Genesis: Pathways to Success sponsors 3-day manufacturing camp

first_imgBatesville, IN— Genesis: Pathways to Success sponsored a free camp that immersed Ripley County seventh and eighth graders into the field of manufacturing. The camp consisted of tours of local organizations including Batesville Tool & Die, Batesville Casket, Crum Trucking, Hillenbrand Inc., Hillrom, Ivy Tech Community College, Thrive Market, and Wood-Mizer. Each organization designed an activity to provide students fun, hands-on, examples of its operations and career opportunities.Each day, the seventh and eighth graders were provided lunch at their designated locations and had an opportunity to talk to employees. Students visited Hillenbrand, Inc., which included Batesville President, Chris Trainor, who gave a presentation highlighting the diversity of jobs in manufacturing that range from welding to human resources. Trainor focused on how such job opportunities are “right here in their community” and encouraged students to explore their options for the future. The eighth graders toured the Doll Plant, while the seventh graders participated in an activity that taught them the basics of an assembly line through acting out the different roles present in a manufacturing plant. Hillenbrand partnered with Project T3, Totes for Tots and Teens, to assemble nearly 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies that will go to children removed from their homes this coming school year.Other notable moments throughout the week included participating in the Egg Drop Challenge at Batesville Tool & Die, which challenged students to be innovative while working on a budget. Students also experienced the ins and outs of an assembly line with Legos at Hillrom. They got a closer look at the logistics industry while viewing a semi-truck at Crum Trucking. Wood-Mizer provided students the opportunity to assemble a crucial part of a sawmill and participate in team building exercises. Ivy Tech gave a tour of the machining program and students experienced virtual welding. Students then spent a day learning about Thrive Market’s commitment to the environment.  Students learned how a local e-grocery store is able to assemble and ship thousands of grocery orders and be a zero waste facility.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 57 | A cab cam combo

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week’s podcast contains conservations between Matt Reese and Paul Dorrance, a farmer in favor of more natural farming practices. Ty Higgins has a chat with a couple young farmers in various tractor cabs this past week. Joel Penhorwood talks with Jon Scheve, grain merchandiser with Superior Feed Ingredients.last_img

Google Transit Search Gets Smarter

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Maps has added a new feature: search transit directions by types of transit and time spent outside. Want to take the light rail and not the bus? Willing to take a longer route if it means fewer transfers and time spent outside in the cold? Google will now oblige. More data equals more choices and for Google to have taken the time to index all the more types of public transit is a real service to transit riders. Expect more details in a future announcement from the company, but check out the screenshot below. The new feature is live now.Google Transit launched just over 3 years ago and became a layer overlay option in Google Maps for 50 cities around the world 2 years ago this Friday. 448 cities in total around the world make their information available for Google Transit to search. Many of those cities include listings from multiple agencies, but for all Google’s desire for other people to open their data, the company’s prohibition of automated extraction of data from pages like the list of Transit cities makes it difficult to discern patterns in the service’s global extraction. That’s frustrating. marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Google#web last_img read more

In a Pinch, Choose Energy Efficiency Over Solar

first_imgAn analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when budgets are tight, efficiency needs to come first. Throughout the United States, energy efficiency is more cost-effective. Each month, it delivers $4 to $32 in net savings while rooftop solar alone can cost up to $14. With the U.S. building stock estimated to add a net average of 1.4 million homes each year, states will need to minimize their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on effective building codes and standards. For the U.S. residential sector, building codes like the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and voluntary labels like Energy Star provide cost-effective guidance for insulation, windows, lighting, and heating and cooling equipment to construct efficient and sustainable homes. Our research paper and summary show that the energy efficiency measures found in these codes and standards are more cost-effective than an equivalent amount of energy generated from photovoltaic (PV) panels. Based on these results, we conclude that new homes must first be built efficiently for maximum cost-effectiveness. Solar panels can then be added to further reduce carbon emissions and help homes meet zero-energy targets.RELATED ARTICLES2019 Is the Year of Energy CodesA Better Way to Encourage Efficient New HomesA (Potentially) Stronger Weatherization StimulusA Good Time for Energy Audits and WeatherizationA Second Look at a Surprising Study on Energy States adopting residential building codes need to consider these results when assessing proposals to allow solar PV to be substituted for energy efficiency measures. Requirements like efficient windows and wall insulation help ensure long-term cost-effective energy savings for the homeowner. Solar panels can cost more, and may be dependent on financial arrangements. Even if a homebuilder can save upfront costs through financing options tied to government incentives, the homeowner will not necessarily save money in the long term. The following graphic compares the monthly net costs for energy efficiency to meet the 2015 IECC code and equivalent solar PV generation, for cities in Climate Zones 2-6, an area reaching from the hot and humid South to the cold North. Net monthly efficiency cost savings are even greater for homes built to Energy Star standards. These results do not include government incentives and assume a traditional mortgage rather than other financing. Of course, cost-effectiveness isn’t the only consideration when installing efficiency measures or solar panels. Both reduce heat-trapping carbon emissions and harmful air pollution. Plus, a well-insulated, efficient home loses and gains heat more slowly than a drafty one, helping to retain comfortable temperatures during emergency power outages. Similarly, when PV is paired with battery storage, it can provide a homeowner with electricity during a power outage. Efficiency measures work around the clock When it comes to improved health and comfort, insulation combined with high-efficiency windows and air conditioning systems have an advantage over PV. They also typically reduce peak power demand, whereas solar power can reduce peak demand mid-day, but this benefit fades as the sun sets, so the grid needs to ramp up quickly to meet demand. On the other hand, installing rooftop solar panels is a great way to signal a clean energy commitment to the world, while efficiency measures like insulation and efficient water heaters typically remain hidden. Solar energy and energy efficiency are both key parts of our energy future. For example, solar and efficiency together can help meet ambitious zero-energy building targets, like California’s Residential New Construction Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan. When it comes to constructing a new home throughout most of the United States, our study shows that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective choice. Once a home achieves compliance with energy codes through energy efficiency, then solar can help meet the remaining energy load.   Christopher Perry is a senior analyst in the Buildings Program at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This post originally appeared in the ACEEE News & Blog section.last_img read more

Dan Pink: Productivity Improvement Techniques, Chronotypes, and Napucinnos – Episode #108

first_imgPodcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:12 — 40.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSDan Pink is not a guy who normally would come to mind when you begin thinking about a person who can teach you productivity improvement techniques. But given that Dan is committed to a research-based approach to his writing, it shouldn’t surprise you that he’s discovered something that can improve your productivity either. His new book, “When” is a masterpiece for those looking to improve their productivity – but you won’t know it when you first pick up the book. This conversation digs into what Dan discovered through his research about how humans work, how our biological cycles and clocks inform the decisions we should make about the work we do and provides practical things you can do to increase your chances of getting more important stuff done. Dan’s discoveries are revolutionary, so don’t miss [email protected]: #Productivity Improvement Techniques, #Chronotypes, and Napucinnos, on episode 109 of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #SalesClick To TweetAre the “morning person” and “night owl” stereotypes based in reality?For a very long time, we’ve heard people referred to as “morning person” or “night owl.” It’s an example of a trite saying that IS a trite saying because there is truth to it. Dan Pink’s research has revealed that there really are rhythms to life and patterns to the way individuals operate that make them more prone to be productive at different times of the day. Why does that matter for productivity? It’s because knowing which type of person you are will enable you to strategically plan certain types of work for specific times of the day. The result is that you’ll be operating at peak capacity when you are working. These ideas make a lot more sense in the context of the conversation Anthony had with Dan, so set aside time to listen to this intriguing conversation.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily activity you need to understandOne of the most important things Dan Pink has discovered while researching for his new book, “When” is that every human being operates in cycles. We all experience the following three periods in every day – peaks, troughs, and recovery periods. When you are able to identify exactly WHEN each of those periods happens in your typical day, you’re able to do the right kind of work during the right time frame and your productivity soars as a result. This is more than a productivity improvement technique, it’s a day planning strategy that can yield results beyond what you might imagine. Listen in to the conversation and you’ll hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dan Pink is Anthony’s guest on this episode of In The Arena.Peak, trough, and recovery: 3 stages of daily #activity you need to understand. @DanielPink explains why on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your decisions based on the outcomeOutcome-based evaluations are never a good idea, even though it’s the kind of reasoning most of us fall into. You can’t tell if an idea was good or bad simply because of the outcome because there are too many variables that could have or didn’t happen to be entirely sure of the result. Dan cites the decision to run every red light on the way to work as an example. Just because you get to work safely and without being pulled over by the police doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Listen to find out how Dan applies this concept to decision making, sales strategy, and day-planning and productivity.Are you limiting your productivity by trying to be too productive?Most of us who are worker-bees or “doers” spend our day in non-stop productivity mode. But research reveals that non-stop production actually becomes counterproductive. In this conversation, Dan Pink highlights how breaks throughout the day, and even what he calls a “Napucinno” (you’ll have to listen to find out what that is) can actually increase your productivity and enable you to get more done in less time. What is more, the quality of what you do will increase exponentially. It may sound too good to be true but Dan’s got the research to back him up, so don’t miss what he’s got to share.Are you limiting your #productivity by trying to be too #productive? @DanielPink explains why it could be the case, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #salesClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Dan Pink’s writing and why his newest book should be on your 2018 reading list Anthony’s first meeting with Dan and how he introduced a new concept to Anthony Why Dan loves hiring musicians and actors for no-arts related work What got Dan’s attention to compel him to write his latest book? What is a chronotype and why it’s important to know it’s embedded in humans? Peak, trough, and recovery times in every day. You need to understand this Using your knowledge to make gains in the sales process The vital necessity of practicing a restorative break Could a daily nap (with coffee) boost your productivity and effectiveness? What is a mid-point slump and how can you deal with it? The changes Dan has made in his own life as a result of writing this book Dan’s “Next Big Idea Club” and how you can get connected.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeDan Pink – Explore Dan’s websiteBOOK: Free Agent NationBOOK: A Whole New MindBOOK: DriveBOOK: To Sell Is HumanBOOK: WhenEvernoteBOOK: Thinking In BetsBOOK: Chasing DaylightThe Future ProjectThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: Plus: Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Tweets you can use to share this episodeAre the “morning person” and “night owl” #stereotypes based in reality? @DanielPink reveals amazing research from his new book WHEN, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #Sales #productivityClick To TweetWhy you should never evaluate your #decisions based on the outcome. @DanielPink reveals what research and experience show, on this episode of #InTheArena with @Iannarino. #sales #productivityClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address belowlast_img read more

Walsh Orr kick off House committee meetings on Detroits Recovery and Michigans

first_img13May Walsh, Orr kick off House committee meetings on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future Categories: News “We can’t turn a blind eye” —WalshCommittee Chair John Walsh, R-Livonia, today welcomed Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to the first meeting of the newly created committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future, which began with an overview of Detroit and Michigan history and outlined the key points of the legislative package aimed to help resolve the city’s bankruptcy settlement.“I wanted to begin by sharing our research with the committee because it’s important to establish why the state’s assistance is needed in the first place,” Walsh said. “Detroit’s situation is challenging, but that doesn’t mean we can turn a blind eye. With the help of state government, unions, nonprofits and a number of other stakeholders, the city will be back on its feet in no time.”A city that was once the fourth largest in the nation is now undergoing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. As a legal subdivision of the state of Michigan, Detroit’s successes and challenges affect all Michiganders. Kevyn Orr said city assets—including the Detroit Institute of Arts—would be protected from dissolution if the state of Michigan contributed to the settlement.“The state has a responsibility to taxpayers to go about this in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible,” Walsh said. “If we don’t take steps toward reform today, the state will pay for it exponentially in the long run. As a lawyer, citizen and elected official, I ask the public’s help and thoughtfulness as we balance the importance of investment and oversight.”The committee will be meeting twice more this week: 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, and following session on Thursday, May 15. Wednesday’s meeting will feature details of the 11-bill package from sponsors, as well as brief oral testimony from the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce among others representing unions and associations. Thursday’s meeting calls for oral testimony from the public, but written public testimony is welcome at both meetings.All committee meetings will be held in House Appropriations, Room 352 at the State Capitol Building in Lansing. Those who wish to submit testimony may contact Rep. Walsh’s office at 517-373-3920, [email protected] or online at More information on the 11-bill package can be found at read more