What once was an overburdened animal shelter has now become one that is cutting edge and nationally recognized due to the introduction of new programs, and, of course, community support.
In the “old days,” the majority of animals at Panhandle Animal Shelter (PAS) in Ponderay were housed long term, sometimes for months and even years, until new families were found. The stress on the animals and the impact on their health and the shelter staff were overall unsustainable. They knew they needed to change.
Those involved with the shelter began to ask themselves: “Could we do this better?” “What needs to change?” “Can it change, and if we do change, how do we go about it?”
“The key was being vulnerable and admitting we did not know the answers and sometimes even the right questions to ask,” recalls Executive Director Mandy Evans.
The tide began to turn when Evans consulted Dr. Sandra Newbury, DVM and director of the University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine program. These consult calls were a game changer for the shelter.
“Dr. Newbury’s advice and support helped us better understand why outbreaks and illnesses occur in shelters and how the flow of animals through the shelter makes a significant impact to health, welfare and even the bottom line,” said Evans.
Looking forward, successful convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) will be a driving force behind business-growth initiatives. Through the integration of these two disciplines, companies can utilize real data to drive efficiencies and productivity that will accelerate product-to-market times and boost demand while reducing costs and risks. It also creates opportunities for economic growth that strengthen communities.
While operational technology brings value to the manufacturing industry through sensors and devices, information technology supports the software used to process the required information to manufacture products and run the business.
Overcoming challenges posed by the traditionally competing priorities of the two groups is crucial to successful convergence; these include merging strategies, governance and protocol, as well as security and data.
Two Inland Northwest companies are leading the charge with significant examples of how IT/OT convergence creates competitive advantages and fuels innovation.
It’s been an interesting past two summers with construction, reversion to two-way streets and more for the Downtown Sandpoint area. While commuters may have found it to be an inconvenience, downtown business owners have felt a much larger and direct impact on their day-to-day operations, especially given the fact that construction typically takes place during their busiest season from May through October. So, when the City of Sandpoint began to plan for another phase of construction next year, they carefully considered the impact it would have on our local businesses in the downtown corridor. Working together to come up with a proposal that would not only work within their budget and allow them to do construction during the non-summer months but would also not devastate the local business economy was a challenge. But Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad, Sandpoint City Administrator Jennifer Stapleton and Public Works Director Amanda Wilson, who was hired earlier this year, weighed many options and presented their proposal in late October to a group of downtown business owners and interested citizens.
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