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Roberto Peckham

Colombia’s national infrastructure agency (ANI) announced April 14 that just-completed upgrades to Medellin’s downtown Olaya Herrera airport enable the start-up of international executive-jet flights in May 2016 -- just before the World Economic Forum (WEF) conference.

An ever-growing list of major international and national companies is on the hunt for bilingual (English-Spanish) executives and technical workers for Medellin.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) announced April 12 the debut of a "Capstone” project to link its information technology (IT) students with Medellin and Envigado middle-school and high-school students interested in pursuing IT careers.

Medellin-based multinational Grupo Argos announced April 11 that it just signed a deal with Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa to receive all 2.5 million of Bogotá’s used tires -- which will be used as combustion fuel for the Cementos Argos cement plant at Rioclaro, Antioquia.

ProColombia – the national government agency promoting foreign trade – announced April 12 that Colombia rose to fifth place in the latest ranking of all 55 nations in the Americas in information technology (IT), software and business process outsourcing (BPO).

Medellin-based public utility EPM – now a multinational operating 48 different companies in seven Central American and South American countries – on April 5 presented its full-year 2015 results, showing a 14% hike year-on-year in profits and an 18% jump in revenues.

Colombia’s Consejo Nacional de Operacion (CNO) – the national advisory body on electric power supply – on April 4 announced that voluntary power reductions by consumers and industry apparently have diminished the threat of power rationing.

Medellin-based telecom giant UNE – formerly owned by public utility EPM but now owned by Sweden-based Millicom – reported a 11% year-on-year rise in 2015 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) to COP$1.4 trillion (US$460 million).

The board of directors of Medellin-based Grupo Familia – producers and marketers of mainly paper-based personal hygiene products in 20 countries throughout South America and the Caribbean – on March 31 approved the company's full-year 2015 financial report showing net profits rising nearly 25% year-on-year, to COP$202 billion (US$67 million).

Two young inventors from Antioquia -- Rafael Vides Mesa and Daniel Cuartas Quiceno -- are among 10 national candidates for the “Colombia Great Inventor” prize competition this year.

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U.S. native Roberto Peckham, who founded Medellin Herald in 2015, has been residing in metro Medellin since 2005 and has traveled regularly and extensively throughout Colombia since 1981.

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