Trump administration plans to move USDA research divisions despite concerns

The Washington Post | April 25, 2019

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is moving forward with plans to relocate two influential scientific agencies out of downtown Washington, a cost-saving initiative that critics fear could provoke mass resignations among employees who perform critical agricultural research and produce statistics that shape farm policy. In a meeting last week, Chris Hartley, acting administrator of the Agriculture Department’s Economics Research Service, told researchers at that agency to expect reassignment letters in mid-May, according to two ERS employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Although the new location has yet to be announced, Hartley told researchers that they would have about 120 days to uproot their families and report for duty. Of 68 towns and cities in contention to host the agency, College Park and Montgomery County, Md., are within a few dozen miles of its current offices. Many candidates, such as Denver, Des Moines and Kansas City, are hundreds or more than a thousand miles away.

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The Money Project is an ongoing collaboration between Visual Capitalist and Texas Precious Metals that seeks to use intuitive visualizations to explore the origins, nature, and use of money. The value of money is not static. In the short term, it may ebb and flow against other currencies on the market. In the long-term, a currency tends to lose buying power over time through inflation, and as more currency units are created. Inflation is a result of too much money chasing too few goods – and it is often influenced by government policies, central banks, and other factors. In this short timeline of monetary history in the 20th century, we look at major events, the change in money supply, and the buying power of the U.S. dollar in each decade.

Spotlight

The Money Project is an ongoing collaboration between Visual Capitalist and Texas Precious Metals that seeks to use intuitive visualizations to explore the origins, nature, and use of money. The value of money is not static. In the short term, it may ebb and flow against other currencies on the market. In the long-term, a currency tends to lose buying power over time through inflation, and as more currency units are created. Inflation is a result of too much money chasing too few goods – and it is often influenced by government policies, central banks, and other factors. In this short timeline of monetary history in the 20th century, we look at major events, the change in money supply, and the buying power of the U.S. dollar in each decade.

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Webb Fontaine | July 28, 2022

Webb Fontaine, a leading provider of advanced and innovative trade and Customs services, has announced it's Customs Webb solution has been chosen by Benin as their new Customs system, in replacement of ASYCUDA World. The project strengthens Webb Fontaine's long-standing partnership with Benin Government, who has ambitions to expand and develop into one of the region's most technologically advanced trade environments. The project continues towards a fully integrated approach to trade, interconnecting all major trade platforms such as the Single Window, the Port Community System, the e-Tracking solution and now through Customs Webb the Customs System. As a central and critical part of the trade environment, it is crucial and urgent for Governments to operate modern and efficient Customs Systems. "Customs Webb, Webb Fontaine's Customs system, based on artificial intelligence, was chosen by Benin to continue the modernization of customs and optimize the trade environment. Webb Fontaine's ability to provide cutting-edge technology and digital solutions is a guarantee of success. With this new system, the objective of the public authorities to make Benin an exemplary platform in the simplification and transparency of Customs clearance procedures has taken a major step forward. All economic players are supported by Customs as part of a successful partnership with the entire industrial, commercial and logistics community." -Alain HINKATI, Director General of Customs, Benin We are honoured to have been selected by Benin Customs for such an important project. The longevity of our partnership is a true testament to Benin's commitment to trade digitalization. Customs Webb is a powerful system that uses AI technology to fully digitise the entire clearance process. To implement Customs Webb will be a huge step forward in their mission and the impacts of such will be felt by the entire trade community. Samy Zayani, Chief Commercial Officer Webb Fontaine For Webb Fontaine, a successful track record demonstrates its ability to use AI to facilitate trade, secure revenue and reduce clearance times and costly congestion while greatly improving trade governance. About Webb Fontaine- Webb Fontaine is an AI company re-shaping the future of trade through technology. Trusted  by governments globally, Webb Fontaine provides industry wide solutions to accelerate trade development and modernization. The company uses unique technology including Artificial Intelligence to enable countries to emerge as leaders in the future of trade.

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Voxtur Closes Acquisition to Bolster Property Tax Business

Voxtur | July 06, 2022

Voxtur Analytics Corp. (TSXV: VXTR; OTCQB: VXTRF) ("Voxtur" or the "Company"), a North American technology company creating a more transparent and accessible real estate lending ecosystem, is pleased to announce that, further to the news release issued on June 9, 2022, it has completed the arm's length acquisition of Municipal Tax Equity Consultants Inc. ("MTEC") and its associated entity, MTAG Paralegal Professional Corp., acquired MTE Paralegal Professional Corporation ("MTEP", and together with MTEC, “MTE”) (collectively, the "Acquisition"). MTE provides technology-enabled solutions to help municipal governments maximize property tax revenue, mitigate future liabilities, manage operations from emerging opportunities, and develop property tax policy frameworks. "As a fully integrated real estate technology company, we are setting new standards built on innovation and execution, This acquisition expands Voxtur's reach as a reliable source of targeted data and industry expertise to benefit municipalities." -CEO Jim Albertelli, Voxture. The purchase price for the acquisition of MTEP is $900,000 payable in cash and the aggregate purchase price for the acquisition of MTEC by Voxtur is $3,500,000, subject to customary adjustments, (the “MTEC Purchase Price”), paid in a combination of cash, totaling $2,200,000, and common shares of the Company (“Common Shares”), with $800,000 of the MTEC Purchase Price satisfied by the issuance of 808,080 Common Shares at closing, priced at $0.99 per Common Share, and $500,000 of the MTEC Purchase Price satisfied by the issuance of up to 505,050 Common Shares subject to an escrow hold period of 18 months priced at $0.99 per share. The number of escrowed shares to be issued following the escrow hold period are subject to a downward adjustment. In addition, $500,000 of the cash portion of the MTEC Purchase Price will be subject to an escrow hold period of 18 months. In addition to the benefits the Company will see as a result of the Acquisition, the property tax sector has embraced Voxtur's flagship sketch technology, known as Apex. The proprietary imagery and web-based GIS applications unify property-related data and enable desktop review of properties. The software, data analytics, and visual intelligence are focused on real property and primarily serve the property assessment, property taxation, municipal, insurance, and appraisal sectors, both public and private. Counties across North America see the benefits from this technology resulting in efficiencies impacting productivity and accuracy. About Voxtur- Voxtur is a transformational real estate technology Company that is redefining industry standards in a dynamic lending environment. The Company offers targeted data analytics to simplify tax solutions, property valuation and settlement services throughout the lending lifecycle for investors, lenders, government agencies and servicers. Voxtur’s proprietary data hub and workflow platforms more accurately and efficiently value assets, originate and service loans, securitize portfolios and evaluate tax assessments. The Company serves the property lending and property tax sectors, both public and private, in the United States and Canada.

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ICF Partners with Google Cloud Expands Digital Support To Public Sector Clients

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