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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

City of Little Rock Opens CNG Fueling Station to Public



PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Information:
Stephanie Jackson, Director of Public Relations
The Design Group, a multicultural marketing firm
501.492.4900
stephanie@designgroupmarketing.com


City of Little Rock Opens CNG Fueling Station to Public

Little Rock, AR (April 29, 2014) – The City of Little Rock hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of its compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The station, at 501 Ferry Street, is equipped to service private vehicles, corporate and government fleets as well as the City of Little Rock’s growing fleet of CNG vehicles.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, Mayor Mark Stodola and City Manager Bruce Moore each gave remarks. At the conclusion of the ribbon cutting, Mr. Moore filled up one of the city’s CNG-powered vehicles to the applause of those in attendance.

Amenities of the City of Little Rock CNG fueling station include:
• CNG price of $1.55 per gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE)
• Easy access from Interstate 30
• Large storage capacity
• Quick fill-ups; 100-gallon tank to fill in ten minutes or less
• 24 hours/day availability (manned 8am-5pm)
“Our station has the capacity to service vehicles and fleets regardless of size. As governments and businesses deal with increasingly tightened budgets, the cost savings with using CNG fuel are substantial,” Little Rock Fleet Director Wendell Jones said.

“The location is ideal. The station is visible from Interstate 30 and easily accessible,” Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore said.

“This is definitely a selling tool as City and state economic development leaders court new business to Little Rock and Central Arkansas,” Moore said.

The City of Little Rock is taking advantage of the low cost of CNG. Through its plans to increase its CNG fleet by 20% over the next 18 months, Fleet Services is accepting bids for the conversion of 12 gasoline power vehicles to CNG. By August an additional eight CNG-ready vehicles will be added to various City departments, further increasing the CNG fleet. These actions will aid in the continued reduction of the City’s fuel and maintenance budget by $200,000 over the same time period.

The City expects these savings to more than pay for the $1 million investment made in building the station. Grants from the Arkansas Energy Office and Southwestern Energy aided in the completion of the $1.3 million project.

“We want companies to know that making the switch to CNG is a smart investment. CNG is produced in Arkansas and across the U.S.A. It releases fewer emissions, which makes it easier to meet emissions standards, and it is cheap,” Jones said.

For media inquiries about the City of Little Rock’s CNG fueling station contact Stephanie Jackson at 501.492.4900 or stephanie@designgroupmarketing.com.

About the City of Little Rock
Little Rock employs over 2,500 individuals in fourteen City Departments, with the Little Rock Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Fleet Services and the Little Rock Zoo all receiving national accreditation. The City operates under a Council/City Manager form of government. This system combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a Board of Directors, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The City Manager is Bruce Moore. The Mayor is Mark Stodola.
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