Business notes: 12/16

Tjefferson@vagazette.com
Business notes: 12/16

Colonial Williamsburg President Mitchell Reiss was named the U.K. commissioner to the new Independent Reporting Commission on Dec. 15, according to the Irish Times. The commission is in charge of tackling organized crime and paramilitarism in the United Kingdom. This position is considered to be part time.

"The Board of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation approved and supports Mitchell's acceptance of this important, part-time diplomatic assignment. We believe that he will not only assist in securing the peace in Northern Ireland, but his role will also elevate the profile of the Foundation and its mission both domestically and internationally," said Henry C. Wolf, chair of the Colonial Williamsburg Board of Trustees in a prepared statement.

Reiss was President George W. Bush's special Northern Ireland envoy from 2003-07 and has been the president of Colonial Williamsburg since October 2014. He also previously served as president at Washington College.

"His international standing and expertise as a former senior diplomat and Special Envoy to Northern Ireland will provide strong skills to the body which has been established as one of the Fresh Start commitments to eliminate paramilitarism and tackle organized crime," said James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland Secretary of State in a press release.

The commission will start operations in 2017 and run until 2021 with each member receiving an annual payment of £17,500 ($21,700).

•VDOT and Waze, a real-time, crowdsourced navigation app, launched a partnership to improve travel information on Monday in an effort to keep drivers informed of potential delays.

"It's information sharing it's a free two-way data share of publicly available traffic information," said Marshall Herman, VDOT communications manager.

Through Waze, drivers can upload real-time anonymous information which will then be provided to VDOT. This data will complement VDOT's 511Virginia traveler information tool. In exchange for the information provided by drivers from Waze, VDOT will provide real-time verified construction (work zones), crash and road closure data from 511Virginia to Waze.

"Waze is only as strong as the information it receives from its users and partners," said Adam Fried, new business development manager at Waze, in a news release.

To download the free Waze app for iOS or Android, visit waze.com. Real-time information about traffic, incidents and congestion on Virginia roads is available at 511Virginia.org.

•Courtney Buzzell, owner of Proximo Marketing Strategies was featured as one of Inside Business "2016 Women in Business" honorees.

Based in Yorktown, Proximo Marketing Strategies is a marketing and website design firm that helps businesses "build trust and loyalty in their brand," according to its website.

Buzzell is also the president of the Peninsula Women's Network and an adjunct professor at Thomas Nelson Community College.

•U.S. District Judge Mark Davis will administer the oath of allegiance to an anticipated 26 candidates representing 18 countries of origin at a Naturalization ceremony on Monday. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at the Capitol on Duke of Gloucester street.

•Based in Williamsburg, CxAnalytics, will now be known as RMF Engineering company.

RMF is an engineering firm that serves the Commonwealth of Virginia.

CxAnalytics has been operating as "an RMF Engineering company," since they were acquired by RMF but as of Dec. 7 it will no longer be referred to as CxAnalytics.

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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