Senator Art Haywood, PA Horticultural Society

PHILADELPHIA – May 7, 2021 – On Thursday, State Senator Art Haywood (D-Montgomery/Philadelphia) and State Representative Ben Sanchez (D-Montgomery) presented the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with a $1 million check to renovate Meadowbrook Farm in Montgomery County. Matt Rader, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, accepted the state funded check at the PHS public garden in Jenkintown, Pa.

Meadowbrook Farm is 22-acre public garden and green space, which includes greenhouses, an education area, and a plant shop. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) will use the $1 million to renovate the existing plant shop and visitor center and make Meadowbrook Farm more welcoming and accessible to the over 6,500 guests who visit the garden every year. At a time when public green spaces are more important than ever, the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant will enable PHS to elevate Meadowbrook’s role as a high-quality public space and asset for environmental and horticultural education in the region.

“We are thankful for our partners in the state legislature, Senator Art Haywood, Representative Ben Sanchez, and Governor Tom Wolf for their support of Meadowbrook Farm, the signature public garden in the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s network of public gardens and landscapes. The RACP grant will allow the garden to improve its infrastructure to serve more visitors and act as a verdant space that helps advance health and well-being in the region” said Matt Rader, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

“Thanks to the RACP grant, PHS Meadowbrook Farm will be able to enhance the visitor experience at this historic property, providing greater accessibility and upgrades to facilities throughout the garden. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Meadowbrook Farm to enjoy the developments to the gardens and property,” said Andrew Bunting, VP of Public Horticulture at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Representative Sanchez added, “Everyone knows the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for the Philadelphia Flower Show, but what a delight it is to have Meadowbrook Farm in our community here in Abington.”

The RACP grant will also facilitate PHS in using the entire Meadowbrook Farm campus to supplement the PHS workforce development and training programs. These programs will offer paid training for people with barriers to employment who are interested in careers in horticulture such as landscaping, arboriculture, food gardening, greenhouse operations, carpentry, and masonry. PHS also assists individuals with job readiness, conflict resolution, health education, and occupational therapy.

“Enhancing the environment also builds community and generate jobs,” Senator Haywood said. “I want to thank the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for their part in building opportunities that our families and children greatly need.”

PHS will break ground on the renovations to Meadowbrook Farm in 2022. The free public garden is now open to visitors at 1633 Washington Lane in Jenkintown, Pa. For more information, please visit www.PHSOnline.org.

###


Source: EIN Presswire

Courts in the Community Returns: Konawaena, Lahainaluna, and Waipahu High Schools Participate Remotely

 

The opening shot of Olelo Community Media's broadcast of the Hawaii State Judiciary’s Courts in the Community oral argument, May 7, 2021.

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Supreme Court convened today by Zoom, giving more than 110 students on three islands the opportunity to view oral argument in an actual case. Participating schools included Konawaena High School on Hawaii island, Lahainaluna High School on Maui, and Waipahu High School on Oahu.

This event marked the return of the Hawaii State Judiciary’s Courts in the Community outreach program, which was suspended in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2012, more than 5,000 students have participated in this educational initiative to enhance their understanding of the Judiciary’s role in government, and see first-hand how it resolves disputes in our democracy.

The court heard SCOT-20-0000309; In the Matter of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. The case involves a wind farm facility located on 706.7 acres of land in Kahuku, Oahu.

Oral argument was followed by two question-and-answer sessions for the students – one with the attorneys and another with the justices.

To prepare for the case, students studied a curriculum developed by the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center. Attorneys from the West Hawaii Bar Association, Maui County Bar Association, and Hawaii State Bar Association volunteered their time and facilitated a moot court activity where students had an opportunity to argue the case themselves.

“Courts in the Community is an investment in future generations,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. “This experiential learning program helps students gain a deeper understanding of the judicial process, and how the courts work to provide justice for all. This understanding is vital to the future of our democracy.”

“I would like to express our deepest thanks to the teachers, the West Hawaii Bar Association, the Maui County Bar Association, the Hawaii State Bar Association, the Hawaii State Bar Foundation, and all the volunteer attorneys who helped make this happen. These invaluable partnerships are what make the program a success,” added Chief Justice Recktenwald.

“The Hawaii State Bar Association would like to thank and congratulate the many dedicated teachers, volunteer attorneys, school and court administrators, and especially the students, who together made this first virtual Courts in the Community event such a success,” said HSBA President Levi Hookano. “The attorneys arguing each side of the many unique, challenging issues presented in this case set the stage for a spirited question-and-answer session with the students following the court proceedings.

Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson participating remotely in oral argument, May 7, 2021.

Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Michael D. Wilson poses a question to one of the attorneys during oral argument.

The oral argument will be broadcast live on the television stations of Olelo Community Media (https://olelo.org), Akakū Maui Community Media (https://www.akaku.org), and Ho’ike – Kauai Community Television (https://hoike.org). Check the websites for online availability and rebroadcast dates and times.

If you have any questions or would like to request additional photos or video of the event, please contact the Judiciary’s Communications and Community Relations Office at (808) 539-4909

 

For more information, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 808-539-4909 or via email at pao@courts.hawaii.gov.

Subscribe to the Hawai’i State Judiciary mailing list for email notification of press releases and other announcements.


Source: EIN Presswire

DOT NEWS RELEASE: OAHU LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 8 – MAY 14

Posted on May 7, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

PLEASE NOTE:

Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.  All projects are weather permitting.

 

— H-1 FREEWAY —

1) HONOLULU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Three right lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between Middle Street and the Pearl Harbor Interchange on Friday, May 7, through Saturday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., for testing of the concrete pavement.

2) HONOLULU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Closure of the westbound H-1 Freeway onramp from Aolele Street on Friday, May 7, through Saturday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., for testing of the concrete pavement.

3) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Two lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Vineyard Boulevard onramp and the Gulick Avenue overpass on Monday, May 10, and Friday, May 14, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for drainage improvements.

4) HONOLULU

Right turn lane closure on the Pali Highway offramp (Exit 21A) from the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for electrical work.

5) HONOLULU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Lanes shifted on the Middle Street/Dillingham offramp (Exit 18B) from the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction on Sunday, May 9, through Friday, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

6) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Intermittent stoppages on the eastbound H-1 Freeway Airport offramps to the terminal and parking structures on Wednesday, May 12, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

7) KUNIA TO HALAWA (NIGHT WORK)

Roving lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the Kunia Interchange and Halwa Interchange on Tuesday, May 4, through Wednesday, May 5, from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., for street sweeping.

8) MAKAKILO

Alternating lane closure on the Makakilo offramp (Exit 2) from the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction on Wednesday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for utility work.

9) MAKAKILO

Left turn lane closure on the Makakilo offramp (Exit 2) from the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction on Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for utility work.

10) PEARL CITY

Right lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction between the Pearl City Interchange and the Kaonohi Street overpass on Monday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for utility work.

11) PEARL HARBOR TO PEARL CITY (NIGHT WORK)

Up to three lane closures on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction between the Pearl Harbor Interchange and H-1/H-2 Split on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., for pavement marking. Ramps will remain open.

12) WAIPAHU

Right lane closure on the H-1 Freeway in the westbound direction in the vicinity of the Waipahu offramp (Exit 8B) from on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for sign replacement work.

 

 

— H-2 FREEWAY —

1) WAHIAWA TO WAIPAHU

Roving lane closure on the H-2 Freeway in both directions between Wilikina Drive and the H-1 Freeway on Wednesday, May 12, through Thursday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., for street sweeping.

2) WAHIAWA TO WAIPAHU

Lane shifts and possible closures of the onramps and offramps from the H-2 Freeway in both directions between Wilikina Drive and the H-1 Freeway on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., for street marking. Ramps will remain open unless there is a safety concern, or the minimum lane width cannot be maintained. If a ramp closure is needed, signage and a detour will be in place.

For more information https://hidot.hawaii.gov/blog/2021/05/05/roadwork-scheduled-on-the-h-2-freeway-onramps-and-offramps-on-may-10-may-19-for-marking-installations/

 

— H-201 MOANALUA FREEWAY —

1) MOANALUA (NIGHT WORK)

Two right lane closures on the H-201 Moanalua Freeway in the westbound direction between the Middle Street overpass and Funston Road overpass on Thursday, May 13, through Friday, May 14, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for drainage improvements.

2) MOANALUA

Right lane closure on the H-201 Moanalua Freeway in the eastbound direction in the vicinity of the Halawa Heights Stadium (Exit 13B) onramp on Tuesday, May 11, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for guardrail repairs.

3) MOANALUA

Right lane closure on the H-201 Moanalua Freeway in the westbound direction between Middle Street and the Ahua Road overpass on Tuesday, May 11, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for guardrail repairs.

 

— FARRINGTON HIGHWAY (ROUTES 93/99/930) —

1) PEARL CITY

Lane closure on Farrington Highway (Route 99) in the eastbound direction between Kamehameha Highway and Waiawa Road on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for waterline work.

2) WAIALUA

Roving lane closure on Farrington Highway (Route 93) in both directions between Dillingham Airfield and Kaukonahua Road on Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for maintenance work.

3) WAIANAE (24/7 CLOSURE + CONTRAFLOW)

The eastbound shoulder and right lane of Farrington Highway (Route 93) between Maipalaoa Road and St. John’s Road will remain closed over a 24-hour period, seven days a week for the Maipalaoa Bridge Replacement project.

Contraflow of the middle lane to support the morning and afternoon commutes operates Monday through Friday. For the morning commute there are two lanes going eastbound and one lane going westbound. For the afternoon commute the middle lane is switched over to provide two lanes westbound and one eastbound lane. On weekends and holidays the middle lane is set in the westbound direction.

4) WAIANAE

Right lane closure on Farrington Highway (Route 93) in the eastbound direction in the vicinity of Maipalaoa Road on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for demolition work.

5) WAIPAHU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Lanes will be closed as needed on Farrington Highway (Route 7101) in both directions between Fort Weaver Road and the H-1 Freeway Overpass (near Leeward Community College), on Sunday, May 9, through Friday, May 14, over a 24-hour period, for The Rail.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

 

— KAHEKILI HIGHWAY (ROUTES 83) —

1) KANEOHE (WEEKEND WORK)

Right lane closure on Kahekili Highway (Route 83) in the northbound direction between Haiku Road and Hui Iwa Street on Saturday, May 8, from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for pruning trees.

 

— KALANIANAOLE HIGHWAY (ROUTES 61/72) —

1) AINA HAINA (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Two center lane closures on Kalanianaole Highway (Route 72) in the eastbound direction between Waa Street and Kaimoku Street on Sunday, May 9, through Friday, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., for sewer repairs.

2) AINA HAINA

Alternating right lane closure on Kalanianaole Highway (Route 72) in both directions between Moomuku Place and Hawaii Loa Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for sewer repairs.

3) HAWAII KAI (NIGHT WORK)

Closure of Kalanianaole Highway in both directions between Hanauma Bay and the Halona Blow Hole Lookout from 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, May 11, through 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, May 12, for filming. Motorists will be detoured at Lunalilo Home Road and Kealahou Street. Intermittent traffic control will be in place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on May 11, to prepare for the full closure.

 

— KAMEHAMEHA HIGHWAY (ROUTES 80/83/99) —

1) HAUULA

Roving lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 83) in both directions in the vicinity of Kaupau Place on Thursday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for tree trimming.

2) HAUULA

Roving lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 83) in both directions in the vicinity of Kukuna Road on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for bridge repairs.

3) KAHALUU

Right lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 83) in the northbound direction in the vicinity of Waihee Road on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for tree trimming.

4) KAHUKU

Right lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 83) in the southbound direction between Kuilima Drive Pualalea Street on Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for utility work.

5) KALIHI (24/7 CLOSURE)

Kamehameha Highway between Middle Street and Laumaka Street will be reduced to one westbound and one eastbound lane 24-hours a day, seven days a week, for The Rail. Other adjustments to the area include:

  • No left turns from Kamehameha Highway will be allowed.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained.
  • Driveway and Business access will be maintained.
  • The H-1 eastbound off-ramp to Dillingham Blvd. will be reduced to one lane. Middle Street southbound left turn reduced to single turn lane.
  • The sidewalk on the makai side of Dillingham Boulevard between Puuhale Road and Mokauea Street will be closed 24/7 with pedestrians rerouted to the mauka sidewalk.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

6) PEARL CITY

Right lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) in the westbound direction in the vicinity of Waihona Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for waterline work.

7) PEARL CITY TO HALAWA (NIGHT WORK)

Lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) in both directions between Kuala Street and Halawa Interchange on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, over a 24-hour period, for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

8) PUPUKEA

Roving lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 83) in both directions in the vicinity of Kapuhi Street on Thursday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for tree trimming.

9) SALT LAKE (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) in both directions between Center Drive and Salt Lake Boulevard on Sunday, May 9, through Friday, May 14, over a 24-hour period, for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

10) SALT LAKE (NIGHT WORK)

Full closure of Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) in both directions between Center Drive and Radford Drive on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., for The Rail project. Motorists will be detoured.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

11) SALT LAKE

Right lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) in the westbound direction between Ford Island Boulevard and Salt Lake Boulevard on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 am. to 3 p.m., for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

12) WAIPAHU

Roving lane closure on Kamehameha Highway (Route 99) in both directions in the vicinity of Waipahu Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for maintenance work.

 

— LIKELIKE HIGHWAY (ROUTE 63) —

1) KANEOHE

Roving lane closure on Likelike Highway (Route 63) in both directions in the vicinity of Kahekili Highway on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for pavement striping installations.

 

— NIMITZ HIGHWAY (ROUTE 92) —

1) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Lane closure of Nimitz Highway (Route 92) in both directions between Halekauwila Street and Ala Moana Boulevard on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, over a 24-hour period, for The Rail work.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

2) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Full closure of Nimitz Highway (Route 92) in both directions between Lagoon Drive and Sand Island Access Road on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., for The Rail work. Motorists will be detoured.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

 

— PALI HIGHWAY (ROUTE 61) —

1) HONOLULU

Two lane closures on the Pali Highway in both directions between the H-1 Freeway and Vineyard Boulevard on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for electrical work.

For more information, please visit the Pali Highway Resurfacing project website at http://palihighway.org

2) HONOLULU

Left lane closure and left turn pocket closed on the Pali Highway in the southbound direction between the H-1 Freeway and Vineyard Boulevard on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for electrical work.

For more information, please visit the Pali Highway Resurfacing project website at http://palihighway.org

3) NUUANU

Left or right lane closure on the Pali Highway in the southbound direction between Coelho Way and Wylie Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for electrical work.

4) NUUANU

Right lane closure on the Pali Highway in the southbound direction in the vicinity of Puiwa Road on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., for curb, sidewalk and gutter work.

5) NUUANU

Lane closure on the Pali Highway in the southbound direction between Nuuanu Pali Drive and Waokana Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for striping work.

6) NUUANU

Lane closure on the Pali Highway in the northbound direction between Wylie Street and Dowsett Avenue on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., for curb, gutter and sidewalk work.

7) KANEOHE

Lane closure on the Pali Highway in the northbound direction between the Pali Tunnels and Kamehameha Highway on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., for tentative corrective striping work.

 

—ALA MOANA BOULEVARD (ROUTE 92) —

1) HONOLULU

Right lane closure on Ala Moana Boulevard in the westbound direction in the vicinity of Coral Street on Thursday, May 13, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for survey of manholes.

2) HONOLULU

Right lane closure on Ala Moana Boulevard in the westbound direction between Queen Street and Kamakee Street on Tuesday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for tree trimming.

 

—VINEYARD BOULEVARD —

1) HONOLULU

Left lane closure on Vineyard Boulevard in the eastbound direction between Maunakea Street and Queen Emma Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for resurfacing work.

2) HONOLULU

Left turn pocket closure from Vineyard Boulevard in both directions onto Maunakea Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for resurfacing work.

3) HONOLULU

Two right lane closures on Vineyard Boulevard in both directions between Nuuanu Avenue and Queen Emma Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for resurfacing work.

 

 

— KUALAKAI PARKWAY —

1) EWA

Kualakai Parkway between Farrington Highway and Keahumoa Parkway is City Maintained State Highway.

Lane closure on Kualakai Parkway in both directions between Keahumoa Parkway and Farrington Highway on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for the rail.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299

 

 

— SAND ISLAND PARKWAY —

1) EWA

Right lane closure on Sand Island Parkway in the eastbound direction between Paapu Street and Ulupono Street on Tuesday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for utility work.

 

— LAGOON DRIVE —

1) HONOLULU

Lane closure on Lagoon Drive in both directions between Aolele Street and Waiwai Loop on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., for The Rail work.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299.

 

— MAKAKILO DRIVE —

1) HONOLULU

Right lane closure on Makakilo Drive in both directions between Fort Barrette Road and the H-1 Freeway on Monday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for fence repairs.

 

— WILIKINA DRIVE —

1) HONOLULU

Left lane closure on Wilikina Drive in both directions between Fort Barrette Road and the H-1 Freeway on Monday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., for fence repairs.

 

— NUUANU AVENUE —

1) NUUANU

Lane closure on Nuuanu Avenue in both directions in the vicinity of Wylie Street on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for electrical work.

 

— KAUKONAHUA ROAD —

1) WAIALUA

Lane closure on Kaukonahua Road in the northbound direction between Kaamooloa Road and Paahihi Street on Monday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for HECO work. Parking will be restricted.

2) WAIALUA

Lane closure on Kaukonahua Road in the northbound direction between Paahihi Street and Keakula Street on Tuesday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for HECO work. Parking will be restricted.

 

— AOLELE STREET —

1) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Full closure of Aolele Street in the eastbound direction in the vicinity of the Airport toll booths on Monday, May 10, through Friday morning, May 14, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., for The Rail project. Motorists will be detoured to Rodgers Street.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299

2) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Single lane closure on Aolele Street in the westbound direction between Aolewa Street and the H-1 Freeway onramp on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299

3) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Right lane closure on Aolele Street in the westbound direction between Ualena Street and Koapaka Street on Monday, May 10, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299

4) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Lane closure on Aolele Street in the westbound direction in the vicinity of the Lei Stand loop on Wednesday, May 12, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., for The Rail project.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299

 

 

— OLOMEA STREET —

1) KALIHI (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Left lane closure on Olomea Street in the westbound direction between Kokea Street and Auld Lane on Sunday night, May 9, through Friday morning, May 14, over a 24-hour period, for sewer line work. The left turn lane onto Houghtailing Street will be closed.

 

— UALENA STREET —

1) HONOLULU (NIGHT WORK)

Full closure of Ualena Street nightly Monday night, May 10, through Friday morning, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., for The Rail. Motorists and pedestrians will be detoured and on street parking will not be allowed.

One-way traffic in the westbound direction will take place daily, from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.

See HART website (https://www.honolulutransit.org/inform/traffic) for additional information or call the rail hotline (808) 566-2299

 

 

— WYLIE STREET —

1) NUUANU

Right or left lane closure of Wylie Street in both directions between Nuuanu Avenue and Pali Highway on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for resurfacing work.

 

 

— CORAL SEA ROAD —

1) EWA

Right lane closure on Coral Sea Road in the eastbound direction in the vicinity of Tripoli Road on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for utility work.

 

— FORT WEAVER ROAD (ROUTE 76) —

1) EWA (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Lanes shifted on Fort Weaver Road in both directions between Renton Road and the H-1 Freeway on Sunday, May 2, through Friday, May 7, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., for striping work.

2) EWA

Right lane closure on Fort Weaver Road in the eastbound direction in the vicinity of Ewa Beach Road on Tuesday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for utility work.

3) EWA

Roving lane closure on Fort Weaver Road in both directions between Popoi Place and the H-1 Freeway on Monday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., for street sweeping.

 

###


Source: EIN Presswire

DOT NEWS RELEASE: MAUI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 8 – MAY 14

Posted on May 7, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

PLEASE NOTE:

Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.  All projects are weather permitting.

 

— HONOAPIILANI HIGHWAY (ROUTE 30) 

1) LAHAINA

Single lane closure on Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) in the westbound direction between mile markers 17.2 and 19, Mill Street and Honoapiilani Highway, on Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for pavement marking and rumble strip work.

2) LAHAINA

Left lane closure on Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) in the northbound direction between mile markers 19.8 and 21, Aholo Road and Lahainaluna Road, on Tuesday, May 11 through Thursday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for landscape maintenance

3) LAHAINA

Alternating left lane closure on Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) in both directions between mile markers 21.7 and 22.8, Front Street and Leialii Parkway, on Monday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for road striping work.

4) WAILUKU

Single lane closure on Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30) in both directions between mile markers 31 and 41.6, Lower Honoapiilani Road and Kahekili Highway, on Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for guardrail maintenance.

 

— PIILANI HIGHWAY (ROUTE 31) 

1) KIHEI

Single lane closure on Piilani Highway (Route 31) in both directions between mile markers 0.0 and 7.2, N Kihei Road and Wailea Ike Drive, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for pavement striping and rumble strip work.

 

— KAAHUMANU AVENUE (ROUTE 32) 

1) KAHULUI (NIGHT WORK)

Single lane closure on Kaahumanu Avenue (Route 32) in the westbound direction between mile markers 1.4 and 1.7, S Papa Avenue and S Wakea Avenue, on Friday, May 14, from 3 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for power pole replacement.

2) KAHULUI

Right lane closure on Kaahumanu Avenue (Route 32) in the eastbound direction between mile markers 2.4 and 2.6, S Puunene Avenue and Wharf Street, on Wednesday, May 12 through Thursday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for power pole replacement.

 

— MAIN STREET (ROUTE 32) 

1) WAILUKU (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Right lane closure on Main Street (Route 32) in the westbound direction between mile markers 0.0 and 0.4, N Hight Street and Central Avenue, on Sunday evening, May 9 through Friday morning, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., for utility work.

 

— HANA HIGHWAY (ROUTES 36/360) 

1) HAIKU TO HANA

Single lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 360) in both directions between mile markers 0.0 and 34.8, Kaupakalua Road and Uakea Road, on Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., for guardrail maintenance.

2) KAHULUI

Single lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 36) in the eastbound direction between mile markers 0.0 and 9, Kaahumanu Avenue and Hookipa Park, on Wednesday, May 12 through Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for storm drain cleaning.

3) KAHULUI (WEEKEND WORK)

Right lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 36) in the southbound direction between mile markers 1.3 and 1.5, Hookele Street and Hana Highway, on Saturday, May 8, through Monday, May 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for power pole replacement.

4) KAHULUI

Right lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 36) in the eastbound direction between mile markers 1.4 and 2.1, Hookele Street and Hansen Road, on Friday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for power pole replacement.

5) HAIKU

Right lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 360) in the eastbound direction between mile markers 1.9 and 3.9 Ulalena Loop and Door of Faith Road, on Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, for tree trimming work.

6) HAIKU (24/7, WEEKEND WORK)

Single lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 360) in the westbound direction between mile markers 2.8 and 3.2, Ulalena Loop and Waipio Road, on Saturday, May 8 through Friday, May 14, 24-hours a day, for culvert work. One lane will be closed 24/7. Temporary traffic signals will be installed to control traffic.

7) HAIKU (24/7, WEEKEND WORK)

Single lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 360) in the eastbound direction between mile markers 12 and 12.8., Kaumahina State Wayside Park and Hana Highway, on Saturday, May 8, through Friday, May 14, 24-hours a day, for rock fall mitigation work. One lane will be closed 24/7. Temporary traffic signals will be in place to control traffic.

8) HAIKU

Single lane closure on Hana Highway (Route 36) in both directions between mile markers 13 and 16.2., Kuiaha Road and Kaupakalua Road, on Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., for guardrail maintenance.

 

— KULA HIGHWAY (ROUTE 37) 

1) MAKAWAO

Single lane closure on Kula Highway (Route 37) in the southbound direction between mile markers 8.1 and 10, Aapueo Parkway and Omaopio Road, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for guardrail installation and paving work.

 

— WAIEHU BEACH ROAD (ROUTE 3400) 

1) KAHULUI

Right lane closure on Waiehu Beach Road (Route 3400) in the northbound direction between mile markers 0.0 and 2.6, W Kaahumanu Avenue and Waiehu Beach Road, on Wednesday, May 12, through Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., for storm drain cleaning.

###


Source: EIN Presswire

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NEWS RELEASE: GOVERNOR IGE SIGNS 20TH PROCLAMATION ON COVID-19, AUTHORIZING QUARANTINE EXCEPTION FOR INTER-COUNTY TRAVELERS VACCINATED IN HAWAI’I

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige today signed the 20th proclamation on COVID-19, to allow inter-county travelers vaccinated in the State of Hawai‘i to bypass the pre-travel testing and/or quarantine requirement starting May 11. The state’s Safe Travels platform went online today, allowing travelers to upload their travel information and vaccination data.

The 20th proclamation addresses only the inter-county travel vaccine exception which continues for the duration of the previous 19th proclamation. The 19th proclamation —  which includes the eviction moratorium prohibiting evictions for failure to pay rent, and the extension of expirations for driver’s licenses, state IDs and permits – continues through June 8, 2021. The provisions will be re-evaluated to determine if they will be included in the next proclamation.

To review the 20th emergency proclamation, click here.

To review the 19th emergency proclamation, click here.

 

###


Source: EIN Presswire

DOT NEWS RELEASE: HAWAII ISLAND LAEN CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 8 – MAY 14

Posted on May 7, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.  All projects are weather permitting.

— MAMALAHOA HIGHWAY (ROUTE 11) —

1) KAU

Single lane closure on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) in both directions between mile markers 56.5 and 58, Whittington Beach Park and Mamalahoa Highway, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for roadway paving at Hilea and Ninole Bridges.

 

— HAWAII BELT ROAD (ROUTES 19/190) —

1) WAIKOLOA

Single lane closure on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 190) in both directions between mile markers 3.9 and 6.9, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for paving work. Traffic flow in both directions will be maintained through alternating traffic control (contraflow).

2) HILO

Hawaii County has created a detour on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) at mile marker 11.2 for the closure of the Makea Stream Bridge. Motorists should exercise caution and obey signage in the work area.

3) HAMAKUA

Single lane closure on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) in both directions between mile markers 31 and 31.5, Hawaii Belt Road and Niupea Homestead Road, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for soil sampling work.

 

— KEAAU-PAHOA ROAD (ROUTE 130) —

1) PUNA

Single lane closure on Keaau-Pahoa Road (Route 130) in both directions between mile markers 10.7 and 14.2, Kahakai Boulevard and Leilani Avenue, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for road striping work.

###


Source: EIN Presswire

DOT NEWS RELEASE: KAUAI LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 8 – MAY 14

Posted on May 7, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom

PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice.  All projects are weather permitting.

 

— KAUMUALII HIGHWAY (ROUTE 50) —

1) WAIMEA

Alternating one lane closure of Kaumualii Highway (Route 50) in both directions between mile markers 22.4 to 22.6, Ala Wai Road and Waimea Road, on Wednesday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for bridge inspection work at the Waimea River Bridge.

 

— KUHIO HIGHWAY (ROUTES 56/560) —

1) HANALEI (WEEKEND WORK)

Single lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 560) in both directions between mile markers 0.0 and 1.3, Kuhio Highway and Ohiki Road, on Saturday, May 8, and Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for slope stabilization work. There will be an alternating single lane closure along Kuhio Highway between the Kolopua Apartments and Hanalei Bridge during 3 set times throughout the day.

The schedule for public access for the upcoming week will be:

Monday through Saturday

  • Morning access: 5:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon access: 1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day except Wednesdays
  • Wednesday afternoon access: 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Evening access: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • (Note, afternoon access was planned around Hanalei School schedule)

Sundays and observed State Holidays

During access hours the highway at Hanalei Hill will be open to single lane, alternating traffic for passenger cars and light trucks. These vehicles will be escorted through the work zone by a pilot vehicle.

For full details, visit the hdot website at:

https://hidot.hawaii.gov/2021-hanalei-hill-landslide/

2) KILAUEA

Alternating right lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions between mile markers 0.8 and 1.4, Kuene Road and Laukona Street, on Wednesday, May 12, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for landscape maintenance.

3) KAPAA

Left lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions between mile markers 5.7 and 5.9, Wailua River Plantation (Makai) Bridge, on Tuesday, May 11, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., for bridge inspection work.

4) KAPAA

Single lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions between mile markers 5.7 and 6.6, Kuhio Highway and Kapaa Bypass, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., for lane and shoulder work.

5) KAPAA (24/7, WEEKEND WORK)

Traffic on Kuhio Highway (Route 56) near mile marker 10 is shifted to the temporary Kapaa Stream Bridge 24-hours a day, seven days a week until further notice. For safety during the shift to the temporary bridge, right turns off Kuhio Highway onto Mailihuna Road are not permitted. Access to Kapahi is recommended via the Kawaihau Road or Hauaala Road detours.

6) KILAUEA

Single lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions between mile markers 21 and 22, Waiakalua Street and Kaluamakua Place, on Monday, May 10 through Tuesday, May 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for landscape maintenance.

7) KILAUEA (WEEKEND/NIGHT WORK)

Single lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions between mile markers 22 and 24.4, Kaluamakua Place and Kahiliholo Road, on Sunday evening, May 9, through Friday morning, May 14, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., for road reconstruction and paving work.

8) KILAUEA

Right lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions between mile markers 23.4 and 26.6, Kolo Road and Kuhio Highway, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for landscape maintenance.

9) KILAUEA

Single lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in the eastbound direction near mile marker 25, Kalihiwai Bridge, on Thursday, May 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for bridge inspection work.

10) KILAUEA

Alternating single lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions near mile marker 25, on Monday, May 10, through Wednesday, May 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for striping work between Kalihiwai Bridge and Kahiliholo Road.

11) PRINCEVILLE

Alternating single lane closure of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) in both directions near mile marker 27, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for striping work between Ka Haku Road and Kapaka Street.

 

— WAIALO ROAD (ROUTE 541) —

1) ELEELE

Single lane closure of Waialo Road (Route 541) in both directions between mile markers 0.0 and 0.3, on Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for utility work.

 

— MAALO ROAD (ROUTE 583) —

1) LIHUE

Right lane closure of Maalo Road (Route 583) in both directions near mile marker 0.0, on Wednesday, May 12, through Friday, May 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for landscape maintenance.

###


Source: EIN Presswire

DHEC Issues Order to New Indy to Correct Undesirable Level of Air Contaminants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 7, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today issued an order to the New Indy Containerboard facility in Catawba to correct the undesirable level of air contaminants. The order is a result of DHEC’s ongoing active investigation of the sources of strong and persistent odors in Lancaster and York counties.

“This order clearly defines immediate actions that New Indy must take to ensure good air quality for the people who live and work near the facility,” said Dr. Edward Simmer, DHEC Director. “As the state’s public health and environmental protection agency, it is our duty to ensure that companies in South Carolina are good stewards of our beautiful state and that our residents have clean, odor-free air to the extent we can control.” 

“This decisive action is the result of a vigorous, cooperative investigation by DHEC and its partners,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “I’m confident that this order will bring long-term resolution to this matter and ease the concerns of York and Lancaster County residents.”

To date, DHEC has received 17,135 complaints about odor from citizens near the New Indy plant. This investigation is a great example of federal and state partners working together to protect South Carolina’s beautiful environment and ensure pollution does not harm our citizens. 

In addition to DHEC’s own monitoring and investigation, at DHEC’s request, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) assembled a technical team with expertise in air, water and waste from across the Agency to analyze modeling data and screen potential sources of sulfur compounds in the area.

“We are hopeful that affected residents will begin to see a quick and lasting improvement to these odors,” said Simmer.

DHEC will continue to keep the public, media and other stakeholders informed as New Indy works toward resolving these odor issues. For more information, visit the investigation web page.

###

 


Source: EIN Presswire

Oil spill cleanup success hinges on quick response, right equipment

The longer oil is in the environment, the more damage it does. Staging emergency response spill equipment around the state saves precious time when something goes wrong. We provide more than $1 million each year in grants to local governments, fire departments, and other first-responding agencies to ensure that, when the worst happens, the equipment to contain and clean up hazardous spills will not be far away. 

“Equipment” actually encompasses not just the physical tools responders need for a spill — such as absorbent booms and wildlife rescue gear — it’s also the goods, services, and training that goes into building a capable and effective response. Ecology grants are used for everything from air toxics monitoring equipment, to response boats, breathing gear, equipment trailers, communications devices, and firefighting foam. 

“Oil spills, even very small ones, can have significant negative impacts on the environment,” said Laura Hayes, Spills Progam fund coordinator. “We cannot be everywhere around the state when an incident occurs. The state and the public rely on our partners to help with spill response. It’s critical that those partners have the tools to keep themselves safe, the public safe, and to respond to a spill or hazardous materials incident.” 

Some notable projects in the past include the White Salmon Fire Department’s request for breathing apparatus. Shortly after they received the equipment, the White Salmon fire team responded to an industrial fire with a potential ammonia leak. They were the first department on scene that could approach the blaze since they were able to get protective equipment required for such a hazardous response. But during that same incident, White Salmon found they could not communicate with other responders on scene. They and other departments later applied for upgraded radios using Ecology grant funding.

Ecology staffer Geoff Baran shows off an equipment trailer purchased through an Ecology grant near Pasco in 2018.

In 2019, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received funding for an airboat that will help them respond to spills in sensitive areas, such as waters that contain eel grass beds. WDFW also got funding for equipment to rescue oiled sea otter. For more on the WDFW airboat, visit our previous blog about that purchase.

Another example: The Pierce County hazardous incident team was using old beer delivery trucks to haul their decontamination equipment. After receiving grant funds, they replaced the trucks with trailers that require much less maintenance and are more compatible with other vehicles and needs on the scene of an emergency response.

And finally, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula applied for funds to purchase a response vessel so they can respond to oil on the water, sinking boats, or other emergencies. The vessel will help mitigate the risk to responders while they are on the water. The vessel helps close an important gap, since the Port Angeles and Sequim area does not have many response capabilities nearby. 

Spill responders talk onboard a vessel purchased by the Samish Indian Nation using an equipment grant.

How are the grants funded?

The current grant program is a result of the Oil Transportation Safety Act in 2015. The program is entirely state funded through the Model Toxics Operating Account, with no federal funding, and is usually about $3.1 million per biennium, depending on what the Legislature appropriates. 

A workgroup of emergency first responders, oil spill response cooperatives, businesses that receive bulk crude oil, and representatives from the oil and rail industries helped develop the guidelines for how the funding will be spent.

How can I apply?

Equipment grants are open to Washington counties, cities and municipalities, ports, public utility districts, special purpose districts like clean air agencies and fire protection groups, federally recognized tribal governments, and Washington state agencies. Recipients of previous grant cycles are eligible to apply again. 

The application process is entirely online. Applicants can apply by setting up a Secure Access Washington account, accessing Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans (EAGL) and searching for our grant.  

Ecology’s Spills team will screen the applications for eligibility and then work with the workgroup to evaluate and score the applications based on need and the risk of spill in the applicant’s area. Applications are also scored for coordinating with other response organizations, such as a county working with a fire department to purchase equipment. There are also points awarded if an application demonstrates economic hardship or environmental health disparities in their area. The scores are averaged together and ranked in priority. Generally, the list is funded from highest priority down until the funding runs out. 

Applications will be accepted now through 5 p.m. June 29. For details on the funding guidelines, visit our guidelines page.

Questions? Reach out to Laura Hayes at larura.hayes@ecy.wa.gov, or 425-495-2632.


Source: EIN Presswire

Mayor Bowser Kicks Off Disparity Study on Use of Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses in DC Government Contracting

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) has kicked off a citywide disparity study to examine the availability and utilization of minority- and women-owned business under DC procurement and contracting activities. The study, a Joint Venture (JV) comprising BBC Research and Consulting and two Certified Business Enterprises (CBEs), Pantera Management and Tiber Hudson, will collect and analyze four years of contracting data (FY17-FY20) over the next year.

“As we build back and recover from this pandemic, we have before us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink how we build more equitable and inclusive communities,” said Mayor Bowser. “We know from years of increased spending with small and local businesses that when DC Government is intentional about who we contract with, that creates jobs and opportunity for our community and makes our city’s prosperity more inclusive. With this study, we can learn more about what’s working and what isn’t, and in doing so, create better opportunities for women and people of color who do business in DC.”

The results and outcome of the disparity study will help the District assess whether there is disparity in its contracting with businesses owned by people of color and women, compared to the availability of such firms. The team will perform a comprehensive, effective, and legally supportable and enorfceable disparity study. The solicitation, issued in November 2020, was a set-aside for CBEs or Joint Ventures that included a CBE partner. Submissions were reviewed and scored by a technical evaluation panel.

“Mayor Bowser continues to be intentional and data-driven when it comes to advancing inclusive economic development,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio. “Selecting the BBC-Pantera-Tiber team to conduct the District’s comprehensive disparity study is a significant step towards ensuring that our businesses owned by people of color and women in the District have a fair shot at contracting with the District. I am excited that this study is underway and looking forward to its findings.”

Over the course of the next year, the BBC-Pantera-Tiber team will engage the District’s small business community, conduct rigorous data collection and analysis, and offer recommendations to improve the experience of small businesses in the District contracting system. The team will submit its final report in April 2022. The study was prompted by legislation introduced by Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Chairman of the Committee on Business and Economic Development.

“I secured $750,000 to fund this disparity study in the budget because women and minority entrepreneurs deserve fair and meaningful opportunities to participate in the District’s nearly $1B procurement portfolio,” said Councilmember McDuffie. “This is a significant step along the path to re-establishing a Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) program, an essential ingredient to help grow District-based small businesses and strengthen our Black middle class.”

The BBC-Pantera-Tiber team is a Joint Venture created specifically to propose on and conduct the 2021 District of Columbia Disparity Study. The JV is 51 percent owned and controlled by CBEs. BBC Research and Consulting (BBC) has conducted more than 125 disparity studies for different organizations across the country, including recent studies for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the city of Virginia Beach, the City of Boston, the City of San Diego, the City of Indianapolis, and the City of Denver. The firm has also provided extensive litigation support in the successful defense of numerous minority- and women-owned business programs. Pantera is a Black American-owned CBE and a local leader in the regulatory compliance field, specializing in contract compliance, prevailing wage compliance, business inclusion certification, and procurement outreach. Tiber Hudson is a premier Washington, D.C.-based law firm specializing in government contracting, CBE certification and compliance, and minority- and women-owned business programs.

“We are a joint venture that brings together decades of expertise in disparity studies, program implementation, contracting law, and the D.C. marketplace,” said BBC-Pantera-Tiber. “We are dedicated to conducting a disparity study for District government that meets the highest research and legal standards and providing the guidance it needs to encourage minority- and woman-owned business participation effectively and in a legally-defensible manner. We look forward to engaging with the local business community frequently over the next year.”

More information on the Disparity Study can be found here or by contacting the BBC-Pantera-Tiber team at [email protected].


Source: EIN Presswire