I have to say, this taste of Spring has been much-needed. I was able to do a story today on the James River. Hoping for another outdoor story tomorrow! On to the news of the week….
First, there’s a big court case that could have far-reaching implications in Richmond. A judge is currently deciding whether or not to overturn a City Council vote. No other media outlets showed up! Here’s the link to my story.
Richmond is going after a google line. It’s the hottest project in the country and Richmond is hoping for a piece of the pot. The city announced today it will apply for the Google Fiber for Communities Project on March 26th. In a news release, Mayor Dwight Jones said, “The city that wins this project will be recognized globally and the impact it will have is the technological equivalent of being awarded the Olympics.”
The project is an experiment to build a ultra-high speed broadband network that will deliver internet speeds 100 times faster than most Americans have access to today. The planned network will offer speeds over one gigabit per second in fiber-to-the-home connections.
You can support the city’s effort by registering on Social Media Networks like Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/1GBforRVA/364688485652), Twitter: http://twitter.com/1GbForRVA, and http://gigarva.com/
And the city just hired its first ever Sustainability Manager. (a mouthful… and at first glance I was said, “What the heck is that?” Alicia Zatcoff will fill the role. Her job is to help the city develop and implement sustainable green and eco-friendly policies and practices. She’s also hoping to create new jobs in the city. She will work under the Chris Beschler and her job will be to work with city agencies to reduce use of water, electricity, and gasoline. The Mayor said, “As we have already initiated several initiatives to become a greener city by reducing our carbon footprint, this is the right time to appoint a Sustainability Manager.”