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NRPA Recognizes Spokane Parks and Recreation with Its Best in Innovation Award

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Ashburn Va.,, Oct. 28, 2020 — The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the nation’s leading advocate for parks and recreation, is proud to recognize the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department in Spokane, Washington, with its Best in Innovation Award. The award, which symbolizes the best of the best in park and recreation innovation, was presented virtually, Oct. 28, 2020, as part of the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience.

Also the recipient of NRPA’s Innovation in Park Design Award, the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation was recognized for the redevelopment of Riverfront Park — an area surrounding Spokane Falls and a sacred gathering space of the Spokane tribe. The project transformed the park into a vibrant and sustainable space that links north and south, bringing community together at the river and providing places that celebrate the region’s history, people and natural features. Two of the award-winning park’s signature elements include the U.S. Pavilion, which features stunning river views, illumination, shade and a multi-use event space that serves as the community’s central gathering space, and the Howard Street Promenade, a new pathway that offers intuitive wayfinding with varied color pathways to local points of interest, including the river and quiet green spaces downtown. 

“NRPA is proud to present the dedicated staff and professionals of the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation with this award,” said Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO. “Like so many other park and recreation professionals and agencies across the country, they are making a positive impact on the communities they serve through innovative planning and designs. As their champion, we are proud to honor and recognize their accomplishments. Congratulations to the entire department on this well-earned achievement.”

Selected by the NRPA National Awards and Scholarship Committee, NRPA Innovation Awards recognize park and recreation professionals and agencies nationwide that have improved and revitalized their communities through innovative practices in park design, health and wellness, conservation and equity. To learn more about these awards — including this year’s winners — click here.

To learn more about NRPA, visit www.nrpa.org.  

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About the National Recreation and Park Association The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

Suzanne Nathan  National Recreation and Park Association  703-858-4748  [email protected]  

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Kount Partners With Snowflake to Deliver Actionable Customer Insights for eCommerce Providers to Improve Customer Experience, Lower Friction, Increase Conversions and Uncover Cross-sell and Upsell Opportunities

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Kount, the leader in identity trust and digital fraud protection, today announced a partnership with Snowflake, provider of Data Cloud, to offer actionable customer insights via Snowflake Data Marketplace. This new product, called Data on Demand, is the industrys first private data warehouse enriched with insights from Kounts Identity Trust Global Network, powered by advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Hosted by Kount and fueled by Snowflake, Data on Demand gives enterprises the unprecedented ability to proactively employ data to increase revenue opportunities via customized upsell, cross-sell and downsell initiatives. Businesses can use Data on Demand to reduce friction, discover omnichannel customer behavior and evaluate fraud prevention initiatives.

In todays digital world, data is key to success. Data on Demand empowers businesses to easily combine all their company data with additional insights to gain deep analysis, access personalized reporting and create custom machine learning models.

Besides device, location and decision data, insights in Data on Demand can include:

  • Customer-collected payment details
  • Data from Kounts user-defined fields
  • Data from triggered rules, reviews and outcomes

Kounts Data on Demand is built on Snowflake. Snowflakes platform requires near-zero maintenance and separates compute from storage to enable businesses to quickly manipulate high volumes of data in the cloud with near-zero performance, concurrency or scale limitations. Snowflake Data Marketplace uses secure data sharing technology to provide a single source of truth for data from across an organization’s ecosystem, which can be combined with additional data sources for even deeper insights.

Kounts Data on Demand and Identity Trust Global Network leverage Snowflakes Data Marketplace to share data from across sources in a secure and governed way, said Matt Glickman, Snowflake VP of Customer Product Strategy, Data Marketplace. This partnership gives our joint customers the ability to more fully utilize their data to gain a deeper understanding of customer behavior, support fraud prevention and provide meaningful business value.

Snowflake and Kounts new partnership is a game changer in understanding true omnichannel customer behavior, as well as discovering new segmentation, cross-sell and upsell and customer retention strategies, said Gary Sevounts, Kount CMO. With unprecedented growth in digital commerce comes unprecedented opportunity to uncover new customer journey paths, reduce friction and take customer experiences to the next level. Data on Demand is the key to unlocking huge amounts of both new and existing data from many sources.

To learn more about Data on Demand, click here. Snowflake and Kount will share specific examples and uses of Data on Demand in an upcoming free webinar on December 15. Register here.

About Kount

Kounts Identity Trust Global Network delivers real-time fraud prevention and account protection and enables personalized customer experiences for more than 9,000 leading brands and payment providers. Linked by Kounts award-winning AI, the Identity Trust Global Network analyzes signals from 32 billion annual interactions to personalize user experiences across the spectrum of trustfrom frictionless experiences to blocking fraud. Quick and accurate identity trust decisions deliver safe payment, account creation and login events while reducing digital fraud, chargebacks, false positives and manual reviews. Kount.com

Lacey Briggs

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BlackRock Unveils New Offering to Power Investors’ Transition to Net Zero Emissions

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Building on BlackRocks strength in risk management through the Aladdin platform, BlackRock today announced it has created Aladdin Climate to meet the urgent need among financial institutions and investors to quantify climate risk in their portfolios as the physical toll of climate change mounts and the global transition to net zero emissions accelerates.

Aladdin Climate is the first software application to offer investors measures of both the physical risk of climate change and the transition risk to a low-carbon economy on portfolios with climate-adjusted security valuations and risk metrics. Using Aladdin Climate, investors can now analyze climate risk and opportunities at the security level and measure the impact of policy changes, technology, and energy supply on specific investments. Aladdin Climate is initially available as an add-on for existing Aladdin clients globally with asset class coverage rolled out gradually over the course of 2021.

There is no single issue that clients ask us more about than the impact of climate risk on their portfolio, said Rob Goldstein, BlackRocks Chief Operating Officer. Yet, while lots of people are talking about climate risk today, what investors need to make informed decisions is data tied to specific securities in their portfolio. Aladdin Climate is a dramatic step forward to begin filling the information gap necessary to build truly sustainable portfolios.

Evolution of ESG Data

Investors have long highlighted the need for improved ESG data to increase sustainable investing strategies. Now, the dramatic growth in relevant corporate disclosures and unstructured data has created unprecedented opportunities to enhance climate analytics. Today, more than 85% of S&P 500 companies disclose ESG data, compared to 20% ten years ago and Sustainability Accounting Standards Boards (SASB) disclosures have increased 288% since January.

More and more organizations seek to report on climate risk, whether for mandatory stress tests or voluntary disclosures such as the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations, but have lacked tools that quantify climate risk. Aladdin Climate will help clients stress test investments to estimate how they might perform in different climate scenarios like those outlined in the Paris Agreement.

We are building on BlackRocks strength in financial modeling and risk management to set a standard for climate risk analytics, said Mary-Catherine Lader, Head of Aladdin Sustainability at BlackRock. Aladdin Climate analyzes climate risk alongside traditional risk metrics for a holistic view of risk across the investment process, all integrated in existing Aladdin workflows. Investors can now analyze tough questions about rising sea levels potential impact on their portfolios, or how a rapid shift to low-carbon policies could affect specific companies.

Partnerships with Sustainalytics and Refinitiv

BlackRock has also expanded access to ESG data through new partnerships with leading data providers Sustainalytics and Refinitiv. Aladdin now offers over 1,200 key performance indicators to help portfolio and risk managers identify sustainability-related risks in their exposures and make informed asset allocation decisions. By providing all Aladdin clients a set of ESG scores across a broad universe of companies, BlackRock is making it easier for investors to incorporate ESG metrics in their investment process.

About Aladdin Aladdin is BlackRocks end-to-end investment management and operations platform used by institutional investors including asset managers, pension funds, insurers and corporate treasurers. It combines sophisticated risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations tools on a single, unified platform. Also customized for wealth managers, Aladdin provides a common language across the investment lifecycle and enables a culture of risk transparency among users.

Logan Koffler

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Viseon MaxView™ System Accelerates Adoption of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Procedures

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Viseon, Inc., a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery visualization technologies, today announced MaxView„¢ facilitates more rapid adoption of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery procedures by providing an enhanced teaching and learning experience. MaxView„¢ is a state-of-the-art technology that provides a first-of-its-kind, unobstructed view into Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery procedures. This intraoperative view of the surgical site is displayed in high definition onto operating room monitors, allowing for a magnified see and be seen experience. Surgeon trainees now have the ability to observe the procedure in real time and trainers have the confidence to allow trainees to perform a greater portion of the surgery earlier in their training, intervening only when necessary. Gregory Mundis, MD, Co-Director of the San Diego Spine Fellowship Program at Scripps Green Hospital and Rady Childrens Hospital, commented, Viseons MaxView„¢ has enabled me to let go of the knife and trust my fellows months earlier in their training. They get to see very early in their training how I perform the procedures and subsequently I am able to directly observe and direct their hands through MaxView„¢ video assistance.

Teaching and learning Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery procedures has historically been challenging for many reasons, all of which remain barriers to adoption. The most significant challenge to adoption of these procedures is limited visualization, being that only one person can view the surgical site at any given time. As a result, many trainees leave residency, fellowship or industry-sponsored training with a lack of confidence to adopt the procedure in their practice. Learning a procedure and adopting a procedure are two totally different things. For the first time ever, MaxView„¢ is enhancing the trainer and trainee experience, ultimately resulting in surgeon confidence and increased adoption rates of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery procedures, stated Matt Anderson, Viseon Vice President US Sales. As profound as it may sound, the surgeons enhanced ability to see accelerates adoption of advanced techniques, improves OR efficiency and minimizes risks of complications, added Mr. Anderson. The MaxView„¢ System provides superior visualization through minimally invasive access that is unobstructed by instrument handles and surgeon hands, and projects a real-time image onto the OR monitor, allowing the entire OR team to observe the highly magnified HD views. As a result, trainees leave training programs with a superior experience and increased confidence to more rapidly adopt advanced procedures into their practice.

About Viseon, Inc.

Viseon has developed a unique portfolio of devices to improve the procedural and clinical outcomes of many Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery procedures. In addition to rapid product development of its products, Viseon has assembled a world-class Clinical Advisory Board of leading MISS physicians, amassed a significant intellectual property portfolio, completed a large series of clinical use and is currently in phase-one of US commercialization. Viseon is a privately held medical device company founded in early 2017 as a spin-out from Rebound Therapeutics Corporation, and is located in Irvine, California.

Viseon, Inc.

Matt Anderson, VP Sales

949-662-3959

www.ViseonSpine.com

https://www.linkedin.com/company/viseon-spine

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