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September 23, 2010

City, county, MSU to share in grant funds for alternative fuels

A multi-jurisdictional project partnering the City of Starkville, Oktibbeha County, and Mississippi State University intends to install propane bi-fuel technology into certified light duty vehicles.
The successful integration of this technology will result in reduced greenhouse gas and particulate emissions. Additionally, reduction in operating and maintenance cost for the vehicles retrofitted with this technology is estimated to be well in excess of $100,000.00 for the life of the project. The City of Starkville will be the grant administrator.
This project has identified eligible new and low mileage law enforcement and service vehicles in service with municipal, county, and university agencies to benefit from the use of this technology. Agency adoption of bi-fueled vehicles will demonstrate the viability and sustainability of this system, resulting in expanded acceptance of alternative fuels and related technologies.
Eachof the partnering agencies has carefully selected appropriate vehicles within their existing fleets to receive the technology. A necessary refueling infrastructure will be located centrally to all three partnering agencies and we will be working to develop publicaccess to facilitate broader market acceptance of propane bi-fuel technology.
The direct environmental impact of this proposal is derived from the displacement of gasoline with a cleaner burning fuel: propane. A conservative estimate of 85% reduction in direct fuel economy has been used in these calculations.
Except during vehicle start and as secondary fuel system back-up, propane will be used to power converted vehicles. A conservative estimate of 90% gasoline displacement has been used as a baseline figure. The realized benefits of fuel economy and gasoline displacement are likely to be higher.

2010 Golden Triangle Business Expo schcduled for October

The region’s economic development organizations will again partner next month for the second annual Golden Triangle Business Expo.
The Greater Starkville Development Partnership, the Columbus Lowndes Development LINK and the West Point Growth Alliance will host the event Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lyceum on the campus of East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. 
Last year this event attracted more than 40 vendors and coordinators anticipate greater participation this year, organizers said. 
Booth size is eight-feet-wide by eight-feet-deep. Booths are available for $150 for members of the GSDP, LINK and Alliance and $350 for non-members.
These prices include two breakfast and lunch tickets. Additional food tickets can be purchased for $15 per person. Booths will be skirted and signage will be provided. Booth set-up is available from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 28.
Booth space is limited and sold on a first come, first served basis.  For information, contact Allison Matthews at 323-3322 or amatthews@starkville.org at the GSDP; Maureen Lipscomb at (662) 328-8369 at mlipscomb@cldlink.org at the LINK or Martha Allen at (662) 494-5121 or mallen@westpointms.org at the Alliance.

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