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The work of RSG Senior Advisor and Tuck School of Business professor, Scott Neslin, is featured in Tuck’s Winter Forum. The article titled “Does Doing Good Mean Doing Well?” outlines Scott and colleagues’ work to determine whether consumers’ feelings about corporate social responsibility have caused them to be more loyal. The full research findings will be published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing.
RSG Senior Director, Peter Plumeau, was recently named to the national expert panel responsible for overseeing a new Transportation Research Board (TRB) project, “Strategies for Maintaining Air Service.” This project will explore strategies being implemented by smaller and medium-sized airports, their communities, and local businesses to reduce costs of services to carriers in order to maintain air service. The panel will help researchers identify and outline successful programs and activities that airports are undertaking to retain air service, including what is known or uncertain about their effectiveness over time.
Voters attending Hartland, Vermont’s Town Meeting recently voted to spend up to $450,000 to move forward with a plan proposed by RSG to realign the town’s main intersection, Hartland Three Corners. The proposed realignment plan will simplify the overall intersection, increase safety and mobility for pedestrians by adding crosswalks across all approaches, and create a significant increase in green space at the intersection. Final design will likely proceed in 2014, with construction starting as soon as 2015.
>RSG Co-founder, Dennis Meadows, will present “Limits to Growth of Energy: Facts About Fracking in the US” at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering today.
RSG is pleased to announce that Senior Director, Peter Plumeau, and Director, Dan Weinstein, have been appointed to the RSG Board of Directors. RSG’s Board of Directors is responsible for governance of the company, providing direction and oversight to management. This appointment marks the first term for both Mr. Plumeau and Mr. Weinstein.
A paper written by RSG Consultant, Jeff Keller has been awarded first place overall in the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Data Competition. Jeff’s paper titled, “Using Random Forest Machine Learning to Predict Driver Behavior in a Dilemma Zone,” describes a means for applying the Random Forest machine learning method to vehicle operating environment data in order to identify drivers of behavior and to predict that behavior. These are desirable outcomes for policymakers who wish to recommend legislation regarding various distraction activities, such as texting or making phone calls, while driving. Automakers have also expressed interest in being able to predict, in real-time, events that may put the safety of vehicle occupants at risk. Jeff will present his findings on Sunday, January 12, at the annual TRB meeting in Washington, DC.
RSG is excited to announce that Michelle Lee has joined our Metropolitan DC office as a Senior Consultant. Michelle has sixteen years of experience in project management, database design, field team management, and all aspects of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She has been a certified GIS professional for over ten years, and has extensive experience with GIS technologies ranging from data conversions and transformations to computer-assisted mapping.
RSG Director, David Saladino, has been elected President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (NHITE). David has over fifteen years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, transportations facility design, and traffic operations, and has been with RSG for more than a decade. David has been a member of NHITE since 2003, and has served as the editor of the NHITE newsletter and website for over five years. Prior to being elected NHITE president, David most recently served as the chapter’s vice president, and he has also served as secretary/treasurer. David also chairs the Town of Enfield’s Tax Increment Finance District Committee and serves on the Town of Enfield’s Planning Board. He currently serves as vice-chair of the Hartford Development Corporation Board.
RSG is excited to welcome Michael Heaney to our staff as a Senior Consultant. Michael has spent the last decade founding and directing the Center for Park Management within the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Michael’s work at the Center for Park Management focused on developing and providing implementation support for strategic business plans in national parks, as well as regional and national offices of the National Park Service. Prior to relocating to the USA, Michael did strategic business planning and product development for more than 10 years with Marks & Spencer, a major European retailer. Michael will be working out of his home office in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire.
RSG Senior Engineer and Market Street Gateway Project Manager, Dirk Grotenhuis, presented improvement ideas for the Market Street Gateway Project at a public input session in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Tuesday night. The input session, which drew over 50 residents and stakeholders, gave attendees the opportunity to review and comment on proposed improvements, including a “road diet,” new waterfront parks, landscaped medians, and new “pedestrian-scale” lighting. The project team hopes to have the public-engagement portion of the Market Street Gateway project complete by mid-January.
In light of the tragedy in the Philippines last week, RSG has donated $1,000 to the American Red Cross Typhoon Appeal. This donation continues RSG’s commitment to being a positive corporate citizen in the local and global communities, including supporting disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, and the earthquake in Haiti in recent years. For more information about disaster relief efforts in the Philippines or how to donate to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, please visit the American Red Cross website.
RSG recently completed an air quality permitting study for a new biomass heating plant at Norwich University, a project that will help the University save over $1 million in yearly heating costs. Norwich’s new biomass-fueled heating plant will produce an estimated 97% of the campus’ steam requirements and displace 657,000 gallons of fuel oil. The wood chips that will be used to power the new plant will be harvested within a 100 mile radius of the Norwich campus under Vermont’s Acceptable Management Practices program.
An RSG project is featured as a case study in the recently published National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide. The project examined three design alternatives for the complex Pearl-Prospect-Colchester intersection in Burlington, VT. Working closely with the City and Metropolitan Planning Organization, RSG developed a set of pilot improvements that improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, are quick to implement, and cost less than $20,000 to install. The design was implemented this summer and the pilot and study period will run until the end of October 2013. The Urban Street Design Guide is considered a new design manual for city streets today and demonstrates how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented as safe, sustainable public spaces for people walking, driving, biking, and taking transit.
RSG is excited to welcome Stacey Falzarano to the position of Senior Director of Human Resources. After an extensive local and national search, the selection board, comprising RSG’s operating team, corporate team and current human resources staff unanimously agreed that Stacey was the best fit for this role at RSG.