BABITSKY AND SALMONS ACCEPT NORTH AMERICAN RURAL FUTURES INSTITUTE APPOINTMENTS AT MSU-N -- STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN NARFI AND SOHODOJO STRENGTHENED IN RURAL MONTANA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25 October 2002, Havre, MT and Raleigh, NC - Timlynn Babitsky has accepted an appointment as Director of the North American Rural Futures Institute (NARFI) at Montana State University - Northern it was announced today in Havre by MSU-N Chancellor Alex Capdeville. The chancellor also announced that Jim Salmons has accepted an appointment as Entrepreneur and Futurist In Residence at the Institute.
"These appointments significantly strengthen the team launching NARFI and further strengthen the collaboration between the Institute and Sohodojo," said Dr. Capdeville. Sohodojo is the applied R&D lab founded by Salmons and Babitsky supporting solo and family-based entrepreneurs in rural and distressed urban communities.
Babitsky and Salmons will join with Jonathon Richter - assistant professor and Havre native instrumental in establishing the North American Rural Futures Institute - to develop and implement educational and outreach programs funded under a Federal appropriation secured by Montana's U.S. Senators Baucus and Burns to launch the Institute.
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The North American Rural Futures Institute (NARFI, http://narfi.org) is an applied futures institute with a strong education and community outreach program designed to connect rural Montanans with other citizens, community leaders, researchers and futurists around the world working on innovative strategies to enhance the sustainability of rural life everywhere.
Sohodojo (http://sohodojo.com) is a non-profit applied R&D lab developing innovative business models and associated Open Source software technologies to support solo and family-based entrepreneurs in rural and distressed urban communities.
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