We are very focused on improving our fleet's velocity and creating additional capacity for our existing and prospective customers by applying economics, which maximize the utilization and performance of our fleet. Ultimately, by improving the velocity and utilization of our fleet, we lower the cost to the shipper community for barge transportation.
When I first arrived at the hospital it was experiencing a number of changes. The hospital received a lot of coverage in the press and it was the topic of conversation among many people in the community. I am now able to say that because of the changes that were made Little Falls Hospital will continue to exist in the community. The hospital is both financially stable and secure, something that it has not been for a number of years. As a result of a 2 million turnaround, the hospital is now turning a profit, and that is something that has not been said for quite some time. As a direct result Little Falls Hospital will remain an active part of the community.
We look forward to working closely with the Penguins as well as state and local officials as we move through the application process. Redevelopment of the Lower Hill and Uptown Districts will return the neighborhood to the community, and funding a new multi-purpose arena will keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh, making this project a winwin for the entire community. At the Isle, we believe that downtown Pittsburgh will become the best entertainment venue in the region.
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