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2011-11-30 10:54:15

University of Iowa engineers have published their findings from a study of residential soils in the city of Cedar Rapids, making it one of only a few such U.S. urban soil studies ever conducted. The authors of the study, published in the November online edition of the journal Environmental Pollution, collected soils in the residential areas of downtown Cedar Rapids and analyzed them for industrial pollutants known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphyenyls) and chlordanes. Measured values for...

2011-11-16 08:00:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Nov. 17, Verizon Wireless customers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa can take advantage of Verizon Wireless' 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the nation. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network allows customers to share music and photos, surf the Web and download files up to 10 times faster than before. The 4G LTE network coverage will extend from Cedar Rapids north on Interstate 380 to Hiawatha; south on...

2011-06-27 08:46:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Involta, LLC announces plans to build and operate a 20,000 square foot hardened enterprise data center in Duluth, Minnesota. While final approvals from local agencies are still pending, design of the facility is currently underway. The high-security colocation data center will house mission critical computer systems and related components for healthcare organizations, businesses, government and educational institutions. The $10.5 million...

2011-02-14 09:56:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill's Corn Milling facility in Cedar Rapids recently achieved a safety milestone in having reached one year in which no employee has had a work-related injury. "Achieving and maintaining a safe work environment is something that we take very seriously, and in fact it is one of our core business values," said Mike Smith, vice president, Cargill Corn Milling Operations. "For us to be successful, safety must be a shared mindset that...

2011-01-12 11:00:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT), expects Iowa customers to see lower electric bills in 2011 as a result of the company's 2010 electric rate case. The expectation is based on details from the Iowa Utilities Board's (IUB) written decision order in IPL's 2010 Iowa electric rate case. Potential savings come from approval of the company's cost management plan and a small refund to...

2010-12-21 08:54:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Involta LLC today announces that it has completed a successful capital raise of $8 million. The capital raised will be used to fund two new enterprise, colocation data centers which will include a new facility in Akron, Ohio as well as another facility that will be announced in the coming months. Financing in the equity round was led by Stephen C. Gray of Gray Venture Partners, LLC. Mr. Gray will serve as chairman of the Involta board of...

2010-12-10 08:46:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Fiberutilities Group LLC announces its central role in attaining a federal funding commitment letter (FCL) for the deployment of a new $20M fiber optic medical network in Western Nebraska. Fiberutilities Group was retained by the Rural Nebraska Healthcare Network (RNHN), a consortium of nine rural hospitals and related clinics in western Nebraska to take the lead in planning, financing, operational and government coordination for the...

2010-11-22 07:31:00

BALTIMORE, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) announced that Mr. Kerry Johnson was named General Manager for KGAN-TV (CBS) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in addition to continuing as General Manager for Sinclair's WMSN-TV (FOX) in Madison, Wisconsin. Mr. Johnson will also oversee sales and other non-programming related services of KFXA-TV (FOX) in Cedar Rapids pursuant to an Outsourcing Agreement. The announcement was made by Steve Marks, Chief...

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2010-09-29 09:45:00

Researchers have created a computer model that predicts how a disaster's impact on critical infrastructure would affect a city's social and economic fabric, a potential tool to help reduce the severity of impacts, manage the aftermath of catastrophe and fortify infrastructure against future disasters. "The model works for any type of disaster that influences the infrastructure," said Makarand Hastak, head of construction engineering and management and a professor of civil engineering at...

2010-08-30 12:00:00

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Involta, LLC announces plans to build and operate a 46,000 square foot hardened enterprise data center in Akron, Ohio. Design of the facility is currently underway and Involta anticipates the facility will be fully operational by fourth quarter of 2011. The high-security colocation data center will house mission critical computer systems and related components for businesses, government and educational institutions. The $20 million facility...