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Local employers — such as the Tennessee Valley Authority, Unum, Cigna and Freightwaves — have shifted their Chattanooga offices to mostly remote and hybrid work, and are allowing many workers to do their jobs at home.
Duke Energy, a utility company based in North Carolina, hopes to test the viability of using electric vehicles to support the grid during peak demand. A pilot will be launched in North Carolina and Florida next year.
The Cullman Electric Cooperative is looking for new funding streams to expand Internet service into rural areas. Officials say partial service in some areas has complicated the funding application process.
Valuable student data, many digital systems and devices frequently shuttled between homes and schools make K-12 districts vulnerable to cyber attack. But there are plenty of ways districts can armor up.
Throughout this year, we’ve been collecting great examples of how special districts are using advanced technologies to address real-world challenges. We’re showcasing these ideas on the Special Districts Program website - and we’ll recognize the top 10 submissions this fall as our 2022 Innovation Award Winners and name one overall District of the Year.
The city of Cleveland’s Department of Public Utilities is building out the infrastructure needed to support its move to a fully electric fleet. The price tag for the project is expected to be $1.4 million.
A pilot project between a regional utility and the Cajon Valley Union School District is turning eight electric school buses into battery storage devices to supplement the electric grid during peak demand periods.
The purchase of 137 new buses over the next two years will include at least 15 electric models to be used with the agency's proposed Bus Rapid Transit system to improve service between Oakland and Downtown Pittsburgh.
The Petaluma Fire Department and the Sonoma Valley Fire District are turning to a new software application and iPads to better manage life-saving resources and personnel in chaos created by a fire.
The Cumberland Community Improvement District, a public-private assessment district in northwest Atlanta, is considering an autonomous electric shuttle for a planned three-mile route through the district.
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