MetroLINK staff accept the APTA Sustainability Award at the APTA Sustainability Conference held in Boston, MA

Rock Island County's MetroLINK was one of three public transportation systems in the country to receive a sustainability award.

The award, given by the American Public Transportation Association, was announced at APTA's annual Sustainability and Multimodal Planning Workshop in Boston.

Among the sustainability efforts undertaken by MetroLINK include the deployment of its first eight zero-emission, battery-electric buses and charging system over the past 18 months, a passenger terminal that was part of a larger transit-oriented project with residential housing and an Operations and Maintenance Facility that includes a rooftop solar array, solar thermal hot water system and a bus wash water reclamation system.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Public Transportation Association for our ongoing efforts to implement practices that improve the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of our region”, MetroLINK Manager of Administration Jennifer Hirsch said in a release.

MetroLINK also received the "Bus Safety Gold Award" in May from APTA.

Iowa maintains A grade in manufacturing, slips in other areas

In a new Ball State University report, Iowa maintained its A grade in manufacturing and Human Capital.

However, the state also earned a C- in benefits costs, productivity and innovation as well as an F in tax climate. It also declined from B+ to B in logistics industry, B to B- in liability gap due to unfunded liability per capita and from C to C- in global position and diversification.

Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research analyzes how each state ranks among its peers in areas of the economy focused on manufacturing and logistics.

For more information on how Iowa has fared on past Manufacturing Scorecards, visit mfgscorecard.cberdata.org

Websites to Impress moves location

Geneseo based company Websites to Impress Inc. has relocated its offices to One White Pine Road and rebranded as Team WTI.

Since 2003, the company has offered web design and digital marketing services to local, national and international customers. It also has a location in Davenport.

"Our new location allows us more flexibility and room for growth while allowing us to still have a base in our hometown of Geneseo," Team WTI President Kim Gehling said in a release. “As Team WTI, we’re able to better reflect the wide array of services we offer our customers.”

Among the services Team WTI offers are website design, development and maintenance as well as digital marketing services. It's segmented into three main sectors: custom web design and development, search engine optimization and marketing and web hosting services. For more information, visit teamwti.com.

Exelon interns present $10,000 check to Living Lands and Waters

The Quad-Cities Exelon summer station interns presented a $10,000 donation to the East Moline based Living Lands and Waters Thursday. The largest donation to date, the money was raised through fundraisers held at the energy provider's plant as well as matching donations from the site's Senior Leadership Team.

As part of Exelon's programs, students were required to have a community involvement project and raise donations for a local charity of their choice.

Living Lands and Waters is a one-of-a-kind river cleanup organization that works on the protection, preservation and restoration of the country's major rivers and watersheds.

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