BioFlorida, Inc., Florida’s life sciences association, hosted the state’s life science industry during its 17th Annual Life Sciences Conference on Oct. 12-14, 2014, at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Ft. Lauderdale. The organization featured key influencers from emerging and established companies, universities, research institutions, economic development agencies, investment community and the state legislature who participated in an expanded program highlighting Florida’s leading-edge science, business innovations and public policy debates.
On October 14-16, BioFlorida hosted its 14th Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The organization promoted the conference with a video in which RS&H’s Jonathan Cantor, AIA, spoke to the networking value of the event. Mr. Cantor serves as co-chair of BioFlorida’s northeast chapter. RS&H also participated on a panel with its client Gainesville-based Nanotherapeautics discussing the advantages of strategic teaming for the bio-pharma industry.
RS&H recently provided visualization services to produce an animation for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) used to demonstrate a new freeway planned between Rogersville and Springfield, Missouri. The animation was part of a recent KY3-TV news report in Springfield.
Both the public and the MoDOT officials were impressed with the visualization showing the animated transformation of the current highway to the proposed freeway.
“If you are not used to reading plans like a lot of us engineers are, then I think this does a better job of representing what it is going to look like when the project is finished,” said Sean Matlock, the MoDOT project engineer.
The Alberta Oil Sands in Canada are the third largest oil reserve in the world with 168 billion barrels, but it lies isolated and trapped. Currently, TransCanada’s Keystone and Gulf Coast Pipelines provide a direct conduit from Alberta to the refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas, but it couldn’t meet the capacity demands. An extension, the Keystone XL Pipeline was planned, but landowners in Nebraska and environmentalists began to protest and lobby, and the project was put on hold indefinitely by President Obama in 2011.
In the search for innovative financing mechanisms in the infrastructure industry, value capture financing has emerged as a beneficial tool. Long established as a local government mechanism for real estate and redevelopment financing, value capture is now being used to directly support significant infrastructure programs around the country. The idea is simple. Wherever new transportation access is provided (such as new interchanges, new transit stations, or new transportation corridors) nearby property becomes more attractive for development and improvement. Resulting land value premiums from this investment create an enhanced tax revenue base.Continue Reading →