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Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation attends AASHTO…

by Erin Marchesano 17. November 2014 15:34

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation, (AASHTO) founded in December 1914, will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 20th – November 24th.  (AASHTO) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments within the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Its members include all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water.

We at Adopt a Highway Maintenance Corporation (AHMC) will be exhibiting at this 100th celebration of transportation and its agencies.

If your agency is looking for creative ways to find additional resources or revenue, we welcome you to stop by our Booth # 407 to learn more about our Sponsorship Programs.  

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101 Ways to Thank A Veteran – Veteran’s Day 2014

by Erin Marchesano 11. November 2014 09:29

1. Take a Veteran out to eat; whether it is a fast-food chain or a fine-dining establishment.

2. Are you a knitter or crocheter? Make a scarf for the cold-winters ahead. Donate them at a local-VFW for a veteran in need or contact Operation Gratitude to see how to donate.

3. Listen to their stories with interest. If they are a war-veteran they have seen things you will never see. Listen and Learn.

4. Call and Visit a local nursing home or VA Hospital. Find out what you can do to help. If you quilt make a blanket for a needy veteran. If you bake call and find out if you can bring in something special. Bring a book to read to a veteran "ready and willing" to listen. We all have talents that can be used.

5. Send an 'E-Card' through the American Legion to the Veterans in your life that use email.

6. Support a Military Family through Operation Homefront. Watch their website for 'current needs':  http://www.operationhomefront.net/need/list

7. Military-member at the same restaurant as you? Send them a drink or pay for their dessert.

8. Do you have a website? Make a page dedicated to our military. Need some help finding content for it?

9. Do you bake? Make an Apple Pie or another specialty and bring it over to a neighbor-veteran. Don't forget to grab a box of ice cream to take. Now I'm hungry!

10. Employers: Host a special luncheon for all of your veterans. Recognize their service to your company and your country.

11. See a veterans group selling poppy flowers?  Purchase and wear one. Proceeds made from these sales many times go to disabled, needy, and aging veterans in VA hospitals, State veterans homes and domiciliary across the country.

12. Call them. A grandparent, uncle, aunt, mother, father. Take the time to call them, especially if they live far away, and find out how they are doing.

13. Send a note to your local school to urge the teachers to discuss Veterans Day. Visit Veterans' Day Teacher Resource Guide for some tips.

14. Recognize the Veterans in church on the Sunday before or after Veterans Day

15. Did you know November is also Military Family Month? By thanking the family, you thank the Veteran. Family Matters Blog: Nation Celebrates Military Family Month

16. Nearly 40 percent of our veteran population is 65 or older, give a veteran your phone number and ask them to call if they need help around the house. Make a note to call them this winter to see what they need.

17. Have your children paint a picture or write a letter. Send it to your grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, any relative that is a Veteran.

18. Teach your children a patriotic song, like America the Beautiful or the Star Spangled Banner. Instill patriotism early.

19. Employers: Give the veterans in your company a paid afternoon off on Veterans Day.

20. Offer a Military Discount year round and include veterans. Don't forget a Military Discount equals a free ad on MilitaryAvenue.com. Find out more: Why is a Military Discount Valuable for a Marketing Strategy

21. Teachers: Invite a Veteran to speak at your school, in a class room or to the entire school.

22. Pray for them and their families, every day.

23. Start a Drive: Ask local businesses to participate in a drive for local veterans or deployed service-members.  (Not sure how to send items overseas?  Learn more at Give2TheTroops)

24. Know a military family with a deployed member? Take them a treat on Veterans Day as a thank you and ask what you can do to make things easier

25. Do you scrapbook? Make cards through the organization "Operation Write Home". They send them to the troops so that they troops can write letters home on them

26. Clean out your closets and contribute gently used household goods to Vietnam Veterans of America.

27. Do a random act of kindness for a vet or their family. Remain anonymous.

28. Say something to them on Facebook, Twitter, etc thanking them for their service

29. Open up your house on Thanksgiving or another holiday to a few veterans (active-duty or prior-service) that don't have any family in the area. Make it a holiday none of you will forget.

30. Visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Wall, or any of the other War Memorials on your next trip to DC.  (The Vietnam Wall and Future Generations)

31. Volunteer at a VA Medical Center

32. Help a deployed single-service member by taking care of their pet while they are gone; get involved with a pet foster care program.

33. Invite a few vets and friends over on Veterans Day and celebrate their service over beer or soda, a football game, movie or game of pool in the basement.

34. Participate in the 'Thank a Veteran at Work' program from the History Channel.

35. Did a veteran in your neighborhood just come back from a deployment? Send them a card of 'Thanks'.

36. Tell your Veterans friends and family about MilitaryAvenue.com. They can find businesses in their area that recognize veterans year round with Military Discounts.

37. Talk to your children about the pride we have in the Military

38. Help a Veteran family-member or neighbor get to their medical appointments.

39. Visit your local USO. What do they need? A monetary donation or a gift of your time?

40. Fly your flag 365 days of the year. Don't forget to lower it when appropriate.

41. Teachers: Have your students write short articles of how veterans are honored around the world. And if you know any veterans locally, propose that your kids interview them about what it's like to serve in the U.S. military.

42. Participate in the 'Veterans History Project'

43. Are you a military-brat? Talk to your parents about the pride you have in their service

44. Hear the National Anthem playing? Stop what you are doing and think about the sacrifices of our US Military.

45. Wear an American flag on your clothing. It's a small way to say, "I am proud of my country."

46. Introduce your children to VA Kids, from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

47. Have a pot-luck, at church or a banquet hall, for a group of local veterans. Invite the community to participate.

48. Listen to them. Some just want to share a story from their service

49. Vote. Don't let them sacrifice for naught. Be a good citizen and do your part to protect the freedoms our service-people have fought and died for.

50. Dedicate a patriotic song in a veteran's honor on the radio.

51. Tell your children all about your Veteran-grandparents. What made them special and what they did as a Veteran. Pass on a legacy.

52. Do you see a Veteran with a service related ball cap on?  Use it to strike up a conversation about their service.

53. Pass out small flags around your neighborhood in honor of Veterans Day.

54. Support the children of deployed National Guard and Reserve soldiers. Fund raise or contribute to 'Our Military Kids'

55. What can you do for our Homeless Veterans?  Organizations like the Home Depot Foundation, Volunteers of America, and The Mission Continues are great groups that you can help with.  (Here is an excellent example: Motown has a new Veterans Homeless Facility and Park)

56. Give them a big smile as you walk by, sometimes that is all that is needed.

57. If you see a veteran with an old flag on their pole leave them a new one, with a note of thanks for their service.

58. Visit a veteran's grave. Even if you simply stand there for a moment of quiet reflection, you're honoring their service--and you're rededicating yourself to the freedoms we enjoy as a citizen of this country.

59. Find out which businesses in your community truly support veterans and the troops; become their customer, and tell them you appreciate their support to veterans.

60. Do you know the mom or dad of a veteran? Thank them for raising one of America's Heroes.

61. Ask your local VFW, American Legion or local Veterans Group if you can make a donation, either by money or donation of your time. If you have a family member that serves in the armed forces you could make a donation in their honor.

62. In the market to hire? Seriously consider a Veteran. http://www.dol.gov/vets/

63. Meditate on these words: "O Lord God of hosts, stretch forth, we pray, your almighty army to strengthen and protect the Soldiers of our country. Support them in the day of battle, and in the time of rest and training keep them safe from all evil. Endue them with courage and loyalty; and grant that in all things they may serve without reproach; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen" - From the Book of Worship for United States Forces

64. Proudly display a "I support the troops" magnet on the bumper of your car

65. Order a shnazzy t-shirt or perhaps a tie that shows your thankfulness. Have one sent to a veteran in your family.

66. Read 101 Ways to Say Thank you to a Military Spouse. Thanking the Spouse is a Thank You to the Veteran.

67. During a family reunion recognize the veterans in your family. A special toast or a big family "Thank you!"

68. Find out how you can help with a Community Service Project through your local VFW.

69. Organize a group (boys scouts, girl scouts, classroom) to write letters to veterans. Bring the letters and cards to a local nursing home to be delivered to their vets.

70. Greet them on their special day with a smile and a thank you.

71. Support our troops this holiday season via 'Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes' program. Find out more here.

72. Read some of the veterans' stories at DAV Charitable Service Trust. This is just a small sample of the sacrifices our service-members have made for us throughout the generations.

73. Is it still warm where you live? Treat a veteran to a round of golf on Veterans Day or the weekend before or after.

74. Attend a local parade or ceremony on Veterans Day

75. Make a tax-deductible donation to 'Books For Soldiers'. They send books and other care-packages to our deployed service-members.

76. Help a veteran with projects around his or her house. Patching a leaky roof, moving heavy rocks or rearranging the living room furniture is easier for the 20-somethings than a 60-somethings.

77. Make a lunch date: Take your veteran-colleague out for lunch.

78. Learn more about resources available to our homeless veterans.  Here is one great example: "It Was A Wet, Cold Day and the Homeless Veterans Came to the Stand Down"

79. Remember Veterans during other holidays, especially those without family. Send a Thanksgiving card, Christmas card or Valentines card, to either a Vet that you know or through a VA Hospital or VFW.

80. Learn to say Thank You in sign-language. The Gratitude Campaign.

81. Take pride in our history, in times of war and peace. Do you know the history of Veterans Day?  Do you know what a Veteran is?

82. Ask your company to display a flag with lights at night.  Offter to help with raising and lowering the flag.

83. Offer to take a veterans dog for a walk. Invite them to come along with you if they can.

84. Know a veteran's hobby? Send them a subscription to a related magazine.

85. Offer to babysit for a veteran-military family. Let the husband and wife get out together on Veterans Day or over the weekend. Perhaps it will be a great opportunity for them to reconnect after a deployment.  (Active Duty Families have you heard of SitterCity?  The DoD offers a free membership for you.)

86. Contribute your time, talent or money to Fisher House™ Foundation, "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers.

87. Get involved and send a service-person a care package. Go to http://www.soldiersangels.org/ for a list of organizations with projects to support servicemen and servicewomen and their families.

88. Donate your airline mileage to the Hero Miles program.

89. Business Owners: What kind of Veterans Day special are you having for your Veterans? Is it from the heart?

90. If you meet a veteran on this Veteran's Day, or any day, just say thanks. They served you, and this nation, well.

91. Learn more about 'Honor Flight Network' and how you can help with this wonderful support for World War II Veterans. I have a close friend whose dad is a WW II Vet and participated in a trip to DC through Honor Flight. Karen tells me it was an /amazing/ and indescribable experience for her dad. Definitely an opportunity that I stand behind! But it can't continue without volunteers /like you/.

92. Visit Homes for Our Troops and learn if there are plans to build a home for in your area for a disabled Veteran. You can help with fundraising, skilled labor, or a contribution through the CFC.

93. Own a business? Hang a sign and invite all veterans in for something free. A cup of coffee, a flower, a massage. Something you can give from your inventory to show your gratitude.

94. Donate to or volunteer for a service-dog training program like Patriot PAWS Service Dogs or VetDogs that is geared for injured-veterans returning from war.

95. Another related idea, learn the etiquette of being around an assistance-dog so that if you meet a disabled vet and his companion you know how to treat them both with respect

96. Create a tribute to a veteran that you want to honor at USAA's Wall of Honor.

97. Participate in "school drives" or start your own school drive for our deployed-troops or veterans. If your child brings home a flier or announcement from the school or PTA requesting donations for the troops participate. Pick up a few things for your child to bring in. She'll feel good about participating and you will feel good for helping our deserving military-members.

98. What various military support organizations are in your own neighborhood? The VFW and the American Legion are two great examples.

99. The USO serves thousands of Thanksgiving meals each year to deployed-troops.  You can help with a financial contribution of as little of $5.

100. Combat-related stress and traumatic brain injury is real.  Veterans of World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and so many other conflicts still have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and need our help.  Educate yourself, support programs like the Home Base Program,  and learn how you can help the veterans in your family and community.

101. To truly honor our veterans make the best of the opportunity the sacrifices of our fighting men and women have provided. Love your country with passion, and do what you can to make it a better place.

 

THANK YOU to those who have served our country. The fight to protect our freedom has not gone unnoticed and we HONOR YOU... this day, and every day.

 

 

Source: http://www.militaryavenue.com/Content.aspx?Name=ways_to_thank_veteran

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San Antonio is Ranked as one of the Top 10 Cities in the Country to Start a Small Business!

by Erin Marchesano 4. November 2014 10:02

For the third year in a row, Thumbtack.com has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of small businesses nationwide. With this particular survey, the goal is to learn what small businesses believe is a healthy political a regulatory climate by having them rate how it is to do business where they live. The survey aims to learn what creates a healthy, vibrant local business environment by asking owners & operators directly about these issues in the cities in which they live.

And here’s what small business owners are saying about the business climate in San Antonio!

“It’s very easy to start a business in Texas. We have regulations and insurance issues, but they are very helpful in fulfilling the requirements.”Musician, San Antonio

“Doing business is my state is like riding a bicycle once you learn the basics you are good to go.”DJ, Seguin

“The cost of creating a business (corporation or partnership) in Texas is prohibitive. The cost of a corporation or partnership created outside of Texas to do business in Texas is also prohibitive. If these costs can be met, the rest is pretty simple.”Tax & Bookkeeping, San Antonio

“Texas is a great place to start a business.”Construction, San Antonio

 According to Thumbtack, some of the key findings for San Antonio include:

• San Antonio did well across every metric we measured, earning two A+ grades, four A grades, and four A- grades.

• Five Texas cities made the top ten for overall business friendliness - Houston (#3), Austin (#4), Dallas (#6), Fort Worth (#7), and San Antonio (#8).

• San Antonio reported the highest rate of businesses that required a license in order to operate in Texas.

• San Antonio received an A+ for the friendliness of its zoning laws and its health and safety regulations.

• Even though it was 11th best in the nation, San Antonio's regulatory friendliness rates as the worst in Texas, behind Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

For more information about the survey & to review its full methodology and analysis from the link below:

2014 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey: Methodology & Analysis

 

**GEORGIA SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Jordan Truck Sales

by Erin Marchesano 27. October 2014 09:34

Jordan Truck Sales began in 1987 when Ronnie Jordan took a leap of faith to start his own business after a sixteen year career with a large manufacturing company. He started there at the age of sixteen in the fleet maintenance department and realized very quickly that trucks were his passion. By starting in the shop he was able to learn truck specifications and gain the mechanical foundation of diesel engines. As he worked his way up, his love for trucks grew as well as his understanding of all aspects of the trucking industry. He started JTS from his home with just two trucks parked in the front yard for sale. He worked hard and became known in the industry very quickly for being honest and fair.

Business developed rapidly and in 1993 he purchased the current JTS location on Hwy 61 in Carrollton, GA. The business expanded again in 2000 with the addition of an 18,000 sq. ft. shop where they perform all of their own truck reconditioning. Today JTS sits on 28 acres and is still owned and operated by the Jordan family.

Jordan Truck Sales is your place to shop for quality equipment from experienced people. With two locations in both Carrollton, GA, and Ringgold, GA – the staff at JTS are there to serve you.

The company has been in business for over 25 years and has earned its reputation for having the best selection of quality used trucks and for having a customer service team that is second to none. In 2005, the Truck Blue Book presented JTS the award of being the "Independent Used Truck Dealer of the Year".

With testimonials from many satisfied customers, you can feel confident that doing business with JTS will be professional and you will be treated with courtesy and respect.

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation would like to welcome Jordan Truck Sales as one of our newest sponsors in the Georgia Sponsor A Highway® Program, and we’d like to thank them for their commitment to the community in which they work and live.

For more information about Jordan Truck Sales visit their website here.

 

Houston is Ranked the 3rd Best City in the Country to Start a Small Business!

by Erin Marchesano 20. October 2014 13:13

For the third year in a row, Thumbtack.com has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of small businesses nationwide. With this particular survey, the goal is to learn what small businesses believe is a healthy political a regulatory climate by having them rate how it is to do business where they live. The survey aims to learn what creates a healthy, vibrant local business environment by asking owners & operators directly about these issues in the cities in which they live.

Categories on the survey include:

Overall Friendliness – “In general, how would you rate your state’s support of small business owners?”

Ease of Starting a Business – “How difficult or easy do you think it is to start a business in your state?”

Ease of Hiring – “How difficult or easy is it to hire a new employee at your business?”

Regulations – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to business regulations generally?”

Health & Safety – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to health and safety regulations?”

Employment, Labor, & Hiring – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to employment, labor and hiring regulations?”

Tax Code – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to tax code and tax-related regulations?”

Licensing – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to licensing forms, requirements, and fees?”

Environmental – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to environmental regulations?”

Zoning – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to zoning or land use regulations?”

Training & Networking Programs – “Does your state or local government offer helpful training or networking programs for small business owners?”

According to Thumbtack, some of the key findings for Houston include:

• Houston is the second easiest city in the country for starting a business.

• Five Texas cities made the top ten for overall business friendliness - Houston (#3), Austin (#4), Dallas (#6), Fort Worth (#7), and San Antonio (#8).

• This is the second year in a row that Houston has earned an A+ grade for its friendliness to small business.

• Male business owners were significantly more optimistic about the local economy than female business owners, reporting scores that were 6 percent higher than their female counterparts.

• 60 percent of Houston business owners report they are happy with the level of taxes they pay.

For more information about the survey & to review its full methodology and analysis from the link below:

2014 Thumtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey: Methodology & Analysis

 

This is the Most Exciting Time in the World to be in Marketing!

by Erin Marchesano 17. October 2014 15:53

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 B2B Marketing Forum hosted by Marketing Profs out in Boston, MA and it was definitely a conference for the books. After attending last year, I couldn’t wait to see what Marketing Profs had up their sleeve, from the speakers, to the vendors, to the attendees, and of course, the giveaways!

When you have that much knowledge, and that much talent, and that much excitement flowing through the veins of each attendee and each speaker, a conference of this caliber is simply bound for greatness, and indeed it was.

Ann Handley, the CCO of Marketing Profs opened the conference this year by sharing that it was the company’s largest year to date. With over 850 attendees and speakers from all around the world, this year’s conference was 30% larger than 2013 and by far the most connected, most unique, and most exciting for today’s marketers to attend.

Each of the speakers in the workshops I attended was exceptional but my personal favorite was Amber Naslund, SVP of Marketing for Sysomos.

The workshop was called, “Becoming a Marketing Change Agent in Your Organization” and it really resonated with me in a way that I could not wait to bring my newfound knowledge back with me to share!

Right now, marketing is the cultural hub and momentum driver that is dragging companies into the 20th century and since marketing impacts EVERYTHING; it’s really the heart of every organization.

Because of web and digital communication, expectations from consumers as well as businesses have changed. Not only in the world of B2C, but in the world of B2B, people in general have higher consumer expectations. The internet offers them information that wasn’t readily available before, making decision markers even harder to reach.

With the changes in consumer behavior and higher expectations, it is crucial for organizations to be much more collaborative in nature. Collaboration is the key to meeting those expectations. Empowering employees, providing open lines of communication, creating a standard of cultural self-awareness…

Amber really hit the nail on the head when talking about the key components of collaborative companies and I’d like to share them below:

 

1.) Cultural Self-Awareness – It’s important for organizations to NEVER lose touch with what we want our company culture to be, but also what our company culture currently is. One way to find this out comes directly from our employees by conducting internal surveys that ask REALLY GOOD QUESTIONS!

• How do we behave?

• What do we care about?

• What will we not compromise?

IMPORTANT: Culture within an organization doesn’t happen by mandate; it’s something that comes organically and we cannot force it!

 

2.)Digital Literacy – Yes, it’s valuable for employees to know how to use the web, social media, and other digital communications, but what’s even MORE valuable is educating our employees on the impact of digital literacy on our business.

• It’s important to know not only HOW it impacts our business, but WHY?

• Teach and educate on why we need to understand the impact of these tools on our business and what benefits come from understanding that impact.

 

3.) Empowerment & Permission – If you ever have an employee say to you, “I don’t know if I’m allowed to be engaged and I don’t think I have the tools to do it…” you’re not providing your employees with the support they need to work in a truly collaborative environment.

• We must tell our teams that we want them to be collaborate and we want them to share their knowledge and ideas!

• Once an individual becomes a resource, they become valuable to a business and each individual has something unique and insightful that they deserve to share.

• If you have employees constantly guessing if what they are doing is ok, they eventually won’t spend the time at all.

 

4.) Active Communication – Plainly and simply, find other ways to communicate besides email! When organizations become reliant on email, important data gets lost, questions take longer to get answered, decision makers get bogged down, and all these things cause a breakdown in communication.

• Always house important content in places that people have access to without relying on past emails as reference.

• Use real-time tools such as instant messenger or Google Drive to communicate“newly & quickly”.

 

5.)Educational Programs – Continued education is absolutely necessary on an individual level and also an organizational level, but while teaching for tools and learning are great, what we really need to be doing is actively teaching our employees about collaboration and culture.

• This can be done actively or interactively, through team building, workshops, or activities.

• It’s about creating a company culture that’s sustainable, and if you aren’t educating your team members on how to do that, then your culture will never adapt.

 

6.) Advocates & Experts – It absolutely shines true that people who are really, really good at what they do, WANT TO DO IT.

• Find those experts within your organization and let them share their experience and personal motivation with the rest of the company.

• They don’t have to be marketing experts, but if they’re good at what they do and have a wealth of experience; they can be a huge asset for education and teaching.

 

7.) Rewards & Recognition – Rather than having annual awards, company-wide drawings, or generalized department recognition, focus more on the individual efforts of your employees.

• This is something that needs to become part of the company DNA.

• People deserve to be recognized at the individual level so that they feel their hard work is actually contributing to something bigger.

 

So where does all of this come from and what does all of this mean? We live and work in environments surrounded by “no” and our company cultures are unintentionally falling by the wayside because we don’t know how to implement change, but now is the time for marketers to be a catalyst for CHANGE.

Small steps can make a big impact.

 

OH, and by the way…

Thanks Marketing Profs. I thought I looked nice that day too… #andsmart

 

 

#MPB2B

Erin Marchesano,

Marketing Manager, Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation

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The Down & Dirty Facts on Litter in the State of Georgia

by Erin Marchesano 2. October 2014 09:13

Thanks to our partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation and the many businesses that have joined the Georgia Sponsor A Highway® Program, collectively the amount of litter throughout the state has been substantially reduced. Unfortunately however, in Georgia, and in many other states throughout the U.S., litter has become an increasing problem over the years.

The cost of litter removal is substantial and every year it continues to rise. Litter removal is not just about keeping the highways looking beautiful throughout the state, it’s also about safety. Accidents are caused every year from debris flying off and out of vehicles on the road, and trash along roadsides make it unsafe for vehicles to stop in case of an emergency.

These facts were published by the Georgia Department of Transportation and we want to spread the word by bring awareness to those living in and out of the state! Litter is a REAL problem! And our sponsors, along with the Georgia DOT are working hard to make it better!

“The DIRTY Facts: Litter in Georgia” – Did you know…?

• In 2000 Georgia DOT maintenance crews picked up more than 2 million bags of trash from Georgia’s interstates and highways.

• During just four days in April 2001, DOT crews picked up 79,000 bags of trash, which equals the weight of 12 average elephants and stacks as high as five Mount Everests.

• More than $12 million was spent in 2001 for litter pickup in Georgia. This cost is expected to rise by 20 percent annually as more and more vehicles travel Georgia’s highways and interstates.

• Despite the high costs, Georgia DOT litter pickup efforts do not solve the litter problem. Litter reappears on Georgia’s roadsides within days after cleanup.

• Three out of four Georgia motorists say they have seen trash thrown out of a vehicle, yet only one in ten admit to littering from their vehicle.

• Each Georgia resident disposes of approximately 6.3 pounds of trash each day.

• Eight out of ten motorists believe people litter because it is easier that saving trash to discard later.

• Much of the litter on interstates is debris from unsecured loads on commercial trucks, particularly trucks hauling garbage.

• There are currently 11 Litter Control Laws in Georgia. Those convicted on littering faces fines up to $1,000 and can be ordered to pick up litter themselves.

• The most commonly found items during roadside litter clean-ups are cigarette butts, fast food wrappers, and aluminum cans.

There are ways you and your business can help! By joining the Georgia Sponsor A Highway® Program, you will drastically help to reduce the amount of litter along some of Georgia’s busiest roadways. Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation’s specially trained crew members will remove trash along your sponsored area and a sign with your company name and logo is placed along to roadway in recognition of your contribution.

The program is a great way for your business to be recognized as a community leader in the beautification of Georgia’s roadways and communities as well as get you recognized as an environmental helper for your contribution to a great cause.

For more information about the program, CALL TODAY!

800-200-0003

info@adoptahighway.com

To read the original fact sheet, click here.

 

Southern California Gas Company Is Helping Keep SoCal Beaches Clean!

by Erin Marchesano 18. September 2014 11:50

This summer, SoCal Gas Company has partnered with Adopt A Beach to work together in not only keeping Southern California Beaches clean, but also in making sure the public is informed on how to recognize and respond to a natural gas leak. Public safety is a priority for SoCal Gas and what better way to get the message out there in front of millions of people to see!

Most commonly, a natural gas leak will come from a pipe or other form of containment and will disperse gas into a living area or any other area where gas should not be. Natural gas may explode at any moment if exposed to flame or sparks and not knowing how to recognize a natural gas leak can leave individuals in a very dangerous situation!

According to SoCal Gas, spotting a dry patch of grass in your yard is one of the many signs of a potential gas leak and you should immediately rely on all of your senses to determine if it is in fact, natural gas.

Now, first things first:

LOOK!

• Look for a damaged connection to a gas appliance

• Look for dirt or water being blown into the air

• Look for dead or dying vegetation (in an otherwise moist area) over or near pipeline areas

• Look for a fire or explosion near a pipeline

• Look for exposed pipeline after an earthquake, fire, flood or other disaster

LISTEN!

Listen for an unusual sound, such as a hissing, whistling or roaring sound nearly a gas line or appliance could be an indication of a gas leak.

SMELL!

Smell for the distinctive odor of natural gas! Some people may not be able to smell the odor because they have a diminished sense of smell, olfactory fatigue (normal, temporary inability to distinguish an odor after prolonged exposure to it) or because the odor is being masked or hidden by other odors that are present, such as cooking, damp, musty or chemical odors. In addition, certain conditions in pipe and soil can cause odor fade - the loss of odorant so that it is not detectable by smell.

Look out for the SoCal Gas Company’s beach campaign this summer on Dockweiler Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, as well as Huntington Beach and be sure to spread the word about the safety hazards of a natural gas leak with others!

Thank you to the Southern California Gas Company for bringing awareness to the public and helping to keep SoCal Beaches clean and looking beautiful for beach-goers year round!

 

Today, And Every Day, We Honor Our Nation’s Heroes… Both Two-Legged and Four…

by Erin Marchesano 11. September 2014 10:53

Our thoughts are always with those who have risked their lives to defend our nation and today, on September 11, 2014 we remember and honor the heroes who came to the rescue of innocent civilians who became victims during the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Among those heroes on 9/11, were our amazing four-legged friends who are often the very first responders when attempting disaster relief efforts of all kinds. The National Search Dog Foundation is one of the many organizations pairing rescue dogs with first responders and their service to this country is to be commended.

“SDF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Ojai, California. Our mission is to strengthen disaster preparedness in America by partnering rescued dogs with firefighters to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. The teams are provided at no cost to fire departments and other emergency service agencies throughout the country.”

Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation is proud to have an organization like SDF as a partner in the California Sponsor A Highway Program.

Their efforts during natural disasters can often be the difference between life and death, and their willingness to risk their lives to save others is beyond compare.

 

Thank you to those who have served our country.

Thank you to those out there serving our country still.

And thank you to our friends whose love for another goes far beyond their love for themselves.

You are everything to this nation, and we honor you.

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Fairway Ford

by Mariam Nassery 10. September 2014 10:22

Fairway Ford is one of the premier dealerships in Burgaw, North Carolina. They provide financing services as well as sell new and pre-owned Fords.

By offering clearance, an inventory and parts special, Fairway Ford offers customers cost-effective vehicles and work hard to make servicing a vehicle easier for owners.

Excellent customer service is not the only concern of Fairway Ford, their partnership with the North Carolina Sponsor A Highway program goes to show that they are always willing to give back to the community.

Want to hear more about the services and sales offered at Fairway Ford? Check out their website at http://fairwayfordburgaw.net/ or “like” them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fairway-Ford-of-Burgaw/192695494098491

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