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May 18, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Southeast Shoutouts | Shipping containers turned into unique workspace

City of Auburn, AL employs 10 recycled containers to create a unique workspace where local entrepreneurs can grow their tech or manufacturing businesses in a supportive environment.

From Auburn, AL:

The City of Auburn’s Economic Development team held a grand opening recently for its newest resource for local start-ups, The Yard. The new facility offers entrepreneurs a unique workspace where they can grow their tech or manufacturing businesses in a supportive environment.

The facility has five office suites, two manufacturing bays, and shared areas to facilitate collaboration among tenants. The initial concept for the building was born out of a design-build competition among students in Auburn University’s architecture and building science programs. The winning team envisioned a sustainable structure made from recycled shipping containers, and architect John Randall Wilson and HBS Construction put in the work to bring the idea to life.

The finished product used 10 recycled sea shipping containers that were insulated and brought up to the most recent energy code, keeping sustainability and innovative design at the forefront of the project. The Yard expands the City’s efforts to help fuel local start-ups, adding to space available at the Auburn Center for Developing Industries, which has been a resource for budding businesses since the 1980s.

From Atlanta, GA:

Mi Alma, a website reimagining how people support those experiencing grief and loss, has announced the completion of a $1.5 million pre-seed funding round. Founded by a wife and husband team who have experienced the very thing on which the start-up is focused, it acts as both a centralized support registry (streamlining everything from meal trains to donations) and an online home for photos, stories, and memories to be kept safe (and added to) forever.

Through a Mi Alma page, families provide clear direction of the support they need, whether it be direct funds, a meal train or help with third-party meals or groceries, or even volunteering for day-to-day activities. Providing donations in honor of the deceased to causes near and dear to the families’ hearts is also made easier by a Mi Alma page. Families want to learn about their loved ones through the eyes of everyone that knew them. Mi Alma facilitates this by allowing the community to post pictures, stories, memories, or prepared remarks about that loved one, with all content available forever.

From Raleigh, NC:

WRAL TechWire reports that researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a complex model to improve how quickly first responders – such as police and Emergency Medical Technicians – reach the scene of vehicle accidents. In computational testing, the model outperformed the existing techniques for getting first responders to accident sites quickly.

To test the model, the researchers drew on data collected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation regarding 10,983 traffic incidents that occurred in 10,672 different locations in Raleigh. The researchers used the data to test how efficiently the model performed as compared to the two current state-of-the-art techniques used to allocate incident response resources.

From Davidson, NC:

A start-up focused on harnessing clinical artificial intelligence to enhance healthcare delivery has raised a $7.7 million Series A round with participation from the prestigious Mayo Clinic along with Granger Management, Mercy Hospital (St. Louis), and Rally Ventures. The company is Lucem Health, and its latest offering, Lucem Health Reveal, provides early disease detection solutions explicitly designed to help identify patients at an increased risk of serious or chronic conditions before they become life-threatening.

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