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The LNG challenge

Public Service Commission member H. Doug Everett issued a challenge to Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) and the El Paso Corporation to make Georgia one of the country's leaders in Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling stations.

"For the last twelve months I have been discussing various business models with AGL to construct the infrastructure for a network of CNG fueling stations to be operated by retailers here in Georgia," says Everett. "I want to renew my challenge to Atlanta Gas Light to bring forth a proposal in the coming months to ensure that Georgia is well ahead of competing states when Congress announces grants and incentives."

At the end of July, AGL and El Paso announced a new joint venture called Southeastern LNG, which will focus on distribution of natural gas for use by the transportation and shipping vehicles as an alternative to diesel fuel.

Natural gas burning vehicles produce 30 percent lower emissions than diesel or gasoline-powered engines, however there will need to be significant increases in LNG infrastructure before it can significantly impact the domestic market, according to T. Boone Pickens' company Clean Energy.

"Our initial feasibility studies indicate these stations can be co-located at existing fueling stations and can be self-supporting through partnerships with commercial fleets," says AGL spokeswoman Tami Gerke. "By the end of the year we hope to respond to Commissioner Everett's challenge with an initial proposal and a collaborative stakeholder process."

Rock N Roll Marathon

The Competitor Group (CGI) announced last week that Savannah will be one of two new cities to host their wildly popular Rock N Roll Marathon event in 2011.

"We have long recognized the strategic importance of having a larger presence in both New England and the Southeast regions and we welcome the additions of Providence and Savannah to our 2011 schedule," says Peter Englehart, CEO of CGI.

The Rock N Roll Marathon began in 1998, and is recognized as the largest inaugural marathon event ever, wooing over 19,000 runners for its first ever race. What makes the event unique is that the race course incorporates live music every mile, themed water stations and cheerleaders. The event concludes with a finish line festival and a post-race headlining concert.

"We have great expectations for the race and to have a partner with a first-rate brand, known for their top notch entertainment, is not only exciting but synonymous with what visitors to Savannah have come to expect," says Joseph Marinelli, President of the Savannah Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

The event in Savannah is scheduled for November 5, 2011. Registration is open for each event on and the first 500 runners to register online will receive a special entry fee of $55.

The 21st century program expands

The Georgia Department of Education awarded the Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) $4.2 million over the next three years to expand its 21st Century Community Learning Center Program.

The purpose of the 21st CCLCP is to provide tutoring, academic opportunities and activities reinforcing core curricula for students.

The grant application which was made in partnership with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia and the Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority, will establish eight new sites in addition to the eight currently in operation.

The new sites are Butler Elementary, Juliette Low Elementary, Myers Middle, Southwest Elementary, Southwest Middle, Thunderbolt Elementary, West Chatham Elementary, and West Chatham Middle.