Prescribing prognosis mostly positive14.2 million prescriptions in the system.345,000 patient history requests.10,000 prescribers and pharmacists enrolled in the program.21 percent of state prescribers of controlled substances enrolled in program.23 percent of state pharmacists enrolled in program.Source: Washington State Department of HealthA new state program has created new obstacles for people “doctor shopping” for pain medications.In January 2012, the Washington State Department of Health launched a prescription monitoring program, a secure statewide database that tracks prescriptions for pain medication and other controlled substances.Since then, prescribers and pharmacists have used the database to improve patient safety and prevent people from doctor shopping to obtain numerous prescriptions to controlled substances, said Chris Baumgartner, prescription monitoring program director.And, so far, the program is receiving a thumbs-up.“The preliminary review is positive, and it looks like it has been an effective tool in patient care,” Baumgartner said.State law requires licensed pharmacies and practitioners that dispense controlled substances in the state or to Washington addresses to electronically report the prescription data. The program does not collect hospital inpatient data. The law pertains to all prescriptions of Schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances, which includes certain tranquilizers, stimulants and pain relievers.Since launching the program, the system has recorded more than 14.2 million prescriptions and facilitated 345,000 patient history requests, Baumgartner said. More than 10,000 providers have enrolled in the program, he said.The program doesn’t track how many times the system has prevented doctor shopping, but Baumgartner said the state has heard from physicians and pharmacists who used the system to uncover potential abuse and misuse.
US-based Hermit Woods Winery has introduced a $15 an hour living wage, which will be funded via 3.5% surcharge on its products.The surcharge, which came into effect on 19 August 2016, will provide the organisation with additional income to increase staff wages from $12 (£9.17) an hour to $15 (£11.46) an hour. The funds raised by the surcharge will cover the majority of the salary increases.The pay increase was introduced by the New Hampshire winery’s owners, who wanted to align the organisation’s pay with a living wage suitable for the cost of living in the area, which is approximately 16% higher than the rest of the US.Bob Manley, co-owner at Hermit Woods Winery, said: “We have built a hardworking dedicated team. We want to be able to reward them with a living wage so they can support their families and pursue their passions in life as we have.“Some of our employees are in school or just out of school and have college debt to pay off while others have families to support, two of whom are single mums. If they’re going to work hard to help us grow our business, we want to make sure they have the resources to afford to live.“We want to [reassure] our customers that every penny raised via this surcharge will go towards increasing our employees’ pay and nothing else.”
Luxury florist Moyses Stevens Flowers has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The organisation has committed to paying its 45 direct employees and any third-party contractors who work across its seven London-based sites at least the voluntary living wage rate of £9.75 an hour. This will include staff who work in both production and delivery service roles.Moyses Stevens Flowers is the 3,500th organisation to be accredited as a living wage employer in the UK.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage on a voluntary basis, and the rate is updated annually. The living wage is currently set at £8.45 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £9.75 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.David Cohen, director at Moyses Stevens Flowers, said: “We are proud to be the milestone 3.500th employer to implement the London living wage across our branches to boost each staff member’s annual salary and acknowledge the cost of living in the capital.“It’s a win-win for us and not only helps our employees afford to live with dignity but also helps our business by improving motivation, and retaining and attracting a quality workforce.”
Indiana-based vehicle parts manufacturing organisation Lippert Components has been ordered to pay $338,151 (£258,959.42) in overtime back pay and liquidated damages following an investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).Investigators uncovered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) relating to 1,199 current and former employees at 53 of the organisation’s plants across the United States.The investigation found the employer had failed to include certain bonuses when calculating overtime rates, resulting in artificially lowered pay and violations of the FLSA.In September 2016, Lippert Components began including bonuses in employees’ regular rates of pay in overtime. However, the employer failed to make any retroactive payments, meaning it now has to pay back wages for previous pay periods.Patricia Lewis, WHD district director, said: “Employers have an obligation to understand and to comply with the labour laws applicable to their business.“We encourage employers to make use of the many tools we provide to help them, and to contact the Wage and Hour Division for assistance to ensure they understand their obligations.”Lippert Components was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Antonio Banderas was named honorary president of Miami Fashion Week.Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna, Tyra Banks and other top celebrities were on the red carpet event Saturday night at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, in Miami.Banderas spoke about his role earlier in the week. “Just to come over here and just to try and bring a little bit of spotlight to the Miami Fashion Week with my presence, which is a presence you have to understand is very humble,” he said. “I need to tiptoe into this universe.”The fashion week festivities end Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An acclaimed Spanish restaurant had its grand opening in South Florida, Monday night.Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias and tennis star Rafael Nadal hosted the opening of TATEL Miami at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, along Collins Avenue, near Lincoln Road. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Backed up by Enrique Iglesias, Rafael Nadal & Pau Gasol, #TatelMiami is all set to open today! Located at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach. 🍽 pic.twitter.com/PdJqPmaMnA— EnriqueIglesiasINDIA (@EiTeamIndia) March 20, 2017This is just the second location for TATEL, and the first in the U.S.People got to take pictures with Iglesias and Nadal, as well as try menu items for the first time. The restaurant serves a mix of traditional Spanish cuisine with modern variations on classic dishes.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was shot multiple times overnight in Northwest Miami-Dade.The man, who police said is in his 20s, was shot more than once. Shots were fired near Northwest 77th Street and 14th Avenue. The unidentified man was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where officials said he was alert and stable.The shooter is still at large.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire crews battled a Coral Springs apartment building fire that left dozens displaced, Monday afternoon.Twenty-four units were damaged by the fire at the Ramblewood East Condominium at 4180 NW 88th Ave., just before 1 p.m.Coral Springs Police and Fire Rescue remained on the scene throughout the day.Fire Rescue managed to extinguish the heavy flames.“When our units arrived, there was heavy fire coming from the back patio from a second floor unit,” said Coral Springs Fire Chief Mike Moser. “That fire had already progressed out to the patio and was already in at least one or two rooms inside of the unit.”It went up into the attic and spread to the adjacent units. — Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department (@CoralSpringsFD) February 12, 2018Flames could be seen shooting through the patio of one of the apartments in the complex.“When I stepped out, I saw the whole patio engulfed in flames,” said resident Maria Smith. “It was quickly running from one section of the building to the other. It was very frightening.”According to officials, the fire began in a corner unit. The fire then moved into the apartment and engulfed two bedrooms, they said. That’s when the fire rose to the common attic area before spreading to other units.“Our firefighters made an attack from the inside of the unit to attempt to push the fire out,” Moser said.Resident Sheila Mardy said she was sleeping inside at the time of the fire and only woke up when a friend called her.“I run outside, and the whole hallway is covered in smoke, so I run back inside, throw on some pants, grab my wallet, grab my keys and I left,” she said. “What was I supposed to do? As soon as I walked outside, I saw the whole next door apartment covered in red, like straight fire.” The Red Cross is assisting those displaced. They have set up a temporary shelter in the community’s clubhouse.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mardy called her mother to tell her the bad news. “She said, ‘Mommy, the house is on fire.’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean the house is on fire?’” said Margaret Moisette. “She said, ‘Yeah, Mommy. The house is gone, everything gone.’”The terrifying part of it for Mardy is knowing that she could have slept though the fire. “I’ve never been in a fire before,” Mardy said. “It was scary.”Hours after the fire, some residents were escorted back inside to retrieve a few essentials like medicine.“Only water there, water everywhere, the bed, everywhere,” said Terlien Florvilus, who retrieved his medication. “Everything’s gone in the house now.”No injuries have been reported. However, two cats that were inside did not make it out.“Thank God my daughter is OK, but everything inside the apartment is gone,” Moisette said.As officials remained at the scene Monday evening, those who lived in the apartment complex made arrangements to stay with family or friends. Working fire Ramblewood East Condos. Media staging at the clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/jDaIGfgQpk
(WSVN) – A picture of a Texas teen lending some shade to a woman in a wheelchair has gone viral.According to Fox 25, Louis Jordan was picking his mom up from work when he saw an elderly woman sitting in the extreme Houston heat.“It was unbearably hot. I wouldn’t want to be out there in the sun,” Jordan told KTRK. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Jordan ran back to his car to grab his umbrella and returned to where the woman, Michelle, was sitting waiting to catch a bus. He said they ended up waiting for about an hour and 45 minutes.The picture was taken by Jordan’s mother, who said her son’s act of kindness comes as no surprise. She said last year, Jordan rescued his grandmother, who was trapped in four feet of water during Hurricane Harvey.Now, every time Jordan sees Michelle, he grabs his umbrella and sits with her at the bus stop while she waits for her ride.“We laugh, joke. She’s in a book club,” Jordan told KTRK. “Come to find out, she likes pork chops.”
DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A CrossFit community came together to exercise and raise money in a show of support after a sudden and severe health scare for one of its coaches.Workout warriors showed up to Zoom Fitness near Northwest 25th Street and 96th Avenue in Doral, Saturday morning.They gathered to raise funds for Jourgan Rodriguez, who suffered a stroke while coaching a class on Christmas Eve.Days later, his colleagues said, Rodriguez is showing remarkable improvement, but the road to recovery will be long.“We didn’t expect that to happen, On Christmas Eve, in the middle of a class,” said co-worker Natalia Martinez. “That’s life everybody’s worst dream coming true.”It was the last health problem anyone would have expected for the 31-year-old coach. Fortunately, a nurse was in his class, and he received medical care immediately.The confirmation that he had suffered a stroke came after he got to the hospital. “I had an uncle who had a stroke two years ago, and it was very tough for me to see him in that situation, so going in there and talking to Jourgan was very, very tough because it was similar. ” said Hernandez. “I tried to hold my composure as much as I could, but eventually I had to break down.”“He’s much better. He’s speaking in sentences, which two days ago he was not,” said Martinez. “If the local community can help as much as possible to help a young man in need, he’s a phenomenal person with a great heart.”If you would like to help, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The CrossFit community then did what it does best: band together and give.Participants on Saturday rowed, burpeed and biked to raising money for a coach who, they said, is well-known in the community.Doctors said Rodriguez is looking at three to five hours of therapy on a regular basis during a six-month rehabilitation.“We’ve raised over $15,000 already for Jourgan’s GoFundMe account, because Jourgan doesn’t have insurance,” said Martinez.Friends have been left struggling to understand how this could have happened to someone so seemingly healthy.“He’s somebody healthy, somebody that does exactly what I do, is probably about the same age that I am — 30, 31,” said Darryl Hernandez, a friend of Rodriguez, “so it was very, very scary at first and unbelievable.”But friends also said Rodriguez is bouncing back.
Local Red Cross volunteers are now on standby and are ready to mobilize at any time to provide emergency overnight shelter tonight as needed at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex (538 Arena Ave) to assist those affected by the fire. Kaladi Brothers Soldotna Store Manager Scott Heuiser says it’s their way of saying thanks: “We are offering free coffee to all firefighters in the Soldotna area when they get a chance to take a break and want to come in. That is all a part of us being a Catalyst for Community. They are all now a part of our community, even if they are up here out of state.” The General Manager at Papa John’s in Soldotna announced on Tuesday that all Central Emergency Services, local Police, State Troopers, and Firefighters will receive 50% off of their pizza. AK Coffee Co. have made a pledge to offer all firefighters and fire support personnel and their families 50% off our coffee beans, 10% of all other proceeds will be donated to support the firefighters and assist residents who have been displaced by the fire on the Kenai Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享When crises occur, our Firefighters, Police, and EMTs put their own lives at risk to save others. They answer the call, rush toward danger, and lead the way. Some local businesses are stepping up to say ‘thank you’ to those keeping our communities safe. Any other businesses that are offering deals or discounts to firefighters or first responders and would like to be mentioned email email@example.com.
Since the report last week about Esquire’s flashy e-paper October anniversary cover—and our follow-up on the technology behind it—I’ve been hearing/reading a lot of negative opinions about it. One Web site called it obnoxious. Rex Hammock said it was “the worst use of technology by a magazine.” Fast Company, in a blog post, estimated that the manufacturing process increases the issue’s carbon footprint by 16 percent over other typical print publications. But, if you ask Esquire editor-in-chief David Granger, the technology could help revolutionize the way we read magazines, beyond the printed page and online.”When I talk to groups I sometimes speak about the days I had when I’d get the new issue of Esquire and go through it and think to myself, ‘Fuck, it’s still a magazine,’” Granger said in a recent interview with FOLIO:. “What I mean is that the medium is so compelling that I and we should all be able to do more with it. The magazine experience is one of the last remaining opportunities to enter a hermetically-sealed world, an edited experience of our culture created by someone else. And, more importantly, it’s an experience that encourages you to stay in it rather than constantly bounce in and out of it. “We have an amazing medium, print, and if we can enhance the experience of it by putting new technology to use, then all the better,” he said.Bob Sacks, an industry consultant and frequent proponent of technology, says that Esquire’s flashy cover may be a small step overall but offers a glimpse of what’s to come in the next few years.”It’s not a representation of what e-paper was designed for, but doing the cover is the right thing to do,” Sacks says. “It will be a demonstration of what it can be used for. In the near future we all will have flexible e-paper readers in our pocket and will be able to access all the magazine and books you want.”Right now, the technology is expensive and, if you believe Fast Company, not very green. Granger says that, with time, he hopes the technology will become cheaper. Maybe, after some refining, the application will become more realistic and environmentally-friendly, too.
Reed Elsevier announced in February that it was putting RBI,its b-to-b publishing arm, on the block. It was not immediately clear ifMcGraw-Hill is interested in purchasing individual titles or RBI as a whole. AMcGraw-Hill spokesperson declined to commentlast month when it was reported that the constructionand aviation magazine publisher was one of the prospective bidders.To help assure that RBI sells in one piece, Reed puttogether a group of banks to lend nearly $1.5 billion to the eventual buyer.RBI publishes a number of trade magazines, including Variety and PublishersWeekly. The second round of bids for Reed BusinessInformation could be due as early as Monday, with BusinessWeek parentMcGraw-Hill among the interested parties.UBS, the bank that’s organizing the sale, has invited morethan 10 groups including McGraw-Hill and private equity firm Bain Capital to submittheir second round offers, according to a Wall Street Journal report.The value of the bids is said to range between $1.87 billion and $2.33 billion.Final bids likely will be due in late October, the reportsaid.In releasing its first half financial results, London-based ReedElsevier last month said it had received a “strong levelof interest from buyers” and that it expects its divestiture of RBI to becomplete sometime within the second half of the year. RBI’s first half adjustedoperating profit was about $122.7 million, up 7 percent from $108.9 millionduring the same period in 2007. Revenue was $958.6 million, up 3 percent from$881.3 million during the same period last year.
“There are some common advertisers across the brands, so it will definitely be a benefit as a result of the alignment, but not something that drove the decision,” the spokesperson wrote.The new media and entertainment will be led by senior vice president Gerry Byrne, who most recently oversaw Nielsen’s entertainment group. Also, marketing, media and visual art group senior vice president Sabrina Crow will take on the additional responsibility of corporate planning and developing, including strategic planning and M&A activities, the company said.Crow will continue to oversee the travel, training, photo, jewelry, food and real estate brands, which Nielsen regrouped under Brand Media Group.Last fall, Nielsen combined content development and distribution for Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines under one editorial organization. In November, the company traded media rates and data provider SRDS to U.K.-based ad agency the WPP Group in exchange for the remaining 50 percent stake in AGBNielsen Media Research. Nielsen Business Media said it has combined its AdweekMedia and entertainment groups under a newly-created media and entertainment division.“This is part of an ongoing strategy to better integrate and align our businesses,” a Nielsen spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “About a year ago we created the entertainment group by bringing together two separate film and music groups. This move simply expands that entertainment group to include the media brands, and is just another step in harnessing the collective resources and strengths of those brands.”No layoffs were made and no magazine products were closed in association with the reorganization, the spokesperson said. Nielsen’s AdweekMedia group includes Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Editor & Publisher magazines, as well as the Clio Awards. The entertainment group is made up of several products, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.
Gittlitz was fired from his post at ICD in July 2007. The publisher subsequently filed a lawsuit against him, alleging “fraudulent acts and a breach of fiduciary responsibility.” He partnered with his son, Seth Gittlitz, in the acquisition of Travel Trade magazine last year.ICD owns several hospitality trade magazines, including Hotel Business, HomeWorld Business and Hotel Journal.[PHOTO: Courtesy of Lincolnshire Police Department] Ian Gittlitz, former president and CEO of b-to-b publisher ICD Publications, was arrested Sunday in Chicago on charges that he allegedly embezzled more than $2 million from the publishing company. He is being held on a $2 million bond.Gittlitz [pictured], a New York resident, was apprehended by police while attending the International Home & Housewares Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Lincolnshire, Illinois Police detective John-Erik Anderson told FOLIO:. Gittlitz was reportedly traveling with a hired guard. If convicted, Gittlitz faces four to 15 years in prison, Anderson said.
At an Apple conference held in San Francisco on June 6, Apple introduced iOS 5, the latest version of its mobile operating system, which now includes the Newsstand, a virtual set of shelves that display users’ subscriptions with the latest issues of magazine titles.Also new to the App Store is an app that features only magazine and newspapers titles that offer a subscription model to customers.In the Newsstand feature, each of the user’s chosen titles are updated automatically, “so you always have the latest issue and the most recent cover art,” according to a news statement from Apple.The Newsstand is part of the Apple’s new iCloud technology, which enables Apple users to move all data to the cloud. After entering an Apple ID and password, “iCloud will seamlessly integrate with your apps to automatically and wirelessly keep all of your mail, contacts, calendars, photos, apps, books, music and more, up-to-date across all your devices without ever having to connect to a computer.” Apple announced its subscription model in March that allowed publishers to sell subscriptions through the App Store (for a 30 percent cut of each sub purchased and Apple keeps user data automatically, unless users choose to share data with publishers). Bonnier, Conde Nast and Hearst are among the publishers that have since signed on to sell subscriptions through the App Store.Gregg Hano, vice president/group publisher with Bonnier, says, “We feel the launch of the Apple Newsstand is another great move in the right direction…this move will help make Popular Science content more easily discoverable for consumers interested in our subject matter.”
1) Do an a/b split on your email blast and send half in the morning, half in the afternoon and see if one responds better than the other. Do this several times to see if you can determine a pattern.2) Test html and text versions of the same email. Text may but ugly, but ugliness did not stop Frankenstein’s monster from getting a bride!3) If the first email does not succeed, send it again. Very often response is better on the resend (and resend of the resend) than on the original deployment.4) Make sure your html does not have too many images because this can cause spam filters to go into hyper drive.5) I know spam filters supposedly hate the word “free,” but test it, you may be surprised. “Free” does work in some cases.It is a good idea to send out a re-qualification effort on controlled books over a three-week period. The first is deployed on Tuesday, the follow up nine days later on Thursday and a final follow up six days later on the Wednesday. Very often, the response on Wednesday is higher than the previous Thursday’s response. Why? I don’t have a clue, but that is what makes being the rule-maker fun! Despite best intentions, it seems as though response to email efforts is still difficult to predict. Quite why this is, I am not sure, but the “usual” rules of marketing just don’t apply to an email effort, be it for new subscriptions, renewals, re-qualifications or other products.Even the rules that have been established do not apply all the time. I am constantly told not to send an email out on Friday, yet many of the email blasts I send on a Friday get good results. The problem is, what works this Friday may not work next Friday, but there is no obvious reason why. I am told the best time to send an email is at 6:00 am, so the email is in the recipient’s inbox when they start to look through their email. I tried this. It failed the first time, worked the second time, and the third time most of the messages seemed to get delayed since many of the responses came back the following afternoon.Until the rules are standardized and predictable, you need to be the rule maker. Try a few simple tests to see what works and, just as importantly, doesn’t work for you.
Taunton has long been considered a gold-standard company in special-interest media. Its editorial model is unusual, often using in-market experts to create content and great editors to make that content accessible. It serves professionals and expert enthusiasts in several fields, including homebuilding, gardening, sewing, woodworking and cooking. The company, founded in 1975 by Jan and Paul Roman, is based in Newtown, Conn. Traditionally it has relied on a subscription-first approach, meaning that circulation revenue was more important than advertising revenue. In his memo, Rahr says that Taunton is in a good place, and looking forward to a better future. “After a very tough year in FY14, we have made strong progress in the first six months of this year,” he says. “There are a lot of positive things going on. We have filled key leadership positions in our franchises and consumer marketing. We are seeing signs of stability, and even growth in the case of books, in our print business. Our digital business continues to grow. And, the search for a new CEO is well underway.” Taunton Press President Tim Rahr announced to the company last week that he’s leaving the company and that longtime industry executive Dan McCarthy is taking over as interim CEO. McCarthy has a high profile and long track record in media, including as CEO of Network Communications, which published real estate guides and home design magazines and which grew from $75 million in revenue to more than $200 million in the nine years McCarthy was there. He also was CEO of Primedia Enthusiast Media and of Themestream, a special-interest content portal. “I started working with Taunton last summer,” McCarthy tells Folio: in an email on Tuesday. “The focus has been to assist in aligning the operating focus with the growth strategy. That continues to be the mandate. Taunton has great products that have really strong and engaged relationships with its customers. The strategy is to expand those relationships across traditional and new distribution channels. Developing a robust digital product and commerce platform is an on-going focus for the business.” McCarthy says he’s going to stay involved with Taunton through the CEO search, and that he hasn’t advanced himself as a candidate. “After 16 years at Taunton I have decided it is time for me to step away and find my next challenge,” Rahr says in a memo that went out to employees Friday. Effective February 1, Rahr says, McCarthy will step in as Interim CEO, reporting to the board of directors. He’s been working with the senior management team over the past six months to help hone strategy and enhance Taunton’s revenue focus. “Dan’s an experienced executive, and I will continue to work closely with him and the board until the new CEO is in place,” Rahr says.
Condé Nast Entertainment launched in 2011 and, in addition to it’s five unscripted projects, it has also undertaken 24 film projects, a number of scripted series with networks that include Fox, HBO and AMC, and regular digital video programming across 19 brands. Condé Nast Entertainment is upping its commitment to unscripted television, according to a company announcement on Feb. 1. It’s launched a new unit, Condé Nast Studios, which will oversee the company’s five existing unscripted television projects—in production or on air—and will create and develop several more. “With the explosive demand for television programming, CNE Studios is the natural progression of taking our success in developing and selling unscripted series to the next level,” says CNE president, Dawn Ostroff in a statement. Heading up the new unit as executive vice president is Al Edgington, an Emmy-winning TV vet who has produced unscripted series like “The Amazing Race” and “Last Comic Standing.” “Al’s expertise and keen production abilities will be a tremendous asset as he and Joe LaBracio work closely on building the next phase of our unscripted television business,” Ostroff says.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) on Friday signed legislation funding a $1.5 million base retention grant program for the state’s defense communities.The funds would be allocated for the two years beginning July 1 and would support Grand Forks and Minot Air Force bases, and the Air National Guard Base in Fargo. Each community can receive up to $500,000.The legislation, the state Department of Commerce budget bill, also includes $7.5 million for infrastructure development at the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems (UAS) business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB. The 217-acre project is being developed under an enhanced use lease with Grand Forks County. Plans call for 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office, shop, laboratory and data center space required for research, testing, training and operations of UAS.The provision allocates $3.1 million for taxiway reconnection and alert pad refurbishment after the project secures its first private sector tenant. The remaining funds will be awarded after a second private sector tenant signs on to the project.A separate component of the legislation provides $2.7 million for operations at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, one of six test sites selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research to determine how best to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace.“We are excited to be in Grand Forks to sign the Commerce bill, which includes more than $10 million in funding to expand the state’s UAS industry, and to highlight the nearly $175 million in legislation that was passed this session with direct benefits to the region,” Dalrymple said according to a press release. Dan Cohen AUTHOR