Dan Cohen AUTHOR YesOceana, Virginia Beach’s innovative program to roll back encroachment threatening Naval Air Station Oceana, has been named a co-winner in its category for the 2016 Community Economic Development Awards presented by the Virginia Economic Developers Association.After NAS Oceana was threatened with closure following the last BRAC round, Virginia Beach developed a comprehensive initiative to reduce encroachment in the base’s clear zone and Accident Potential Zone 1 (APZ-1) through an aggressive incentive program targeting commercial businesses. YesOceana was designed to recruit and retain conforming businesses — such as wholesale trade, distribution and manufacturing operations — in APZ-1 and relocate nonconforming businesses from APZ-1 to other areas in Virginia Beach.Through fiscal 2015, the city has eliminated 53 nonconforming commercial properties, and it has committed $2.4 million to 31 businesses to promote compatible uses within the district. Incentives include a 90 percent rebate of the business licenses tax and/or real estate tax abatement for nonconforming properties that are rehabilitated, renovated or improved to a conforming use. Conforming businesses also may be reimbursed for fees associated with building permits, site plan applications, and water and sewer connections.By providing financial encouragement, Virginia Beach has been able to spur economic development in a way that is compatible with the mission of the base, according to a news release from the city.“With the support of other city departments and city leadership, we developed a program that serves as a vital economic development tool and strengthens our relationship with the Navy,” stated Michelle Chapleau, APZ-1 business development manager.YesOceana is now a catalyst for redevelopment of several major corridors in Virginia Beach. And its neighbors Hampton and Chesapeake are establishing similar programs to limit incompatible development outside Langley AFB and Fentress Landing Field, respectively. Virginia Beach split state funds it received last year for YesOceana with Chesapeake to support its program.
Windows 7 is on its way out. Microsoft If you still use Windows 7, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Starting Jan. 14, 2020, exactly one year from Monday, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. That means no more updates or security fixes for the operating system. “Changes and upgrades in technology are inevitable,” said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, in a blog. “And there’s never been a better time to start putting in motion the things you need to do to shift your organization to a modern desktop with Microsoft 365.”Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 to business customers that pay for support, according to ZDNet, but not individual users.Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is still one of the most widely used desktop operating systems. Windows 10 finally overtook Windows 7 in the desktop market at the end of last year, according to ZDNet. NetMarketShare’s December 2018 report showed that 39.2 percent of the machines they collect data from used Windows 10, while 36.9 percent used Windows 7, according to ZDNet. In 2012, the computer giant decided to extend five more years of support for all editions of Windows 7 for individual users. First published on Jan. 14, 8:29 a.m. PT.Updates, 1:35 p.m. PT: Adds Microsoft 365 Vice President Brad Anderson statement. See It Computers Software $20 Microsoft Windows 7 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Tags Comments Amazon Share your voice See it 5 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft Windows 7 Review • Microsoft Windows 7 $4
“I hope they tear this place down, it isn’t safe! It’s got mice, roaches, rats, mold, bedbugs—all kinds of pests…” said Danielle Harris a longtime resident of Perkins Homes. And her sentiment is echoed by many living in the public housing complex. The AFRO spoke to tenants about the conditions at Perkins Homes.Taneeta Wilson, a resident of the Perkins Homes public housing development in East Baltimore points to crumbling plaster from her leaky kitchen ceiling.Wanda, who only wanted her first name used, said black mold in her home triggered a health hazard, because she said she has an autoimmune disorder. “I started experiencing, in the bathroom and the kitchen, these big, black spots, like in the corner of the bathtub, which was, they say, mold…When maintenance came they sprayed white paint over the spots in the bathroom…the paint started to wash away in the shower but the mold was still there,” she said.As residents described deplorable living conditions for their families another story emerged—residents alleged women were being asked to exchange money or sexual favors for maintenance services already guaranteed by their lease. Although many claimed they knew of women who had been harassed, only one woman came forward and shared her notarized statement of the harassment she experienced.According to a woman identified as “Ms. W” the electricity was intermittent at her home, and her refrigerator would lose power. She says the management office dispatched a maintenance worker who installed a large generator in the kitchen to power her home. When she realized the generator made too much noise for her and her child to sleep, she asked for it to be removed. “He came back out to my house to pick the machine up, and he said it would cost me $150. I did not have it because it was the end of the month, and I had no more money to pay him. He stated to me, ‘Well, we can have sex to clear this bill up,’” according to her statement. This allegation echoes a similar scandal which emerged last year at Gilmor Homes. The city settled a lawsuit for almost $8 million after more than a dozen residents said they had been asked for sex in exchange for repairs.The AFRO contacted the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and discovered there have been 18 complaints of sexual harassment in Perkins Homes since 2016.HABC communications director Tania Baker refused to comment specifically on the status of the sexual harassment complaints. “It is HABC policy not to disclose the outcome of any personnel investigation, as personnel matters are confidential by law,” was Baker’s response.Lucky Crosby a former public housing maintenance worker and whistleblower said that the lack of response was calculated, “I know that sexual harassment is still happening, I’ve heard the complaints and I know women have reported it…but they just sweep it under the rug.”The complaints about Perkins come as Beatty Development, the company that developed Harbor Pointe in Harbor East, allegedly is moving forward with plans to revitalize and redevelop Perkins Homes.The question remains, will this have any impact on the plans that Beatty Development and the City of Baltimore have for redevelopment. Last year, a development deal for Perkins with Virginia based CRC Partners fell apart for undisclosed reasons. Beatty Development and Perkins Point Partners have promised, “high-quality housing for people of all income levels,” but have not yet released the details of how many affordable housing units will be available to residents who wish to stay in Perkins homes. Although residents say they are still struggling with conditions in Perkins and fearful of retaliation for their complaints, some are even more fearful the future of Perkins will have no place for them.
Popular on Variety The conference has to be seen as neutral ground for all of the platforms and media companies that attend, according to Louderback, including Fox, NBC, Scripps, YouTube and others.The only additional Viacom influence you’ll see at Vidcon this year, Louderback, said are sponsored both from networks like MTV, which will be doing a “Cribs” activation. Nickelodeon, like in years past, is also sponsoring a booth, and so has Paramount Network.Vidcon has grown into the must-attend event for young fans of a wide array of influencers and video personalities who receive are received like rock stars. Because Vidcon skews young and female, it gives it the feel of a Justin Bieber concert, as young fans gush and shriek over their favorite digital celebs.Brent Weinstein, the newly-named chief innovation officer at UTA, which represents Vidcon, called the conference “the world’s most impactful event celebrating online video, bringing together the biggest creators, industry and thought leaders, large brand marketers.”The unique environment, Weinstein said, is “built to highlight and bring to life the special relationship between online video stars and their fans.”This year, the event will feature bolstered security, like RFID-embedded wristbands to scan people in and out of the event. Notable this year is the emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Vidcon organizers invited a number women and people of colors to lead panel sessions. Half of the featured creators this year are women and 40% are multicultural.Vidcon programming will be divided among three different so-called tracks: one for industry leaders interested in networking and discussing business deals, one for content creators interested in learning the tools of the online video trade, and one for community, meaning the fan events.Among the notable events is a will feature a keynote conversation with Skybound Entertainment CEO and “The Walking Dead” executive producer, David Alpert. MACRO founder and CEO Charles D. King will also talk about his decision to leave WME, where he was the first African-American to make partner, to start his own multi-platform, multicultural media company. Vidcon CEO Jim Louderback promises that this year’s annual online video confab won’t become a corporate branding exercise for Viacom after it acquired the conference last February.“We were both really clear during the sale that they didn’t want to change us and we didn’t want to be changed,” Louderback said in a phone interview. “Because if you do that, you’re going ruin it.”Expected to draw 35,000 people, the event is in its ninth iteration and will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center June 20-23. It has evolved into a massive multi-day event featuring panel sessions for industry leaders and content creators, digital stars, fans, numerous parties and even a concert by Marshmello, the American DJ and electronic music producer. That’s a far cry from the conference’s more meager beginnings in a ballroom at a Century City hotel with just 1,400 attendees. Abby Woods, co-founder of Quartermain Media, a black-owned production company, will for the first time bring to Vidcon up-and-coming black digital talent. Woods will also lead a panel in the industry track called, “Coloring Outside of the Lines: Debunking Myths and Providing Best Practices for Influencers of Color Working with Brands and Advertisers.“It’s this ultimate opportunity to authentically share your culture, share your struggle and share your passion for video,” Woods said in an interview.Online video’s low barrier to entry means it has an advantage over film and television to better showcase diversity, Woods said. “People are realizing that you don’t have to have a certain look,” Woods said. “You just have to have your own message and it just needs to come across as authentic and relatable. And how hard is it to be you?”Jennifer Perri, vice president of Univision Creator Network (UCN), said she’s heartened to see the focus on diversity at Vidcon this year.“When we’re talking about inclusion, we’re not doing it just for the sake (of diversity),” Perri said. “They know this is who the audience is watching. These are important figures and we need to include them in the conversation.”Perri, a Vidcon veteran, said UCN has been steadily growing the number of digital influencers they have signed from a few dozen to nearly 200. Latino influencers, she said, have been able to provide content to a largely underserved audience of Latino millennials. “This is the new face of America,” she said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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Listen Now 3 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe » If you want a cutting-edge approach to product marketing in 2011, you have a lot of choices. You can utilize a mobile location-based service or check-in app. You can craft a Groupon-style daily deal. Or you can sign on to Facebook, Twitter and foursquare and fish for fans, friends and return customers.Why not do all three? You can do that piecemeal, of course, but the WeReward marketing platform intersects with all the new models.WeReward, the 17-month-old offering of online and mobile marketing company Izea, allows consumers to earn points that are equal to cash for completing tasks like checking in at a store, taking a photo of a product and, ideally, actually buying the product featured through a WeReward sponsorship.Consumers can then share these actions with their social media networks by posting a photo of themselves with a product they have just purchased. (Advertisers get to approve the photos first–so keep it clean, people.)To earn rewards, smartphone users download the WeReward app and become “oinkers.” Every time they oink, i.e., register a product-related action through social media, it’s recorded–and sometimes broadcast at WeReward.com. For example, the site noted on June 22 that “reygaring just checked in to a Taco Bell in Walnut Creek, Calif.” A short time later, “Trevor Schultz just earned 114 points at Vegas.com in Las Vegas.” (Let’s hope Trevor wasn’t playing hooky that day.)”In marketing, advertisers benefit from cost per sale,” says Ted Murphy, CEO and founder of Izea. “Bringing engagement down to a cost per action helps advertisers realize how people are engaging with their products and who their customers are. We’re providing them with that information.”Advertisers who sign up with WeReward can get that information sliced a number of ways. The platform offers general demographics–more than 72 percent of users are between the ages of 25 and 49–as well as specific user information, such as when “reygaring” last devoured a taco.Advertisers may establish more formal relationships with particularly loyal customers by making them brand ambassadors or giving them greater discounts and rewards.”Some of our users see this as a way to save money, others see it as a way to make money,” Murphy says. “If a user has a decent social network, as a business you will want to take care of them.” October 3, 2011