Great Job on The CTfastrak Website, Dylan!
QCA successfully designed and continues to host the new responsive project website for the Connecticut Department of Transportation! The site promotes CTfastrak, a premiere Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system launching in early 2015.
Working alongside Michael Baker Corporation, QCA built the site to reflect the excitement and innovation of the BRT system. Michael Baker Corporation's Vice President of National Practice Leader David Wilcock noted that the website has a "really nice look and feel to it." Prior to launching the site, Dylan Conway and Traci Missildine traveled to Hartford to provide content management system training to ensure the clients will be able to maintain the website and update information regularly. The team is currently developing phase three of the website, which includes enhancing the viewing experience by adding an animated 3-D flythrough video, an interactive map, special interactive sections and video elements. Visit ctfastrack.com. Great Job, Dylan!
QCA Attends OOCEA State of the Agency Event!
QCA recently supported the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA) on its first State of the Agency Event, which also coincided with their 50th Anniversary celebration. The event highlighted the Authority's many achievements over the past 50 years and outlined their current and future priorities. QCA's Brian Hutchings spent many hours scouring the Expressway Authority's archives for photos and facts that were used in the video and brochure. He also helped in the planning of the event by creating and maintaining a task list, writing press releases and media advisories and putting together the invite list for the event.
Brian also conducted extensive research on key points in the Authority's history, its impact to the City of Orlando and the Central Florida region as well as culling highlight information about the region. This information was forwarded to the City of Orlando and Orange County to draft proclamations celebrating the Expressway Authority's anniversary and contributions to the region. QCA's Mary Brooks helped to direct elected officials and dignitaries, while ensuring everything ran smoothly.
Congratulations OOCEA, we look forward to the next 50 years!
QCA Donates to Camp Kesem
Recently, QCA donated to Camp Kesem, which allows children of parents with cancer to experience summer camp. The donation was made on behalf of QCA Associate Karen Kersey's late husband, Edward Kersey. The University of Florida funds and organizes the entire camp, making it free of charge to campers such as Emily, Karen's daughter. While this camp is for children who have a parent diagnosed with cancer, the focus is not cancer therapy, but rather about having fun.
Camp Kesem had its beginnings in 2000, when four Stanford University student leaders chose to change the lives of the children in their northern California community. Working with Hillel at Stanford, staff member Iris Rave helped the four student leaders set up Camp Kesem. The group chose the word Kesem, which means "magic" in Hebrew, because their goal was to bring "magic" to families coping with cancer. Thanks to the hard work of many student leaders, Camp Kesem at Stanford hosted 37 campers at its first one-week summer camp in 2001. Word quickly spread and the Stanford student leaders encouraged their friends at colleges across the country to replicate Camp Kesem in their communities. Camp Kesem began at the University of Florida in 2007 by 10 founding members, and it's first camp was held in August 2008.
QCA is proud to support an organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of others in their community! To learn how you can make a difference, visit Camp Kesem's website at www.campkesem.org campkesem.org.
High Praise Given to Rhonda Kaeser!
Since Rhonda Kaeser joined the QCA family in 2007, she continues to show quality and impressive work. Most recently, Rhonda received high praise from Florida Department of Transportation Project Manager Lori Palumbo of the Tampa Operations Center where she currently serves. Ms. Palumbo shared, "I wanted to let you know that Rhonda is doing an excellent job preparing our weekly progress meeting minutes. She is thorough, and produces some of the best documentation I've seen. I'm happy to have the opportunity to work with her, and she is an asset to our team." Thank you Rhonda, for your hard work, dedication to quality and your outstanding attitude!
US 17 Project Successfully Completed
QCA is excited to announce that after two years of hard work, the project to widen US 17 to four lanes successfully comes to a close! QCA, along with the Florida Department of Transportation’s project team, made up of URS Construction Services and AJAX Paving Industries of Florida, completed the widening of US 17 from CR 634 - Sweetwater Road to 7th Avenue in the Town of Zolfo Springs, Florida.
QCA provided the public information services on this project by keeping the community and the traveling public informed of all construction activities. Additionally, QCA designed and continues to host the US 17 project website for the corridor. For information and updates about current and future roadway design and construction on US 17 in Hardee, DeSoto and Charlotte Counties, visit: www.fdotus17projects.com.
Established in 1995 as a DBE / SBE / WBE certified corporation, QCA has been successfully serving multi-modal transportation agencies by delivering the most efficient approach to the communications process. We offer a full range of professional communication consulting services in-house, including: marketing, public information, compliance, community outreach, intergovernmental coordination, media relations, websites and countless more. QCA provides services nationwide and is headquartered in Land O' Lakes, Florida.