Here are some Edmonton-related things I found interesting this week:
- ETS made a bit of a splash this week by showcasing the ETS Platinum bus. You can vote here for the three features you most prefer. I chose “Wi-Fi Internet Access”, “Fare Box with Smartcard Technology”, and “Hybrid Technology”.
- A new report says the city would need to buy less land than originally expected to complete the proposed LRT line to NAIT, which means construction costs could drop by about $70 million. I’m sure they’ll find a way for the costs to rise again.
- The City is looking for nominations for the Good Neighbours recognition program. Last year, 150 neighbours were nominated and 19 were recognized. Nominations close March 31st.
- On Wednesday, Qualico announced that the federal government will lease 128,000 square feet of space in the new Epcor Tower. About 70% of the building is now spoken for. Sadly, it’s the first new downtown office tower since Commerce Place opened in 1990. Here are some photos of the construction site.
- Edmonton’s oldest company, Lockerbie & Hole, was sold to Toronto’s Aecon Group for $220 million. The company started in 1898 as a one-man plumbing business.
- In case you missed them: here is my first State of the Edmonton Twittersphere and here is my recap of Pecha Kucha Night #3.
- Edmonton Twestival is coming up on Thursday! I’m really looking forward to it. Register online here.