Los Angeles Taps Harrison Edwards For Broadband Stakeholder Strategies

Harrison Edwards Strategic Communications is working with the City of Los Angeles to advance the city’s high-speed broadband footprint. “Even the nation’s second-largest city has its share of connectivity challenges,” says Carolyn B. Mandelker, CEO, Harrison Edwards. The firm will consult regarding stakeholder engagement and project funding, similar to the work the Armonk, New York-based company completed recently in southern Illinois. Earlier in June, Harrison Edwards presented at the Mountain Connect Broadband Development Conference in Vail, Colorado. Company COO Bob Knight moderated "How to Get to a Go Decision in Deploying Community Broadband Networks,” and spoke about community engageme

Rising Ground Rings NYSE Opening Bell

A big day at the New York Stock Exchange as Rising Ground, one of New York's most innovative and respected human services organizations was given the honor of ringing the exchanges' opening bell. It was also proclaimed that today is Rising Ground Day at NYSE. Here's the moment where Jose Jarra, Esq., Chairman of Rising Grounds Board of Directors rang the opening bell. Mr. Jarra takes it all in from above. Alan Mucatel, Executive Director of Rising Ground and Board Chair Jose Jarra. Alan posing with youth from Rising Ground's renowned Residential Treatment Program. Jose Jarra NYSE selfie! It was a wonderful morning and an experience the Rising Ground team won't soon forget! Congratulations!

Medical Marijuana, Living to 150 & More

Dozens of scientists, physicians, executives and entrepreneurs from around the world came together to share research, foster conversations and shine a light on Westchester County’s burgeoning biotech sector, at the Innovation in Research 2018 symposium, presented by the Westchester Biotech Project. The event, held this month at Purchase College, SUNY, featured global authorities who discussed potentially revolutionary medical developments, among which are: the benefits of medical marijuana; stem cells in pain management and recovery; and the possibilities of living a longer, healthier life through cutting edge approaches to treating disease. A common theme throughout the symposium was the r

Whoa! Uber Just Did What?

Reports have leaked out this week that Uber is trialing a new pricing tier in California where the ride-share's customers can opt to wait longer for a less-expensive ride. By waiting a few more minutes, some customers could see a 25% reduction in fare. At first blush, the new pricing tier seems like a good option for budget-conscious passengers or those less in a hurry. And there has been no backlash as of yet. Hmm. Remind you of anything? Last week, Net Neutrality officially came to an end amidst significant controversy. Members of the public and advocacy groups complained that an end to Net Neutrality rules would enable internet giants like Comcast, AT&T, Centurylink, and others to throttl

This Machine Zaps Tumors in One Shot

In a packed ceremony yesterday, White Plains Hospital officials unveiled "The Edge," a stereotactic therapy tool that can blast and destroy cancer tumors with a precise beam in as little as one treatment, and with no incisions. It is the first "Edge" in both Westchester County and the region. "The Edge" is particularly effective for treating small tumors including brain tumors, but can also treat localized tumors almost anywhere in the body (pancreas, liver, spine, lungs). The beam's precision has less impact on healthy surrounding tissue. On hand were Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY-17), White Plains Mayor Tom Roach, WPH Board Chair Larry Smith, WPH President and CEO Susan Fox, and WPH's Dir

'Most Successful In The Nation:' Jobs Waiting Program Celebrates 300th Hire

After being out of work for over a year, Maribel Valencia-Barajas has a new job as a medical assistant/medical records specialist at Westchester Neurological Consultants in Yonkers, New York. Her position is all thanks to Jobs Waiting, a federally-funded regional job training partnership which trains long-term and short-term unemployed individuals for jobs in the region’s fastest growing sectors. Valencia-Barajas is the 300th individual to obtain employment through the program, a milestone announced today by Westchester County Executive George Latimer at a press conference in White Plains. Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17), who was instrumental in securing the grant for Westchester and six o

Broadband: How to Get the Green Light

Today at Mountain Connect, the Colorado-based broadband industry conference, Bob Knight, executive VP and COO of Harrison Edwards moderated and participated in the panel "How to Get to a GO Decision for a Community Network." The session included economists, Open Access Network experts, demand aggregation/take rate experts, and venture capital professionals. Click here for a copy of Bob's presentation. Reach out to Bob directly with questions here. #Internet #EconomicDevelopment #Gigabit #Fiber #Broadband

Meet with the Harrison Edwards Team This Week at Mountain Connect

The broadband industry will convene this week in sunny Vail, Colorado for Mountain Connect, rapidly emerging as a leading conference for economic development, municipal, and other leaders across North America. Over 700 are expected to attend, and the Harrison Edwards team will be there to meet with telecom providers and local and regional officials. Also, our Executive VP and COO Bob Knight will be presenting on the panel "Getting to the GO: How to Move Community Broadband Projects Forward" on Tuesday, June 12. "Broadband projects can't come to fruition without the people, the press, politicians, and funding," said Knight. "So many broadband projects fail due to misinformation, or a poorly-c

Alone in the City with a Cancer Diagnosis

Moving from Chicago to New York for a new career opportunity can be stressful enough. So what happens when you're alone in a new city and you're diagnosed with colon cancer? Ryan Droege, with his doctor Joshua Raff, M.D. of White Plains Hospital, sat down with WCBS 880's legendary reporter Pat Farnack and shared Ryan's story in a far-ranging interview. In the interview, Ryan describes his treatment regimen that includes--of all things--crossfit, his relationship with his girlfriend, genetics, and the support of the entire team at the White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care. Ryan, we're all rooting for you! Hear the teaser here. Hear the entire interview here. #Healthcare #Cancer

Romeo Will Officially Lead HealthlinkNY

After a dynamic five months as Interim Executive Director of HealthlinkNY, Staci Romeo, MBA has landed the job officially. The organization, which runs New York State's Health Information Exchange (HIE) in the 13 counties of the Catskill, Hudson Valley, and Souther Tier regions has seen rapid growth since Romeo took over on January 1, 2018. Since the beginning of the year, Romeo has presided over large increases--compared to the same period the previous year--in key metrics including: Provider users by 18% Patient consents by 19.6% Patient record-lookups by 57.6% As of the end of May, HealthlinkNY had collected an astounding 1.5 million total patient consents. Under Romeo's leadership, Healt

Take a Peek Inside an Emergency Drill

A bomb-sniffing dog is not something you typically see at a nursing home, but earlier this week, New Rochelle Police in Westchester, New York responded to a the report of a suspicious package as part of a mock incident at United Hebrew of New Rochelle. The drill included a partial evacuation and will help emergency responders and staffers better prepare for an actual emergency at the skilled nursing facility where many of the residents have limited mobility. In 2017, United Hebrew of New Rochelle partnered with local emergency services to conduct a mock hazmat drill. Watch the video of the 2018 emergency drill here: #Healthcare #SeniorLiving #NursingHome #Police #Emergency

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