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PR Tech Biz: News from the City of Albany NY, Atlanta, Aurora and Chicago


PR Tech BIZ from Great Tech Pros:

Each month we take a quick look at the local business technology news that’s happening in a city near you and then share it in an easy to read and digest format.

Governor Cuomo Announces $21 Million to Create Economic Opportunity for Dairy Farmers Statewide

Albany NY TechnologyFunding Helps Agriculture Industry Improve Business Operations; Encourages Use of Technology that Benefits the Environment for Cleaner Communities
Albany, NY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $21 million will be available to create new economic opportunities for New York’s dairy farmers by helping them to produce renewable energy and improve their business operations. The funding will help dairy farmers convert farm waste to energy and develop individualized business and environmental plans to reduce operating costs and increase profitability. The funding for these efforts stem from recommendations made at Governor Cuomo’s Yogurt Summit in 2012 to ensure that the industry continues to grow and create jobs in New York State. In his 2014 State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo pledged a second Yogurt Summit to identify additional economic growth opportunities within this growing sector of the economy.

Waste-to-Energy Anaerobic Digesters

Starting on January 17, $20 million will be available through NYSERDA to install anaerobic digester technology that produces renewable biogas used to produce electricity and heat from organic wastes. Farms, food processing manufacturers or municipal wastewater sites would be eligible for up to $2 million per project.

Biogas-to-power technology has several steps. Dairy manure and other organic wastes are pumped into digestion tanks where bacteria break down the waste, creating a methane-rich gas called biogas and a nutrient-rich effluent that can be applied to crops as fertilizer. The biogas is burned in engines to produce electricity and heat. Through this process, farmers can often eliminate a significant portion of the electricity they would otherwise purchase from the utility grid, and periodically export surplus electricity onto the electrical grid in exchange for credits. Furthermore, farmers can realize operational savings in other areas as well.

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City of Atlanta to Welcome Brazilian IT Delegation

Atlanta Georgia TechnologyOffice of International Affairs will partner with the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast to identity and foster overseas business opportunities

ATLANTA – The Office of International Affairs, in partnership with the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast, will welcome a delegation of IT companies from Brazil to Atlanta on January 21, 2014.

The delegation will be comprised of Brazilian technology leaders offering various services and products targeting software and tech decision makers at Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in Atlanta. These rapidly growing organizations have been selected and promoted by the Brazilian Government and by Softex (the Association for the Promotion of Brazilian Software Excellence).

In addition to presentations on each company and the Brazilian IT Industry as a whole, top executives from Clip, BRtoken, STA Holding, OPEN and HDI will be present for one-on-one meetings with potential partners and clients.

For more about this partnership, click here.


Aurora IL technologyAurora, IL

BYTEGRID Holdings LLC, a national leader in the technology and data industries, announced this week that it will open its newest multi-tenant, high-powered data center in the City of Aurora to serve the growing high-tech market in the greater Chicago area.

BYTEGRID Holdings has acquired the 70,000 square foot, Tier III data center on 5.25 acres of land from Continental Casualty Company, an affiliate of CNA Financial Corporation (CNA). Regarded as one of the premiere enterprise data centers in the Chicago area, CNA built the facility in Aurora in 2007 with the goal of serving a wider market.  CNA will continue to occupy approximately 30% of the facility and will remain the primary tenant in the facility.

BYTEGRID will immediately convert the facility into a multi-tenant data center and begin leasing to an already growing interest list of prospective tenants. New tenants will have access to the facility’s 6 megawatts of power capacity, 34,000 square feet of raised floor, and high reliability with a company-wide record for more than 100,000 hours of zero downtime.  BYTEGRID’s highly secure, compliant business platforms serve the some of the world’s largest companies, including Fortune 50 global financial services, security and aerospace firms.

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Mayor Emanuel Calls for Cracking Down on Unsafe Transportation of Hazardous Materials

Chicago IL technologyHighlights Five Common-Sense Measures to Reduce the Risk of Rail Accidents and Calls for a National Hazardous Materials Freight Fee

City of Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today spoke at the winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) where he called for improved oversight of companies transporting hazardous materials and crude oil by rail through America’s cities. Railways are used to transport these dangerous substances right through the heart of American cities and Mayor Emanuel called on other mayors to target this emerging threat with federal partners to reduce the risk of accidents while protecting residents and property. Revenue from the fee would be dedicated to improving America’s aging rail infrastructure.

Mayor Emanuel indicated that one of  measures that would make communities safer is by building safer railroads using better technology, which could serve as a life-saving backstop when human error occurs. This should be deployed around the nation, especially on tracks where hazardous material is hauled.

For the other four common sense measures to Reduce the Risk of Rail Accidents, click here.