I am back in my Office and with God’s Will, my Wife Alice, plus my Nurses RD PT, Tina & Melisa’s RN care, I looked forward to doing Research for my Blog Today.
Across the USA – As the White House celebrates the passage of tax reform legislation, they have begun to set their sights on their next legislative goal: Infrastructure rebuilding. In the next few weeks, the administration will pitch a plan for Washington to direct $200 billion of its own fundings with $800 billion from cities, states, and public-private partnerships to invest in the country’s struggling bridges, interstates, and airports. This $1 trillion spending plan has been touted as an easy bipartisan win by White House officials — and even the president himself – Independent Journal Review: Read More
Africa – Across Zambia – The Road Development Agency (RDA) is one arm of government is implementing an ambitious programme called the Link Zambia 8,000 (implemented in 2012) and Pave 2,000. The Link 8,000 aims to build 8,000 km of roads in order to open up the country to further investment and development. The project is set to cost around US$31.4 billion. More than 2,000 km of roads have been constructed so far. Zambia is a landlocked country in Central Africa and inadequate infrastructure in all key sectors is one of the country’s main hurdles.
In order to connect the country to various economic corridors in Africa and beyond – Daily Mail: Read More
Africa – Nigeria’s Economic Outlook – As a year winds to a close, it has become the tradition of analysts and pundits to attempt an appraisal and possibly hazard forecasts of how events are likely to pan out in the coming year. In the following exercise, effort will be channeled at attempting an economic preview of 2018 but not before a retrospective examination of some of the events that shaped Africa’s largest economy in the last 365 days – The Tide: Read More
Asia – Jamnagar, Gujarat, Saurashtra Region, India – L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd has secured engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts worth about Rs. 2,100 crore for crude distillation and vacuum distillation unit (CDU & VDU). One order has been received from Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), Visakhapatnam Refinery, and the other one is an extension to an ongoing contract for Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Jamnagar, Gujarat – The Hindu: Read More
Canada – Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario – In a year-end interview, MP Marilyn Gladu said Nova’s announcement it will spend more than $2 billion building a new polyethylene plant in St. Clair Township, and expand its existing Corunna site, was a highlight of 2017. “That was really happy news for the whole community, and I was thrilled to see that.” At the same announcement, Ontario’s government said it will contribute $100 million to the project expected to create 150 permanent jobs at the new plant, as well as a large number of construction jobs over four years – The Observer: Read More
United Kingdom – Huntingdonshire District, Cambridgeshire County, England – National housebuilder, Bellway has applied to Huntingdonshire District Council to build a series of one to five-bedroom properties on a site north west of Dorling Way. The firm said the move would put around £2 million in to facilities and services in the area through the financial contribution it was required to make to the community as a condition of the development if the scheme went ahead. Chris Edginton, marketing director for Bellway’s northern home counties division, said the development would bring much-needed new homes to the area – The Hunts Post: Read More
USA – Denver, CO – Amidst the sound of classic western music, and the sights of Hereford cattle and a 30-pack of beer, the National Western Stock Show unveiled the design for its new home in Denver, Colorado. Mayor Michael Hancock and brewing magnate Pete Coors, who serves as chairman of the National Western’s $100 million “Honoring the Legacy” campaign, were among the speakers at the Dec. 12, 2017, event marking the model unveiling of the first new permanent building on the Stock Show grounds as part of the campaign – High Plains/Mid West AG Journal: Read More
USA – New York City, NY – Government Andre Cuomo is offering an expansion and modernization worth $34 million of the Stewart Airport, in the North of the New York City. On Thursday the Democrat said that he demands the Port Authority of New Jersey and New York for approving $27 million to the public funds, having the rest incoming from the private investors. A private investment would be covering the $7 million installation of a solar system, which will help in producing the electricity for the main terminal. The project design is expected to be completed in early 2018 following the construction work – The Exclusive Facts: Read More
USA – Portland, ME – Developer Jack Soley has filed plans to build a condominium complex in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood that he says will be affordable to middle-income earners. Soley said the “Parris Terraces” complex is the first known project in the area targeting middle-income earners that does not rely on any federal, state or local subsidies. Soley hopes the $1.8 million project will be an example for other developers, who mostly focus on market-rate or subsidized housing projects, which is leaving many middle-income earners unable to find places to live in the city – Press Herald: Read More
USA – Savannah, GA – The Savannah City Council has approved a $2.8 million contract for a firm to manage construction of a new arena. The planned 9,000-seat arena is expected to take about 38 months to design and construct, The Savannah Morning News reported. The consultant will be responsible for keeping the project on schedule and within budget — now estimated at $160 million. The city council recently approved the contract with Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, the newspaper reported – New Haven Register: Read More
USA – Sullivan County, TN – Thanks to a December 2016 vote by the Sullivan County Commission, the culmination of more than two years of facilities studies, planning, community input and debate, several capital projects among four local school systems are or soon will be underway. The commission voted to fund more than $140 million in countywide bonds for school projects, with the money to be split among the three systems in the county, based on their proportional share of students, as well as the Johnson City system – Times News: Read More