Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted April 3, 2013 09:48 am - Updated April 3, 2013 09:50 am

Augusta firm wins federal innovation award for fuel app

An Augusta company won honorable mention in a federal app challenge.


Exponent Design Works LLC won the Fuel Efficiency Innovation award of the Department of Energy’s Apps for Vehicles Challenge.


Their smartphone application, Fuel Economy Coach, teaches drivers good habits that will improve their vehicle fuel economy and save money.


Staff Writer Kelly Jasper wrote about the company in the Sunday Your Life section on March 17. Read it here.


Three other companies received awards out of 40 initial applicants. But the money went to companies in New York City and Troy, Mich.


Exponent Design Works’ app will analyze road conditions, traffic and most important, driving habits in real time, to save drivers the most money.


The app will display a green light for good driving habits, including not riding the brakes or speeding, a yellow light for neutral habits, and a red light for poor habits that will cost drivers money.


To download it, go to: vehicles.challenge.gov