I was surfing the Dallas Cowboys' site, looking for some tips on installing scoreboards, when I came across this item about Direct Energy extending its gig as Official Electricity Provider to the Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium. The consumer in me started to giggle; I'd like to hear Madison Gas & Electric's response when I tell them I prefer that some other company (there isn't one) burn a big heap of coal so I can run my toaster oven. But a few clicks later, I've learned a little something about the market for electricity in Texas, which passed a bill in 2002 that phased in deregulation, allowing consumers to choose among various electricity providers. By one estimate, 85 percent of Texas households have switched providers at least once since the bill became law, and since Direct Energy is just the third-largest electricity retailer in Texas, its Dallas sponsorship is truly important to the company's brand-awareness goals. Whether it's working is another issue - it can't be good news that the company is still in Dr Pepper territory after five years as a Cowboys preferred provider.
Last-Minute Legislature Funds Sports Complex Proposal New York State Legislature rescued Suffolk County Community College's plans for a $21 million new sports-expo-wellness center by including $2 million in the state budget. read more
Grassroots Fundraising Helps Make Playground a Reality Construction of the Cahill Park accessible playground is still on course to be completed by May 15. Cheyenne Parks and Recreation planning manager Teresa Moore said the city wouldn't have been able to make that happen had it not been for a large-scale grassroots fundraising effort. read more
City Vies for $20K Grant for Outdoor Fitness Equipment The city of Chesapeake is hoping to make ailing Northwest River Park and Campground a bit more fit, but needs some help to do it. Saturday marked the beginning the National Recreation and Park Association’s month-long Meet Me at the Park campaign, in which people can nominate Chesapeake to receive a $20,000 grant to install outdoor fitness equipment at the park. Other Hampton Roads cities are also vying for the grant, as well as others from across the country. read more
Community College Scrambles to Fund Sports Complex Suffolk County Community College officials are scrambling for funding after bids for a new $16.75 million expo-sports-health complex on the eastern campus came in $4 million over budget. read more