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Debtmerica Helps Foster Teens Learn Real World Personal Finance Strategies

Santa Ana, CA (Vocus) June 17, 2010

On Saturday, April 24, Debtmerica, LLC teamed up with the Orangewood Childrens Foundation to help foster children learn to manage their personal finances with an all-day event set in a fictional Independent City.

Volunteers helped construct and operate Independent City, which simulated some of the day-to-day challenges faced by adults in modern American society. Orangewoods foster teens were able to learn valuable lessons about paying for housing, child care, groceries, and utilities at various stations in the exhibit, which was held in Irvine, Californias Pretend City Childrens Museum.

In a letter thanking Debtmerica volunteers after the event, Orangewood volunteer services program manager Kristi Piatkowski – who had previously lauded the assistance of Debtmerica volunteers for their assistance at another event last year – said that the youth learned about money management through their workshops, and added that the volunteers were wonderful in making sure that the day was educational and fun!

Piatkowski also noted that without Debtmericas support, both financial and in-kind, the event would not have happened.

Harry Langenberg, one of the Managing Partners of Debtmerica, spoke on behalf of his team, we are very proud to be part of Orangewoods mission. Debtmerica is a big proponent of giving back to the Community where it can, and Orangewoods programs enable our entire staff to get involved and contribute to a wonderful cause.

The Orangewood Childrens Foundations goal is to help eliminate the neglect and abuse of children in Orange County, California. The foundation works to accomplish this on four main fronts: Strengthening families to prevent abuse from occurring in the first place, protecting children from abusive homes from physical and emotional violence, emancipating teens from abusive families, and promoting enhanced public awareness of the challenges faced by children raised in such damaging environments. This last goal has been the area in which important partners like Debtmerica have been able to do the most good for the foundations kids.

Debtmerica is a financial services company that provides assistance to families who are experiencing financial difficulties and hardship. Headquartered in Orange County, CA, Debtmerica focuses on negotiated debt settlement, a powerful debt relief option which helps clients get debt free and remain so. By actually reducing debt balances over the course of the program and providing an affordable monthly payment, consumers can experience lasting benefit to their financial well-being. Debtmerica was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County, CA, where it also was awarded for being the third Fastest Growing Company in 2009.


SingleSource Services Breakfast Provides Strategies and Tools to Help Protect Jacksonville Businesses and Youth Serving Organizations from Hiring Child Sexual Abusers

Jacksonville Beach, FL (PRWEB) March 25, 2013

On Thursday, March 28th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Donald J. Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services will be holding an important “Breakfast and Learn” event to help Jacksonville businesses and youth serving organizations understand how to assess the real threat of child sexual abuse happening “on their watch.”

“An estimated 93% of victims know their abusers and 90% of the abusers know the victim’s parents,” comments Dymer. “Last week hundreds of people including child advocates and law enforcement officials gathered in Alexandria, Virginia for a summit called, “Safe to Compete: Protecting Child Athletes from Sexual Abuse. The summit was hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Child sexual abuse happens and it is not limited to sports. This week’s Breakfast and Learn event will alert attendees that it can occur anywhere and anytime organizations put an adult with a sexual attraction towards children in a position of trust with an unsuspecting child or youth,” Dymer notes.

“The March 28th breakfast will focus on the importance of developing a structured child sexual abuse prevention program. It will also educate people about precisely what information is contained in a criminal record check and what isn’t contained. A study by Choice Point and data collected by the Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute indicates that nearly 95% of child molesters do not have criminal records. Selecting people to work or volunteer with children is serious business, it requires a pre-screening process that utilizes every risk management tool available,” emphasizes Dymer.

Attendees will get an in depth look at an effective scientifically based assessment tool, the Diana Screen

Troux Announces 2012 Worldwide Conference; Hundreds of Business and IT Industry Leaders to Meet in Austin to Share Success Stories in Unifying Business and IT Strategies

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

Troux, the leader in Business Technology Management (BTM) and Enterprise Architecture (EA) software and solutions, today announces the second annual Troux Worldwide Conference slated for March 28-29, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Building on its successful inaugural event last year with over 300 attendees this years event will feature more customer-presented case studies than any other BTM/EA event. The theme of this years event From Chaos to Harmony Unifying Business and IT will provide the backdrop for industry leaders to discuss the trends and challenges shaping their businesses. Conference attendees will hear from an impressive line-up of speakers from financial services, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, automotive, healthcare, telecommunications and more.

Presentations will focus on enterprise portfolio management, IT portfolio management and optimization, IT alignment to business imperatives, the mobile/tablet perspective, reporting, analytics and visualizations, business transformation, data and information management and enterprise architecture management, all along the theme of how these initiatives unify business and IT strategies and execution.

With cloud, mobile, IT consumerization and all the other mega-trends hitting IT in 2012, this conference is more relevant than ever. Global organizations realize that it is essential to align business and IT strategies in order to successfully deal with these trends and smartly grow their business. Our theme sums it up; the conference will guide a path from chaos to harmony, said Will Scott, CMO of Troux.

The management discipline of EA based Business Technology Management is now in the mainstream and is an integrated part of Business and IT strategy, planning and execution. In this context each customer presentation is being tailored to focus on insights, lessons learned and key takeaways for everyone in the audience. The whole idea is to share best practices so that Troux customers, prospects and industry participants can be even more effective in delivering value to their organizations, continued Scott.

Keynote, Case Studies Showcase Success Amid Turbulent Times

San Antonio Leaders Propose Action, Clean Air Strategies to Avoid Non-Attainment

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) July 18, 2013

Stakeholders across multiple disciplines met on July 11 to raise awareness of air quality concerns as the Alamo City edges closer to EPA non-attainment with increased ground level ozone levels (a.k.a. smog) from an economic boom in one of the fastest-growing metro areas.

Held at Rackspaces global headquarters, the Keeping It Clean: Our Air, Our Health forum was the inaugural event for the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum in a region-wide effort to catalyze community education, informed discussions, and aggressive action to counteract the ever-growing ground-level ozone problem.

We welcome this as an opportunity to showcase our region in promoting economic development that sustains the beautiful ecology that makes San Antonio a world-class destination, said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. Instead of focusing the blame on migrating pollution from other states and countries, we wanted to be proactive in doing all we can at the metro level.

San Antonio has long prided itself as the last major metropolitan area in the U.S. to maintain compliance with federal air quality standards. That distinction was threatened in 2012, when the three-year average ground-level ozone reached 80 parts per billion (ppb), exceeding the Environmental Protection Agencys standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb).

Violating clean air standards can result in costly compliance requirements, loss of federal highway funding, increased fuel prices and mandatory emissions offsetting. Additionally, economic development can take a hit as companies seek markets that are in attainment to avoid regulatory costs. Another concern discussed at the forum was the EPAs announcement that it could soon lower the existing standard from 75 to 70 ppb. Along with concerns about potential impacts from the Eagle Ford Shale on regional ground-level ozone, the event engaged the breadth of challenges facing San Antonio.

“This presents a great challenge, but its also an opportunity to pool our ingenuity to develop technical, policy and business solutions that give our economy and transportation infrastructure an edge,” said Mike Burke, chair and founder of the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum, which organized the event with nonprofit Mission Verde Alliance.

Ozone forms when oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) mix and are altered through a chemical reaction caused by sunlight. Ground-level ozone exacerbates respiratory illnesses, while Rice University has reported a correlation between Houston-area heart attacks and ozone exposure.

In the San Antonio-New Braunfels region, motor vehicles are the greatest source of ozone precursors. They accounted for 46.8 percent NOx and 35.2 percent of VOC levels in 2013. According to the European Respiratory Journal, scientists have proven that 14% of chronic childhood asthma is attributed to near-road traffic pollution.

“Transportation plays a key role in whatever we do, so we must promote greater access to mass transit, alternative and cleaner fuels, and electric vehicle charging networks,” Judge Wolff said.

Electricity generation accounted for 42.9 percent of NOx, while industry and manufacturing played a role in NOx and VOCs. CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned utility in the U.S., has taken a proactive stance in reducing its NOx and carbon emissions by investing heavily in clean power generation from natural gas, solar and wind.

Last year, CPS Energy reduced its nitrogen oxides emissions 23 percent, sulfur dioxide by 55 percent and total suspended particulates by 19 percent. Through all of its strategies CPS Energy is on track to reduce its carbon emissions by 5.3 million tons by 2020, a 29 percent decrease since 2011.

“Our strategy of diversification and risk reduction has made CPS Energy a leader in emissions reductions,” said CEO Doyle Beneby. “We are committed to continuing those reductions, to make sure San Antonio remains in compliance with clean air standards and because its what our customers expect from us.”

Visit the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum at http://www.sacleantech.org to learn more about the concerns and opportunities posed by increased ground-level ozone in the San Antonio region.


About San Antonio Clean Technology Forum

The Forum conducts education and information sharing through alliances and partnerships with other entities seeking to support and accelerate initiatives to reduce energy consumption, create financial savings, promote clean technology, and improve the environment while advancing economic development of the San Antonio region. In collaboration with partners and alliances, it seeks to contribute knowledge to key policy makers in government, education and industry to facilitate positive change in the South Texas region.

About Mission Verde Alliance

The Alliance serves as a catalyst for the development and the use of clean technologies for a sustainable economy for the San Antonio region through advocacy, education, and outreach.