Monthly Archive for August, 2009

$300 Billion From ARRA To Fund 25 Cost-share Projects Under Clean Cities Program

The Federal funding is part of a shared cost project to help US cities to ensure “Clean Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

“The Clean Cities program is helping give state and local governments the tools they need to build a greener transportation system that will create new jobs and help to put America on the path to a clean energy future,” said Secretary Chu.  He announced the selection of 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects will speed the transformation of the nation’s vehicle fleet, putting more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy efficient vehicles on the road, and establishing 542 refueling locations across the country. The Department of Energy also estimates they will help displace approximately 38 million gallons of petroleum per year.

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“The Clean Cities program is helping give state and local governments the tools they need to build a greener transportation system that will create new jobs and help to put America on the path to a clean energy future,” said Secretary Chu.  “Advancing the number of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles on the road will increase our energy security, decrease our dependence on oil, and reduce pollution across the country.”

Under the Recovery Act, the Clean Cities program will fund a range of energy efficient and advanced vehicle technologies, such as hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in electric hybrids, hydraulic hybrids and compressed natural gas vehicles, helping reduce petroleum consumption across the U.S.  In addition, funding will support refueling infrastructure for various alternative fuel vehicles, including biofuels and natural gas.  Other efforts under the Clean Cities program include public education and training initiatives to further the program’s goal of reducing the national demand for petroleum.

The projects announced by Secretary Chu will support a combined total of more than 9,000 light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles and establish 542 refueling locations across the country.  The vehicles and infrastructure being funded include the use of natural and renewable gas, propane, ethanol, biodiesel, electricity, and hybrid technologies.  And with the cost share contributions from the recipients, every federal dollar spent will be matched by nearly two dollars from the project partners.

Last week, the Department of Energy also announced that it had selected 23 projects for up to $15 million in annual appropriations funding. Like the Recovery Act-funded projects, the annual Clean Cities projects include grants for vehicles, infrastructure, and education.

Clean Cities is a government-industry partnership that works to reduce America’s petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.  Over the last 15 years, the Clean Cities program has established local coalitions across the country that promote the growth of alternative fuels and showcase the potential of advanced and energy efficient vehicles.

The projects announced today are selections for financial award.  The final details and funding level of each project is subject to modification based on further contract negotiations between the selected entity and DOE.

Clean Cities Award Winners

View a map and complete list of award winners.

North Central Texas Council of Governments’ North Central Texas Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology. The project will deploy refueling stations and alternative fuel vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The project includes a portfolio of different technologies and fuels, including B20 (three stations), ethanol E85 (three stations), compressed natural gas (three stations and 97 vehicles), electricity (four recharging sites and 34 vehicles), and 251 hybrid electric vehicles.  In addition to the city fleets, high mileage and high visibility fleets are included, such as Coca-Cola, Sysco, Frito Lay, school districts, and taxis.  DOE estimates that this project will help displace approximately 1.3 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $13,181,171

South Coast Air Quality Management District’s UPS Ontario-Las Vegas LNG Corridor Expansion Project. The project will complete a long-planned regional liquid natural gas (LNG) fueling corridor across the southwestern U.S., making the final connection between the existing public access LNG fuel infrastructure in Southern California and the LNG fuel stations being developed in Utah.  The project will provide a 700-mile LNG fueling corridor along one of the nation’s most heavily traveled truck routes for the movement of various goods.  UPS will construct a publicly accessible LNG fuel station off of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas and deploy 48 heavy-duty LNG vehicles in its interstate alternative fuel operations.  The new LNG station will support these 48 trucks, an additional 161 LNG trucks in UPS’ fleet, and other LNG fleet operators in the region.  DOE estimates that the 48 trucks alone will help displace approximately 1.25 million gallons of petroleum annually. 
Total DOE award: $5,591,611

South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Drayage Truck Replacement Initiative. The project will replace 180 diesel drayage trucks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with LNG trucks.  Additionally, workshops will be made available to truck operators and technicians working on LNG trucks.  The final element of this application is an education/outreach component for alternative fueled vehicles that will be deployed by the Southern California Association of Governments Clean Cities Coalition and the SCAQMD.  DOE estimates that the project will help displace an estimated 1.8 million gallons of petroleum annually. 
Total DOE award: $9,408,389

San Bernardino Associated Governments’ J.B. Hunt LNG Truck Project: Made in America Initiative. The project will deploy 262 heavy-duty LNG trucks in Southern California and construct two LNG refueling stations in San Bernardino and South Gate (South Los Angeles) to support J.B. Hunt’s initial LNG truck operations, and will allow the fleet to add additional LNG vehicles in the future.  DOE estimates that the 262 LNG trucks will help displace more than 2.6 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $9,950,708

Maryland Energy Administration’s Maryland Hybrid Truck Goods Movement Initiative. The project will implement the largest collaborative hybrid truck project in the nation. The initiative will provide financial and technical assistance to many large fleets including: ARAMARK, Efficiency Enterprises, Nestle Water Company, Sysco, and UPS to purchase 150 hybrid electric vehicles.  This initiative demonstrates and promote of the feasibility of alternative fuel sources, education and public outreach, and reduction of pollution/emissions.  DOE estimates that the project is estimated to help displace 461,400 gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $5,924,190

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s Statewide Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program for CNG, LPG, EV, and HEV Vehicles and Fueling Stations Initiative. The project will utilize multiple alternative fuels and technologies in multiple sectors across the state.  Alternative fuel and/or hybrid school buses, municipal vehicles, urban delivery, and utility vehicles will be deployed throughout the state.  The fleets include two utility fleets, five cities and towns, three counties, ten private companies, two state fleets, ten school districts, and two universities. The vehicles will be deployed across the state.  The accurate and reliable data collected from the use of these vehicles will provide NYSERDA and DOE insight on how these alternative technologies operate in diverse conditions.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace 302,000 gallons of petroleum per year. 
Total DOE award: $13,299,101

Clean Fuels Ohio’s Ohio Advanced Transportation Partnership (OATP). The project will include the purchase and conversion of 283 alternative fuel vehicles for numerous fleets including taxis, cities, schools, and delivery vehicles. In addition to the alternative fuel vehicles, 15 alternative fueling and service stations will be constructed.  The project will be supported with public education and outreach programs.  DOE estimates that the project will help displace more than 875,000 gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $11,041,500

Utah Clean Cities Coalition’s Clean Cities Transportation Sector Petroleum Reduction Technologies Program. The initiative includes 16 new compressed natural gas (CNG) public fueling facilities, upgrades to 24 CNG public fueling facilities, three new liquid/compressed natural gas facilities, three new biodiesel public refueling stations, and increases the number of natural gas vehicles operating in Utah by 678.  DOE estimates that this initiative will help displace 1.1 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $14,908,648

Clean Energy Coalition’s CEC Michigan Green Fleets Initiative. The project will increase the use of natural gas, electric and hybrid electric vehicles in 13 sites throughout Michigan. A total of 271 alternative fuel vehicles and 19 alternative fueling sites will be added throughout the state.  Fleets include transportation authorities, cities, school districts, the University of Michigan, FedEx, and Meijer.  DOE estimates that a wide variety of viable vehicles and technologies will help lead to the displacement of 1.3 million gallons of petroleum per year. Total DOE award: $14,970,144

Railroad Commission of Texas’ Texas Propane Fleet Pilot Program. The project will deploy 882 propane vehicles, including 245 propane school buses, 24 medium-duty propane trucks and vans, and 613 propane-fueled light-duty vehicles for 40 school districts and public agencies.  To support the vehicles, 35 propane-refueling stations will be constructed.  The stations will allow the fleets to lower their costs by buying fuel in bulk, access federal motor fuel excise tax credits, refuel at the times most convenient to their schedules, and model successful use of propane to nearby peers. DOE estimates that these projects will help displace more than three million gallons of petroleum annually. 
Total DOE award: $12,633,080

City of Chicago, Department of Environment’s Chicago Area Alternative Fuels Deployment Project. The project will deploy 554 alternative fuel and hybrid electric vehicles and install 153 alternative fueling and electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Chicago region.  The initiative also includes garbage trucks, also known as refuse collection vehicles.  The project will result in expanded availability of alternative fuels with 17 new CNG and E85 fueling stations and 63 electric vehicle-charging stations. DOE estimates that the project will help displace 3 million gallons of petroleum per year. Total DOE award: $14,999,658

Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project. The project will expand the use of alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology to create a regional sustainable market for renewable alternative fuels with the lowest lifecycle emissions, such as biogas made from waste products and solar energy, to power electric vehicles; enhance the local economy; and elevate public awareness through innovative outreach campaigns designed to reach an unprecedented audience of over 30 million people per year.  DOE estimates that the project will help displace three million gallons of petroleum per year. Total DOE award: $14,999,927

Texas State Technical College’s Development of a National Liquid Propane (Autogas) Refueling Network, Clean School Bus/Vehicle Incentive & Green Jobs Outreach Program. The project will result in the development of approximately 184 liquid propane Autogas refueling stations in the following major metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Seattle, Orlando, San Diego, St. Louis, San Antonio/Austin, and Oklahoma City as well as a refueling corridor along I-10 in Louisiana (New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles).  The initiative will also support the purchase of dedicated propane school buses and vehicles and, provide an innovative outreach program designed specifically to retrain and certify U.S. veterans and out of work or at risk service technicians for work in the alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technology industries.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace more than 3 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $12,299,828

New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition’s New Jersey Compressed Natural Gas Refuse Trucks, Shuttle Buses and Infrastructure. The project will deploy 277 heavy-duty natural gas garbage trucks and shuttle buses and four new CNG fueling stations throughout Newark, Camden, Trenton, Atlantic City, and Egg Harbor Township.  The initiative also includes projects to educate the public about the benefits of using clean burning, domestically produced natural gas in vehicles.  DOE estimates that the project will help displace 1.8 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $14,997,240

Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition’s Long Island Regional Energy Collaborative Promoting a Green Economy through Clean Alternatives. The project will deploy five CNG stations and 87 heavy-duty trucks throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  The alternative fuel stations will be accessible to the public and include the installation of five new compressed natural gas fueling stations.  The proposed 87 alternative fuel vehicles include: 44 CNG refuse trucks, 40 heavy-duty CNG dump trucks, and three heavy-duty CNG trucks.  DOE estimates that the project will help displace 351,000 gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $14,994,183

DeKalb County’s DeKalb County/Metropolitan Atlanta Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicle Project. The project will convert local landfill gas (LFG), a renewable fuel source, to compressed natural gas and develop five CNG fueling stations throughout the metro-Atlanta area.  The project also includes construction of a B20 station.  Team partners will purchase a total of 191 commercially available light- to heavy-duty alternative-fuel and advanced-technology vehicles.  DOE estimates that the project will help displace 490,000 gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $14,983,167

Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Paving the Way with Propane: The AutoGas Corridor Development Program. The project is aimed at building the infrastructure to encourage public and private vehicle operators to convert existing vehicles from conventional gasoline to clean propane.  The initiative includes 17 new propane fueling stations along high traffic roadways from Washington, D.C. to Florida to Mississippi to create the nation’s first propane corridor.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace 3.9 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $8,605,100

State of Wisconsin’s Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program. The project will deploy 502 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles through 119 public and private fleets throughout the state.  The program includes the installation of 10 alternative fuel refueling sites (two B20, one Electric Recharging, and seven CNG).  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace 1.6 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $15,000,000

Southern CA Assoc. of Governments Clean Cities Coalition’s Expanding California’s E85 Ethanol Fueling Infrastructure. The project will add 55 E85 fueling stations throughout California.  The stations will be placed in the areas with the highest concentration of flex-fuel vehicles.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace approximately 3.5 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $6,917,200

The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition’s Idaho Petroleum Reduction Leadership Project. The project will replace 28 heavy-duty diesel refuse trucks with CNG trucks.  A CNG fueling station will be constructed at 2 of the recipient’s, Allied Waste, locations.  Allied Waste will conduct two outreach campaigns to encourage other fleet operators and the public to use CNG and other alternative fuel vehicles.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace 255,000 gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $5,519,862

Metropolitan Energy Information Center’s Midwest Region Alternative Fuels Project. The project will include 27 alternative fuel stations (16 CNG, 7 B20/E85, one B20, three Electric Charging) and deploy 373 alternative fuel and advance technology vehicles (235 CNG, 58 HEV, two LPG, two EV).  The stations will provide additional CNG fueling in cities and along the Interstate corridors that pass through Kansas City – East to West on I-70 and North to South on I-35.  Additionally, an extensive public awareness program will expand the interest and adoption of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology in the Midwest region.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace 548,000 gallons of petroleum. Total DOE award: $14,999,905

Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc.’s Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project. The project will deploy multiple fuels and technologies.  Vehicles to be deployed include 163 CNG, the vast majority for high mileage taxis and 18 heavy-duty LNG refuse trucks.  Infrastructure to be deployed includes three CNG stations, one combined B20/CNG/Electric station, one L/CNG station, one hydrogen station, and seven electric chargers.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace 1.4 million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $13,195,000

State of Indiana’s: Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance Comprehensive Alternative Fuels Implementation Plan. The project will implement propane, compressed natural gas, and hybrid vehicles from light- to heavy-duty and includes infrastructure for CNG and E85 vehicles.  The fleets involved include the state’s municipality fleets, Sysco Distribution, and others.  This project incorporates more than 900 alternative fuel vehicles and 13 fueling sites. DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace one million gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $10,125,000

Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s Hybrid Electric School Buses Provide New Horsepower for Kentucky. The project will replace 190 older diesel school buses with hybrid electric school buses to be used in school districts throughout Kentucky.  The initiative also includes technical training programs and educational outreach.  DOE estimates that the project will help displace 122,000 gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $12,980,000

Triangle J Council of Governments’ Carolinas Blue Skies & Green Jobs Initiative. The project will include vehicles and fueling infrastructure for electric, hybrid-electric, compressed natural gas, propane, E85, and biodiesel fuels and technologies to be deployed throughout North Carolina and South Carolina.  The project includes 45 E85 and B20 stations, eight propane stations, and 132 electric vehicle-recharging sites.  New vehicles to be deployed include 55 CNG vehicles, 363 propane vehicles, 89 hybrid electric vehicles, and 56 neighborhood electric vehicles.  DOE estimates that the initiative will help displace 724,000 gallons of petroleum annually. Total DOE award: $12,975,388

AEM Reaches Agreement with Media Globe to Join the CTT Exhibition in Russia

AEM_logo_wo_cmykMedia Globe and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have reached an agreement to hold an expanded construction equipment exhibition in Russia beginning in 2010 at the Construction Equipment & Technologies (CTT) exhibition in Moscow.

AEM will join forces with CTT owner and organizer Media Globe by establishing a CONEXPO Russia exhibit area in the CTT exhibition. CTT 2010 will bring together the manufacturers, customers and industry organizations in Russia to provide the maximum value and return on investment to all participants.

The next CTT exhibition will be held June 1-5, 2010 at the Crocus International Exhibition Center in Moscow. With the agreement, AEM will not hold its separate CONEXPO Russia exhibition, which was last held in September 2008 and was scheduled for September 2010.

The agreement combines the resources of Media Globe, the organizer of several major industrial shows in Russia, and AEM, an organizer of international exhibitions, including CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas.

“The current economic conditions make it very difficult for the manufacturers of construction equipment and their customers. By joining forces with Media Globe to give the full support of AEM to CTT and organizing the CONEXPO Russia exhibit area, we will be improving the opportunity of participants for a successful event”, stated AEM President Dennis Slater.

Media Globe is an organizer of specialized international exhibitions and a publisher of industry magazines in Russia. It has successfully organized the annual CTT exhibition since 2000, establishing it as the largest annual construction equipment exhibition in the world.

“CTT has grown steadily for the past 10 years due to the support of both exhibitors and their customers as the expanding Russian economy created a boom in infrastructure projects,” stated Media Globe President Alexey Striganov. “Cooperation with AEM will enhance the global platform of CTT and will support participants during the economic downturn and in the future”.

AEM will be responsible for exhibit space sales for companies based in North and South America, and to certain other international manufacturers. The Association will also serve as a supporting organization for CTT and provide international marketing support in North and South America.

To achieve maximum results for AEM member companies, show participants and the industry, AEM partners with trade show organizers around the world. AEM’s global partnering philosophy includes working cooperatively in China with BICES and Bauma China; with the Munich International Trade Fairs Group for the launch of bC India; and now Media Globe in Russia.

AEM is the North American-based international trade association for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry serving the construction, agriculture, forestry, mining and utility markets. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Beijing and a European presence in Brussels. It represents more than 800 companies.

For more information, contact the offices of Media Globe in Russia at 495-961-22-62 or AEM in the U.S. at 414-272-0943.

Cole Brock’s EndZone

imagesYou’re looking at this and thinking, “Who the heck is Cole Brock!”  And then you’re probably wondering what this blather is doing on this website. I’ll help you understand, maybe…

Die-hard Alabama football fans, especially the older ones, might recognize the name when I unroll all of it – Ernest Cole Brock IV. The IV addendum to the name may cause confusion until they go backwards and realize that by the numbers I am the grandson of the Ernest Cole Brock, Jr., MD, who was the University of Alabama football team doctor under the iron-fisted reignimages-4 of “The Bear” – Paul “Bear” Bryant.

That explains why I’m a die-hard Alabama fan; but really what else could I be?  It naturally follows then, that I’m also a fan of the SEC, more as a whole rather than any particular team beside the Tide.  Most SEC fans I’m sure feel the same. What other fans chant the conference name, “SEC-SEC-SEC,” when their team beats a non-conference opponent?

Oh yeah, I’m Greg Sitek’s son…

I read recently that for the season opener, Pete Carrol, USC head coach, recently dumped junior, Aaron Corp, in favor of last year’s #1 high school QB in the nation Matt Barkley, according to Rivals.com. The golden boy, from the same, Mater Dei High School in Orange County recently beat out Corp, and much-maligned Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain.

Now I probably shouldn’t rant about my extreme disapproval of the idiocy that inherently is Mitch Mustain, but I’m going to anyway. This kid had it made, coming out of high school with almost every national player-of-the-year award on his nightstand. He eventually ended up choosing his home state Razorbacks over the likes of Florida, Notre Dame, and Michigan etc., which may or may not have had to do with the hiring of high school head coach Gus Malzhan, by Houston Nutt.  Mustain’s true freshman season saw him go 8-0 as a starter but he eventually got dumped for the SEC championship and Capitol One Bowl games for the more experienced Casey Dick.

Well after a fit, thrown by the higher ups in his hometown of Springdale, Houston Nutt was forced to let Mustain transfer initially to Tulsa, following his beloved coach Malzhan, and subsequently to USC. Sorry Mitch, maybe the mid-west would have done you better. Anybody remember the other five star high school QB’s from his class? Tim Tebow and Mathew Stafford. Ha.

After, most notably his mother, and her merry band of Mafioso’s got Mustain and high school teammate Damian Williams out to Southern California, they got Nutt fired. To me this sounded like high school football politics? The rich kid doesn’t get to play, so his parents throw a fit; every one looks the other way and all of a sudden the rich kid is playing over better and more qualified poor kids. It happens all the time, especially in the south. Well, too bad, mommy’s money won’t buy you your spot at USC.  Hey but what do I know. Matt Barkley is from the OC. I guess Springdale’s influence only goes so far.

Wow, sorry if you already knew this dreadful tale…  especially if you are a Razorbacks fan and still wish Swine Flu on all who call Springdale home. Lets just hope second-year coach Petrino is happy with Michigan five-star transfer Ryan Mallet, before he bolts for another fixer upper. Replacing a quarterback is probably the toughest job a coach faces, how many Mannings are there? This year saw some greats leave for the NFL. Here are some of the more intriguing situations.

USC imagesUSC-Mark Sanchez- USC has had no problem replacing big names in the past. Carson Palmer passed his Heisman crown on to Matt Leinart, followed by a solid John David Booty. Matt Cassell never played a down backing up Palmer and Leinart, but managed to find a starting role for the New England Patriots, after Tom Brady went down with a season ending knee injury.  This year is no different with two five stars and four star, Aaron Corps, battling it out. For now it seams boy wonder Matt Barkley will start the season opener. “It’s clear to us as a staff that Matt Barkley is ready to be the starting quarterback at USC,” Carroll said in a statement Thursday. “He has exceeded all our expectations. He has all the physical ability, he has the mentality and temperament to handle the position, his personality is very well received by all the players and he’s extremely talented.” Lets hope this isn’t politics and Barkley really is that good. I have to wonder if Carrol really believes he is the best or if he is planning on a throw away year as Barkley learns the ropes….

imagesWVU-Pat White – Now he may not be playing QB in the NFL, but he sure played it well for the Mountaineers. The second round pick of the Dolphins, he amassed staggering numbers for WVU over his four-year career with nearly 10,000 all-purpose yards. He left campus claiming more individual records than I could name. His 4-0 record, as a starter in bowl games, is bigger than any other statistic of his. His big time presence will be sorely missed.  Fifth year senior Jarrett Brown has long secured the job, but regardless, has limited game experience. All signs point to yes with this guy. We’ll all know in a week!

Georgia-Mathew Stafford- Loosing the number one pick in the draft is never lightly felt, but Georgia is looking to take it in stride with visionsimages-1 of another SEC championship with eerily similar comparisons to the 2005 D. J. Shockley season. This year another fifth year senior looks to replace a career starter. Joe Cox may never be the first pick in the NFL draft, but he could certainly stake his claim in bulldog lore with a win over the hated Gators, something four-year starter David Greene and three-year starter Stafford only accomplished once in their careers at Athens. With a win over Florida, an SEC championship berth would seem inevitable.  Not to be forgotten sophomore Logan Gray has kept heat on the starting spot with first team play throughout fall camp.  It remains to be seen how Cox will handle the pressure. If history repeats itself, expect big things from the often-overlooked Georgia Bulldogs.

Texas Tech- Graham Harrell — With Graham Harrell leaving, after cracking the top ten of nearly every NCAA career passing record, and images-2owning the career touchdown mark, it would seem Tech would be reeling. With another heir-apparent to the QB-throne no one seems worried, least of all Mike Leech. In eight out of nine seasons the Texas Tech quarterback lead the nation in passing; in the other season Graham Harrell was second to Hawaii’s Timmy Chang in ’06.  Taylor Potts appears to be a perfect fit claiming, “When I first got here, everything was different. The names of the routes were different, and it was almost like I was learning a foreign language.” Potts continued, “But now, after being here almost three years, I feel like I’m finally fluent in it.”

“Sometimes I take it for granted because it comes so easily. But after you’ve studied it for a year or so, it comes simply, and everything becomes pretty clear the more you are exposed to it.”

I don’t know about Potts…  my money’s on Leech. I don’t doubt that Taylor Potts is ready to be on the ever-growing list of Tech QB’s to be nothing short of spectacular. The only question now is if he’ll continue the tradition of undrafted Leech prodigies.

images-3Missouri-Chase Daniel- Missouri hasn’t had the luxury of five straight 4,000 yard passers and but with a four and three year startingquarterbacks back to back in Brad Smith and Chase Daniels, a new sophomore is set to keep the trend going. The reason for the Missouri football resurgence the last few years, Daniels broke nearly every Quarterback record the tigers had to offer. But as is always the case change is necessary. It seems once highly touted five star prospect, Blaine Gabbert is on course to start the 2009 season off right. He had stellar spring and fall camps, beating out freshman trio Blaine Dalton, Ashton Glaser, and Owen Leander.  Gabbert at 6’5 240 fits the bill, and hasn’t disappointed.

Cole Brock

U.S. Construction Machinery Exports Down 36 Percent At Midyear 2009

AEM_logo_wo_cmykU.S. construction machinery exports dropped 36 percent during the first half of 2009, with $6.4 billion shipped to global markets compared to $10.1 billion at midyear 2008, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM off-road equipment manufacturing trade group consolidates U.S. Commerce Dept. data with other sources into global trend reports for members.

All world regions recorded double-digit declines in construction equipment exports for the first half of 2009, led by Europe and Canada.

  • Exports declined 53 percent to Europe for a total $777 million, and dropped 45 percent to Canada for a total $1.8 billion.
  • Exports to Asia decreased 30 percent to $939 million.
  • Exports to Central America dropped 21 percent to $662 million, with a lesser decline to South America – minus 14 percent for a total $1.2 billion.
  • Australia/Oceania’s export purchases decreased 42 percent to $497 million, while Africa took delivery of $528 million worth of construction equipment, a 24-percent drop.

“U.S. exports of construction equipment began to erode in third quarter 2008 with the worsening global recession. We’re an export-intensive industry and the continuing decline is especially detrimental since we’re also experiencing steep cuts in domestic business,” stated Al Cervero, AEM Senior Vice President.

“The U.S government has been using various economic stimulus measures to jump-start the economy. The economic stimulus package has fallen short for construction machinery manufacturers. But, free trade increases exports and stimulates the economy. It helps keep American manufacturers in business, providing American jobs and economic resources to communities, states and the nation.”

AEM urges Congress to pass the free-trade agreements already completed, and to leave NAFTA alone, Cervero noted. “Other nations are joining in free trade agreements with each other, and we are being left behind,” he said.

“We also need to get our roads and bridges and other infrastructure in good condition so we can move goods to market more efficiently. China and many other nations realize the connection and are spending much more on infrastructure than we are – China’s 9 percent of GDP for example compared to 0.93 percent for the U.S. We need to be sure U.S. manufacturers have access to business around the world, as other nations ramp up their infrastructure funding to better compete on a global scale,” Cervero added.

The top 10 countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery during the first half of 2009 were: (1) Canada – $1.8 billion, down 45 percent; (2) Mexico – $510 million, down 6 percent; (3) Australia – $473 million, down 43 percent; (4) Chile – $425 million, up 5 percent; (5) South Africa – $231 million, down 38 percent; (6) Belgium – $222 million, down 39 percent; (7) Brazil – $216 million, down 16 percent; (8) China – $210 million, down 6 percent; (9) Peru- $177 million, up 1 percent; (10) Colombia – $168 million, up 27 percent.

India came in at number 16 with $76 million worth of construction equipment purchases, a 33-percent gain compared to midyear 2008. And, number 18 was Russia at $67 million, a drastic decline of 71 percent from the first half of 2008.

AEM Construction Challenge Goes Worldwide

AEM_logo_wo_cmykThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Destination ImagiNation (DI) are pleased to announce the continuation of the AEM Construction Challenge. The AEM Construction Challenge, a career-education initiative, will return for the 2009-2010 season in a new format that will allow it to reach a larger audience than ever before.

The Destination ImagiNation program is the world’s premier creative problem solving program: it is currently offered in more than 30 countries, and every year, more than 100,000 students participate in the program worldwide. Through its “Challenge A – DIrect DIposit,” thousands of participating teams will be exposed to construction-related subject matter in 2009-2010.

“We want to make sure we continue to reach participants with creative problem solving and information about construction careers,” commented Rusty McCarty, President of DI.

The winning teams will advance from Regional tournaments (held March 2010) to affiliate tournaments (held April 2010) and then on to Global Finals (held late May 2010). And while attending advanced tournaments, the teams will also have the opportunity to interact with AEM representatives and learn about careers in the construction industry.

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“Our Construction Challenge was created as a platform to educate students and the public about rewarding, interesting and lucrative career opportunities. We want to attract even more young people to continue providing the innovation needed for our quality of life,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “While our nation’s leaders are planning for the creation of millions of jobs, we are focused on what we can do to help develop this growing skilled workforce.”

The AEM Construction Challenge program offers an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community leaders to learn more about teamwork, creative problem solving and rewarding industry career paths, as well as building an awareness of the impact of infrastructure on our quality of life. Because the Equipment-manufacturing industry needs to fill more than one million new jobs by 2012, AEM partnered with DI in 2007 to develop the AEM Construction Challenge as an industry-wide effort to motivate young people to consider joining the industry. For more information, visit www.constructionchallenge.org