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April 2018

Tuesday, April 3
MCAT - What's Your Vision For Community Media In Missoula? Join A Focus Group, April 3 Or 4
2:00 PM
Missoula Public Library
Your participation is essential

MCAT and the City of Missoula will host focus groups to explore community media, technology, and cable - and we need your voice to help plan for the future communications needs of our community! Click here to sign up for one of these 4 focus groups: Tuesday, April 3:

2:00 to 4:00pm - local government staff, department heads, elected officials, business and technology.

6:00 to 8:00pm - arts, culture and heritage organizations, staff, board and members.

Wednesday, April 4: 10:00am to 12:00pm - community, nonprofit, civic, faith & service organizations, staff, board and members.

3:00pm to 5:00pm - Education (K-12 and University) teachers, administrators, staff, students and parents.

All meetings will be held at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main (large meeting room -- lower level)

Each focus group workshop will cover similar topics, but focus on different aspects of community life - feel free to attend whichever workshop best fits your schedule!

Click here to register!

If you can't make it, please encourage a member of your staff or board from your business or organization to attend. Your participation is invaluable!

More information:

In 2018, Charter Communications (now Spectrum) and the City of Missoula will enter into negotiations to renew the existing 15-year franchise agreement authorizing Charter to operate cable services in Missoula. As part of the cable franchise renewal process, MCAT and the City of Missoula are conducting a community needs assessment to determine present and future needs related to cable and community media.

We are seeking residents, parents, educators, community groups, youth, elected officials, faith groups, media, cultural and arts organizations, nonprofits, businesses and local government staff to participate in a special focus group.

These focus groups provide a chance for interested community members to learn about franchise renewal and provide their ideas regarding community access resources and services (MCAT) and future cable services that could be available through the Charter cable system that serves the City.

Given the enormous changes in technology and media over the past 15 years, the process of granting a new franchise to Charter deserves serious consideration and opportunity for public input. The cable franchise renewal process examines the past performance of the cable provider - as well as future services that citizens, schools, community groups, businesses and local government would like to include in a new cable franchise agreement.

This is an important opportunity for public involvement. We hope you can participate. *Click here to RSVP*

The focus groups are free of charge, and refreshments will be served. There will be door prizes, too! Please contact me if you have any questions. Yours, Joel.

Joel Baird, General Manager

MCAT - Missoula's Community Media Resource

(406) 542-6228

P.S. Please pass this invitation along to other community members who you think might be interested!

MCAT, 500 North Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT 59802
Contact: Joel Baird (406) 542-6228

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