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Clean fuel show comes to Georgia

June 9, 2015 > Posted in Events, News & Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joy Kramer, Event Energy Partners LLC  | Joy.Kramer@adventuresatl.com | 404-274-0068 Bill Edge, Georgia Public Service Commission  | BillE@psc.state.ga.us | 404-656-2316  

Clean Fuel Vehicle Showcase and Seminar Highlights Local Fleets 5th Annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow visits Georgia

Georgia 6/4/2014 - Gas prices may not be in the stratosphere at the moment, but Georgia cities and private fleets are still switching to clean fuels. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow is set to open June 15th in Gainesville with an 8-city tour led by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols. The series brings together a vehicle showcase and discussion panels on the practical impact of converting fleets to clean, alternative fuels like propane, E85-ethanol, natural gas, electric (EV) and compressed natural gas (CNG). Questions on financing, safety, maintenance and fuel considerations of clean vehicle conversions will be answered by government fleet managers and private sector fleets, along with vehicle manufacturers and utilities who can will highlight their continued success with transitioning fleets, based on need and use. Localizing the fleet stories. The eight city clean fuel conversion tour opens in Gainesville, GA at the Brenau Downtown Center and continue on consecutive days to Cartersville’s Tellus Science Museum 6/16, Albany- Dougherty Government Center 6/17 and the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on June 18th. The second week of the tour begins 6/23 at Agnes Scott College, followed by 6/24 at Sea Palms Resort on St. Simon’s Island, Valdosta 6/25 at Langdale College of Business and Savannah International Convention Center on 6/26 in tandem with the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Convention. Each alternative fuel vehicle event begins with a showcase of CNG trucks, Propane vans and Shuttles and electric vehicles for test drives, followed by a 2 hour seminar and panel discussions with fleet managers and vehicle conversion experts. Most events run from 9am-12n. Registration is free for government officials and fleet staff and the public is welcome for a nominal charge of $29. Smart planning pays big fuel dividends. Natural Gas and Propane vehicle conversions have been increasing steadily across and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow will feature stories from local governments including the Cities of Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Covington, Douglas, Thomasville, and Toccoa who are now operating Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuse trucks, pickup trucks, sedans and other CNG vehicles in their fleet. DeKalb County is transitioning their sanitation vehicles over to renewable bio-methane from landfill gas. Speakers from the private sector will also be joining the guest panel. AT&T has deployed 130 CNG light duty service vehicles in the Atlanta area. Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, is now delivering traditional liquid fuels with CNG tanker trucks. UPS is deploying over 100 CNG Class 8 tractor-trailers and 300 CNG package cars in Atlanta this year, and The Langdale Company just placed into service the first Dual-Fuel (diesel/natural gas) trucks in Georgia as well as opening the first public CNG fueling station in South Georgia along the I-75 corridor. UtilitieslikeAtlantaGasLightandLibertyUtilitiesarealso“walkingthetalk”bydeploying CNG vehicles in their fleets. Fleet vehicle conversions and OEM’s like Ford can point to Propane AutoGas as one of the easiest to deploy in a fleet. The infrastructure can literally be installed in hours and performance
drivers like police and sheriff’s departments report excellent response. In Georgia, Sandy Springs Police and Muscogee County Sheriffs are recent converts. Groome Transportation, operating campus and airport shuttles in five states has converted many university buses to propane, operates over 100 propane vans in the Atlanta area. The Roadshow will display propane vehicles and feature these success stories along with others from the Georgia Propane Gas Association, Amerigas and Georgia Gas. Norcross based, Force911 which is installs certified propane and natural gas systems on existing vehicles will display a converted police truck. Electric Vehicle charging now easy to find in Georgia. Earlier this year Kia Motors, which produces the Sorento and Optima in Troup County at one of the state’s largest manufacturing facilities, introduced its new, all-electric Kia SOUL EV to Georgia dealers. This year’s electric vehicle showcase will feature the SOUL EV, alongside the Nissan LEAF and the Ford C-Max Energi. Electric Vehicles in Georgia may see a little of the spark go out when Georgia’s $5,000 EV tax credit expires July 1, but business leaders are hopeful that a compromise investment tax credit will prevail in 2016. Georgia has seen rapid growth in its EV charging infrastructure with companies like Rincon based EFACEC DC Fast Chargers and Hannah Solar that installs and services Level II chargers along with Solar PV. Georgia Power has just deployed over 60 Community Charging Islands at its properties throughout the region with plans to add and additional 50 chargers on hosted properties. Saving taxpayer money with green improvements. Georgia’s elected officials will also celebrate be on hand to celebrate the economic growth that alternative fuel vehicles have brought to their regions. Senator Butch Miller and owner of Milton Martin Honda which features the Honda Civic CNG will be on hand in Gainesville along with Representative Carl Rogers and Mayor Danny Dunagan. Senator Bruce Thompson and City Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras will be in Cartersville. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Representative Winifred Dukes will be in Albany. Senator Nan Orrock, College Park Mayor Jack Longino will be at the Georgia International Convention Center. Senator Elena Parent will speak at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Senator William Ligon and State Representative Jeff Jones will bring remarks to St. Simon’s Island. Valdosta Mayor John Gayle will speak at the Langdale College of Business at VSU and Representative Mickey Stephens will give remarks in Savannah as the tour comes to a close on June 26th The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow was launched in 2011 and has produced educational events for fleet managers and government leadership officials in 48 cities and 7 states.

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Mayor’s coalition to host SPLOST forum

April 29, 2015 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

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April 13-17: Industry Celebration Week

February 6, 2015 > Posted in Events

Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week, a weeklong community-wide appreciation of the community’s existing industries, hosted by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, will be April 13-17. The annual ADEDC Industry Awards will be presented on April 15. “Albany-Dougherty County’s existing industries are the foundation of its diversified economy, from health care to manufacturing to distribution to call centers, and they are having successes in many areas,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We promote our existing industries every day, but through the awards we pay special tribute to their accomplishments and contributions to the local, national and global economy.” Celebration Week activities:  Click here to register for the Industry Awards Rise n Shine. Nominations for the ADEDC Industry Awards are open until March 6. Download the awards applications/nominations form here.  Nominations/applications should be sent to Bárbara Rivera Holmes, vice president of the ADEDC and manager of its existing industries program, at bholmes@choosealbany.com.      

September 23: Downtowns on the Rise forum

September 12, 2014 > Posted in Events, News & Events

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Nominations open for industry awards

February 24, 2014 > Posted in Events, News, News & Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bárbara Rivera Holmes bholmes@f23.2a5.myftpupload.com 229.434.0044   Nominations open for annual ADEDC Industry Awards Albany, Ga. – Nominations are open for the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission’s annual Industry Awards, which recognize the successes of the community’s existing industries. The awards application deadline is March 19; winners will be announced April 16. The ADEDC Industry Awards recognize the accomplishments of existing industries in four categories:
  • Global Commerce
  • Excellence in Innovation
  • Economic Impact
  • Corporate Community Citizenship (Good Life City Award)
  “Albany-Dougherty County’s existing industries are the foundation of our diversified economy, from health care to manufacturing to distribution, and they are having successes in many areas,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, director of marketing and existing industries. “The industry awards allow us to promote these industries and their accomplishments, and share with others the industrial talent that calls Albany home.” Nominations/applications are due March 19. Industries may nominate themselves or may be nominated by others. Industries may apply for all four categories, but may win in only one category, and may not win in the same category within a three-year period. The awards will be announced at the Industry Awards Rise n Shine breakfast, at 7:30 a.m. on April 16 at Merry Acres Event Center. Though the awards banquet is the keystone of industry week, the celebration includes activities on all days:
  • Monday, April 14
    • Proclamations from city of Albany and Dougherty County
  • Tuesday, April 15
    • Existing industry video launch
  • Wednesday, April 16
    • ADEDC Industry Awards Rise n Shine breakfast, 7:30 a.m., Merry Acres Event Center
  • Thursday, April 17
    • Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m., Doublegate Country Club
  • Friday, April 18
    • ADEDC Retention Task Force Industry Tour at MillerCoors brewery
Nominations/applications should be sent to Bárbara Rivera Holmes, director of marketing and existing industries, at bholmes@f23.2a5.myftpupload.com, or to 125 Pine Ave., Suite 200, Albany, GA, 31701. For questions, call 229.434.0044.

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