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Releases: City of Meridian, AEHI, University of Idaho

Meridian Business Day Keynote to Deliver Inspiring and Impactful Presentation

Meridian’s biggest networking workshop, Meridian Business Day, returns to Meridian City Hall on Sept. 30, beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding with a networking lunch for attendees. The free event will begin with a unique keynote speaker, John Tyler, an area magician whose life has dramatically changed in the past three months due to a relapse of cancer. He will speak to the theme of “Leadership through Humor.”

Originally selected as a workshop speaker by previous Meridian Business Day attendees, Tyler was chosen to be keynote speaker by the Meridian Business Day steering committee. His story of determination and hope will impact attendees both in and out of the workplace.

“John has been given less than 3 months to live, but he is committed to starting a new career in public speaking. With the support of his family and the Meridian business community, John will have this opportunity to shine,” event organizer Brandon Wright said.

Alternate Energy Holdings receives endorsements from mayors in Payette County

Alternate Energy Holdings, a developer and marketer of innovative clean energy sources based in Eagle, today announced it has garnered broad-based support for its plans to build a nuclear power plant in Payette County and that AEHI has now received endorsements from the mayors of every city in Payette County. Those cities include Payette, Fruitland and New Plymouth.

New Plymouth is the closest town to the proposed site; a town in which the mayor and city council both signed a letter of support for AEHI.

“We need what AEHI can bring to our community. It’s the very reason the New Plymouth City Council and I publicly endorsed AEHI after thoroughly investigating the company, its leadership and the potential outcomes of building a nuclear power plant. Nuclear power has been proven safe, extremely clean and it’s an industry that will employ thousands of people, which will only benefit our local economy and standard of living,” said Joe Cook, Mayor of New Plymouth, Idaho.

“I have been extremely impressed with AEHI and their management team since they first proposed building a nuclear power plant in our county. Company officials have been very upfront in communicating their plans on how they will build a nuclear power plant. And I, for one, am excited at the prospect of having it here, where it will have a positive effect on our towns, the county and more importantly, the people who live here,” said Ken Bishop, Mayor of Fruitland, Idaho.

Jeff Williams, Mayor of Payette, adds, “AEHI is a company that asks the question, ‘What does this country need to do to build on the principles that our founding fathers drafted when they created our Constitution.’ With the creative thinking, innovative minds that I have talked to in AEHI’s leadership team; I believe they have the ability to ask the right questions, work through the challenges and create a business plan that will benefit not only Payette County and the State of Idaho, but the United States of America. More Government IS NOT the answer to our national challenges; rather forward thinking businesses, like AEHI, will once again be the driving force to achieve prosperity in this great country. At the local level, prosperity means jobs and tax base. I fully support the efforts of individuals and companies that create dollars turning over in our communities.”

All three mayors also expressed their support before the Payette County Board of Commissioners.

Northwest consortium to focus on climate science, applications and adaptation

The University of Idaho is one of three northwest universities that will partner with the federal government and put scientific research to work on climate issues. The new Northwest Regional Climate Science Center, created through funding from the U.S. Department of the Interior, is connected to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

The new regional center will support research and the development of applications to help resource managers adapt to climate change effects. Stakeholders throughout the state and region, including natural resource managers on public, private and non-profit lands, will help set the center’s priorities.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the $3.6 million, five-year grant today. It will enable Idaho’s land-grant university, along with Oregon State University and the University of Washington, to specialize – according to Salazar – “in climate science, ecology and impacts assessment, and advanced information technology.”

The University of Idaho will manage $981,533 of the total grant award. The initial allocation to U-Idaho will fund graduate assistants and advanced information technology staff.

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