I checked the archives....we have a thread that discusses the implementation of the big federal stimulus package......it tended to stay on a political and theoretical course. This thread is to discuss the pros and cons of the proposed projects that you may be familiar with or recently read about.
Most of you have probably perused the big state-by-state lists of proposed stimulus projects. Bet dollars-to-donuts that you drilled-down to your locale and checked to see what was being requested.
For this opening post, here's an interesting project in Toledo.....
The University of Toledo is asking for $75 million to establish The University of Toledo Campus of Energy Innovation. Their proposal calls for a conversion of their Com-Tech Campus to a campus-setting that has a sole focus of researching alternative energy sources.
No matter how you feel about the source of the funding, it is a good idea. The Toledo area is already a leader in alternate energy development, with some major corporate and technical work taking place. The school is a leader is photovoltaics and clean energy technology. The city has been helpful to the university, knowing full-well that the help will lead to long-term economic benefits.
The new campus would include a focus on:
Advanced energy development
Advanced wind turbine technology
Smart grid innovation
World transportation and logistics center
Also on the Toledo list, a "fit" with the above project.....a huge wind turbine farm in Maumee Bay, adjacent to the Port of Toledo. (Maumee Bay is relatively shallow and is a good candidate for inexpensive off-shore tubine placement.)
ComTech was the original University of Toledo Community College. It is now called the Scott Park Campus. It is located midway between the school's main campus and the large Medical Science Campus.
Any projects you are familiar with and "like" or "dislike"?
What say you?