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Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit slated for Detroit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lorraine Carli   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:31

NFPA and SAE International team up to advance discussions on EV safety

 

August 13, 2012 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International are co-hosting the 3rd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit to be held October 18, 2012 at the COBO Center in Detroit. The program addresses electric vehicle safety issues related to codes and standards and is aimed at planning for improved safety as the number of these vehicles continues to increase on roadways. A reception will take place on the evening of October 17th which includes admission to the SAE Convergence 2012 Exhibition.

“Stakeholders have made significant progress in addressing safety issues and making improvements based on discussion points of the two previous summits, but there is still more work to be done,” said Christian Dubay, P.E., NFPA vice president of codes and standards, and chief engineer. “The collaborative efforts expected at this year’s forum and the follow up from it will once again move the needle in the direction of safer implementation of electrical vehicles.”

Speakers and attendees with a shared interest in improving safety attend this event, including vehicle manufacturers, governmental agencies, standards developing organizations, and first and second responders. The program focuses on safety codes and standards and other key areas aimed at improving awareness and knowledge of electric vehicles and supporting their successful integration into society.

“In today’s world of advanced technology, much quicker progress can be achieved by collaborative efforts. We look forward to this next Summit and continuing cooperative work with NFPA in the area of battery safety by engaging a wealth of SAE engineering expertise,” said Jack Pokrzywa, director of ground vehicle standards for SAE International.

NFPA has a long history of commitment to electrical safety as developer and publisher of the National Electrical Code® (NEC®) since 1911. The NEC sets the standard for the safe use of electricity and electrical installations. NFPA also coordinates the Electric Vehicle Safety Training project, a nationwide program to help firefighters and other first responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.sae.org/events/nevss/ or www.EVsafetytraining.org/summit. (NFPA page being updated.)

About SAE

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series. Visit SAE International’s website for additional information.

 

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA’s website at www.nfpa.org for more information.

 
Breaking Bad Reviews: How to Protect Your Small Business Online PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 13 August 2012 14:17
Tech Experts Offer 4-Step ‘Reputation Marketing’ Solution

It happens all the time: The hard-working crew at a small business loses customers thanks to the sour grapes of one person.

It could be a disgruntled employee, an angry customer or even a competitor, says V. Michael Santoro, coauthor with John S. Rizzo of Niche Dominance: Creating Order Out of Your Digital Marketing Chaos (www.NicheDominance.com).

“Anyone can post a bad review online and hurt your business,” says Santoro, who is a managing partner with Rizzo of Globe On-Demand, an internet technology company. “Unfortunately, most business owners are not even aware that these bad reviews are out there.”

Seventy-two percent of buyers trust reviews as much as personal recommendations, and 70 percent trust consumer opinions posted online, according to a recent Nielsen Global Trust in Advertising Survey.

“A bad review published in a newspaper, or broadcast on radio or TV, is short-lived, but a bad review posted online can live indefinitely,” says Rizzo. “With consumers now researching an average of 10 reviews before making a buying decision, and 70 percent trusting a business that has a minimum of six reviews posted, business owners need to be proactive in developing their online reputation. You need several positive reviews.”

Online searches have been streamlined, combining reviews with maps, pay-per-click advertising, local business directories and Facebook Fan pages, Santoro says.  As damaging as bad reviews can be, positive reviews can be equally constructive, he says.

Rizzo and Santoro offer an Internet marketing strategy called “reputation marketing,” described in the following steps:

• Develop a 5-Star Reputation: Begin by having your happy customers post great reviews about your business. Strive to have at least 10. Have each post to one of the following: Google Plus Local, Yelp, CitySearch, SuperPages, YP.com, your Facebook Fan page, etc. This needs to be a continuous process. Proactively ask your customers to post reviews.

• Market Your Reputation: Once reviews are posted, use a well-designed online marketing strategy to drive targeted traffic to your website. Ensure that your website can convert this traffic into customers. Additionally, showcase these third-party reviews on your website.

• Manage Your Reputation: Regularly check that the reviews being posted are positive. You can use Google Alerts for your business name; however, you will need to check the local directories, too, since they’re not picked up by Google Alerts. By building up the positive reviews, you can counter a poor one by sheer volume. You should also quickly post a reply to a negative review if they occur. Always be professional and indicate what action you have taken to remedy the situation.

• Create a Reputation Marketing Culture: Train your staff to proactively ask customers for reviews and to deal immediately with any customer who appears unhappy. A positive culture will encourage customers to post positive reviews about your business.

About John S. Rizzo & V. Michael Santoro

John S. Rizzo obtained his bachelor’s in business administration and spent three years as a consultant for Amazon.com’s publishing group. He has assisted several businesses with digital marketing strategy and has served in leadership positions for multiple initiatives for the Charleston, S.C.-Area Chamber of Commerce.

V. Michael Santoro has more than 10 years in the digital marketing field. His prior experience includes international senior marketing positions in technology fields. He has a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Haven. Santoro was an adjunct professor with the computer science department of Western Connecticut State University.

 
Governor and Lt. Governor encourage classrooms to “Skype Your School!” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:58

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds used the administration’s weekly news conference today to encourage Iowa classrooms to “Skype Your School!” as students begin heading back to school this month.

The governor and lieutenant governor have both participated in numerous Skype classroom interviews throughout the state, and wanted to ensure all Iowa schools were aware that they had the same opportunity.

To request a “Skype Your School!” classroom chat, teachers, administrators and students are encouraged to click on the featured image at http://Governor.Iowa.Gov, request a “Skype Your School” event in the comments section on Facebook.com/TerryBranstad and Facebook.com/KimReynoldsIA, or to use the #SkypeYourSchool hash tag on Twitter.

“We are excited to connect with students throughout Iowa,” said Gov. Branstad via a Skype feed at the administration’s weekly news conference. “As we work every day to give these students a world-class education, we believe it is important for them to be engaged with their elected leaders.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds, who co-chairs the governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative, says it’s important for state officials to take the lead in advancing and promoting technology.

“We are excited to partner with Iowa’s schools by utilizing a relatively new technology that is becoming more and more available to the general public,” said Reynolds via the same Skype feed. “We want students to be excited about technology and learning about civics and government, and we hope our participation helps raise their interest level.

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Harvest Energy Solutions Announces Partnership with Renewegy for Midwest Agriculture Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Nail   
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:37

Harvest Energy Solutions, the Midwest’s Leading Wind and Solar Integrator, Granted Distribution Rights for Renewegy Wind Turbines

 

August 7, 2012 – Jackson, Michigan – Harvest Energy Solutions, the Midwest’s leading and fastest growing renewable energy product provider, today announced a partnership with Wisconsin-based Renewegy, Inc. Harvest Energy will be the key distributor of the Renewegy wind turbine focused on the agricultural market in the USA.

 

Wind energy is one of the fastest growing forms of renewable energy in the US, driven by state initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a commitment to ensure a greater percentage of the nation’s electricity supply will come from renewable energy sources.  The market for wind turbines is expected to grow through rebate programs that can offset the costs for customers by as much as 50%.

 

Harvest has introduced a unique marketing and business model that addresses the desire of farmers, businesses, and residents to reduce and/or eliminate utility costs.  Unlike most companies that specialize in just one product type, Harvest offers a complete line of wind and solar energy systems from 10kW and up.  The Renewegy turbine was chosen by Harvest for its innovative and big-wind like design as well as the company’s outstanding commitment to service.

 

The Renewegy VP-20 is a horizontal axis wind turbine designed for a variety of uses including most agribusiness applications.  Renewegy applies cutting edge technology to its turbines.  The VP-20’s Variable Pitch (VP) control system, hydraulic tip-up tower, and internet monitoring are unique in the commercial wind turbine market.  Taking inspiration from the automotive and marine industries, systems are designed with the highest quality and safety standards in mind.  The unique hydraulic tip-up design of each turbine allows for quick and easy maintenance, maximizing “up time”.  Businesses, residents, farms and schools around the world are currently using Renewegy turbines to generate clean energy.

 

“Given farmer’s desires to cut emissions and focus on renewable energy solutions, the US agricultural market is very important to us,” said Renewegy President & CEO Jeff Ehlers.  “We are pleased to have found a partner specialized in this market that is not only a leader, but values innovation as much as we do.”

 

“Farmers in the USA are known for quickly adopting cutting-edge and innovative technologies,” said Mark Olinyk, CEO of Harvest Energy Solutions.  “The Renewegy VP-20 is an advanced system and wonderful departure from typical small wind generators currently available, which offers our customers a unique way to reduce their energy usage, carbon footprint and become an independent power producer.”

 

About Renewegy

Renewegy, Inc. is the developer of the innovative Renewegy VP-20 wind turbine.  Made in the USA, Renewegy turbines are designed for use in urban, suburban, and agricultural settings. Using synergies from past experiences in aeronautical, automotive, and marine industries, Renewegy’s technology can help to make a positive impact in the areas of wind power and beyond. For more information, visit www.Renewegy.com

 

About Harvest

Harvest Energy Solutions is recognized as the Midwest’s leading and fastest growing renewable energy integrator, offering a broad range of renewable energy products, services and solutions to address the needs of agricultural and commercial customers.  Harvest is represented throughout the Midwest.  For more information, visit www.harvestenegysolutions.com.

 
Governor Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds partner with Iowa State Fair and Iowa Interactive to launch the Iowa State Fair mobile site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:45

(DES MOINES) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced the availability of the 2012 mobile site developed in partnership with the Iowa State Fair and Iowa Interactive. The site, which was developed by Iowa Interactive’ s self-funded model, will enhance Iowa State Fair attendees’ experience by providing information on the Iowa State Fair’s daily schedule, entertainment, food vendors, fairground map, attractions and other general information.

The mobile Iowa State Fair site can be accessed at http://mobile.iowastatefair.org/ and is available through mobile devices including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPad and other tablet devices.  Attendees may also access the site from home with an internet browser by using the same URL.

“The Iowa State Fair is one of the largest events in Iowa and, now with the mobile site, Iowans have the opportunity to access State Fair information at their fingertips. The Iowa State Fair mobile site will help fair-goers experience all that the fair has to offer,” said Branstad.

The site was developed by Iowa Interactive, which also built the Governor’s, Lt. Governor’s and the governor’s special assistant for education, Linda Fandel’s website. This is the second year for the State Fair mobile site.

“As Governor Branstad’s representative on the Iowa State Fair Board of Directors, I am proud to once again provide fair-goers with the most current information about the State Fair events through current technology. The mobile site is a great enhancement to the Iowa State Fair atmosphere and community,” said Reynolds.

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Iowa State Fair

“Nothing Compares” to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

About Iowa Interactive

Iowa Interactive built and manages the official web site for the state of Iowa (Iowa.gov) and partners with state and local entities to bring new government services online. Iowa Interactive is a service of IOWAccess and is managed by the Department of Administrative Services and the eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV - News).

About NIC

NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,100 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 97 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at http://www.nicusa.com.

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