Posted by Admin | August 14th, 2014

Stargazers have a new way to view the world from space thanks to the efforts of four tech companies and the crew of the International Space Station (ISS). The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) project provides a dramatic look at our planet from the astronomical perspective of the orbiting ISS. Four HD cameras from Toshiba, Panasonic, Sony and Hitachi were installed on the exterior of the ISS to deliver a variety of angles on Earth and to provide stunning visual images of the planet’s weather, ice caps, oceans and landmasses. The views made possible by the HDEV experiment will provide valuable data for researchers while thrilling amateur astronomers around the globe.

Posted by Admin | August 7th, 2014

At the local level, news directors provide the guidance and structure needed to assemble the various available stories into a cohesive nightly broadcast. Most stations apportion a specific amount of time to weather and to sports. This limits the time available for hard news and for human-interest stories. Many news directors get their start as investigative reporters and hold bachelor’s degrees in journalism or related fields. As a rule, both education and experience are required to obtain positions in this highly competitive field. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills are critical to achieving success as a news director in the local broadcast marketplace.

Posted by Admin | July 31st, 2014

Even in tough economic times, local nonprofits can often achieve improved results by taking a few hints from professional public relations and advertising experts. Here are three basic tips for successful fundraising that can reap significant rewards in the financial arena:

  • Target the most likely audience for your promotional campaigns. This includes your previous donors, individuals likely to be sympathetic to your cause and local philanthropists.
  • Offer some incentive for participation. Bumper stickers, mugs and inexpensive gadgets can provide potential donors with a reason to give.
  • Build name recognition with a carefully designed logo that appears on all your promotional material.

These strategies can help nonprofits achieve greater saturation and increased donations in the competitive local marketplace.

Posted by Admin | July 24th, 2014

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is tasked with monitoring and providing information to the public and to the scientific community on environmental issues and changes in the climate. They accomplish this task through in-depth research on ocean temperatures, meteorological events and other climatological phenomena. The information compiled and provided by NOAA allows local weather forecasters and environmental agencies to act effectively on behalf of the constituencies they serve.

NOAA was established in 1970 as the result of a merger between three other government agencies:

  • The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • The Weather Bureau
  • The Bureau of Commercial Fisheries

These agencies were among the oldest in existence in the U.S. government at the time of the merger and provided a solid basis for the scientific efforts pursued by NOAA to the present day. NOAA currently serves as one of the primary sources of scientific data on global warming trends and oceanic conditions throughout the world.

NOAA provides assistance to local and regional meteorological agencies and climate change analysts in tracking storms, monitoring temperature shifts and preparing for major weather events before they occur. These activities help to ensure greater safety for residents in the United States and may provide hope for an effective response to global warming in the international community.

Posted by Admin | July 17th, 2014

John Dahlia has hands-on experience in the field of community development and economic growth. As the director of Main Street Fairmont, Dahlia achieved exceptional results in raising funds and in achieving a higher degree of name recognition for the communityand for his non-profit organization. Dahlia’s efforts allowed Mainstreet Fairmont to receive national attention with wins in both the West Virginia Main Street Program of the Year and the Best Main Street in the U.S. competitions.

Creating Pathways to Success

The experience John Dahlia acquired while working with Main Street Fairmont has served him well in his later career and has provided him with a unique perspective on the value of these programs for startups and small businesses. By investing in the main streets and historic areas within the community, Main Street Fairmont and other programs like it can rejuvenate commerce in the center city and can deliver added employment and housing options for residents in these areas.

Why Main Streets Matter

The central location of main street initiatives allows for easy access from all parts of the city and can provide opportunities for retailers, entertainment venues and other businesses to reach a larger audience. By renovating buildings and restoring these areas, cities can generate increased tax revenues and can attract companies looking to relocate within the region. Centralized locations offer significant benefits for businesses. However, this assumes that the area is vibrant and easily accessible for staff and customers. Maintaining a viable main street or downtown area can open up new employment opportunities and can create a ripple effect that spreads prosperity throughout the entire city.

Fundraising and Renovation

In some cases, it may be possible to enlist the help of existing companies and community organizations in restoring the downtown area to its former glory. Most main street renovation projects, however, depend on volunteers and donors to acquire the funds and the labor necessary to clean up these areas and arrange for restoration or demolition of dangerous buildings. Community fundraising events can generate positive publicity for the cause and can help organizations to establish a solid financial basis for their activities in the main street area.

Establishing Housing Options

One important key to success is the availability of housing in the area to be renovated. Lofts and apartment buildings are ideal for this purpose:

  • They provide relatively low-cost housing options for employees in the main street or downtown area
  • Maintaining a core of residents downtown can reduce crime and improve the quality of the neighborhood, leading to increased buy-in from the community
  • Lofts can be integrated into new commercial construction projects to create a work-live-play environment with real appeal
  • Hotels and short-term residence options are ideal for attracting companies with extensive transfer lists and consequent housing requirements

By establishing the downtown and main street areas as places to live as well as sources of employment, community revitalization organizations can often achieve improved results for their ongoing projects.

John Dahlia and other community leaders have made significant strides in the field of economic development and neighborhood restoration in the hearts of their cities. By maintaining a comprehensive and cohesive approach, cities can enjoy the benefits of a vibrant and vital downtown area.