Bossier City Alternative Fuel Station

Bossier City Alternative Fuel Station #2Bossier City celebrated the dedication and ribbon cutting of a second Alternative Fuel Station on Tuesday. The event drew a great crowd of city and state officials, along with citizens interested in flex fuel options. The Bossier City Alternative Fuel Station #2 building was designed by architect Mike McSwain. According to Mr. McSwain’s website, the design pays homage to the pop architecture typical of the of the golden era of automotive travel while also looking forward towards more progressive ideas of sustainability and environmental responsibility associated with using Ethanol and Natural Gas as automotive fuels.

Scott AngelleCompressed Natural Gas (CNG) and E-85 Ethanol Flex Fuel provides an answer to the need for an abundant, clean and affordable fuel alternative to reduce our current dependence on foreign oil. Because of the Haynesville shale, natural gas production in our area provides some of the most productive. It makes sense that we start exploring ways to tap into the most readily available resources. Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary, Scott Angelle spoke to the crowd and explained that city officials applied for a grant and were ahead of the curve in taking advantage of the benefits of CNG. The commitment ensured that they received the grant. Mr. Angelle also said that he is “hoping, urging and working in Washington for people to embrace natural gas as a better alternative to provide fuel for American families”. Bossier City has a fleet of vehicles that are already being operated with the flex fuels. The two stations will provide a fueling place for these vehicles, as well as for the general public.

Bossier City Alternative Fuel Station #2The cost to convert a vehicle varies according to vehicle. Some websites show an approximate cost of $7000. State and Federal agencies have implemented tax credits for certain qualified vehicle conversions. The prices displayed at the Bossier City station today were $1.75 for CNG and $2.78 for E-85 Ethanol. When compared to the gasoline and diesel market, it proves to be beneficial. CNG costs approximately 50% less and emits up to 90% less emissions; and over time the costs for CNG have remained stable. According to cngnow.com: although compressed natural gas is flammable, it has a narrow flammability range, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making it an inherently safe fuel.

CNG is delivered to your vehicle in a very similar fashion as pumping gasoline, in approximately the same amount of time. The delivery method will require one to review filling procedures, but once you’ve filled up once or twice, you are on your way in an environmentally friendly fuel vehicle.

Bossier City Alternative Fuel Station #2The Bossier City Alternative Fuel Station #2 is located at 4250 Barksdale Boulevard. This station is in addition to the 2580East Texas location that opened in October as part of an initiative on the part of bossier City to provide a “go green” option. Stop by soon and tell them that you read my blog.

See ya around Bossier,

Robin Williams,
Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat & Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes

Safe, Secure and Indestructible

Venyu Ribbon CuttingHave you driven by the Cyber Innovation Center on Hwy 80 in Bossier and been in total awe of the building? Every time I drive by, I think to myself “I sure would like to go inside that place”. Tonight I had the opportunity to attend a Bossier Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for Venyu, which is located inside the center. I’ll tell you about Venyu after I tell you about the amazing facility. This place is totally beyond what I could have imagined. Venyu is located inside the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) at the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City. Mike McSwain Architects designed the center and created a virtually indestructible building that can insure the safety of critical-level government agents and security of classified information. The building can withstand bomb blasts, tornadoes, hurricanes, most natural disaster and emergency situations. The building has redundant power and can provide seamless transition from primary to emergency power supply in the case of an emergency power loss. In order to even get into the building, top level security procedures are followed. I felt very important just being in such a building. I wish I had more photos to show you, but as you can imagine, a building like this is top secret. Not many pictures allowed.

VenyuAlright, on to the main event. Venyu hosted a Bossier Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting and After Hours TLA event. (The Last Appointment) There were over 250 people in attendance who were interested in hearing about the services that Venyu offers. Most of us were just really excited to get tours of their offices inside the CIC. To accurately tell you the services Venyu provides, I went to their website and this is the description: Venyu is a premier provider of data protection, recovery, and availability services designed to ensure business continuity. Venyu’s portfolio includes online data backup, physical and virtualized recovery solutions, managed and virtual hosting, SaaS, and co-location services. Venyu, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with offices in Marlborough, MA and Shreveport-Bossier City, LA is backed by geographically-diverse datacenters, highly-qualified technicians, and iron-clad security controls. What that means in terms maybe you and I can understand, they’ve got the ability to lock up your business computer data, keep it safe, and save you if you ever have a disastrous loss of data. I’m sure that my description is somewhat crude, but I think you get the picture.

VenyuBrian took us on a tour of their server rack room. So impressive! Due to the secure nature of the building, we had to go through a man-trap area to access the data center floor. After getting in, I felt like we were in a Mission Impossible movie. I had visions of being suspended from a ceiling cable. There is biometric and access card requirements, along with armed guards and video surveillance every where. Your data is secure in this place. If you are interested in protecting your data, Venyu is the most physically secure data centers that you will find. As a side note, their main continuity center is located under 85 feet of limestone rock in Springfield, MO. How cool is that? I encourage you to visit their website or give them a call to discuss solution options for your commercial data needs.

Cyber Innovation CenterVenyu is located at 6300 East Texas Street, Bossier City LA 71111, Toll-free: 866 978-3698, Direct Phone: 318 698-1330. Give them a call and tell them you read my blog.

See ya around Bossier,

Robin Williams,
Bossier Chamber of Commerce Diplomat & Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes