WASTE WATCH – Ag Dept. Delivers as Promised, Nashville Company Doesn't - Eric Alvarez
Updated: Friday, May 16 2014, 11:58 PM CDT
Stream WZTV Fox 17 Newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17 This Morning at 5am and News at 9pm.NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The state department of agriculture delivers on a long-awaited smartphone app, but a local business still hasn’t delivered what it promised investors.
The Pick Tennessee mobile app designed to help consumers find locally-grown products is now available for download.
“We’re proud to offer a free service to connect farmers with consumers just in time for the summer season,” said Tom Womack, department of agriculture spokesperson. “The Pick Tennessee mobile app provides real time information to consumers on the go. The response has been very positive. This project is a benefit to everyone in the form of increased local economic activity.”
The app had been in the works since 2011, when the Tennessee Department of Agriculture received a half-million dollar grant from the federal government and set aside close to $27,000 thousand for the app.
"Seems a little bit high but I’m glad to see what's come out of it,” said Miguel Sanchez, co-owner of natural store Boone and Sons. “I think it's very thorough, very easy to use, very informative.”
But where the Ag department delivered, Altius Management of Nashville is still dodging, investors say.
In February Fox 17 tracked down company president Ed Nash, whose real name is Polchlopek.
He drew in more than $25,000 from Kickstarter.com investors but never delivered the custom playing cards he promised.
Polchlopek refused to be interviewed but said he would make good on the product.
Now Fox 17 has learned the state of Washington isn't waiting to find out.
The state attorney general is taking Altius management to court, accusing the company of violating the Consumer Protection Act.
“I think any sort of action taken against him would be a step in the right direction at this point,” said Rodney Caston from Dallas Texas.
Caston is one of hundreds of Kickstarter investors.
“Effectively the backers are investors and those investors are entitled to whatever assets still exist in that entity,” Caston said. “I'd really like to see that money refunded to the original backers.”
The case against Altus Management is the first of its kind between a state and a crowd-funded project, according to the state of Washington.