Nashville’s WeCar celebrates two years of operations this month, with the car share program having grown to 18 vehicles during its lifespan.
In 2010, the Nashville Downtown Partnership (which oversees the program) arranged to have WeCar establish a presence in the city with four cars. The partnership said downtown still has four vehicles, with Belmont University (two), Lipscomb University (two) and Vanderbilt University (five) offering public usage. The Tennessee Valley Authority has a five-car private program.
In addition, the local WeCar program now has 93 members.
Vanderbilt's Jim Patterson offers a quality piece on unversity Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos' recent speech to the Spring Faculity Assembly. In short, Zeppos said Vanderbilt is in solid shape financially.
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Vanderbilt University is selling $180 million in debt to refinance existing notes.
Approximatley $46 million of the new notes will mature in mid-2018, with the remainder to mature in 2038.
Fitch has rated the new bonds at AA+, the rating to which it upgraded Vanderbilt in May 2011.
Two men previously indicted for stealing more than $60,000 from Vanderbilt University were scheduled to appear in court this morning to face other charges, including a combined 18 counts of aggravated statutory rape.
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The Metro Codes Department has issued Vanderbilt University a permit that will allow the university to move forward on the renovating of Blakemore House, which will be converted into a dormitory building.
VU will need additional dorm space after the six dorms comprising Kissam Quadrangle are demolished this spring to make way for the future College Halls project.
Blakemore House (seen here), located at 2818 Vanderbilt Place, will be able to accommodate 150 students. The price tag for the project is $1.56 million. Solomon Builders Inc. and Orion Building Corp. are handling the effort.