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Stratus Building Solutions: Here to Help You & the Medical Community Flatten the Curve

March 27, 2020

It’s important that we all do our part to flatten the curve. As a commercial cleaning and janitorial service company, Stratus Building Solutions is ready for this. We have the professional and certified teams that are ready to come in and disinfect your offices, church, school, medical facility, gym, or place of business.

A Name you can Trust

The safety of our community is everything. Our priority is the great people of our Atlanta and North Georgia communities.

Your Partner for Disinfecting Services

Stratus Building Solutions is proud to be your partner to help keep your workplaces clean and productive, and your customers and employees safer in this unprecedented time. Whether you are a medical facility, school, or businesses facing the outbreak emergency, we are here to help.

Disinfecting Services for COVID-19

Stratus Building Solutions, in partnership with the latest in chemical technologies provide state-of-the-art professional disinfecting services to help combat the spread of Coronavirus. Utilizing hospital-grade chemicals paired with electric and electrostatic tools, high touch-point wipe down and deep cleaning disinfecting services, Stratus franchisees are able to help you create a safer environment for your customers and employees.

Stratus Building Solutions franchisees use hospital-grade disinfectants rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and listed on EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommendations for precautionary disinfecting services, and suspected/confirmed case disinfection protocols are continuously monitored and followed by Stratus franchisees.

Our Disinfecting Services:

Electric and Electrostatic Spraying 

Electric and Electrostatic Spraying utilize power-assisted spraying machinery in lieu of manually-powered chemical spraying. The machinery also breaks down one traditional manual-sprayer size droplet into many smaller micron droplets, allowing for more even coverage of a targeted area.

Electrostatic spraying goes one step further as it negatively charges the chemical droplets as it leaves the machine. Once the droplets are released, they seek positively charged objects and surfaces – exactly as two magnets would – and cling to almost every surface in your facility. This assures an even greater coverage of the chemical disinfectant, even in hard to reach places.

Electric and electrostatic spraying assures more even coverage of surfaces including assisting to cover evenly every button on the elevator or areas of desk with disinfecting chemicals; where conventional spray and wipe is effective, it can leave heavier residues in certain areas.

Who Should Use Disinfecting Services?

These commercial disinfecting services are used in hospitals, schools, daycares, veterinary clinics, medical offices, manufacturing facilities, offices, retail, and other businesses. Professional disinfecting services are ideal for high-traffic businesses, or those who provide services to sensitive populations like clinics and hospitals. Help avoid the spread of COVID-19 by providing a one-time disinfecting service while your employees work remotely, or on a recurring schedule as employees are needed and customers are visiting your business.

Please call or email us for a quote. As we work together, we can beat this virus! Stratus Building Services offers a quick turnaround. Whether you run a daycare, or a small business, we can usually have your facility disinfected and ready to be occupied within a day. Contact Douglas Crumbly at dcrumbly@stratusclean.com or 678.427.5751. https://www.stratusbuildingsolutions.com/

Cobb Chamber, KSU to Offer Webinars on COVID-19 Business Recovery and Leadership

March 27, 2020

The Cobb Chamber is addressing the difficulties in navigating a post-pandemic business climate through a “How To: Business Recovery from COVID-19” webinar Tuesday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. The webinar is free for anyone to attend.

Register HERE

The College of Professional Education at Kennesaw State University, in collaboration with the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to offer a new Webinar Wednesday Series on Leadership Excellence Wednesday, April 1, at 11:30 a.m. This 8 part Leadership Excellence Series is modeled after KSU’s award winning Executive Leadership program, and covers the 8 Roles of a Leader. Register for one or all!

Register HERE


More about the Business Recovery from COVID-19 Webinar

Guided by business experts and community leaders, the webinar will walk business owners through the resources available for small and large businesses, including navigating the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application process, the federal stimulus CARES act, the Cobb Chamber’s strategy and resources to help businesses during and after this time, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Speakers for the “How To: Business Recovery from COVID-19” webinar will include, John Loud, Cobb Chamber Chairman and President of LOUD Security Systems; Sharon Mason, Cobb Chamber President & CEO; Drew Tonsmeire, Georgia Small Business Development Center Area Director; and Sam Fuchs, CEO of Blue Yonder.

More about the Webinar Wednesday Series on Leadership Excellence

Participate in a minimum of 7 of the 8 webinars and you will earn a Digital Badge in Leadership Excellence from Kennesaw State University.

  • Leader as Communicator (April 1st): Communicate with Empathy, Ask Great Questions, Listen with Excellence, and Present Inspiring Ideas
  • Leader as Coach (April 8th): Coach for Performance, Coach for Development, Coach for Solutions, and Coach to Resolve Conflicts
  • Leader as Innovator (April 15th): Understand Innovation, Build a Culture of Innovation, and Develop Your Company’s Innovation Playbook
  • Leader as Change Agent (April 22nd): Create Change Readiness, Lead Positive Change, and Navigate the 7-Step Change Process
  • Leader as Director (April 29th): Develop and Communicate an Inspiring Vision, Set Strategic SMART Goals, and Delegate Effectively
  • Leader as Producer (May 6th): Design Processes that Drive Productivity, Attract and Retain “A” Players, and Manage Time and Stress
  • Leader as Coordinator (May 13th): Define and Scope Projects, Build Schedules and Budgets, and Effectively Communicate with Stakeholders
  • Leader as Monitor (May 20th): Monitor Core Processes, Make Better Decisions, and Drive Continuous Improvement Using Data Analytics

There is no cost for either event, and Chamber members and non-members are welcome to attend.

CROY Expands Water Resources Capabilities with Hire of Melanie Head, PE

March 24, 2020

Full-service consulting firm Croy Engineering announced the addition of Melanie Head, PE as its new Municipal Utilities Director. Head is charged with continuing Croy’s commitment to provide consulting engineering services in the water resources arena, including water and wastewater system design, while also expanding the firm’s footprint in this practice across the Southeast.

“Melanie is a talented emerging leader in our industry; her array of experience, understanding of clients’ needs, and energetic attitude make her an exceptional addition to our Croy team. We are confident she will reinforce the high-level of service and trust our clients have come to expect from our firm,” said Eddie Wade, PE, Executive Vice President with Croy.

During her career, Head has worked for municipal clients on numerous utility infrastructure projects including reclamation facilities, land application system designs, and wastewater treatment plant assessments, master plans, and upgrades. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, she worked with the City of Houston, Texas on the assessment of three wastewater treatment plants, which included coordination with FEMA to secure funding to bring the plant back to working conditions. In recognition of her achievements in the engineering field, Head received the Jack C. Dozier Emerging Leader Award by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals in 2019.

“While often unnoticed, water and wastewater infrastructure are vital parts of a community’s stability, growth, and economic success,” said Head. “I am excited for this opportunity to continue to build my career with the team at Croy, and look forward to working with our clients across the region to develop, expand and improve their facilities.”

Head is a Civil Engineering graduate of Auburn University and Professional Engineer in Georgia. She is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (Young Professionals Committee member), Georgia Association of Water Professionals (Wastewater Treatment and Water Treatment Committee member), and American Water Works Association (Young Professionals Committee member).

Croy’s Utility Solutions team works with municipal clients across Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama to provide various capabilities including stormwater management and permitting, water audits, as well as water and wastewater facilities, master planning, rate studies, and bidding.

ABOUT CROY

Croy is an award-winning, full-service consulting engineering firm headquartered in Georgia, in addition to having a presence in Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. As a top Georgia-based firm, Croy leverages its strong local presence and deep community ties to offer a range of services, including aviation, environmental, land acquisition, planning, site development, surveying, transportation, traffic, and municipal engineering, to local and national clients. Learn more at croyengineering.com or connect on any of the firm’s social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram.

Cobb Community Foundation Establishes Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund

March 18, 2020

Cobb Community Foundation (CCF), today announced it is establishing the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund.  This charitable fund will provide flexible resources to non-profit organizations serving Cobb and meeting critical needs either arising from or exacerbated by the novel coronavirus.  According to President and CEO, Shari Martin, the organization’s previous focus on fundraising for Cobb Community Opportunity Grants, inspired by the results last year’s Cobb Human Services Needs Assessment commissioned by CCF, is taking a back seat to the current crisis.

“We are all in unchartered territory.  We don’t know what’s ahead, but we know that as a community foundation, it’s our role to build and deploy resources to help our community get through this relatively unscathed, or at least as unscathed as possible,” she says.  CCF has shared on its blog, throughout social media, and in its newsletter information about many of the organizations that are at the forefront of caring for Cobb’s most vulnerable populations in the midst of COVID-19.  Martin says, “For many in our community, those and many other organizations are that domino that keeps all of the others from falling, and because more of our community will need their help, now more than ever, these organizations will need our help.”

Board member, Kim Gresh, agrees.  “There’s no doubt that this is the right thing to do.”  Gresh, owner of S.A. White Oil Company, First Vice Chair of the Foundation’s board and chair of the organization’s Events Committee, says that the Foundation has decided to cancel this year’s Partners in Philanthropy event, opting instead to focus the budgeted money where it will be most needed.  “In the environment we are in, it just makes more sense to use that money to help the organizations that are out there helping people in our community stay afloat.”  Martin agrees.  “The grant checks are much more important to grant recipients than the fanfare.”

Al Martin, Regional External Affairs Manager for Georgia Power Company, serves on the board of Cobb Community Foundation and also chairs its Grants and Scholarships Committee.  “Anyone can give to this Fund and know that, other than credit card fees which don’t come to us, 100% of their contribution will be distributed to non-profits meeting critical needs.”  According to Mr. Martin, the process to receive a grant is going to be quick and painless.  “These organizations have enough to take care of without having to fill out some long application.”

In addition to offering an opportunity to contribute to the Fund, CCF is also urging its own donors to look for opportunities to support local nonprofits currently addressing critical needs, organizations such as Sweetwater Mission, MUST Ministries, Center for Family Resources, Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb, The Zone, and others, by making direct contributions. General contributions provide the greatest amount of flexibility for non-profits, which is particularly important at a time when needs are rapidly changing.  

“Non-profits are not only dealing with more clients with more needs, they are also having to deal with postponed events,” Shari Martin says.  “They are having to handle more with much less.  The Cobb COVID-19 Response Fund will help to replace those lost revenues, and then some.” 

Details on how nonprofits might request and access general operating resources from the Cobb COVID-19 Community Response Fund will be announced in the coming days.  For more information and to donate, go to cobbfoundation.org.

About Cobb Community Foundation
Founded by a group of Cobb business leaders who recognized the community’s need for a vehicle to invest in its future in late 1993, Cobb Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is passionate about inspiring charitable giving, building resources for the future and connecting donors who care with causes that matter. To learn more, email CCFTeam@cobbfoundation.org or visit www.cobbfoundation.org.

Comcast Offering to Keep America Connected during COVID

March 18, 2020

At Comcast, we have been coordinating with emergency management, health officials and other government leaders to support the collective effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.  Today, we are announcing the implementation of the following new policies for the next 60 days to Keep America Connected:

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
  • Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans.  While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
  • No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions. 
  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
  • News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media.  Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus.  Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. 
  • 24×7 Network Monitoring: Underpinning all of these efforts, Comcast’s technology and engineering teams will continue to work tirelessly to support our network operations. We engineer our network capacity to handle spikes and shifts in usage patterns, and continuously test, monitor and enhance our systems and network to ensure they are ready to support customer usage. Our engineers and technicians staff our network operations centers 24/7 to ensure network performance and reliability. We are monitoring network usage and watching the load on the network both nationally and locally, and to date it is performing well.  

Our press statement is attached hereto.  Please feel free to share as appropriate.

Coronavirus Webpage 

We have established a customer-facing webpage with information about Xfinity services and our response to the coronavirus.  We do not anticipate updating the page in real time.  The site is at www.xfinity.com/prepare.  Topics include the following.

  • Digital Support Available to All Customers
  • Keeping Xfinity Stores Safe
  • Xfinity Employee Information
  • Network Reliability
  • WiFi Optimization
  • Internet Essentials
  • Outages
  • Managing Appointments
  • Billing and Payments
  • Supporting Education
  • Keeping Informed

AT&T Remains Focused on Keeping You Healthy and Connected

March 18, 2020

AT&T is planning on being here to help you stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

We recognize that staying in touch with your family, friends, school and work has never been more important.

Below are a few ways we’re helping consumers, small businesses, and enterprises across the country.

Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” announced today and concerns raised by members of Congress, which we share, AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days, we will:  

  • Not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of their inability to pay their bill due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.

To provide further relief and support, AT&T announced:

  • Unlimited AT&T Home Internet – All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.  Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program.
  • Helping You Work and Learn Remotely – Businesses, universities and schools can keep their teams and classrooms connected through conference calls and video conferencing with Cisco Webex Meetings with AT&T for 90-days, and seamlessly forward calls to both mobile and landline phones with AT&T IP Flexible Reach.
  • Distance Learning – AT&T is underwriting expenses for a “one-stop” resource center to support eLearning Days from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) available to all educators in schools to help them handle school closures and the increase in virtual learning due to COVID-19.

Additional details about these commitments will be available soon.

https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

2020 Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up Set for Oct. 3

March 10, 2020

The Great Lake Allatoona Clean Up is a yearly event held in the fall to clean up our beautiful Lake. Everybody is welcome to get involved! This year, the event will be held Saturday, October 3. Find more information on our website: www.greatallatoonacleanup.org.

The Lake Allatoona Association, a non-profit, is the parent organization of the GLAC, a non-profit, and this year will be the 35th Anniversary of the GLAC.   

The Great Lake Allatoona Cleanup (GLAC), and its partners will lead the Lake Allatoona community in environmental stewardship of the watershed through education, preservation, conservation, and volunteerism.