Officials in Duluth, Minn., have officially declared a climate emergency, a move Sustainability Officer Mindy Granley says will help the city maintain momentum in its battle against climate change. "Our entire economy and society are based on having a stable climate and healthy natural resources, so the bottom line is everything is connected," Granley says.
Skateboarder Tony Hawk's foundation, The Skatepark Project, has contributed $10,000 to help revamp a skate park in Leominster, Mass., in memory of Frankie Fortuna, a skateboarder who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2015. Organizers have raised roughly $400,000 toward their $500,000 goal for the project.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Southern California handled 898,287 loaded container imports in March, a record for the month and a 97.1% increase from March 2020, and they have also reduced a ship logjam by roughly 50% from a peak of approximately 40 vessels waiting to dock in February, according to port officials. However, load times onto trains leaving Los Angeles remain an issue, lasting 11 days compared to the normal average of two days.
Benchling, a startup that created a cloud-based technology platform for life sciences researchers, raised $200 million in a funding round that gave it a $4 billion valuation. The company is preparing for an initial public offering.
General and specialty contractors have a new way to manage their expenses and cash with a platform from financial software firm Briq. The BriqCash system includes tools for automated invoicing, vendor management, direct payments and rewards.
The developer of a $1.4 billion water desalination plant in Huntington Beach, Calif., says the project could be jeopardized by the terms of a construction permit. Poseidon Water has objected to the requirement that its plans for habitat remediation work be approved before the plant can begin operating.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is planning to spend $32 million over four years to reinforce or replace seven bridges in the Klamath Falls area against seismic events. The bridges are believed to be particularly vulnerable to earthquakes registering at least magnitude 8.0.
Developer Diode Ventures is planning to build a multibillion-dollar tech center in Missouri's Clay and Platte counties, near Kansas City. The city's Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations Committee has approved plans to construct the Golden Plains Technology Park, whose data center would eventually cover 5.5 million square feet.
Nonresidential construction starts that were down sharply in February rebounded in March for a 60.1% month-to-month gain, writes Alex Carrick, chief economist for ConstructConnect. The $32.2 billion total for March, however, was down 8% from the year before, while the year-to-date total was down 20% from the year-earlier period.
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