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Schuylkill River Trail Ahead of the Rest for “Best Urban Trail“Pottstown-Reading-Trail_8-13

USA Today readers are voting for the best trails system nationwide with the Schuylkill River Trail currently leading the way.

The poll which can be found online at USA Today here, closes at noon EST, on Monday July 20, with the winner announced on Friday, July 24th.  Until then walkers, joggers and cyclists can vote for their favorite choice once per day.

Stretching 26 miles from Philadelphia to Phoenixville, the trail also has paved spur trails that bring the total potential mileage to over 60 miles. This includes the 20-mile Perkiomen Trail, from Oaks to Green Lane in Montgomery County and the six-mile Chester County spur from just outside Phoenixville in Cromby to Parkerford.

Patrick Starr, the executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, called the trail “a great recreational amenity for everyone, this is truly a great urban trail because it goes through many towns and goes out to a natural area“

HPM Holdings Introduces Online Aid for Students and Nurses

HMP Communications Holdings, a leader and innovator in healthcare communications and education based in Malvern, has launched a new online resource for students and nurses called Why Wound Care?

Its goal is to be an educational tool and provide complimentary and deeply discounted resources and for students and recently graduated nurses that emphasizes the need for, and opportunities in, wound care specialized nursing.

“HMP Holdings is proud to own the largest wound care franchise in the United States,“ Said Jeff Hennessy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HMP Communications Holdings.

“As the industry leader, we felt a responsibility to not only champion more nurses to become clinically certified in wound care, but through our “Why Wound Care?” initiative, to provide nursing students and recent graduates with world-class educational resources on a complimentary or deeply discounted basis to help them successfully combat this growing epidemic.”.

Momentum Dynamics’s CEO Optimistic on the Future of Electric Vehicles

Andrew Daga, CEO Momentum Dynamics Corporation
Andrew Daga, CEO Momentum Dynamics Corporation

Momentum Dynamics Corporation’s CEO Andy Daga has made several positive statements about the future of electric vehicles, and the commercialization of wireless power for recharging these vehicles.

While speaking at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Power Electronics Society Conference in Daejeon, in the Republic of Korea, he stated that range anxiety is widely recognized as the most restrictive factor in sales of electronic vehicles. Daga pointed out that the key to increasing their popularity is directly related to the way they are charged.

“The impact of wireless charging is to fully automate the charging experience and relegate it to an unnoticed background function.“ Daga believes that 25 kW wireless chargers, which will remove the need to “plug in” the car, will be the norm for all electronic vehicles within 5 years. He also stated that 25% of the projected 120 million vehicles to be sold in 2025 could be electronic, if the charging issue is resolved.

Immaculata University Names New Vice President

John D. Stafford, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Development & Engagement & Dean of Students at IU
John D. Stafford, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Development & Engagement & Dean of Students at IU

Immaculata University has named John D. Stafford, Ed.D., of Paoli, PA, as its new Vice President for Student Development and Engagement.

Dr. Stafford is currently and will also remain the Dean of Students at the Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton. Since taking the Dean’s position in 2006 he has increased student engagement by creating new programs geared toward student retention and recognition.

“I’m thrilled to be serving the University in this expanded role” stated Dr. Stafford, ”To continue working to create innovative programs that support its inspiring students and reflect the IHM Charism and University Mission is a wonderful opportunity.”

Liberty Property Trust Announces Sale of Hampton Roads Office Portfolio

Liberty Property Trust, a leader in commercial real estate in Malvern, announced on June 24, that it has closed on the sale of its Hampton Roads office portfolio.

The entire office and flex portfolio of 22 properties totals 1.3 million square feet of space and 3.099 acres of land. Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners, a full service real estate investment management firm, purchased the portfolio for the $110.3 million. At the time of purchase, the portfolio was 89.1% leased.

For more details on the sale click here.