Thursday, March 5, 2020

Travel Logistics and Itineraries for Business and Vacation Trips

anchor locations hub and spoke travel transport mode selections and destinations

Business Travelers need efficient plans to meet trip objectives that may entail visiting several locations in a compressed period of time whereas family and group vacationers select destinations primarily on the basis of cultural, gastronomic, wellness and other preferences. 

The Logistics of Travel are defined as:

Anchoring your stays in strategic locations along planned trip routes conveniently located to local points of interest and minimizing the number of accommodation changes; hence, fewer times packing and unpacking and lowering accommodations and transport costs, in
Hub and Spoke Locations smaller towns, rural and urban areas with regional rail, bus, van, car and air connections strategically located within 200 or less miles of multiple larger cities and their attractions.
Sightseeing, meals and other planned events in a hub and spoke fashion, saving time and money, but also an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the places and the people you are visiting.
Mode of Transport selections are a function of number of persons, trip length as well as the time of year you are traveling. Rationalizing travel movements, ascertaining transport mode(s) availability and costs are the key to a successful trip planning.
There are many points of interest in the United States; all regions offer destinations rich in historic, cultural and culinary traditions. Some anchor locations from which you can base your travel movements:
Northeast Atlantic
The Lehigh and Delaware River Valley are the ideal anchor location if your interests include New York City and the Hudson Valley, Philadelphia and South Central Pennsylvania. For travel in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina your anchors are Richmond, Fredericksburg and Manassas. 

American South
Louisville is centrally located along the Ohio River and is one America’s most accessible cities within a day’s drive of more than half the nation’s population. Further South, a Texas Trail puts you within reach of the Southwest and the southern Plains. Aberdeen Mississippi is the anchor to reach Mobile and New Orleans on the Gulf Coast as well as other Southern cities such as Memphis, Nashville and Atlanta

Logistics Locations Costs Time and Personalized Travel Solutions

Mid America
From North and South Dakota and Minnesota you can follow the route of the Empire Builder and explore the Northern Plains, Seattle, the US Northwest and the Rocky Mountains as well as the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, Alton and the Great River Road or explore Mississippi River Towns.

US West
Lake Tahoe and Sacramento connect you with attractions in Nevada, the Bay Area and Pacific Coast, Southern California as well as Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and Montana.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Annapolis Maryland Historic District

The capital of the State of Maryland is an example of an attempt to create a European style urban environment in a North American setting by use of a modified baroque plan. Departing from the grid pattern characteristic of many American towns, the planners adopted a modified baroque plan, first applied by French baroque designers in garden layout, as at Versailles. This influence soon spread to England and was adapted by Christopher Wren and John Evelyn for the rebuilding of London after the 1666 fire. In the accepted planning practice of this style, the highest and most commanding locations were reserved for the State House and church.
Annapolis developed in harmony with the original plan of 1695 to emerge in the mid-eighteenth century as the focal point of Maryland government, politics, commerce and as a center of wealth and culture.
The basic features of that early city have survived to the present and provide the boundaries for the historic district. Some streets within Old Town have been widened and a few street names have been altered, but the original plan is little changed. In addition to the many outstanding individual examples of high Georgian design, scores of two and three-story buildings line streets such as Cornhill, Market, and Conduit. None are distinguished in design or detail, but all are harmonious in scale and materials.
the planners separated residential and official areas from artisan commercial, and port activities
Location in 1695, under the direction of Royal Governor Sir Francis Nicholson, the capital of the colony of Maryland was transferred from its original location, St. Mary's, to a more central and accessible spot on a peninsula between the present Spa and College Creeks at the mouth of the Severn River. The site of the new capital, then denominated Anne Arundel Town, had been sparsely settled since the mid-seventeenth century. Befitting the seat of royal power in absentia the colonial government determined to plan and survey a new town of about 100 acres, which was soon enlarged to over 140 acres. The town, renamed Annapolis to honor Princess - later Queen - Anne, was incorporated in 1696.
The District is home to many notable 18th century structures. Among them are the William Reynolds Tavern at Church Circle, McDowell Hall and the Charles Carroll-Barrister Birthplace on the Saint John's College Campus, the John Rideout House on Duke of Gloucester Street, the Peggy Stewart House on Hanover Street. The area between Franklin, Northwest, Calvert, Larkin and Shaw Streets contains twenty-five 18th century buildings. Commercial fronts hide the antiquity of 16 early Annapolis buildings along West Street between Church Circle and the intersection of West, Calvert, and Cathedral Streets. To the west of this is Acton, a Palladian mansion completed in 1762 for Philip Hammond, slightly outside the original town limits. This house is noteworthy for its unusual design, the facade facing Acton Place being composed of two pavilion motifs flanking a slightly recessed single center bay, the reverse of the usual arrangement.
The State House on State Circle is a National Historic Landmark. Begun in 1772 and completed in 1784, it was the meeting place of the Continental Congress, 1783-84. It was here that George Washington resigned his commission as commander of the American armies, December 23, 1783, and Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War on January 14, 1784. This Georgian public building is capped by a 150-foot wooden dome which was completed in 1793 and is the prototype of many subsequent state house domes.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Saving Energy on Main Street

Energy Service Companies Savings Performance Contracts Payments and Guarantees

Energy Services Agreements - ESAs - are pay-for-performance, off-balance sheet financing solutions that allows customers to implement energy efficiency projects with zero upfront capital expenditure. As in the case of power purchase agreements – PPAs - equipment is installed, owned and operated by the vendor who sells the saved power to the customer.

ESAs are the Energy Efficiency Equivalent of a Power Purchase Agreement
Energy Service Companies – ESCos - provide designs and implementation solutions for energy savings projects, retrofitting, energy conservation, outsourcing, power generation and supply.
Energy Savings Performance Contracts - ESPCs - accelerate investment in cost effective energy conservation measures without up-front capital costs. ESPCs are partnerships between a property owner/operator and an ESCo which conducts a comprehensive energy audit to identify improvements to save energy, designs and constructs the project as well as arranges the necessary financing. 

An ESCO Guarantees the Improvements that Generate Energy Cost Savings
Energy Savings result from lighting upgrades, building automation system and controls. A Flexible Contractual Tool for retailers looking to stabilize utility costs as well as achieve longer term benefits by buying out the contract and take ownership of installed equipment.

Energy Savings on Main Street and in Historic Districts

ESA Payments are operating expenses designed to be off-balance sheet financing solutions with regular payments similar-to a utility bill.
Outputs Quality and Achievements of Specific Measurable Performance Standards and Requirements
Benefits resulting from the application of ESAs include energy efficiency, water conservation, emissions reduction and streamlined contract funding for energy management projects, through access to private-sector expertise, built-in incentives to provide high-quality equipment, and project commissioning infrastructure improvements. Project management ensures building efficiency and new equipment without upfront capital costs as well as energy and related operation and maintenance cost saving guarantees.