New iPad is better, but not a game changer

By Brent Cooper, CEO

C-Forward employees are being asked about the new iPad.  Apple isn’t calling it iPad3, but we are.  You have to differentiate somehow, right?  Why they are insisting on just calling it iPad, with no way to distinguish it from other iPad versions, is a mystery to us.  It is too confusing!  Anyway, we don’t think the latest iPad is a game changer.  However, we do agree that it is an improvement on screen, camera, Internet speed, and processor.  Basically, it operates faster and looks better.

Better Screen — That’s Nice

The Screen is capable of doing better HD than I would wager most of you can do on your HDTV’s at home!   For gamers, this is an exciting development, as the new iPad has better video capabilities than the Xbox and Playstation3,   with  “3.1 million pixels on the screen, and a total resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels. Color saturation on the device was increased 44% relative to the iPad 2”.   They call it a “retina display”, and we agree that is accurate.   For most business people though, we don’t think this is that big a deal.  It falls under the “that’s nice” category.   Most business professionals who use the iPad for web browsing and business applications won’t view this as a compelling reason to upgrade.    Click here to see Apple Keynote. 

Better Camera — That’s Nice

In our opinion, the same holds true for the camera. It can handle more detailed pictures and videos. However, in our opinion, most business professionals will continue to use their phones or cameras as the primary method for taking photos. The exception may be those that do photo or video editing. The new iPhoto software is very nice.  But if you aren’t taking pictures with it, we think most people won’t use the iPhoto software. Who carries an iPad with them as the primary way of taking pictures? Not many people we know.  So, even though the iPad has a better camera, most business professionals won’t use it.  The exception is for those that use Facetime a lot. The video, with a good Internet connection, should look a lot better.

Better Internet – Now You’re Talking!

The biggest improvement for the business professional is the availability of wireless 4G on the iPad. For those road warriors who use wireless a lot, this is a big development. In our opinion, it is the only real compelling reason for an organization to pursue an upgrade to the current version. If slow Internet speed is an issue for you, and you love the iPad, this could be a good reason for you to upgrade. Remember though, the high speeds of the 4G connection allow users to exceed their monthly bandwidth allotments in less than a day – one HD movie or a few larger downloads at better-than-cable-modem speeds can wipe out a 5GB limit in short order.

Summary

In our opinion, the new Apple iPad is an improvement, and a terrific product, but not a revolutionary development.  For most business professionals, we do not recommend getting rid of your old iPad just yet … unless you are someone who desperately wants the faster 4G speeds. Regardless, if you do decide to get the new iPad, call it the iPad3 so we know what you are talking about!

 

Brent Cooper, President, C-Forward Information Technologies, Supports Brent Spence Bridge Project

Broad Coalition Asks Kentucky Legislature to Meet Funding Needs for Brent Spence Bridge

Washington, D.C. – On February 28, 2012 Congressman Geoff Davis and eighty-four organizations, businesses and government officials sent a letter urging the Kentucky General Assembly to allocate needed funding for the Brent Spence Bridge Project.

The General Assembly is responsible for allocating both State and federal transportation dollars.  It is estimated that Kentucky will have a total of $4 billion to spend on transportation projects for this biennial budget, including $2.4 billion in federal funds.

The letter, addressed to Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, asks the General Assembly to meet a $24.22 million funding gap in Governor Steve Beshear’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding request.  This shortfall could stall completion of the project’s detailed design phase.  The project requires $68 million by the start of State FY 2013, but the Governor’s request only provides for $43.78 million.

“Replacing the Brent Spence Bridge is crucial to Kentucky’s economy,” said Davis.  “The current bridge is out-of-date and over-capacity, and the Commonwealth needs a more reliable artery to ensure the secure flow of travelers and commerce.  While I appreciate Governor Beshear’s initial recommendations for the Brent Spence Bridge, I urge the Kentucky General Assembly to meet this critical funding need.”  The letter can be read in its entirety below or by clicking here.  Additionally, you can read more about Congressman Davis’ work on the Brent Spence Bridge Project by clicking here.

February 28, 2012

Senator David Williams, Senate President
Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, KY  40601
Representative Greg Stumbo, House Speaker
Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, KY  40601

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Speaker:

As the General Assembly develops the next Highway Plan, we urge you to ensure that it includes sufficient funds for the Brent Spence Bridge Project so that it can continue to make progress.

The project engineers estimate that $68 million is required by the start of FY2013 to adequately fund the next phase of the project without delay.

The engineers inform us that $22.26 million remains available from the $46.5 million secured for the project by Senator Jim Bunning, Senator George Voinovich and Congressman Geoff Davis in 2005.

Governor Steve Beshear’s budget recommendations include that $22.26 million plus an additional $6.52 million in FY2012 (for a total of $28.78 million); $15 million in FY2013; and $15 million in FY2014.

In order to bid out the detailed design phase on schedule, a total of $68 million must be allocated by the General Assembly.  For this reason, we are requesting that the General Assembly: 1) sustain the Governor’s recommended funding levels for FY2012; and 2) for FY2013, increase the recommended $15 million to $39.22 million.  In addition, the Governor’s recommended $15 million in FY2014 should also be sustained.

The Brent Spence Bridge project will ultimately cost between $2 and $3 billion to complete.  To date, the funds dedicated to the project in the last federal highway bill have sustained progress.  However, they are no longer sufficient on their own to carry the project forward to the completion of the next phase.

The Brent Spence Bridge is essential infrastructure to the Commonwealth’s economy, and the aging bridge cannot meet increasing demand.  The bridge is a critical transportation artery for Kentucky as well as the nation.  Over $400 billion of freight crosses the Brent Spence Bridge annually.  That figure is expected to increase in real dollars to $830 billion by 2030.

The new capacity resulting from the project will provide sustained growth for the future while reducing congestion and pollutants experienced by many Kentuckians and Ohioans.  The project will reduce commercial and other travel time and their associated costs by millions of dollars per year.

The Brent Spence Bridge is also overcrowded, unsafe and, according to the Federal Highway Administration, “functionally obsolete.”  Completed in 1963, the bridge was built to accommodate 80,000 vehicles daily.  Traffic has now more than doubled and this overburden has created significant safety hazards.  To accommodate more traffic, the breakdown lanes were removed in 1986, and in June 2011 a man tragically lost his life after his vehicle broke down on the bridge.

For the biennial budget, Kentucky is estimated to have a total of $4 billion to spend on transportation projects, including about $2.4 billion in federal funds.  As you know, the General Assembly is tasked with determining how to allocate this money.

As business leaders; federal, State, and local officials; and members of the community dedicated to the betterment, development and safety of all Kentuckians and Ohioans, we ask you to provide $28.78 million in FY2012, $39.22 million in FY2013, and $15 million in FY2014 for the Brent Spence Bridge in the Highway Plan you will enact this session.

Thank you for your service and attention to this matter.  We pledge our efforts to work with you to accommodate this request.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Sincerely,

Geoff Davis, U.S. Representative, Fourth District of Kentucky

Joseph M. Fischer, State Representative, Kentucky House District 68

Dennis Keene, State Representative, Kentucky House District 67

Sal Santoro, State Representative, Kentucky House District 60

Alecia Webb-Edgington, State Representative, Kentucky House District 63

Addia Katherine Wuchner, State Representative, Kentucky House District 66

Steve Arlinghaus, County Judge/Executive, Kenton County

Henry Bertram, County Judge/Executive, Pendleton County

Earl Bush, County Judge/Executive, Bracken County

Kenneth McFarland, County Judge/Executive, Gallatin County

Gary Moore, County Judge/Executive, Boone County

Steve Pendery, County Judge/Executive, Campbell County

Mark Policinski, Executive Director, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

Daniel E. Tobergte, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

Daniel Bell, Mayor, City of Taylor Mill, Kentucky

Mary H. Brown, Mayor, City of Fort Thomas, Kentucky

Don Catchen, Mayor, City of Park Hills, Kentucky

Jim Hamberg, Mayor, City of Southgate, Kentucky

Dave Jansing, Mayor, City of Lakeside Park, Kentucky

Paula Jolley, Mayor, City of Walton, Kentucky

Don Kirby, Mayor, City of Union, Kentucky

Marty Lenhof, Mayor, City of Elsmere, Kentucky

John Link, Mayor, City of Edgewood, Kentucky

Mike Martin, Mayor, City of Villa Hills, Kentucky

Paul Meier, Mayor, City of Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Chris Moriconi, Mayor, City of Independence, Kentucky

Joe Nienaber, Mayor, City of Fort Wright, Kentucky

Jerry Peluso, Mayor, City of Newport, Kentucky

Bill Rachford, Mayor, City of Alexandria, Kentucky

David Radford, Mayor, City of Bromley, Kentucky

Edward Riehl, Mayor, City of Bellevue, Kentucky

Tom Rouse, Mayor, City of Erlanger, Kentucky

Charles R. Scheper, Mayor, City of Covington, Kentucky

Mark Stoeber, Mayor, City of Cold Spring, Kentucky

Stanley Turner, Mayor, City of Wilder, Kentucky

Diane Whalen, Mayor, City of Florence, Kentucky

Chris Wiest, Mayor, City of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Kenneth Wynn, Mayor, City of Ludlow, Kentucky

Dr. James Votruba, President, Northern Kentucky University

Dr. Ed Hughes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gateway Community and Technical

College

Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, President, Thomas More College

Candace S. McGraw, Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International

Airport

Andrew Aiello, General Manager, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky

Steven D. Hensley, Director, Kenton County Office of Emergency Management

William Turner, Director, Campbell County Office of Emergency Management

Steve Stevens, President & Chief Executive Officer, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Ellen G. van der Horst, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati Chamber of

Commerce

Robert L. Quick, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commerce Lexington, Inc.

Dan Freese, Chairman, Associated Builders and Contractors, Ohio Valley Chapter

Gary Lindgren, Executive Director, Cincinnati Business Committee

Jack Moreland, President, Southbank Partners

Kentucky Association of REALTORS

Northern Kentucky Association of REALTORS®, Inc

3M

Bank of Kentucky, Inc.

Dr. Ray Takigiku, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bexion Pharmaceuticals

Brent Cooper, President, C-Forward Information Technologies

Kevin Sell, Chairman, CARE Mission, Alexandria

Jeff Waldal, Corporate Vice President, Ceradyne, Inc.

DHL

Julie Janson, President, Duke Energy Kentucky and Ohio

Larry Ezell, Vice President and General Manager, DRS Technologies

Dave Hehman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

Kevin Canafax, Vice President Public Affairs, Fidelity Investments (Midwest Region)

Fruit of the Loom

GE Aviation in Erlanger

Gregory Kenny, Chief Executive Officer, General Cable

Chris Goddard, Chief Executive Officer, Health Point Family Care

Hofbräuhaus Newport

Janeric Enterprises LLC

Charles Ducas, Senior Vice President, Kentucky Trailer

Larae Development Company

Daniel Janka, President, MAG

Brian Papke, President, Mazak Corporation

Chris McDaniel, President, McD Concrete

Eric Haas, President, National Band and Tag Company

Newport Investment Company

Mike Downing, President, RSVP Homecare

John S. Dubis, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Jason Looman, President, Steinert US

Jan Haas, Directress, Trent Montessori

Shigeki Terashi, President, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America,

Inc.

Mark Mosley, Chief Executive Officer, United Group Services

Mark Giuffre, Director, State Government Affairs, UPS

Ken Warden, Broker/Owner, WARDEN & ASSOCIATES, REALTORS

 

cc: Governor Steve Beshear

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock

Senator R.J. Palmer, Minority Floor Leader

Senator Ernie Harris, Chairman, Committee on Transportation

Senator Brandon Smith, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

Senator Bob Leeper, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations and Revenue

Representative Jeff Hoover, Minority Floor Leader

Representative Hubert Collins, Chairman, Committee on Transportation

Representative Leslie Combs, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

Representative Marie Rader, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

Representative Tommy Turner, Vice Chairman, Committee on Transportation

Representative Rick Rand, Chairman, Committee on Appropriations and Revenue

CForward Announces Client Service Manager

Dale J. Silver is the new Client Services Manager at C-Forward, a technology firm serving small-medium size businesses. She will be responsible for growing and maintaining client relations and developing strategic long-term technology solutions.  Her background includes over 25 years in Sales Management with a dedication to excellent customer satisfaction.  Silver has extensive community involvement including NKY Chamber Executive Board of Directors, Executive Secretary Hoxworth Blood Center Board of Directors, NKY Leadership Alumni President and Rosie Reds Board of Trustees.

 

 

C-Forward participating in holiday events to support local charities and young students

C-Forward Inc., a Covington information technology company, is giving back to the community this holiday season in several ways.

C-Forward is participating in holiday charity events to benefit both the James E. Biggs Early Childhood Education Center in Covington and Tender Mercies, a Cincinnati-based organization that serves the homeless by providing housing and related services.

“At C-Forward, we think it is extremely important to give back to our community,” said Brent Cooper, president and CEO of C-Forward. “This is an activity that our employees do every holiday season and we really enjoy helping these organizations fulfill their important missions.”

C-Forward is participating in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s B.E.S.T. (Best Education Success Teams) Program, which connects the local businesses to schools throughout Northern Kentucky.

C-Forward has been working with the Biggs Early Childhood Center to improve student attendance this year at the Covington facility. On Dec. 9, students from the Center will visit C-Forward’s offices to decorate the company’s Christmas tree with ornaments they made, and then the students will have lunch with the company’s employees.

C-Forward is also participating in Tender Mercies’ CelebriTrees fundraiser this year. The charity’s annual CelebriTrees fundraiser showcases decorated trees from Nov. 28 until Dec. 9 at the 580 Building in downtown Cincinnati.

On Dec. 9, the trees are sold through a silent auction, which are then delivered to the homes or offices of the purchasers. This year, C-Forward employees decorated a tree with Dr. Seuss books. C-Forward intends to purchase the tree at the auction and donate it to the Biggs Early Childhood Education Center.

Students with the best attendance at school in December will get a book from the tree. “Decorating the tree with books is a great way for C-Forward to promote the importance of reading and the need for a good education to students,” Cooper said.

C-Forward is also conducting a clothing drive and will give gifts to students at the Center. Company employees will purchase and donate clothing to the students at the school. They also will purchase Christmas gifts for 10 children that they have adopted from the Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C-Forward participated in a White House Business Council roundtable at NKU

While convening a couple of White House Business Council roundtable meetings last week in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, I met with a diverse group of businesses large and small.  Their message to me was clear: while we are facing a tough economy, businesses in the region are eager to move forward, grow, and hire.

With my background in the private sector, I know how difficult it can be to operate a business during challenging times.  Business leaders want certainty so they can make strategic decisions about investments and hiring.  And they want to know that they have a partner in government to help them grow and succeed.

White House Business Council roundtable meeting attendees (photo courtesy of Northern Kentucky University)

The White House Business Council roundtables are part of an important effort to build relationships with business leaders across the country, sending senior administration leaders like myself to hear directly from businesses on how we can further the administration’s commitment to grow the economy and put Americans back to work.

Several attendees mentioned ways that we can help the economy: by accelerating trade agreements to open more opportunities to domestic businesses, by investing in our infrastructure here in America, building roads and bridges and creating jobs, and by educating and training our workforce to fill the jobs of tomorrow.  Several of these suggestions echo the President’s comments last week on the common sense steps he sees to grow the economy.

During my meetings in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, I heard from a strong regional business community that wants to grow and wants to create jobs.  This administration is committed to being a strong partner to the business community in this region, and making sure their voice is heard as we work to add momentum to our economic growth.