Maryland Gives Immigrant Parents Extra Protection Option for Their Kids

Governing | January 03, 2019

Immigrant parents in Maryland concerned about being deported may now designate someone to care for their children under an expansion of emergency guardianship measures that take effect Tuesday. It’s the latest move by state legislators to push back against the immigration policies of President Donald Trump. Attorneys behind the effort say it will reassure parents and prevent their children from becoming wards of the state. “It’s emergency family planning. That’s what we were trying to provide people,” said Cam Crockett, an attorney in Bethesda.

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As communities across the United States consider enhancements to their nonmotorized transportation networks, there is a growing desire by both transportation planners and decision-makers to evaluate the impacts of these investments. Many communities begin new infrastructure programs with pilot projects to evaluate their efficacy before implementation on a broader scale. Therefore, it is important to provide a technical resource on the methods available for communities to evaluate the different types of outcomes from nonmotorized transportation investments, including: mode share changes; environmental benefits; increased accessibility; health benefits; and economic benefits. This white paper is intended to be a technical resource for local communities and others interested in understanding how they might better estimate the economic benefits of investments in nonmotorized transportation. It examines potential methods for evaluating the economic benefits from nonmotorized transportation investments. The variety of potential economic benefits of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programming investments include:

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As communities across the United States consider enhancements to their nonmotorized transportation networks, there is a growing desire by both transportation planners and decision-makers to evaluate the impacts of these investments. Many communities begin new infrastructure programs with pilot projects to evaluate their efficacy before implementation on a broader scale. Therefore, it is important to provide a technical resource on the methods available for communities to evaluate the different types of outcomes from nonmotorized transportation investments, including: mode share changes; environmental benefits; increased accessibility; health benefits; and economic benefits. This white paper is intended to be a technical resource for local communities and others interested in understanding how they might better estimate the economic benefits of investments in nonmotorized transportation. It examines potential methods for evaluating the economic benefits from nonmotorized transportation investments. The variety of potential economic benefits of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programming investments include:

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DataRobot Selected by U.S. Department of Defense to Power Government’s AI Initiatives

DataRobot | February 14, 2022

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KeyLogic Continues Growth in West Virginia

KeyLogic | March 24, 2022

West Virginia's KeyLogic has built a top-tier company focused on supporting critical national Department of Energy, Commerce, and Defense missions. Though KeyLogic has grown significantly, the company remains true to its West Virginia roots and core values and committed to the small business community. A robust mentor-protégé program is one way the company helps other businesses grow and deepen their impact in West Virginia. KeyLogic recently formed a mentor-protégé partnership with BCS, a minority-owned small business with a 30-year history of serving government, research, and private sector clients. The partnership is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration Mentor-Protégé Program. A decade ago, KeyLogic participated in a similar Department of Defense mentor protégé program when it was a small business, which helped propel the company. As we have grown, we have not forgotten the importance of small businesses and the entrepreneurial 'fire in the belly' spirit. The DOD Mentor-Protégé Program was in important catalyst for KeyLogic, and it is our privilege to now 'pay it forward' and support others on their journey through growth. It's also a competitive advantage for us to team with emerging small businesses like BCS who deliver tremendous value and impact to clients." Jon Hammock, KeyLogic's founder and current Chief Experience Officer BCS Executive Vice President Ken Green said, "BCS is thrilled to form an official partnership with KeyLogic, a company we have admired for years because they share our commitment to making a difference for clients and the nation, particularly in the energy sector, and genuinely support their employees, partners, and local growth." KeyLogic began as a small entrepreneurial company founded in West Virginia in 1999 and is now recognized as a national leader, growing from two people in Morgantown to nearly 700 employees nationwide. 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Westinghouse Announces New President of Westinghouse Government Services

Westinghouse Electric | December 13, 2021

Westinghouse Electric Company announced that Paul Longsworth has been appointed president of Westinghouse Government Services (WGS). Longsworth joined WGS in June 2021, bringing more than 35 years of experience in nuclear energy, national security and environmental industries. Previously, he served as Vice President, Secure Services at Flour, and was the Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy. He takes over the business following the retirement of Bob Cochran. “Westinghouse has a strong record of leadership and support for the government for decades, and we look forward to building on this with Paul’s experience and strategic vision. Paul’s deep understanding of the government market segments will strengthen our ability to deliver best-in-class technologies and excellence in nuclear operations to accelerate environmental cleanup, deploy innovative reactor and fuel technologies, and serve the critical supply chain needs of our government customers.” Sam Shakir, President of Environmental Services at Westinghouse Westinghouse Government Services, LLC (WGS) is a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC. WGS delivers the company’s nuclear technologies and services for government programs, globally. The range of services and capabilities incorporate manufacturing of nuclear grade components and materials, operations of nuclear material processes and associated technologies, deactivation and decommissioning nuclear facilities and assets, treatment, management and disposition of nuclear materials, and delivery of advanced reactor technology. Paul will lead a world class team of experts that deliver projects in the United States that support the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Department of Defense and the Canadian National Laboratory. “We thank Bob for his significant contributions he has made to Westinghouse through his relentless energy and dedication to the company,” said Shakir. Westinghouse Electric Company is shaping the future of carbon-free energy by providing safe, innovative nuclear technologies to utilities globally. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor in 1957 and the company’s technology is the basis for nearly one-half of the world's operating nuclear plants. For over 130 years, innovation makes Westinghouse the preferred partner for technologies covering the complete nuclear energy life cycle.

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