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Local media veteran joins Media Link to expand firm's PR & Marketing capabilities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Media Link Inc   
Monday, 17 January 2011 12:12

Rock Island, IL/January 5, 2011 -- A well-known name in Quad-Citiy media has joined forces with the region’s only 8(a) certified marketing firm. Leigh Geramanis joins the Media Link team as an Account Manager and will develop and manage new accounts.

Geramanis has been consulting with Media Link over the past eleven months, assisting with client development. “It has been such a great fit for both of us that it just made sense to make it ‘official.’ I’m so inspired by Natalie Linville-Mass’s business model. It’s exactly what businesses are looking for in this challenging environment: the ultimate in quality service, flexibility and results.”

Leigh’s career prior to Media Link afforded her a rare perspective on the workings of media. Leigh has been an award-winning medical reporter and anchor, in the international medical destination of Rochester, MN. Leigh later helped facilitate Mayo Clinic’s efforts to fight a railroad’s plan to send high-speed coal trains less than 100 yards from the Mayo’s Rochester campus. Leigh and her teammates helped educate policymakers, taxpayer watchdog groups, and the media about a proposed $2.3 billion federal dollar loan that would have financed the project. Their work resulted in the loan ultimately being denied. For six years, Leigh served clients of esteemed research and consultation firm, Frank N. Magid Associates, working with some of America’s most successful local television stations. Among her clients: Fortune 500 executives, an ambassador, and a recent governor. Since returning to her hometown in 2007, Leigh has worked as News Director for WQAD, and Director of Marketing and Communications for Trinity Regional Health System. Leigh is a graduate of Rock Island High School, Black Hawk College and Southern Illinois University.

I am so fortunate to have someone of Leigh’s caliber on our team. Her expertise as a consultant and in the filed of media is a big help for our customers. She reinforces our scope and capability as a marketing firm,” said Media Link founder and President Natalie Linville-Mass, who incorporated the company in 2001.

Media Link is a full-service integrated marketing firm specializing in strategic media buying and placement. Media Link works with businesses in the Quad-Cities and around the country to develop and execute customized marketing strategies to help them more effectively reach their customers. Media Link is the only marketing firm in the region to have obtained an 8(a) SDB certification, a designation of significance to clients who contract with the federal government.


Ethanol Tariff PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Thursday, 13 January 2011 08:22

January 12, 2011

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today responded to comments from two senators that a tariff on ethanol imports likely violates international trade rules, as Brazil argues in opposition to U.S. ethanol policy.  Grassley comment:

“This isn’t a question for debate.  The highest authority on U.S. trade policy said more than two years ago that the U.S. ethanol tariff is clearly permitted under World Trade Organization rules.  Besides, the United States already provides generous duty-free access to ethanol from Brazil and other countries imported under the Caribbean Basin Initiative, but the CBI cap has never once been filled.  In fact, as of December 20, Brazil and other countries filled the cap for 2010 less than 1 percent.”

A letter from then-United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab to Grassley concluding that the U.S. ethanol tariff is WTO-compliant is available here.  A letter from Grassley to Schwab is available here.

Niabi Zoo to Hold Open Interviews PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Reffert   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 14:12

Niabi Zoo will be holding open interviews for available seasonal positions for the upcoming open season. The available positions include work in the ticket office, Wild Things Gift Shop, Lorikeet Landing, Endangered Species Carousel operator, receptionist, pony ride attendant, educator, and janitorial staff.

The open interviews will be held on Wednesday, February 2nd from 9am until 11am and from 1pm until 3pm. Interviews will also be held on Saturday, February 5th from 12 Noon until 3pm. Applicants should come to the zoo education center building at the north end of the zoo.

Glass Heritage, LLC, moves to larger location PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Watts   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 09:52

Glass Heritage, LLC, is pleased to announce that it has completed its move to 3113 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, and has added a new intern to its growing staff.

Now serving clients around the country, the restoration and preservatinof stained glass buiness has gorwn so substantially that more space was neded to service the work. New fabrication of stained glass work and the increase in the etching business  is also a foctor in the move.

Kristin DeMoulin, a recent graduate of the fine arts program at Indiana Wesleyan University, joins the staff to pursue her love for stained glass.  Kristin is an award winning stained glass designer and craftsperson, and Glass Heritage is very pleased to have her join the staff.

In addition, Glass Heritage is pleased to add Greenfield Recycled Glass Stone countertops to the showroom line.  These products are made from recycled glass from a variety of sources, including Glass Heritage.  They now are able to have a much needed source to recycle their scrap glass into a beautiful and lasting product, useful in a variety of applications.

Glass Heritage is located at 3113 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, Iowa 52806.  Glass Heritage is open Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

For more information, contact John Watts at 563-324-4300, Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm or visit them on the web at

In Iowa’s Interest: 111th Congress Helped Strengthen Economy, Improve Lives of Working Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 08:00
By Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)

As we begin 2011 and welcome the 112th Congress to Washington, it can be easy to focus on all the challenges we face and forget about all the important things we have accomplished in the past two years during the 111th Congress and President Obama’s first years in office.  In fact, this Congress has accomplished more legislatively than any other Congress since the 1960s.  I have been proud to work with others to fight for an unprecedented series of steps to restore the economy and improve the lives of Iowans in common-sense, concrete ways.  

For starters, as many Iowans are all too aware, flood recovery in Eastern Iowa is still ongoing, and will be for some time, but each federal dollar that has been allocated for that effort has been put to good use.  I was proud to play a lead role in securing and directing significant funds for ongoing flood recovery in addition to the bulk of dollars appropriated in 2008.

On the financial front, when the 111th Congress began, the nation was headed toward another Great Depression and to help stop this, we passed the stimulus bill, which helped preserve and create millions of jobs and prevented an economic disaster.  And to prevent a future financial meltdown and to protect consumers from abusive financial products and practices, Congress enacted the most sweeping Wall Street reform bill in decades.  This bill helped put our focus back where it should be - on protecting consumers, instead of vast financial institutions.  The consumer protections included in the bill mean that Iowans can have more confidence in their financial dealings.  There is still much more to be done to turn the economy around, but without these steps our financial situation would be far worse than it is today.

Later, as the recession racked our state budget, Iowa’s public schools faced the prospect of massive layoffs, which would have meant larger class sizes and a great risk to the state of our kids’ education.  The fight to pass the Keep Our Educators Working Act was sometimes a lonely one, but in the end the bill delivered $96 million to Iowa and helped keep thousands of teachers in the classroom.  

We also succeeded in enacting a health reform law that increases access to affordable, quality care.  Because of the bill, more Iowans can see a doctor than could before and children cannot be denied coverage because they have a pre-existing condition.  In addition, young adults can stay on their parents insurance until they are 26, and crucial preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies are now provided free of any copay or deductible.  The health reform bill is an important step that finally set us on the path to remaking America as a wellness society – one that focuses on keeping people well instead of patching them up after they get sick.

And I have been proud to be at the center of two critical efforts to improve food policy in this country.  Our long-standing effort to make our food safer and healthier, came to fruition with the passing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, the most significant child nutrition reform bill in decades, as well as the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which updates and strengthens our nation’s outdated food safety laws for the first time in nearly a century.

The list of accomplishments over the past two years also includes the Children’s Health Insurance Program, funding for our troops, housing loan modification, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, supporting national service programs, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a small business lending fund, student loan reform, tobacco regulations and so many more.

Overall, we made great progress towards restoring the economy and improving the lives of Iowans in very real ways.  I am proud of what we accomplished and look forward to working in the 112th Congress with members on both sides of the aisle to do what is best for Iowa, working families and our nation as a whole.


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