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Press Release (PRNewswire)

Brain Corp, a San Diego-based software technology company, announced today that it has entered into a relationship with Walmart to provide AI services to the world's largest retailer.

Brain Corp's BrainOS platform currently automates more than a hundred of Walmart's fleet of commercial floor scrubbers across the United States. BrainOS provides the machines with autonomous navigation and data collection capabilities, all tied into a cloud-based reporting system. Walmart expects to have 360 robots powered by BrainOS in stores by the end of its fiscal year, January 31, 2019.

Walmart's BrainOS-powered floor scrubbers allow store associates to quickly map a route during an initial training ride and then activate autonomous floor cleaning with the press of a single button. The robot uses multiple sensors to scan its surroundings for people and obstacles, providing the industry's highest level of safety and performance.

"We're excited to work with Brain Corp in supporting our retail operations and providing our associates with a safe and reliable technology," says John Crecelius, Walmart's VP of Central Operations. "BrainOS is a powerful tool in helping our associates complete repetitive tasks so they can focus on other tasks within role and spend more time serving customers."

"We are thrilled to partner with Walmart to enhance customer experience at its retail locations," says Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, CEO of Brain Corp. "BrainOS technology allows robots to effectively and safely function in complex, crowded environments, ensuring increased productivity and efficiency across applications. We look forward to continuing to work alongside Walmart to help build intelligent, connected stores."

Brain Operating System (BrainOS®)
BrainOS® is the foundation of Brain Corp's technology platform. It is a proprietary operating system that integrates with off-the-shelf hardware and cloud technology to provide a cost-effective "brain" for robots. BrainOS has computer vision and AI libraries that enable quick and efficient development of smart systems that learn and adapt to people and complex environments. Its navigation stack provides advanced self-driving capabilities for cluttered and dynamic indoor environments.

About Brain Corporation
Brain Corporation (Brain Corp) is a San Diego-based AI company specializing in the development of intelligent, autonomous navigation systems for everyday machines. The company enables the rollout and scalability of robotics solutions by partnering with commercial equipment manufacturers and key technology providers. Brain Corp is funded by the SoftBank Vision Fund and Qualcomm Ventures. For more information or to access videos of its robots, please visit www.braincorp.com.

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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The 34th annual Festival of Lights Parade will take place Saturday (Dec. 1) on Tejon Street, from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue, at 5:50 p.m. Free and open to the public, the following road closures will be implemented for the popular parade:

2-8 p.m.

·         Pikes Peak Avenue, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue

3-8 p.m.


·         Tejon Street, from Cache la Poudre Street to Boulder Street
·         Dale Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Monument Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Willamette Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         St. Vrain Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue

4-8:30 p.m.

·         Bijou Street, from Cascade to Tejon Street

5-8:30 p.m.

·         Tejon Street, from Boulder Street to Cimarron Street
·         Boulder Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Platte Avenue, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Bijou Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Kiowa Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Pikes Peak Avenue, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Colorado Avenue, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Vermijo, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue
·         Costilla Street, from Cascade Avenue to Nevada Avenue

 
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to find parking. On-street metered parking will be available and free after 6 p.m. on all open roads, and parking in all three city garages will be available for $1 per hour. Handicapped parking is located on both Bijou Street and Kiowa Street between Nevada and Cascade avenues.

Additional information regarding the parade can be found at coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com.
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Press Release (PikesPeakHabitat.org)

Construction is slated to begin soon on two duplexes on E. Dale Street in Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) invited the public to join in the groundbreaking and ground blessing celebration. The City of Colorado Springs’ Community Development Division awarded a $400,000 grant to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity for the construction of the duplexes for a total of four units for the purpose of providing permanent, affordable homeownership for families living in El Paso County.

Three future homeowners have already been selected according to:

Need for affordable housing, including but not limited to unsafe, overcrowded, and unhealthy conditions or unaffordable payments.

Willingness to partner with Habitat. They are required to complete 200 hours of “sweat equity” and attend mandatory homebuyer classes.

Ability to make monthly mortgage payments upon purchasing their Habitat house with an affordable mortgage. Their income must be within 35%-80% of the area median income for El Paso County, and for a family of four, that’s between $27,195 and $62,150 per year. Mortgage payments will not exceed 28% of the gross household income at time of sale.

The groundbreaking/ground blessing ceremony included a presentation by Mayor John Suthers on behalf of the City of Colorado Springs. Also speaking will were PPHFH Executive Director/CEO Kris Medina and Director of Homeowner Services Janet Risley.

Video: Participants recite the Lord's Prayer during dedication/blessing ceremony



About Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity (PPHFH) builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in El Paso County. We build permanent, affordable homes in partnership with the community and prospective homebuyers. Partner families purchase their homes with affordable mortgages. PPHFH has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1986 and has assisted 166 families in El Paso County. For more information, visit www.pikespeakhabitat.org and follow us at www.facebook.com/pikespeakhabitatforhumanity or at https://twitter.com/pphabitat.

About The City of Colorado Springs’ Community Development Division

The City of Colorado Springs’ Community Development Division is an entitlement entity that manages and administers funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

ONLINE REGISTRATION: www.elpasoco.com/naturecenters
 
Trails, Tails and Ales
Saturday, January 12, 10:30 a.m.
Black Forest Section 16 Trailhead, 8510 Burgess Road, Colorado Springs
Grab your dog and join us for this special hike! We will be hitting the Black Forest Section 16 Trail, hike the 4-mile trail, and then head to Black Forest Brewing to enjoy a well-deserved beer. Participants will also learn how to taste beer by picking out malt and hops in both flavor and aroma, and learn the basics on how a beer is made from a certified beer judge.  Cost is $3 per person, and $2 for members of Black Forest Trails Association and for Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.
 
CPR, AED, and First Aid Training
Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs
Whether your job requires the training, you work with youth or you just want to get certified; these classes are for you. Get the information you need to provide assistance when someone is faced with a cardiac or breathing emergency, or needs First Aid. Upon successful completion, participants will receive certification through the American Red Cross. Must be 16 years old or older, and pre-registration is required.
CPR/AED:         Wednesday, January 23, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
FIRST AID:        Wednesday, January 30, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
COST:              $50 per class, or $75 for both classes
 
El Paso County’s Hobby Wine Competition
Do you make your own wine? Are you interested entering your wine in a competition to get valuable feedback on your wines from a competition judging panel? Enter your best homemade wines in the El Paso County Winter Hobby Wine Competition. All entries must be submitted by February 2; cost is $10 per entry. All proceeds from the competition and the awards reception will go to the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers. Call 719-520-6977 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, or go to https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/hobby-wine-competition/.

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Press Release (DovetailSolutions.com)

Confluent Development, a Denver-based real estate investment and development firm, has announced its plans to develop Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers’ first location in Colorado Springs, marking the brand’s entrance into the market.



The Louisiana-based restaurant company will serve as the sole tenant in the stand-alone 3,067-square-foot development, which will feature roll-up garage doors, indoor seating, an outdoor patio and a drive-thru for customer convenience.

Located within the North Academy retail corridor, the development sits on the corner of North Academy Boulevard and Agora Point, (between Woodmen and Briargate Blvd). The project marks Confluent Development’s second venture in the retail complex as it nears delivery of the adjacent 8,265-square-foot multi-tenant development that will house the popular Colorado-born leader in all day breakfast and brunch, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, as well as Bishops Cuts/Color barbershop salon.

“Confluent Development appreciates the dedication and drive that launched Raising Cane’s from a single restaurant into a company with an international presence of more than 390 restaurants,” said Marshall Burton, president and CEO of Confluent Development. “We’re honored to work alongside a retailer of Raising Cane’s caliber and look forward to supporting its expansion.”

Breaking ground in late 2018, the project is anticipated for completion in late spring 2019. PM Design Group, Inc. is serving as the architect on the project with Embree Construction Group serving as the general contractor and Kimley-Horn as the civil engineer.

About Confluent Development:

Confluent Development is a leading full-service real estate investment and development firm that owns and develops ground-up commercial real estate throughout the United States. Confluent Development is an industry expert with more than 25 years of experience across diverse product types including office, retail, industrial, senior housing and multi-family developments. For more information, visit ConfluentDev.com.

About Raising Cane's®:
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 390 restaurants in 24 states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, with multiple new restaurants under construction. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to have restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great crew, cool culture and active community involvement.

More information is available at raisingcanes.com .