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Webinar with Latest News on Eagles and Wind Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Holmer   
Monday, 03 June 2013 10:04

American Bird Conservancy invites all conservationists to a webinar on eagles and wind energy. Topics covered will include the proposed first Bald Eagle take permit for a wind farm. This permit is of concern to the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, and the Osage will make a presentation during the webinar. There will also be updates on proposed eagle take permits at other wind farms and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to change the maximum duration of eagle take permits, as well as time for your questions.

Webinar date and time: June 13, 2013 from 2 to 3:30 pm, Eastern Time

You must register for this free webinar by going to this link: (registration ahead of time is highly recommended so that you receive update emails)

Audio portion will be by phone:
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208
Access code: 668 744 518

Iowa Representative Phyllis Thede Launches Digital Marketing Initiative PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rep. Phyllis Thede   
Monday, 03 June 2013 09:58
District 93 representative hopes to expand reach to new and current constituents

JUNE 02, 2013 BETTENDORF, IA - In an effort to expand her reach and connect with voters using social media, three-term Iowa State Representative Phyllis Thede (D) has partnered with Internet Marketing Professionals Group (I.M. Pros) to launch her campaign's Digital Marketing Initiative (DMI). “In my five years as an Iowa State Representative, I've seen firsthand how technology and social media have changed the way voters access information. This is an effort to use new technology and social media to reach out to my constituents in new and exciting ways.”

Robert Jackson Jr., president of I.M. Pros (, echos this sentiment. “We're excited to work with Phyllis because she is one of a handful of enterprising politicians who recognize we're living in a new reality. Web 2.0 sites, the effective use of Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and creating YouTube channels are ways we can more effectively reach voters where they live. By having these social media properties work in concert with each other we can create a powerful marketing vehicle that will sustain her message.”

Deep Quad Cities Roots
Since serving her first term in the Iowa House since 2009, Phyllis Thede represents the families of Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa. She is a Ranking Member of the Ethics Committee and, serve on the Committees of Environmental Protection, Local Government, Natural Resources, and Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee.

Currently living in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband Dave, they have three successful daughters and are the proud grandparents of three grandchildren. Phyllis and family have been proud to have called the Quad-Cities home since 1980.

To connect with Phyllis, visit her website at

Governor Quinn Praises House Passage of Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Anderson   
Friday, 31 May 2013 13:05

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding the Illinois House of Representatives’ passage of Senate Bill 1715, the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation Act, and encouraged the Illinois Senate to act swiftly on this bill that contains the nation’s strongest environmental protections and significant economic potential. The governor called for passage in his 2013 budget address and the Quinn Administration helped negotiate the bill:

“Today’s passage of hydraulic fracturing legislation in the House brings good news for jobs, economic development and environmental protection in Illinois. This legislation will unlock the potential for thousands of jobs in Southern Illinois, while ensuring that our state has the nation‘s strongest environmental protections in place for this industry.

“Over the past year, we have brought together lawmakers, industry and labor leaders and environmental groups in a collaborative, bipartisan effort to develop the best possible legislation. This approach has not only worked, but been praised as a national model for transparency, public participation, environmental safety and economic development.

“I want to thank Rep. John Bradley for his hard work on this issue and environmental advocates for their efforts to ensure Illinois’ natural resources are protected.

“I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk as soon as possible.”


Midland Communications Launches a Mobile Device Management Program to Monitor and Secure Devices That Are Attached to Customer Networks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janet Dufour   
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:22
DAVENPORT, IA - May 30, 2013 - Midland Communications, a leading unified communications provider, announced today that the company has launched a Mobile Device Management Program to Monitor and Secure Devices that are attached to customer networks. With the proliferation of Smart phones and tablets in today's business world, companies need a way to monitor and secure mobile devices that enter their company space. Whether a mobile device is company-issued or employee-owned, Mobile Device Management (MDM) is the fastest, most comprehensive way for organizations to centrally secure devices and protect their networks from intrusion.
Smartphones are here to stay and businesses need to be certain that they have an infrastructure established to bring these devices into the workplace. According to The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, "the growth of global mobile data traffic in 2012 is up 70%" from the previous year and when comparing Mobile traffic in 2012 versus entire Internet in 2000 we find that mobile traffic today has twelve-folded that of the entire Internet in 2000."
The best MDM solutions perform several functions and have a set of unique characteristics which make them the best fit for small to medium-sized businesses. First, they must integrate into existing networks well. Many MDM solutions integrate seamlessly into enterprise systems and don't require on-site servers or network reconfiguration. Another trait of a great solution is the ability to remotely locate, lock and wipe lost or stolen devices. This is vital for enhancing security, especially in an environment with shared data and content. Many solutions rely on encryption settings and established passcodes in order to monitor device compliance and detect potentially unsafe devices before they make it on the network.
"The growth of mobile is representative of a culture shift where people expect instant communication and want to be connected," stated stated Jason Smith, Vice President of Midland Communications. "This has tremendous implications for our industry and as we've noticed this evolving over the years we knew that our customers needed some way to bring security and data management to their networks. That's exactly why we have spent substantial time, effort and energy investing in leading edge technologies so our customers can be better equipped to protect their businesses. We consider it our duty to equip our customers with the best technology tools available, so they constantly have a leg up on their competitors. In the end, making them successful, keeps us successful and prolongs our relationship."


Midland Communications began more than 60 years ago in 1946 as the Worldwide Marketing Arm of Victor-Animagraph Projectors. In 1977 a communications division was formed due to a partnership with NEC America. Today, As a distributor of NEC America, for 33 years, Midland Communications has a customer base of more than 3,000 satisfied customers that include general businesses, government agencies, Universities, colleges, hospitals, and hotels.
Midland provides a wide range of communication services including VOIP, PBX and key systems, Wide Area and Local Area networking, computers, Computer integration, voice mail, CCIS, and video conferencing and paging systems. Our philosophy is simple, provide quality products at a fair price, backed by an average emergency response time of twenty minutes, and the best service in the industry. For more information on Midland Communications, call (563) 326-1237 or visit

Explore the Amazing World of Insects this Summer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Heitz   
Friday, 24 May 2013 07:40
Join us this summer at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Scott County as we explore the amazing world of insects in “Insectaganza!” our 4-H Clover Kids summer program.  Youth ages five through nine will closely investigate insects such as crickets, butterflies and ladybugs to learn how they communicate, eat, grow, and survive in their natural habitats.  Please note that 5 year olds must have completed kindergarten during the 2012-2013 school year.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  Families can chose from a Monday group OR a Wednesday group.  Both groups will meet from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. for eight weeks beginning the week of June 10, 2013.  The program costs $10.00 for new 4-H Clover Kids.  For more information and to print the registration forms visit or contact Jodi at (563) 359-7577 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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