Eight projects get $2.9 million in Vermont Community Development Grants

first_imgProjects will improve housing, services and flood resilience in eight communities Vermont Business Magazine Brownfield clean-up and re-development in Richmond and Montpelier, and energy efficient affordable housing in Bennington and Hardwick, are among the eight projects receiving more than $2.9 million in grants from the Vermont Community Development Program announced today. “From Waitsfield to Wheelock, communities across Vermont will use these grants to build affordable housing, clean-up contaminated sites for re-development, expand services to their residents, restore historic buildings, and make their communities more resilient”, said Governor Peter Shumlin. “We are excited to support this array of community projects, and thank all the people and organizations working hard every day to improve the lives of Vermonters and the communities we call home’, commented Patricia Moulton, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.“While targeted to the needs of lower income Vermonters, Community Development Block Grants address the needs of communities and represent a true partnership between the federal, state and local government,” said Department of Housing and Community Development, Deputy Commissioner Josh Hanford. The projects include expanding childcare, parenting classes and family support services in Rutland, creating and improving affordable housing in Bennington and Hardwick, and assisting with flood recovery in Hancock, Montpelier and Waitsfield.Vermont’s congressional delegation has been steadfast in supporting the funding that makes the program possible. In a joint statement, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said: “At its core, this program is about transforming communities by creating opportunities for Vermonters. These projects mean new homes for our neighbors, more childcare for children and working families, and reinvigorated downtowns. They will play diverse and critical roles in our communities, from improving flood mitigation to ensuring town offices are ADA accessible.  These federal investments will empower Vermonters to offer a much-needed helping hand to community members who need it most, and we congratulate each of the recipients.” The state awards approximately $7 million annually in competitive grants through the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The grants are funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at:http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/opportunities/funding/vcdp(link is external)$350,000         Town of Bennington- Deferred loan to Applegate Housing Limited Partnership to rehabilitate a 104-unit mixed-income property. 93 units will be available to households at or below 80% of Area Median Income. Proposed improvements to the property include repairs to water and sewer lines, accessibility and code upgrades, new roofs, siding, windows, and insulation, as well as converting the existing heating oil system to a bio-mass heating system.$358,250         Town of Hancock- Grant to assist in replacing an undersized culvert, on Churchville Road, causing damage and road closures during high-water, with a larger bridge structure capable of passing a 100-year storm event.$300,000         Town of Hardwick- Subgrant to the Lamoille Housing Partnership to purchase and install 13 new, energy efficient modular-built homes on vacant lots at the Evergreen Manor Mobile Home Park in Hardwick.  All homes will be affordable to families earning less than 80% of Area Median Income.$850,000         City of Montpelier- Grant to repair and rebuild the historic granite block retaining wall, at 1 Taylor Street, damaged by flooding in 2011. The project will also remove and dispose of contaminated soils, allowing the long planned multimodal transportation center and bike/pedestrian path project to proceed.The Richmond Creamery in 2012. UVM photo. To read story click on picture$500,000         Town of Richmond- Subgrant to Buttermilk, LLC to demolish four derelict buildings and remediate the former Richmond Creamery property. The brownfield site requires extensive cleanup due to the following sources of contamination: asbestos, lead paint, mold, ammonia, PCB’s, PAH’s, and metals. The redevelopment plan involves a net zero mixed-use development with office space, housing, public services, and retail space.$257,000         City of Rutland- Subgrant to Rutland County Parent Child Center (RCPCC) to complete Phase III of a five-year strategic plan to rehabilitate a building that has been unoccupied for 20 years. The project will serve an estimated 1,610 persons, all with income less than 50% of Area Median Income. The building will be used to expand RCPCC’s programs, including parenting classes for the community and a larger space for their Learning Together program, focused on pregnant and parenting youth who are working toward their high school diploma. The rehabilitation will involve roof work, improvements to the HVAC system, new windows, doors, floors, and painting.$264,182         Waitsfield Village Meeting House- Grant to assist the Waitsfield Village Meeting House flood proof the building and construct life safety and ADA/accessibility improvements. The project will include stabilizing and flood proofing the basement and moving all mechanical and electrical system components out of the basement to locations more than 2 feet above a 100-year flood.$30,000           Town of Wheelock- Grant to hire professional consultants to complete the planning and construction documents for the redesign and renovation of the Town Hall/offices to be ADA compliant.last_img read more

Chris Douglas launches Presidio Sports Management

first_img Related Presidio Sports Management, one of only a handful of sports law and athlete management firms catering to the endurance sports community, officially launched today under the leadership of endurance athlete and civil rights attorney, Chris Douglas.With a quickly growing client list, Presidio Sports Management represents a number of cycling and ultra-running athletes and pro racing teams including Salomon-sponsored distance runner Jorge Maravilla, iRT Racing Pro Cycling Team, Halo Sports Group, Inertia Racing Technology and Zycle Fix Bicycles.An avid triathlete, cyclist and trail runner, Douglas founded the agency after having successfully represented a number of cycling teams and brands in various aspects of civil and contract law during the past four years. His ten years of professional legal experience include roles as a senior civil rights attorney and his most recent position as a clinical law professor at UC Berkeley.“There’s always been a surprising lack of legal representation within the endurance sports community,” said Chris Douglas. “It’s not only an issue among athletes, but among smaller racing teams, emerging new brands and inaugural race events. I realized there’s a big opportunity here to make an impact in the endurance arena helping others with my honest and straightforward legal approach combined with my love for all things endurance-related.”The San Francisco-based agency will provide a number of services in athlete management – licensing, sponsorship, promotional relationships – as well as comprehensive ‘endurance law’ for brands, professional race teams, and race and event directors.Professional and legal consulting services include copyrighting, contract negotiations and formation, licensing and distribution agreements, permitting and insurance issues, sponsorship and endorsement procurement, dispute resolution and civil litigation matters, among others. The firm will also offer sports marketing services in the form of social media, web presence planning and advertisement design and management.www.presidiomgmt.comlast_img read more

Penny Postoak Ferguson named new Johnson County manager

first_imgPenny Postoak Ferguson is Johnson County’s new county manager.Penny Postoak Ferguson, who has been serving in the role on an interim basis the past six month, was today appointed Johnson County’s new county manager.Postoak Ferguson is a veteran of county government, having started as an assistant county manager overseeing human services here in 2010. In 2012 she was promoted to deputy county manager. She became interim county manager in January following the board of county commissioner’s move not to renew the contract of Hannes Zacharias late last year.The board of county commissioners voted unanimously to approve Postoak Ferguson’s appointment to the position this morning. Her contract is effective July 15, 2018 through Sept. 15, 2019 “with an intent to renew for two years,” according to the county’s press release.“We have witnessed Ms. Postoak Ferguson’s capabilities during the past six months of her interim role,” Board Chair Ed Eilert said in the release. “Successes during this period include presenting a proposed 2019 budget with a rollback in the mill levy, launch of construction on the new Johnson County Courthouse and the kickoff of major improvements to the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility.”The county had initially considered holding a national executive search to find candidates for the position — a process that could have cost tens of thousands of dollars.Eilert indicated Thursday that the board had decided against an executive search upon considering Postoak Ferguson’s fitness for the role on a full-term basis.“As a result of reviewing the performance of Ms. Postoak Ferguson as the Interim County Manage since Jan.1, the commission’s decision was made not to pursue a national search,” Eilert said.Zacharias, who was recently named to a teaching post at KU starting next year, received more than $100,000 in severance pay after being dismissed last fall. His ouster attracted national attention given the county’s track record of high rankings for quality of life during his tenure.A native of Lawrence, Postoak Ferguson spent time working for the administration of the city of San Antonio, Texas, prior to taking her position with Johnson County. She is a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma. She attended college at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, where she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s degree in public administration.last_img read more

Post-Its pop for eye-appealing promotion

first_imgby. Joe SwatekA simple letter can become far more eye-appealing with the use of a colorful Post-It Note message. This is another marketing technique to file away for use when it can be most effective or most needed.Look at the simple, short message on this letter.What attracted your attention when you saw the image? Was it the colorful splash of the note in the lower corner? Probably, because the Post-It contrasts with the rest of the letter’s basic black and white. Our eyes are drawn to an area that stands out. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Croatian Rural Tourism Association is looking for concrete and quick solutions to save the Croatian countryside

first_imgThe Croatian Rural Tourism Association has asked the Government of the Republic of Croatia, competent ministries and parliamentary committees to remove restrictions that prevent efficient marketing of agricultural products through tourism in rural areas, in order to stop further deterioration and depopulation of the Croatian countryside.Thus, the Ministry of Tourism was asked to urgently adopt the Action Plan for Rural Tourism, to regulate the legislative framework that accompanies rural tourism and to start promoting this type of tourism in domestic and foreign markets; from the Ministry of Finance, reduction of excise duties on the production of brandy and liqueur for producers who sell exclusively at their own doorstep; from the Ministry of Labor and Pension System, the introduction of value coupons that would enable the engagement of workers for the occasional provision of catering and tourist services in rural areas; and from the Ministry of Agriculture better cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism in order to remove restrictions, and the most efficient placement of agricultural products through tourism. “Agriculture and tourism are marked as sectors with the greatest growth potential in the program of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, and we hope that the Government and other relevant institutions will take effective measures to achieve one of the basic goals of the Government by 2020 – stopping emigration, especially from rural areas. Given the alarming situation in the Croatian countryside, we are looking for quick and coordinated action by all institutions on this issue”Said Jasmina Rakić Horvat, president of the Association.The Croatian Rural Tourism Association brings together family farms and agricultural trades registered for the provision of catering and tourist services from all over Croatia. The main goal of the association is the sustainable development of the Croatian countryside by connecting agriculture and tourism, and creating stimulating conditions for the development of rural tourism by improving the legislative framework and better promotion of this type of tourism in domestic and foreign markets. “We who deal with tourism and agriculture face a number of restrictions and legal obstacles on a daily basis to deal effectively with this type of tourism, which has great potential because the season lasts all year round. Instead of restrictions, we are looking for understanding and incentives so that this type of tourism is adequately recognized as the engine of Croatian rural development”Emphasized Janko Kezele, vice president of the Association. The Croatian Rural Tourism Association offers a partnership to all institutions in solving these problems and expects to hold a series of specific meetings with relevant institutions before the adoption of the 2017 budget.last_img read more

Adults over 30 not as happy as they used to be — but teens and young adults happier than ever

first_imgShare on Twitter “Our current culture of pervasive technology, attention-seeking, and fleeting relationships is exciting and stimulating for teens and young adults, but may not provide the stability and sense of community that mature adults require,” said Twenge, who is also the author of “Generation Me.”Data showed that 38 percent of adults older than 30 said they were “very happy” in the early 1970s, which shrunk to 32 percent in the 2010s. Twenty-eight percent of adults ages 18 to 29 said they were “very happy” in the early 1970s, versus 30 percent in the 2010s.Over the same time, teens’ happiness increased: 19 percent of 12th graders said they were “very happy” in the late 1970s, versus 23 percent in the 2010s.“American culture has increasingly emphasized high expectations and following your dreams– things that feel good when you’re young,” Twenge said. “However, the average mature adult has realized that their dreams might not be fulfilled, and less happiness is the inevitable result. Mature adults in previous eras might not have expected so much, but expectations are now so high they can’t be met.”That drop in happiness occurred for both men and women, said Twenge. “A previous study in 2008 got quite a bit of attention when it found that women’s happiness had declined relative to men’s. We now find declines in both men’s and women’s happiness, especially after 2010.”The results were published today in Social Psychological and Personality Science. Share LinkedIn Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Are you less happy than your parents were at the same age? It may not be all in your head. Researchers led by San Diego State University professor Jean M. Twenge found adults over age 30 are not as happy as they used to be, but teens and young adults are happier than ever.Researchers — including Ryne A. Sherman of Florida Atlantic University and Sonja Lyubomirsky of University of California, Riverside — analyzed data from four nationally representative samples of 1.3 million Americans ages 13 to 96 taken from 1972 to 2014.They found that after 2010, the age advantage for happiness found in prior research vanished. There is no longer a positive correlation between age and happiness among adults, and adults older than 30 are no longer significantly happier than those ages 18 to 29. Pinterestlast_img read more

Five knockout punches

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Pivotal to sell LNG to Carib Energy

first_imgPivotal LNG, an AGL Resources unit, signed a long-term agreement to sell liquefied natural gas to Crowley Maritime’s subsidiary Carib Energy, for use by Carib`s customers in Puerto Rico.Recently, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order providing clarity to Pivotal regarding the use of non-pipeline modes of transportation for delivery of LNG from the U.S. mainland to U.S. territories without becoming subject to FERC`s jurisdiction. The FERC order confirms that Pivotal can sell LNG designated to be transported by waterborne vessel to all U.S. territories subject to the order`s conditions.To make this possible, Pivotal will load LNG onto international shipping organization (ISO) containers. The ISO containers will then be transported via truck to Crowley`s waterborne vessels in Jacksonville, Florida, and then delivered to Carib`s customers in Puerto Rico.Pivotal filed a petition for declaratory order with FERC on April 11, 2014. The order was issued by FERC on September 4. Press Release, September 22, 2014; Image: Pivotal LNGlast_img

Alternate energy blows some wind into Bati’s sales

first_imgAssistant general manager, Cuneyt Alkan says that the Istanbul-based freight forwarder, which has good experience of handling the transport of project cargoes worldwide, will not only follow Turkey, but also projects that are being carried out across the Arabian Peninsula, in the Caucasas, as well as Northern Africa. Alkan says: “Whilst we offer and develop routes for transportation to and from Turkey, and through the neighboring countries, cross trade is also important for us and we are anticipating involvement in a number of power plant projects in Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia.” Recently, Bati Projects moved six 320 tonne machines to Turkey, and has been active in several hydroelectric and cunstruction projects. The company has also handled the transport of 17 yachts in last six months. Alkan adds that the Turkish ports of Derince, Mersin and Iskenderun are hubs for handling big projects, Especially heavy lift, and mulit-purpose, as well as ro-ro ships are regular callers from Europe, USA, and the Far East. “We have our own offices at Derince, Mersin and Izmir to provide all necessary services for our customers and have hired a 20,000 sq m stacking area at Derince on a long term lease to manage project shipments efficiently.last_img read more

Höegh on track with speedy delivery

first_imgAlmost 100 breakbulk units needed to be shipped to Ghana to support the construction of a rail network connecting Tema to Akosomba.Captain Atuldutt Sharma, Höegh’s breakbulk sales manager in India, said: “With the equipment being an essential part of the project, the customer could not afford any delays. Höegh’s India to Africa service offered the best possible transit time of 25 days from Mumbai to Tema, which ensured the customer keep to their tight deadline.”The units were secured onto 15 roll trailers and transported to Tema on Höegh Amsterdam.www.hoeghautoliners.comwww.omfreight.comlast_img read more