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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Prince George’s County - Does Your Restaurant Or Bar Sell And Promote Craft Beer? You Need These Tools

Subject: Prince George’s County - Does Your Restaurant Or Bar Sell And Promote Craft Beer? You Need Taplister Tools

If your restaurant or bar sells multiple craft beers and they change daily or weekly, you would be doing yourself a favor to look into Taplister or TapHunter. They provide tools that allow you to go to one place to update the craft beers on tap for your website, facebook page, twitter page, taproots page, and ratebeer.com page. It also allows you to use an HDTV as a display board to list all the craft beers on tap. The display board will also be automatically updated with your web pages.



Taplister In Action

I think Prince George’s County craft beer lovers and the owners of these establishments will appreciate the real time updates they view using their smart phone and without having to ask the bartender. Try Taplister for FREE and see how it works.



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You might also think about installing a beer exchange for your craft beer lovers. The Big Board, a restaurant on H Street in DC, took the idea from a restaurant in Barcelona, Spain. They pioneered this idea locally using algorithms like the stock market to determine the cost of beer and burgers based on supply and demand. Listen to how the system works in a story by Rebecca Sheir on WAMU's Metro Connection.



Brew Exchange - Austin, TX

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Prince George’s County - The 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Has Kicked Off And You’ve Got The Power!

Subject: Prince George’s County - The 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Has Kicked Off And You’ve Got The Power!

Link to Choose Your Favorite (3) Food Battles: https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/form/help-us-choose-the-2016-tournament-battles

Link to 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Chef Registration: http://www.masondixonmasterchef.com/

The organizers of the 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament want to give the foodies, the public, and the residents of Prince George’s County the POWER to choose the food battles! All you need to do is go to the 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Facebook Page and choose your favorite (3) food battles. After choosing your favorite (3) food battles, click the “submit” button.



Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament

Remember, last year Chef Christ of the Colony South Hotel in Clinton was a finalist. We need as many Prince George’s County chefs to represent us as possible which will increase our chances of bringing home the title of 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Champion. If the chef at your favorite restaurant can throw down, tell him/her about the tournament and encourage them to register.



Chef Christ, Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament

In order to get as much visibility as possible for the great chefs at independent Prince George’s County restaurants, we need people connected to media to cover this from as many angles as possible. We welcome social media, bloggers, aggregators, TV, radio, print, etc. if you’re a blogger that covers food related events or a foodie that writes a blog, please contact me at bwebmaster98@gmail.com so I can connect you to the Mason Dixon Master Chef Marketing Team. If you’re an Elite Yelper, you probably have some great chefs in mind that would do well by entering this tournament.



PT 2 - Ebony McMorris Interviews Chef Cole Whaley on July 1 2015

I’m hoping Gina Bartee from CTV News will cover the tournament again this year. She did a great segment on Chef Christ making it to the finals in September 2015.

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Prince George’s County - Do You Want To Know What’s Going On In Prince George’s County Government?

Subject: Prince George’s County - Do You Want To Know What’s Going On In Prince George’s County Government?

News Link: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/news/Pages/default.aspx

My PGC Subscribe Link: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MDPGC/subscribers/qualify

Digital Prince George’s Link: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/AboutPGC/digitalpg/Pages/default.aspx

If residents of Prince George’s County want to know what’s happening in Prince George’s County government they should go to the News webpage of the County website. It lists all the events happening with the County Executive’s Office, the County Council, and the different agencies. It lists the County Executive’s public schedule, in the event you want to speak to the person that leads the government.

The News webpage allows residents to filter the information they want to see 52 different ways. For instance, you can filter the News by your councilmanic district, agency, or office. This is the power of database and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) having skilled techs to create and maintain this searchable data. I learned about the News webpage during the Jan 2016 snowstorm. It was listed on the update e-mails I received.

Prince George’s County residents also have the option to subscribe to My PGC. My PGC will send you e-mails based on the info you choose to receive. It allows residents to sign in using a social media account or e-mail address. If too many e-mails are being sent or you’re receiving info not relevant, simply log into your account and modify it.

Subscribing to My PGC ensures residents can’t say they didn’t get the information. All press releases are sent via the My PGC or listed on the News webpage. It’s a little complicated to find this resource but once it’s found you know what’s happening in the County.

Digital Prince George’s is the webpage that connects to all things digital within the government. The links from this page allow residents to pay government bills online, access county social media pages, download mobile apps, and access raw open source county data. This is a great resource for all things digital in the Prince George’s County Government.

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Prince George’s County - Website Allows Farmers To Share Expensive Equipment

Subject: Prince George’s County - Website Allows Farmers To Share Expensive Equipment

Link to Story: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/02/08/sharing-farm

On the NPR show Here and Now, Amy Mayer reported how the sharing economy has come to the farming community and not a minute too soon. Given the challenges the commodities market is having these days, farmers need every opportunity to save on expenses.

How The Sharing Economy Works On The Farm

I’ve talked with a few Prince George’s County farmers about the challenges to maintaining and growing a farm business or agri-business. If a farm has multiple acres, one of the big challenges is buying and repairing farm equipment. This is a major line item in a farmer’s budget. Machinery Link Solutions is hoping it can relieve the financial burden of equipment purchase and repair for farmers across the United States.



MachineryLink Sharing: a farm equipment revolution

Machinery Link Solutions works for farmers that have equipment to rent and for farmers that can’t afford to buy but can afford to rent. There is no cost to join the site. Machinery Link Solutions charges 5% of the total transaction amount to renters of equipment, and we charge 10% of the transaction proceeds to owners of equipment. The also rent combines. The company, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has a fleet of combines they can lease only for the time a farmer needs it for harvest. The company has a dropdown list on the home page of the website in which a farmer can choose the type of equipment needed. By simply putting in the zip code and whether the equipment or labor is needed, Machinery Link Solutions will search for what yo need.



How to search farm rental equipment on MachineryLink Sharing


How to list farm equipment to rent on MachineryLink Sharing


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Prince George’s County - I Want To Solve Prince George’s County Problems With Code For America…Do You?

Subject: Prince George’s County - I Want To Solve Prince George’s County Problems With Code For America…Do You?

C-Span Link to Technology, Policy and Politics: http://www.c-span.org/video/?402282-1/technology-policy-politics

United States Digital Service: https://www.whitehouse.gov/digital/united-states-digital-service

I was watching a C-Span forum titled “Technology, Policy and Politics.” This forum focused on disruptive technology and how it can positively affect all government. Jennifer Pahlka is the founder of Code for America. She was talking about her experiences in Washington, DC as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the White House and working on tech for the federal government. Pahlka said the way federal, state, and local governments plan, manage, and deploy tech projects is totally different. Silicon Valley is successful at conceiving, creating, managing, and deploying tech. The federal government isn’t very good at this process. The case in point Ms. Pahlka used was the Affordable Care Act (ACA) website Healthcare.gov.

Government tech workers used the classic watershed development process. Unfortunately, this process is too slow and bloated for tech projects. Agile and iterative processes work best for tech projects like creating a website for healthcare.gov. Pahlka says the project was initially over-planned and over-funded which is what made it fail. Tech learns by doing.



Jennifer Pahlka: "Code for America" | Talks at Google

Pahlka is a firm believer in people doing instead of complaining which is why she founded Code for America. She thinks citizens have a part to play in the process of solving social and civic problems using technology which will improve the quality of life. I’m not a good coder but currently working my way there. I don’t have design skills. Although I don’t have superior coding or design skills, I’m committed to working on problems and finding solutions for Prince George’s County and its 27 municipalities. I would hope as long as I’m committed to the ultimate goal there would be a place for me on the local Code for America Brigade.



Become a 2016 Code for America Fellow

When Pahlka came to Washington to work for US CIO Todd Park she saw how great the need was for great technologist and problem solvers within the federal government. Recognizing that need, she says she reverse pitched Todd Park by asking him to create the United States Digital Service which was modeled on the UK Digital Service.



The United States Digital Service

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Prince George’s County – How Will Prince George’s County Farmers Deliver Their Product to Local Customers?



Subject: Prince George’s County – How Will Prince George’s County Farmers Deliver Their Product to Local Customers?

Link to Local Food Supply Chain Red Tomato: http://www.redtomato.org/

Link to New Zealand Local Food Supply Chain Ooooby: https://www.ooooby.org/sydney

Link to Food Hub Urban Agrarian: http://www.urbanagrarian.com/

Link to Bright Farms: http://brightfarms.com/s/

This is a problem that needs a solution. In an effort to establish and scale up the local food supply chain in Prince George’s County, I ask chefs and restaurants if they work with local farmers. They say they are willing to establish a local supply chain and want to be good community partners. These potential customers for local farmers REQUIRE delivery. I currently know (3) chefs that want to build relationships with local farmers.



Logistics -- our local food blind spot: Michael Rozyne at TEDxManhattan

Are there individual or cooperative Prince George’s County farmers that have established transportation models and routes as part of their local supply chain?
Q: If so, how did you do it?
Q: Is it cost effective?
Q: Does your schedule of delivery make sense for your business and the customer?
Q: Are you using Uber, Lyft, or partnering with local distributors that have refrigerated trucks and extra space to carry your deliveries to customers across the District, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV)?
Q: Would it be financially beneficial to allow other local farmers to share the cost or simply charge a fee for your transportation service?



Hacking the supply chain: Pete Russell at TEDxAuckland

In order for Prince George’s County to grow their local food supply chain into a viable business model, the question of transportation must be solved. Farmers must figure out a startup transportation model and build it up as more farmers seek to use the system and more customers (restaurants, specialty food stores, local grocery stores, chain grocery stores) seek to purchase locally grown food. We have (5) colleges and universities in Prince George’s County and residents with degrees in many disciplines. With all this brain power, can’t we work together and map out a startup Local Short Food Supply Chain Distribution model? This seems to be a chicken or egg scenario but if we keep going at the current pace of no formal transportation model for Prince George’s County farmers to access we will lose revenue for the farms, revenue for transportation entrepreneurs, and commercial taxes for the County.



How locally grown food can move beyond weekend farmers markets: Matthew Burch at TEDxOU 

How do we solve the distribution/transportation problem of the local food supply chain?



BrightFarms -- a produce supply chain revolution: Paul Lightfoot at TEDxManhattan

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Prince George’s County – Sell And Buy Local Food Using App RipeList



Subject: Prince George’s County – Sell And Buy Local Food Using App RipeList

Link to Ripelist App: http://ripelist.com/

Ripelist bills itself as the “neighbors farmers market right in your pocket.” This app was launched in Portland, Oregon. Find, swap, sell or share homemade and homegrown food with your neighbors. They are currently testing it and searching for additional locations across the United States. It’s available for download and testing. Try it and tell us what you think about the overall concept.


Ripelist "The Local Food App"



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