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Quality Internet Access to Every School in Missouri
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 9, 2017 - Governor Eric Greitens recently traveled to schools in Holliday and Galt to announce that his administration is leading an effort that will bring high-quality, broadband Internet access to every school in Missouri for the first time in state history.
In a release, Governor Greitens explained that he and his team worked with private sector partners, the state legislature, and the federal government to secure $45 million dollars of funds for a program that will enable every public school in Missouri to build the infrastructure for quality internet access. These schools will be able to fund that essential infrastructure without spending a single dollar from their local budgets.
Governor Greitens told the families who gathered for the events, "For too long, Missouri's rural communities have been forgotten. We were sent here to fight for all Missouri families, and that's what we're doing. During the transition, we got to work and developed a long-term plan to bring quality Internet access to Missouri's small towns. This is an important first step on that mission and a big achievement.
With this partnership, Missouri's students will finally have access to the same learning opportunities that kids around the country have. We're proud to stand up for our rural communities, and we're going to keep fighting for them every day."
Currently, more than one hundred Missouri school districts do not have access to quality Internet because of a lack of infrastructure. This strategic investment will allow those districts to bring quality broadband Internet to their schools via fiber optic connections. By working with the House and Senate to appropriate $6 million in this year's budget, Governor Greitens will unlock $39 million in matching federal E-Rate funds for these schools.
Kansas City-St. Louis
Hyperloop Missouri Route
Hyperloop One announces completion of tube installation at Las Vegas DevLoop, world's first full-system test track. Image courtesy Hyperloop One
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 9, 2017 - The Hyperloop One Global Challenge kicked off in May 2016 as an open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for deploying Hyperloop One's transport technology in their region. Five of the proposals - including those from Texas, Florida, Colorado, Nevada and Missouri - involve officials from their state Departments of Transportation.
Proposed routes that would greatly reduce passenger and cargo transport times across some of the country's most heavily trafficked regions including Los Angeles-San Diego, Miami-Orlando and Seattle-Portland. The longest distance proposal, Cheyenne-Houston, would run 1,152 miles across four states, reducing to 1 hour and 45 minutes a journey that currently takes 17 hours by car or truck.
Recently, executives from Hyperloop One joined leading policymakers and transportation experts in Las Vegas to reveal details of select Hyperloop routes in the United States and to initiate a nationwide conversation about the future of American transportation.
Of more than 2,600 participants in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge, 11 teams presented routes, linking 35 cities, including Kansas City - St. Louis, and covering more than 2,800 miles. They join 24 other teams from around the globe, each vying to be among 12 finalists. Three eventual winners will work closely with Hyperloop One engineering and business development teams to explore project development and financing.
"Hyperloop One is the only company in the world building an operational commercial Hyperloop system," said Rob Lloyd, chief executive officer of Hyperloop One. "This disruptive technology - conceived, developed and built in the U.S. - will move passengers and cargo faster, cleaner and more efficiently. It will transform transportation as we know it and create a more connected world."
Lloyd said that by year's end the company will have a team of 500 engineers, fabricators, scientists and other employees dedicated to bringing the technology to life. Hyperloop One, he said, will enable broad benefits across communities and markets, support sustainable manufacturing and supply chains, ease strain on existing infrastructure and improve the way millions live and work.
With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod, and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. This week, the company finalized the tube installation on its 1640-foot-long DevLoop, located in the desert outside of Las Vegas; the facility serves as an outdoor lab for its proprietary levitation, propulsion, vacuum and control technologies.
"The U.S. has always been a global innovation vanguard - driving advancements in computing, communication and media to rail, automobiles and aeronautics," said Shervin Pishevar, executive chairman of Hyperloop One. "Now, with Hyperloop One, we are on the brink of the first great breakthrough in transportation technology of the 21st century, eliminating the barriers of time and distance and unlocking vast economic opportunities."
"Hyperloop One is the American Dream, and it's fast becoming an American reality," Pishevar said.
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