Homeland Vinyl to expand in Surgoinsville, add 55 jobs | Business

SURGOINSVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development (TDECD) Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Homeland Vinyl officials announced on Tuesday the manufacturer will invest $2.2 million and create 55 jobs in Surgoinsville.

As part of the expansion, Homeland Vinyl will add 38,000 square feet to its operations in Hawkins County, adding multiple new extrusion lines and assembly line capabilities.

Homeland Vinyl manufactures a diverse portfolio of vinyl profiles, including fencing, rail and deck products. The company has operations in six states across the U.S., including the facility in Surgoinsville.

In 2017, Homeland Vinyl added 50,000 square feet to its Surgoinsville facility and installed new equipment.

“I am pleased that Homeland Vinyl has decided to continue to invest in Surgoinsville. This expansion is a sign of positive momentum for Hawkins County as we continue to safely get Tennesseans back to work and the economy thriving again,” Lee, a

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Las Vegas-based Companies Band Together to Expand Access to Education Platform During the Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — WithSocrates and Context Networks, both Las Vegas-based technology companies, today announced a partnership that will expand the availability of the Socrates Learning Platform to more students.

WithSocrates is the creator of the award-winning Socrates Learning Platform, which personalizes learning for students. Socrates was created with sponsorship from the National Science Foundation. Socrates uses artificial intelligence to personalize learning for each student, adjusting in real-time to their needs across over 2000 detailed topics of knowledge. Socrates makes learning fun through 18 gamification elements, encouraging children to learn and progress more. 

Context Networks, Inc. is the world’s first omnichannel marketing system to unify high-contextualized marketing messages across all physical and digital displays, helping casinos and lottery and iGaming operators drive new revenue streams by building more direct and meaningful relationships with their customers.

The partnership between the two companies will

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ExxonMobil, National Math and Science Initiative Expand Education Programs to Permian-Area Schools

  • Programs to increase college readiness and advance math and science skills
  • Independent school districts in Midland and Ector County in Texas and Carlsbad Municipal School District in New Mexico to implement classroom-based and virtual programs
  • Programs shown to improve Advanced Placement® exam performance

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) are bringing college readiness and foundational education programs to students in Permian-area schools in Midland Independent School District and Ector County Independent School District in Texas and the Carlsbad Municipal School District in New Mexico.

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Two core programs will come to the Permian region, including the College Readiness Program — a comprehensive, three-year program designed to increase student participation and performance in Advanced

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Citi and Citi Foundation Expand Global Job Skills-Building Initiative to Improve Employability and Economic Opportunity for Underserved Communities

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Citi and the Citi Foundation today announced an expansion of the global Pathways to Progress initiative, led by a Citi Foundation investment of $100 million to improve employability and economic opportunity around the world.

Through Pathways to Progress, young people become equipped with the skills and confidence they need to make a positive impact in their lives and their communities, and also access employment opportunities to succeed in rapidly changing economies.

Since 2014, the Citi Foundation has invested approximately $200 million globally in Pathways to Progress programming. By 2023, the Citi Foundation expects to cumulatively impact over a million young people around the world with a total investment of $300 million. In the U.S., the program has served approximately 100,000 Black and Latinx youth over the past three years, and expanded efforts will focus more intently

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Colleges expand testing to check more students with no symptoms of covid-19

On these campuses and some others, a rapidly intensifying hunt is underway to find students who are carrying a dangerous pathogen but don’t know it. Mass testing centers are popping up in stadiums and parking lots and under the shade of tents as students line up to fulfill their public health duty. The outcome of the quest could help determine whether residence halls remain open in the fall term and at least some face-to-face teaching survives.

Yet a growing number of universities in recent weeks have learned that these measures are not enough to sustain in-person teaching amid a pandemic that has killed more than 180,000 Americans and sickened many more. Spikes in cases have led schools such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to retreat to online instruction and empty much of their campus housing.

“You’ve got to add something else,” said Carl T. Bergstrom, a

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Local fuel cell company to expand with 25 jobs

A West Carrollton company said it will expand and hire up to 25 people thanks to a tax credit approved Monday by the Ohio Tax Credit Authority.

a close up of a computer: Plug Power, a hydrogen-fuel cell energy solutions provider, opened a new location in West Carrollton in 2016. FILE

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Plug Power, a hydrogen-fuel cell energy solutions provider, opened a new location in West Carrollton in 2016. FILE

The authority approved a 1.438 percent, 7-year tax credit to Plug Power Inc. — a Latham, NY fuel cell manufacturer which has had a local presence since 2016 — for the creation of $1.5 million in new annual payroll as a result of a possible expansion in West Carrollton.


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As part of the tax credit agreement, Ohio requires the company to maintain operations in the Dayton area for at least 10 years.

Ohio is competing with New York for the proposed project. A message seeking comment was sent

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New ASU Initiative to Accelerate Innovations in Higher Education that Expand Access and Empower Learners

TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With a shifting landscape facing learners of all kinds, Arizona State University (ASU) today announced a new initiative that will accelerate the university’s efforts to redesign American higher education. The initiative is supported by the Stand Together community through financial commitments by the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF), the Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF), Michael and Beth Kasser, Ambassador Frank and Kathy Baxter, Mike and Cindy Watts, the O’Neil Family Foundation, and Gary and Claudia Phillips.

“The work advanced through this partnership will drive a culture change and the commitment to redesign and restructure higher education that we embrace at ASU and that is critical to the success of students across the country,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow, who outlines his vision for higher education in his new book, The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education. “The public health pandemic that

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