, as well as offer expansion to support future economic growth, several other benefits to the updates will be realized. Significantly, the city of Osceola was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant designated to fund projects which improve the quality of stormwater runoff. Their eligibility to even apply was granted through the planned wastewater treatment plant updates and the use of a State Revolving Fund Loan. Using this grant, green practices such as pervious pavers and intakes designed to separate debris from stormwater runoff will be incorporated in the downtown area, further improving water quality throughout the community.

In addition to better wastewater management, compliance and water runoff quality, the City of Osceola has recently taken on ownership of the local golf course wherein new wastewater treatment facility will allow for additional money-saving strategies.

"No pun intended, but we're 'teeing ourselves up' to be able to take advantage of the new graywater system so we can irrigate the municipal golf course," said Ty Wheeler, Osceola City Administrator. "While it's not part of the current plans for the treatment plant, we are expecting future strategies like this to save the city money and facilitate business and community growth."

Once completed, the updated treatment plant will not only increase flow capacity of the wastewater that's taken in, but will also see increased capacity in the treatment of the constituents found within that flow. Updates will ensure the city's compliance with DNR and EPA regulations for several decades to come.

"We have big plans for future growth of the City," said Wheeler. "These updates open us to increasing new businesses opportunities and more residents far into the future."

If you are interested in submitting a bid for this project, please read specifications, deadlines, and all other pertinent information on the Osceola, Iowa Web site at: https://osceolaia.net/revised-notice-to-bidders-construction-of-wastewater-treatment-facility-improvements/

For more information about the wastewater treatment plant project, contact Ty Wheeler, Osceola City Administrator, via email, by calling 641-342-2377, or by visiting the administration offices at 115 N. Fillmore St., Osceola, IA 50213.

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David McNeil of EPIC Named 2018 Broker of Excellence by CalMutuals Joint Powers Risk and Insurance Management Authority

ONTARIO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Principal and Risk Management Consultant David McNeil has been selected as a 2018 Broker of Excellence by The California Association of Mutual Water Companies - Joint Powers Risk & Insurance Management Authority (CalMutuals-JPRIMA).

"JPRIMA relies solidly on the skills and support of committed insurance brokers like David," said CalMutuals JPRIMA President and CEO Jim Byerrum. "We view his contributions as an integral part of our success and proudly call him a valued partner and trusted advisor."

McNeil serves on several federal, state and local task forces for critical infrastructure exposure mitigation, transfer and avoidance. He is executive producer and an advisory member of the American Association of Water Distribution & Management (AAWD&M) Thought Leadership Lab Video Module Series, a resource that helps CalMutuals-JPRIMA insureds/members stay abreast of risk management best practices and emerging issues. He represents scores of mutual water companies, public water districts and investor owned utilities, with many client relationships spanning decades of service.

"It's an honor to be recognized by CalMutuals JPRIMA as a Broker of Excellence," said McNeil. "Its dedication to providing high-quality, cost-effective risk management and insurance products and services to its members is exceptional, and I look forward to continuing our work together."

CalMutuals JPRIMA was founded in 2016 after enactment of AB656 (Garcia), authorizing mutual water companies to form and participate in a joint powers authority, to provide pooled insurance for mutual water companies and other water systems. Since then the CalMutuals JPRIMA has grown from 14 members to over 250 members representing a wide range of water suppliers across California, including some of the state's largest. CalMutuals JPRIMA is governed by a nine-member board of directors from around the state and is currently developing a portfolio of risk management and safety tools for its members.

David McNeil can be reached at david.mcneil@epicbrokers.com or 909-919-7508

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.
EPIC now has more than 1,400 team members operating from 50 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 20,000 clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $400 million, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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New Study Strengthens Evidence that Fluoride Safely Prevents Tooth Decay, But Critics Ignore the Study They Once Welcomed

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A study led by researchers at the federal government's National Toxicology Program (NTP) has found no link between elevated levels of fluoride and cognitive/learning deficits. The American Fluoridation Society (AFS) reports that the recently released NTP study examined rats that consumed food and water with varying exposures of fluoride. The researchers "observed no exposure-related differences in motor, sensory, or learning and memory performance" for any of the nine tests they conducted.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the benefits of adding fluoride to toothpaste and drinking water. The CDC and many leading health experts recommend adding fluoride to drinking water to help prevent tooth decay. Most public water systems in the U.S. add more fluoride to reach the level proven to reduce the rate of tooth decay for children and adults.

When the NTP study was first announced, an anti-fluoride group welcomed the news with a headline declaring that the study's findings "could end fluoridation." This group cited the NTP's "cutting edge scientific tools" and wrote that the NTP's decision to conduct a study "puts a lie to [proponents'] claims" about fluoridation. The American Fluoridation Society (AFS) noted that critics have been quiet since the NTP study results were publicly released.

"Critics of community water fluoridation were thrilled when the NTP said they would conduct a thorough study of this issue," said AFS President Johnny Johnson. "However, they have been as quiet as a church mouse since the NTP's findings were made public. Once again, they choose to ignore the studies that don't fit into their fear-based mindset. They're choosing silence over science."

The NTP research studied rats during their prenatal development through their adulthood. These rats consumed water with three different concentrations of fluoride (0, 10 and 20 ppm) and two different fluoride levels in food: 20.5 ppm (a standard diet) and 3.24 ppm (low-fluoride diet). Although fluoride critics often claim that fluoridation is harmful to the thyroid, the NTP study revealed that thyroid hormone levels were not altered by exposure to levels as high as 10 or 20 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride.

The only side effect found by the NTP study was inflammation of the prostate gland, which was observed only at a fluoride exposure that was far above the level of human exposure by drinking fluoridating water.

In addition to the NTP study, research published in 2015 by the American Journal of Public Health found no link at all between fluoridation and IQ scores. This 2015 study was conducted in New Zealand, where fluoridation programs are common. The New Zealand study examined a large sample of people and examined IQ scores collected over a 31-year period.

Few public health topics have been researched as thoroughly as CWF. In fact, the database maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine contains more than 56,000 studies or research papers on fluoride. And the Library's records include more than 6,400 studies that focus specifically on fluoridation.

Two other recent reports reinforce the safety of fluoridated water. In a report issued this March, Public Health England reviewed the evidence surrounding fluoridation and reached this conclusion: "The findings of this report agree with the view that water fluoridation is an effective and safe public health measure to reduce the frequency and severity of dental decay, and narrow differences in dental health between more and less deprived children and young people."

In April, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued a report stating that "there is currently no scientific basis for concerns about the safety of children and adults" due to fluoride exposure from foods and drinks.

For more information, visit https://americanfluoridationsociety.org/.

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EPIC’s David McNeil to Present on Emerging Cyber Threats at American Association of Water Distribution and Management Thought Leadership Lab

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Principal David McNeil will present at the American Association of Water Distribution and Management (AAWD&M) Ronald W. Seymour Memorial Thought Leadership Lab which will be hosted and live streamed from the Las Vegas Valley Water District on Thurs., Oct. 26 at 10 a.m.

With cyber threats growing in number, complexity and severity, criminals are inadvertently aided by an infrastructure focused on maximizing technological gains. This new normal is exacerbated by management's increasing reliance on internet connectivity that doesn't always have proper security precautions.

In his presentation "Emerging Cyber Threats to Critical Infrastructure Organizations," McNeil will identify salient threats to water utility operations as well as concerns and trends associated with social engineering, ransomware and insider employee threats.

The AAWD&M Ronald W. Seymour Memorial Thought Leadership Lab will facilitate networking of innovative and like-minded risk managers who seek to accentuate standards, set benchmarks and discuss emerging trends. The lab will share member data and perform relevant research via partnership with an accredited risk management university and will house AAWD&M's broker designation curriculum as well as advisory services for smaller public water systems.

About David McNeil, principal, EPIC:

David McNeil is a principal at EPIC specializing in custom tailoring Risk Management & Insurance programs for commercial business. His specialties include the fields of high tech, manufacturing, food industry, construction-related and U.S. infrastructure regarding the water industry. McNeil is a member of FBI InfraGard and a certified Infrastructure Liaison Officer (ILO). He is also a member of Orange County Sheriff/Coroner's Dept. Technology Advisory Council (TAC) and SAFEHOUSE Anti Terrorism/Force Protection.

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has 1,100 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to more than 20,000 clients.

With run rate revenues approaching $300 million, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States. Backed by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit http://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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Oak Hills Local Schools Green Team lays the groundwork for zero-waste cafeterias

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Oak Hills Local Schools will start off the 2016-2017 school year with zero-waste tables in all of its cafeterias, thanks in part to the groundwork laid by the district's Green Team, a student-led conservation and sustainability group sponsored by Energy Optimizers, USA.

The zero-waste tables will help each building minimize how much trash goes to the landfill by enabling students and staff to separate their waste into compost, recyclables and trash. The idea originated with Oak Hills teachers Debbie Stallo and Michele Taylor, who also help guide the district's Green Team.

"Throughout the year, our Green Team has really helped our district focus its efforts related to energy conservation and sustainability practices into educational opportunities for the entire student body," said Todd Yohey. "The students on our Green Team have not only learned volumes about energy conservation and sustainability principles, they have shared their knowledge with others while developing resume-building leadership skills."

The Green Team is a component of the district's $4 million energy enhancement project with Energy Optimizers, USA. The project will improve the comfort, control and reliability of the district's HVAC and lighting systems while significantly reducing operational costs. As part of the project, Energy Optimizers, USA, sponsored the development of the Green Team to engage students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing numerous energy savings and sustainability programs throughout the district.

The addition of the zero-waste tables capped off an active year for the Green Team.

Last June, Taylor accompanied four middle school girls to Columbus to participate in the AEGIS Energy Bike program, during which the girls built and learned how to use an energy demonstration bike. Also in June, Stallo participated in the three-day Ohio Energy Project Energy Sources Tour, where she toured AEP corporate offices, a school with solar panels, a wind turbine, a coal-fired power plant and the Ohio State energy-related research facilities.

In October, a group of Green Team students participated in the Ohio Energy Project Leadership Summit. The leadership summit is designed to teach energy-related activities to students so they can return to their home districts and share those activities with classes and groups.

And in May, the Green Team placed 10th overall out of 100 competitors at the Caring for Our Watershed competition at the Cincinnati Zoo.

"We are proud of our students and thankful for the opportunities made available to us through the creation of our Green Team," said Todd Yohey.

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company is ranked in the Top 500 of INC. Magazine's list of 5,000 fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a BBB Eclipse Integrity Award Finalist (2012).

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Verdeco Recycling Announces New Indiana Manufacturing Location

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Verdeco Recycling Midwest today announced a new Indiana recycling manufacturing plant to be located in the Vigo County Industrial Park I, Terre Haute, Indiana. Building modifications are nearly complete with plant start-up anticipated to be June 2016, with full employment by late summer.

Verdeco Recycling is the industry leader in the manufacturing of FDA-approved PET resins using a proprietary "state-of-the-art" processing technology. With this modern manufacturing plant, the company's national U.S. footprint will widen. Utilizing all new manufacturing extrusion equipment and conveying systems, this is the company's second U.S. plant, with the first facility in South Gate, California, near Los Angeles, operating since 2012. Additional plants and expansions are planned.

"It has been an exciting process to come to this point," says Alex Ofer, the President of Verdeco Recycling Midwest. "Our expansion into The Hoosier State represents yet another milestone in the growth of Verdeco Recycling. The Terre Haute plant will allow us to better serve the needs of our existing clients while also bringing new companies to the Verdeco Recycling family of customers."

The company's expansion into the central Indiana region is expected to bring over 29 new jobs to the area (can grow with the plant capacity expansion). By locating in Terre Haute, Indiana, the new facility will be in close proximity to the greater Indianapolis region, which is positioned near four U.S. interstates, allowing convenient service to Midwestern markets. The new manufacturing plant and skilled local workforce will enable Verdeco Recycling to further solidify its longstanding reputation of providing product of the highest quality to its customers.

Terre Haute/Vigo County leaders, guided by Steve Witt of the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, enabled a seamless integration of Verdeco Recycling Midwest into the Terre Haute area. Likewise, Indiana Economic Development Corporation representatives did a superb job in leading the company through the site selection process. Terre Haute-based Garmong Construction, along with other local contractors are being used for all electrical, mechanical installation and construction services, and have been reliable partners performing to the highest standards.

"Verdeco Recycling is investing substantial capital to bring the plant up to the highest reliability, quality, and cleanliness standards, thus further enhancing our 'state-of-the-art' technology," notes Rick Blakeslee, Verdeco's project manager. "This endeavor will give the company a U.S. capacity totaling over 100 million pounds annually. By reducing shipping costs and increasing the company's capacity and reach across the region and U.S., Verdeco Recycling will effectively amplify distribution in a cost-effective, eco-friendly manner."

More Information: http://www.verdecorecycling.com

About RPET:

Ever since the first Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottle was produced, PET consumption has been steadily growing with billions of plastic containers produced annually. Recycled PET, known as RPET, is a viable alternative to virgin PET and can be used in multiple applications. Over the last several years, RPET has been successfully used in food packaging applications. RPET produced by Verdeco Recycling and other manufacturers can be found in beverage bottles and food packages on the shelves of stores and supermarkets all across America.

About Verdeco Recycling Midwest:

Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Verdeco Recycling Midwest is committed to producing high-quality RPET material for use in food packaging and other high-value applications. You can find beverage containers and food packaging made of Verdeco Recycling RPET (up to 100 percent recycled content) on the shelves in Costco, Wal-Mart, Ralphs/Kroger, and other retailers. With production to commence in Q2, 2016, Verdeco Recycling Midwest will have capacity to produce over 60 million pounds annually of FDA-approved, food-grade recycled PET. Combined with Verdeco Recycling's first plant in South Gate, California, the total capacity of Verdeco Recycling will be over 100 million pounds annually.

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Red Bag Solutions Named a TAG Top 10 Innovative Technology Company

Author: Red Bag Solutions
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia (ATLANTA, Ga.)  | Tue, 27 Mar 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry, has name Red Bag Solutions as one of its Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.”



A R T I C L E:

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry, has name Red Bag Solutions as one of its Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.

The coveted Top 10 Innovative Technology Company Awards recognize Georgia-based companies for their innovation, financial impact and their efforts at spreading awareness of Georgia's technology initiatives throughout the U.S. and beyond. Each Top 10 company presented their innovation on-stage during the 2012 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 28, 2012, at Cobb Galleria Centre.

"Red Bag Solutions' technology is not only changing the medical waste disposal industry, the company is also putting Georgia on the map as a state where technology innovation can thrive," said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG. "We applaud each of these companies for standing out as leaders in Georgia's technology community and look forward to showcasing them at our annual Georgia Technology Summit."

Red Bag Solutions (www.redbagozone.com) offers patented technology and equipment for the on-site processing of regulated medical waste. Since 1990 Red Bag Solutions has offered Steam Sterilization and Maceration (SSM) for safe, community friendly on-site processing of bio-hazardous waste. In 2011, Red Bag Solutions released its new Ozone Sterilization and Maceration (OSM) technology, a groundbreaking innovation for which it is being recognized as TAG Top 10 Company. Ozone sterilization and maceration is more environmentally friendly and less costly than comparable bio-hazardous waste management alternatives and represents a giant leap forward in sustainable bio-hazardous waste management.

"The competition for Top 10 recognition was particularly fierce this year," said Dennis Zakas, a partner and founder of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, Chair of Group Office Buys, LLC, and chairperson of the Top 40 Selection Committee. "The Top 10 demonstrate the depth and breadth of Georgia's technology community. We are pleased to recognize this group of companies and believe that the community will be just as impressed as we are by their innovation and impact on Georgia's technology industry."

The Georgia Technology Summit is TAG's flagship event that brings together C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia's technology community. This year's theme, Innovation: The Path to a Bright Future, builds upon TAG's public awareness campaign to promote Georgia's technology industry through an emphasis on the fastest-growing tech clusters in the state, including health IT, information security, financial technology, logistics and communication services.

About Red Bag Solutions:

Founded in 1989, Baltimore, Md.-based Red Bag Solutions (RBS) provides technology and services for on-site processing of bio-hazardous waste. The company has manufactured and sold its SSM (Steam Sterilization and Maceration) systems throughout the world. In November 2011, RBS launched its patent-pending Ozone Sterilization and Maceration (OSM) system for European markets. OSM processed waste is sterile, safe, and unrecognizable. It can be recycled or disposed of with ordinary municipal trash. OSM will be available to U.S. customers in Spring 2012. Red Bag Solutions' customers include hospitals, medical providers, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the United States, South America and Europe. For more information visit http://www.redbagozone.com .

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG):

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 15,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 30 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG's mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia's technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia's technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state's economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG's charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

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Red Bag Solutions Named a TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company

Author: Red Bag Solutions
Dateline: Atlanta, Georgia (ATLANTA, Ga.)  | Wed, 14 Mar 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry, today announced Red Bag Solutions as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.”



A R T I C L E:

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state's leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia's technology industry, today announced Red Bag Solutions as one of its Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. TAG will recognize this prestigious group at the 2012 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 28, 2012, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

TAG's Top 40 Awards are presented to Georgia technology companies based on degree of innovation, the scope and financial impact of their innovations and effect of such innovation in promoting Georgia's technology industry throughout the U.S. and globally.

Red Bag Solutions offers patented technology and equipment for the on-site processing of regulated medical waste. Since 1990 Red Bag Solutions has offered Steam Sterilization and Maceration (SSM) for safe, community friendly on-site processing of bio-hazardous waste. In 2011, Red Bag Solutions released its new Ozone Sterilization and Maceration (OSM) technology, a groundbreaking innovation for which it is being recognized as TAG Top 40 Company. Ozone sterilization and maceration is more environmentally friendly and less costly than other bio-hazardous waste management alternatives and represents a giant leap forward in sustainable bio-hazardous waste management.

"The Top 40 companies are shining examples of what makes Georgia a hotbed for innovation in technology," said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. "Georgia is home to more than 13,000 technology companies, so we applaud the 2012 Top 40 finalists for standing out as leaders in innovation and in Georgia's technology community. These are the types of companies that will help Georgia become recognized as one of the top states in the nation for technology."

The Georgia Technology Summit is TAG's flagship event that brings together C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia's technology community. This year's theme, Innovation: The Path to a Bright Future, builds upon TAG's public awareness campaign to promote Georgia's technology industry through an emphasis on the fastest-growing tech clusters in the state, including health IT, information security, financial technology, logistics and communication services.

"This year we had a 30 percent increase in the number of applications over the past few years. We were very impressed by the quality and breadth of technology companies that applied," said Dennis Zakas, a partner and founder of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, Chair of Group Office Buys, LLC, and chairperson of the Top 40 Selection Committee. "It was very difficult to choose the Top 40 because of the large number of deserving companies. We expect great things from our winners."

About Red Bag Solutions:

Founded in 1989, Baltimore, Md.-based Red Bag Solutions (RBS) provides technology and services for on-site processing of bio-hazardous waste. The company has manufactured and sold its SSM (Steam Sterilization and Maceration) systems throughout the world. In November 2011, RBS launched its patent-pending Ozone Sterilization and Maceration (OSM) system for European markets. OSM processed waste is sterile, safe, and unrecognizable. It can be recycled or disposed of with ordinary municipal trash. OSM will be available to U.S. customers in Spring 2012. Red Bag Solutions' customers include hospitals, medical providers, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the United States, South America and Europe. For more information visit www.redbagozone.com .

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG):

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 15,000 members and hosting over 200 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 30 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG's mission is to educate, promote, influence and unite Georgia's technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia's technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state's economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG's charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG's community website at www.TAGthink.com . To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/ .

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Loureiro Engineering Associates Announces Strategic New Hire and New Office Location

Author: Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc.
Dateline: Plainville, Connecticut (PLAINVILLE, Conn.)  | Mon, 09 Jan 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc. is carefully adhering to its strategic growth plan in the area of geographic expansion of services. This week it announced a new office location in Rockford, MA that will be managed by new hire, Samuel W. Butcher, LSP, LEP, PG, LEED-AP, vice president at Loureiro Engineering.”



A R T I C L E:

Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc. is carefully adhering to its strategic growth plan in the area of geographic expansion of services. This week it announced a new office location in Rockford, MA that will be managed by new hire, Samuel W. Butcher, LSP, LEP, PG, LEED-AP, vice president at Loureiro Engineering.

Butcher brings nearly 20 years of experience to the table. Prior to joining Loureiro Engineering, he was senior vice president of operations at a Massachusetts-based environmental consulting firm.

In his new role at Loureiro, he will work as a Licensed Site Professional. Responsibilities include managing and overseeing assessment and remediation of contaminated sites in Massachusetts in accordance with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP).

His particular interest and expertise is in the cleanup and redevelopment of underutilized contaminated properties. As a result, he will help clients to understand their responsibilities pertaining to the MCP in these areas.

Additionally, Butcher is a professional geologist and LEED-AP, credentials which complement his ability to provide assessment and remediation services to clients.

"Butcher shares the same ideals and values as Loureiro Engineering does when it comes to customer service," says Brian Cutler, senior vice president of Loureiro Engineering. "Customer service is paramount in his work ethic."

Finally, Butcher provides litigation support services and environmental consulting services across other regulatory programs including wetlands and underground storage tanks. He is also responsible for business development across a wide spectrum of Loureiro Engineering's service offerings.

A member of the Town of Duxbury Conservation Commission which regulates activities in accordance with the state and local wetland bylaws and regulations, he is well positioned to lead this new office to overwhelming success.

"Having an office in the Boston metropolitan area now allows us to service areas that were beyond our reach before," says Cutler. "Mainly, the Rockland office addresses a gap in service area coverage between Merrimack, NH and Wakefield, RI. "We are excited to have Butcher on board to oversee this new location; we have aggressive marketing and growth plans on the horizon."

About Loureiro:

Loureiro has been providing engineering, construction, EH&S, and energy and waste management services to a wide variety of public and private sectors throughout the Northeast since 1975. Engineering service offerings include: environmental; site; transportation; water and wastewater; underground utilities; land surveying; structural; mechanical; electrical; plumbing; fire protection; and facilities engineering.

Construction capabilities include: heavy and highway; bridge; site development; underground utilities; remediation; demolition; concrete and general contracting.

EH&S services encompass: multi-media consulting and permitting; auditing; training; emergency planning and response; management systems consulting; professional resource support; and transportation compliance.

Energy services include: assessing energy reduction opportunities; energy modeling; training; alternative energy; and energy metrics and reporting.

Waste management capabilities address: management; transportation; and disposal of industrial, construction and universal waste.

For more information, visit: www.Loureiro.com .

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