Award to recognize tech companies with excellent work places

CHAMPAIGN – A new award has been established to recognize local technology companies with an excellent workplace, with financial rewards to be given to both the winning company and its employees.

Grant to finance ethics resource center

URBANA – The University of Illinois will lead a major ethics initiative after earning a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Danville High hosts showcase on energy savings

DANVILLE – This year, Danville High School GLOBAL House students have been learning about renewable-energy sources with the help of a six-panel solar array that was installed on the school.

Featured speaker announced for sustainability symposium

CHAMPAIGN – An author and consultant on innovation, excellence and sustainability will be the featured speaker for a sustainability symposium in Champaign next week.

Urbana council delays decision on Comcast franchise deal

URBANA – A contract that would allow Comcast to continue its operations in Urbana for the next decade – an agreement that is years in the making – will have to wait at least two weeks, after the city council on Monday night deferred a vote to the next meeting.

FutureGen Alliance will seek proposals for underground storage

WASHINGTON – Communities interested in hosting the underground carbon dioxide storage site for the FutureGen 2.0 clean-coal project not only have to meet several criteria, but they're going to have to act quickly to enter the competition, the FutureGen Alliance said Wednesday.

Federal grants bring $6 million in energy funding

CHAMPAIGN – Two area companies and several local school districts and cities will share in nearly $6 million in energy grants to East Central Illinois, courtesy of federal stimulus money.

The biggest winner: EpiWorks in Champaign, which received about $2.5 million to expand its photovoltaic wafer production capacity.

City's new-look website unveiled

CHAMPAIGN – The city launched a new website Wednesday morning after council members approved the new design Tuesday night.

City officials say the new website will be more user-friendly and a better marketing tool to attract visitors and businesses.

Revamped website waiting for Champaign council's OK

CHAMPAIGN – A new city website designed to be more helpful to residents and better represent the community to business prospects could go live on Wednesday morning.

The city council could give the green light to city administrators to launch the redesign during the council's regular meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St.

Software company opens center in Research Park

CHAMPAIGN – Canadian software company Infobright has opened a satellite development center in EnterpriseWorks at the University of Illinois Research Park.

Infobright, based in Toronto, Ontario, markets a high-performance analytic database designed to support companies' needs for analytics and business intelligence.