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Bruce Carter, Director of Aviation at Quad City International Airport, receives Distinguished Service Award for Aviation and Airport Industry Achievements PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cathie Rochau   
Monday, 15 December 2014 09:54
Alexandria, VA – Bruce E. Carter, A.A.E., Director of Aviation at the Quad City International Airport has been selected as the recipient of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Distinguished Service Award, presented to airport executives in recognition of career-long leadership and contributions to the aviation industry.
“Bruce is a valued colleague who is well-known for his leadership in the nation’s airport management community and the broader aviation industry,” said AAAE Chair Randall D. Berg, A.A.E., Director of Airport Operations at the Salt Lake City International Airport. “Distinguished service is a hallmark of Bruce’s career, and it is fitting that AAAE has recognized him for the numerous contributions he has made during his remarkable four decades in the industry.”
The Distinguished Service Award, given annually, is one of AAAE's highest levels of recognition. Men and women receive this award as a reflection of outstanding accomplishments in their professional and personal lives. Respected leaders of their own communities, these men and women also contribute to other aviation organizations, serve AAAE and its chapters and participate in civic and community affairs. Distinguished Service Award winners exemplify the best in airport management by continually bringing credit to the profession and the aviation community. All DSA winners are Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.) and exemplify the standards accreditation seeks to inspire.
Carter began his 40-year career as an air traffic controller in Des Moines, IA, and has held Director of Aviation positions in Waterloo, Iowa and Springfield and Peoria, Illinois before he joined the Quad City International executive team in 1999.
Carter currently serves as a Second Past President of the AAAE Board of Directors and is a Past President of the Great Lakes Chapter AAAE.
The Award was announced at the 86th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition held in San Antonio, Texas in May and will be presented to Carter at a Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County board meeting to be held this week.
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ABOUT AAAE: Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE's 5,000-plus members represent some 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., AAAE serves its membership through results-oriented representation in Washington, D.C., and delivers a wide range of industry services and professional development opportunities, including training, conferences, and a highly respected accreditation program.

Dominique Williams selected as National Treasurer for National Society of Minorities in Hospitality PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 15:19

AMES, IA (12/01/2014)(readMedia)-- Dominique Williams, a senior in hospitality management in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University, was chosen to serve on the national board as the Treasurer for the National Society of Minorities. The National Society of Minorities is the premier student-led organization for minorities students studying hospitality. The National board is comprised of five positions, including treasurer.

Williams, a Davenport, Iowa native, will oversee of Chapter Financial Procedures, National Society of Minorities Accounts Payable and Receivable, Disbursement of Scholarship Funds and other regional treasurers.

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality provides events and programs that bring together college-level students with company sponsors, industry representatives, other hospitality organizations, advisors and mentors, and hospitality high school students.

Governor Quinn Announces First Ever Charging Station Network for Route 66 Electric Corridor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:45
New Charging Stations to Help Expand Illinois’ Sustainable Transportation System

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced an investment of $1 million to establish a network of charging stations for electric vehicles along historic Route 66 through Illinois. The network will support commuter and tourist driving for the growing electric vehicle (EV) sector. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to drive Illinois toward a sustainable future.

“We are building a 21st century infrastructure across Illinois and we need to make sure that it is sustainable for future generations,” Governor Quinn said. “This new project exemplifies Illinois’ place as the innovation capital of the Midwest, with cutting-edge business practices that create jobs and encourage sustainability.”

The state has joined local governments and the private sector to create the Illinois Route 66 Electric Corridor, a partnership that connects communities along the 300-mile stretch from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River in the Metro East area with a network of high-power EV charging stations. The network will make it possible for EV drivers to travel between Chicago and St. Louis, two of the key urban markets for EVs in the nation.

The cities of Plainfield, Dwight, Pontiac, Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Edwardsville will each install one or more fast charging stations that are easily accessible from historic Route 66, allowing EV drivers to retrace its original pathway. Each of the seven charging points in the network will include one fast charging station capable of charging vehicles with either CHAdeMO or SAE connectors within 15-20 minutes and one level 2 (240/120 volt) charging station. Installation of the charging stations will begin this month, with targeted completion by summer 2015.

The project is supported by auto manufacturers, including BMW, Illinois-based Mitsubishi and Nissan, which is contributing the charging station to be installed in Edwardsville.

"The State of Illinois' Route 66 EV corridor is consistent with Mitsubishi Motors North America's desire to affect a broader acceptance of EVs through user-friendly infrastructure," MMNA General Manager of Corporate Communications Dan Irvin said. "It is our belief that projects like this will help our state maximize the possibilities of EVs."

“Residents and visitors alike will soon be able to enjoy the sites, attractions and mystique of the state’s Historic Route 66 with easy access to charging stations for their electric vehicles,” Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Adam Pollet said. “It’s truly an electrifying addition to the ‘mile after magnificent mile’ to be discovered in Illinois.”

The University of California - Davis, one of the world’s leading universities on sustainable transportation, provided technical assistance for project planning.

“Illinois has one of the better combinations of price and carbon emissions per kilowatt-hour of electricity in the nation,” Gustavo Collantes, with the UC Davis Policy Institute and lead of the Zero Emission MAP initiative, said. “This infrastructure has the clear potential to save drivers money while delivering environmental benefits to the state and the nation.”


'Tis the Season for Holiday Travel: The Skin Cancer Foundation Offers Sun Protection Tips for Tropical Winter Getaways PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carla Barry-Austin   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 09:01
New York, NY (November 24, 2014) - Planning a beach vacation this winter? Travelers should be aware that ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun plays a significant role in the development of skin cancer. In fact, about 86 percent of melanomas and 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to its UV rays.
Skin cancer risk depends greatly on cumulative lifetime sun exposure, but melanoma has been linked most frequently to intense exposure - The kind often obtained during beach vacations. This kind of periodic, concentrated UV exposure frequently causes sunburn and severely damages the skin. It is believed to also play a part in basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the most common form of skin cancer. On average, a person's risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
"It's important to properly protect your skin every day and you need to be extra cautious in very sunny conditions," said Perry Robins, MD, President, The Skin Cancer Foundation. "Prolonged exposure to UV radiation causes premature skin aging and can lead to skin cancer."

Those tempted to get a "base tan" before hitting the beach should beware - there's no such thing as a healthy or protective tan. Whether obtained by lying out in the sun or through using a tanning bed, a tan represents DNA damage to the skin. In fact, just one indoor tanning session before the age of 35 increases your melanoma risk by 75 percent.
If you're headed to a sunny destination this winter, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the following sun protection tips:
Cover Up: Clothing is your first line of defense against the sun's harmful UV rays and it is a consistent shield that helps protect the skin. In addition, wearing UV-absorbing swimwear like wetsuits and rash guards offers extra UV protection when you're in the water. Sarongs and cover-ups offer additional protection on shore.
Shield Your Face: Sunglasses that filter out the sun's UV rays will help protect your eyes and eyelids from conditions including cataracts, while a broad-brimmed hat (with at least a 3" brim all around) will help protect the top of the head, neck, face, ears and scalp.
Beware of Reflection: Water and sand reflect the sun's UV rays, adding to the intensity of exposure.
Apply Sunscreen: Using a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day is crucial. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply one ounce, or two tablespoons, every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating heavily.
Seek Shade: During peak sun hours (10AM to 4PM) keep covered under a large sun umbrella. It's best to hit the beach early in the morning or late in the afternoon - you'll avoid the crowds and save your skin!
Avoid Tanning and UV Tanning Booths: Whether you "lay out" or visit a tanning salon, there is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanning increases the risk of developing skin cancers, including melanoma. In addition, tanning leads to premature skin aging, including wrinkles, leathery skin and age spots.
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Volunteers Needed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LeClaire Chamber of Commerce   
Friday, 21 November 2014 16:28

LeClaire Information Center Volunteers Needed! Contact Cindy Bruhn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-650-7963 to volunteer.

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