Champlain College names endowed chair for Perry

first_imgChamplain names endowed chair for PerryChamplain College trustees have announced the creation of the College’s first endowed chair, naming it in honor of retiring President Roger Perry. The Board of Trustees voted to create this $1 million academic fund, The Doctor Roger H Perry Endowed Chair, as part of the College’s successful Power of Three Capital Campaign.The news came at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 22, when Champlain College trustees announced the Power of Three campaign has already raised $15 million, exceeding its $12 million goal a full year before the official close of the campaign.Trustees and friends of Champlain College have been quietly raising funds for this special honor for President Perry, and they surprised him with the news at the Annual Meeting. They have already funded $800,000 toward the $1 million goal for the endowed chair.Before retiring in June 2005, Perry will choose the academic focus of the endowed chair. Perry has served as president of Champlain College for nearly 13 years.last_img read more

Vermont Attractions Association Welcomes New Members

first_imgMontpelier, VT – The Vermont Attractions Association (VAA) announces the acceptance of four new members for 2007-2008 season. The four newest members of VAA exemplify what it means to be a Vermont Attraction.The new 2007/2008 Vermont Attractions Association members are Cornish Colony Museum of Windsor, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center & Café in Waterbury, Long Trail Brewery of Bridgewater Corners and Vermont HoneyLights of Bristol.When founded in 1956, the Vermont Attractions Association mission was to promote attractions throughout the State and to establish, develop and promote high standards for tourism in Vermont. All Attractions continue strive to carry on the traditions and mission of offering visitors the best Vermont experience possible. All attractions offer informational and educational experiences, first-class activities and Vermont hospitality, while still maintaining their unique characteristics and quintessential Vermont feel. From the farms to museums; the breweries to chocolate makers; and shopping to State Historic sites, Vermont Attractions has something for everyone.Todd Paton, Chair of Vermont Attractions, noted that these new attractions make a great addition to the eclectic mix of properties that comprise VAA. “VAA seeks continually to promote only those attractions that offer guests a quality Vermont experience.”The old fire station building on Main Street in Windsor is home to the Cornish Colony Museum. The museum’s mission is the continued display of the artistic accomplishments of the famous artists, sculptors, writers, architects and landscape designers who lived and worked in this area of New Hampshire and Vermont, twin communities which sit astride the Connecticut River. The educational displays concentrate primarily on the 50-year period from 1885 to 1935, and are devoted to preserving the memories of that turn-of-the-century era. Currently, the Cornish Colony Museum is exhibiting a collection of paintings that celebrate the achievements of women in literature, history and culture.Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitor Center & Café can be found in the newly renovated 1867 working Amtrak station, in Waterbury, Vermont. The Visitor Center invites, guides, and shares Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ passion for coffee through fun, interactive, and innovative technology. The Center provides opportunities for visitors to learn about Green Mountain Coffee Roasters – its products, the process of growing, roasting, and packaging coffee from “tree to cup;” as well as to do a little Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shopping. Guests will also learn about Green Mountain Coffee’s inspiring corporate philosophy of business for positive world change. Visitors will also delight in the architecture and grandeur of the newly renovated Waterbury Amtrak station.Located just off Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, the Long Trail Brewing Company offers a spacious riverside Visitor Center that was inspired by the Hofbrau House in Munich, Germany. The Visitor Center offers an informative self guided tour of how their special brands of beer are brewed. From a catwalk over the production floor guests not only can read about the process but also see the master brewers hard at work. The Visitor Center Gift Shop provides guests with the opportunity to purchase beer and Long Trail souvenirs. The Long Trail Pub presents an enticing variety of menu items – some that incorporate Long Trail beer in their recipes, served near the cast-iron stove in the winter or out on the deck over looking the Outtauquechee River in the summer.Vermont HoneyLights is a family-owned business located on Main Street in the scenic hills of Bristol that specializes in the truly natural candle. Talented candlemakers hand mold nature’s finest beeswax into decorative works of art. Each visitor who steps through the gift shop and studio doors can see one of the artists creating a unique hand-rolled or poured candle. Guests can learn about the ecological and economical reasons for using beeswax candles, the process of creating special molds and the philosophy of creating the highest quality candles, all while watching the artisan roll, pour and unmold unique candle shapes. Along with the beeswax candles, Vermont HoneyLights retail shop also features only American-made products including table linens, footstools, pillows and other seasonal offerings. A wide selection of functional antiques and vintage pieces are available along with visual inspiration on how to incorporate them into the home.Over the years, VAA has expanded its marketing efforts to encourage tourists from Vermont and beyond through the launch of its own website, participating in the Vermont Travel and Industry Conference, working with the Vermont Tourism Network and educating leaders in the Vermont tourism industry. VAA has also worked diligently with the State of Vermont to produce and distribute the Official Road Map and Guide to Vermont Attractions, with the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association to craft the brochure racks for some of the highway areas, and with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to coordinate marketing efforts.For more information about VAA and all of its members please visit www.vtattractions.org(link is external).last_img read more

Kellogg Appointed VP at Golden Eagle

first_imgDouglas Kellogg has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Sales at the Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe.Kellogg has been at the Golden Eagle since 2004, prior to which he worked in sales at Sugarbush Resort. He is a graduate of Johnson State College with a degree in business.last_img

Vermont Pension Fund Committee Seeks Economically Targeted Investments

first_imgMONTPELIER, Vt.-Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding announced today that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee has issued a request for proposals soliciting investment opportunities intended to support economic and community development in Vermont. This is the second year that VPIC has requested such proposals, after adopting a policy on economically targeted investments in 2006. VPIC oversees more than $3 billion in retirement funds for Vermont teachers, state employees, and municipal employees.According to Spaulding, this initiative is unrelated to the recent debate in the Legislature regarding a proposal by Governor Jim Douglas to require that Vermont’s pension fund managers buy Vermont Housing Finance Agency bonds. The 2006 economically targeted investment policy passed by VPIC requires an annual request for proposals.”VPIC agreed a year and a half ago that, to the extent it can support economic and community development in Vermont without sacrificing investment performance, it makes sense to do so,” said Spaulding. “The proposal to require VPIC to buy the bonds, regardless of whether or not they thought it passed muster from an investment perspective, was rejected. However, I’m hopeful that the VHFA will submit a proposal. If the anticipated returns are appropriate, I am confident VPIC will seriously consider an investment in VHFA bonds.”Economically targeted investments are intended to generate market rate returns, while providing collateral benefits that enhance quality of life and promote economic activity in a targeted area in this case Vermont. Types of investment opportunities that may be appropriate for pension fund investments could include affordable housing, energy efficiency, venture capital, or timber.”VPIC trustees take seriously their responsibility to protect the retirement security of workers and retirees. In that regard, this initiative does not reduce their obligation. The economic or social benefits of a proposal will not justify lower returns or inappropriate levels of risk,” Spaulding explained. “We don’t want to limit the field of investment possibilities, and are hopeful that creative minds will look at our policy and submit innovative proposals that meet our criteria.”Last year, the Vermont Pension Investment Committee agreed to invest up to $2 million in Green Asset Partners, contingent upon certain conditions being met. Green Asset Partners proposes to provide an innovative real estate product which leverages conservation dollars and enhances land protection while striving to meet or exceed the annualized average return for private real assets.Proposals must be submitted to the State Treasurer’s Office by June 25, 2008, at 2 p.m. In order to be considered, proposals must, at a minimum:·Target risk-adjusted, market-rate returns equivalent to or higher than other available investments in a similar asset class;·Provide a substantial, direct, and measurable benefit to economic or community development within the State of Vermont; and·Be managed by an experienced and capable manager in an applicable asset class; no direct investments will be considered.Parties interested in receiving more information on the program should go to the State Treasurer’s web site at www.VermontTreasurer.gov(link is external) or call (802) 828-5197.last_img read more

Rural Vermonters urged to demonstrate their need for high-speed broadband Internet access

first_imgRidgeviewTel, a full-service broadband communications company, is helping rural Vermont residents map their broadband needs at the Vermont Dairy Festival in Enosburg Falls this weekend, June 5 through 7. In addition to participating in the popular parade, RidgeviewTel will have a tent in the festival’s concessions area equipped with access to http://weneedbroadband.com(link is external), a dial-up friendly site where festival-goers from communities under- or unserved by broadband can map their location in a system that compiles their demand for broadband to attract service and even federal stimulus dollars.”We are activists,” said  Vince Jordan, CEO of RidgeviewTel. “We understand the value of high-speed Internet and believe everyone deserves affordable broadband and the opportunities it provides. That’s why we’re reaching out inVermont and around the country, encouraging rural residents to map their location and rally their neighbors to do the same.”When the federal government starts distributing the $7.2 billion earmarked for rural broadband, it’s essential that the funds go to areas with the most need. Additionally, communities that have already been mapped for service will be decidedly more attractive to telecommunications companies receiving these funds. With the help of communities likeEnosburg Falls and others throughout Vermont, RidgeviewTel is tracking the true demand directly from the source – rural residents with little to no option for broadband Internet – and helping accelerate network deployments. Additionally, RidgeviewTel plans to share the data collected with economic development groups that can also vie for stimulus dollars and help bring broadband to communities that need it most.RidgeviewTel is a full-service broadband communications company based in Longmont, Colorado, that provides affordable, high-speed, wireless Internet services to communities under-served by traditional telecom and cable providers. Founded by President and CEO Vincent Jordan, a telecom industry veteran and entrepreneur, RidgeviewTel provides wireless broadband to 14 communities in New York, 25 in Colorado, and 15 in Illinois. For more about RidgeviewTel, visit www.ridgeviewtel.com(link is external).ENOSBURG FALLS, Vt., June 4 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Electronics-waste bill passes House and Senate

first_imgOn March 23rd, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a broadly supported bill that would provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to residents, charities, schools, and small businesses in the state. S.77, which received tri-partisan support in the House and Senate, now makes its way to the Governor’s desk for the final step in the legislative process.”This is an incredible victory for consumers,” said Charity Carbine, environmental health advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). “Instead of storing old computers in their basements or waiting for once a year collection events, Vermonters will now be able to easily and responsibly recycle their e-waste for free.”Unlike traditional recycling programs, S.77 requires electronics manufacturers to share in the cost and responsibility of collecting and recycling their products. So-called “producer responsibility” programs are gaining momentum as states and municipalities acknowledge the role that manufacturers must have in the end-of-life management of their products. Vermont is the 21st state in the United States to pass this type of legislation for electronic waste. Europe, Canada and Asia also have producer responsibility laws for electronics as well as other products. Producer responsibility programs also provide powerful incentives for manufacturers to design their electronics to last longer and to exclude the toxic materials that make recycling so difficult and expensive.  The popular LCD TV is perhaps the “poster child” for how electronics are not designed with recycling in mind, because of both material selection and physical design. Inside a typical 40 inch LCD flat panel TV, there are 22 thin, fragile lamps containing mercury, which light the TV screen. The entire TV must be disassembled to get access to these bulbs, making replacement of bulbs and harvesting them in the recycling process difficult and expensive. (Source: Electronics Takeback Coalition)S.77 requires manufacturers of electronic goods to provide convenient collection options for Vermont consumers to drop off their televisions, computers and computer related equipment at no cost. The program is paid for by the manufacturers of those types of products. Vermonters will not see an increase in the price of their electronic products as a result of this legislation.  “In Vermont, municipalities, solid waste districts, and taxpayers bear the financial burden of grappling with e-waste”, said Jen Holliday, Environmental and Safety Compliance Manager for Chittenden Solid Waste District and coordinator for the Vermont Product Stewardship Council. “We have no control on how these products are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold, but ultimately it is local government that is left with trying to capture and recycle these products when they are being discarded. This legislation changes that model and provides the consumer with a convenient and consistent state-wide collection system that we lack today.” Rapid advances in technology and the emergence of new electronic gadgets make the electronics the fastest growing waste stream in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates  that in 2007, the US generated over 3 million TONS of e-waste. Approximately 1.5 million pounds of discarded electronics were collected in Vermont in 2008 alone. Source: CSWD. 3.26.2010###last_img read more

FEMA registration deadline for disaster assistance October 31

first_imgWashington CountyWaterbury Fire Department 43 South Main StreetWaterbury, VT 05676Windsor CountyOkemo Market Place(Between Cool Moose & Dark Side Snowboard Shop)57 Pond Street, Suite #4Ludlow, VT 05149Rutland CountyRutland Heart Center1 Commons StreetRutland, VT  05701The DRC hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For the DRC nearest to your location: (LINK)  *Beginning Friday, Oct 7th, the hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sundays; Closed Monday, October 10th for Columbus Day.MOBILE DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER TRAVELING THROUGH  ADDISON AND WINDSOR COUNTIES: The mobile vehicle will provide the phone and computer connectivity for a recovery center.  These centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can answer questions about disaster assistance programs.Addison CountyHancock Town Hall1097 Rt. 100, Hancock 05748Opening noon ‘ 6 p.m., Mon, Oct. 38 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 48 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5Windsor CountySouth Royalton Journey Church412 S. Windsor St., S Royalton 05068Opening noon ‘ 6 p.m., Thurs, Oct. 68 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 78 a.m. ‘ 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 The FEMA registration deadline for disaster assistance for individuals and families, called Individual Assistance, is October 31, 2011. This may include housing repair grants or temporary rental assistance as well as reimbursement for personal property losses.  The designated counties eligible for Individual Assistance are: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham, Lamoille, Franklin, Orleans and Windsor.Register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external), by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.  The only way to be eligible for FEMA assistance is to register with FEMA.Cities and towns must submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPA), which provide reimbursement to repair public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, by October 17, 2011.  The RPA form may be found at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2690(link is external) and be submitted to Alec Partalupi at 802-828-3889 or email alec.partalupi@state.vermont.us(link sends e-mail). All counties in Vermont are eligible for Public Assistance.RECOVERY UPDATE AS OF: CLOSE OF BUSINESS OCTOBER 2, 2011Total Individual Assistance (IA)    Total Registrations:                                                          5,999Total Individual & Households Program  Dollars Approved:                                             $16,399,865Total Small Business Association (SBA)   Loan Amounts Approved:                                $5,936,700Current Deadline for SBA Disaster Economic Injury Loan:                                                June 1, 2012DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OVERVIEW·         Disaster Unemployment :  Available to those whose jobs were permanently or temporarily lost due to the disaster, including those who are self-employed. Anyone who lost work and lived, worked, or was scheduled to work in a county that has received a federal disaster designation may apply for benefits by calling the Vermont Department of Labor’s Claim Assistance Line at 1-877-214-3330. The filing deadline for assistance is October 7, 2011.·         Legal Services:  Those facing legal issues due to Tropical Storm Irene may call (800) 889-2047 for free legal advice. Those who qualify for assistance will be matched with Vermont lawyers volunteering their time. Legal assistance may include help with insurance claims, home repair contracts and contractors, replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster and counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems and landlord/tenant problems.·         Insurance Information: For questions regarding insurance matters, contact the Consumer Services Division at the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration at 800-964-1784 in state or 802-828-3302.·         Making Recovery Affordable:  The U.S. Small Business Administration’s low-interest loan program was designed by Congress to enable those affected by unforeseen catastrophic events to recover with as little adverse impact as possible, whether they are renters, homeowners, businesses or non-profit organizations. Congress has given SBA powerful tools to make disaster loans affordable with low interest rates, repayment terms as long as 30 years, and, under very specific circumstances, refinancing of prior liens.  To ensure that disaster recovery is affordable for each borrower, SBA analyzes the borrower’s monthly budget, determines an affordable monthly payment, then writes the loan for the number of years needed.  This is unlike conventional lenders, which generally set the maturity first and then calculate the payment.  If you are referred to SBA after you register with FEMA, you should fill out the paperwork to see whether the SBA can offer you a loan. If you do not fill out an SBA packet it may close the door to other FEMA grants. For more information, call 800-659-2955 or (800-877-8339) for people with speech or hearing disabilities). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).·         Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The SBA offers these loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small  businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations. Economic Injury Disaster Loans are intended to help meet working capital needs if you’ve lost business income because of the disaster. The loans are available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.·         Renters and Homeowners:  may receive grants to replace lost property or if they were displaced from their homes, they may be eligible for funds to help them with temporary rental assistance. These funds are for a limited period until the renter’s previous home is habitable or another permanent rental is found. ·         Housing Hotline:  The state and FEMA have established a toll-free number and a fax number to receive calls from anyone who has housing available to rent or wishes to offer housing at no cost for Vermonters displaced by the flood. The toll-free # is 866-330-5286 and fax # is 540-686-4467.·         Flooded Basements: Homeowners who had basement flooding from Tropical Storm Irene are encouraged to register with FEMA because they may be eligible for grants to cover uninsured damage. In situations where families do not use their basements as an essential living space, the agency’s ability to assist may be limited. However, residents may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from SBA to cover what FEMA cannot. (Read More)·         National Flood Insurance Program: State and federal officials are encouraging Vermont residents to sign up for federally-backed flood insurance.  The National Flood Insurance Program offers federally-backed flood insurance to property owners and renters in communities that participate in the program.Ã   Vermont communities that have been ‘sanctioned,’ that is, they have not followed the guidelines of NFIP or have been identified as having a floodplain hazard but have not signed up, have until March 31, 2012 to file a ‘resolution of intent’ to join. Until the resolution is submitted, residents in these sanctioned communities may not be eligible for some FEMA assistance. Communities wishing to sign up can contact the Rivers Program at the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation at: 802-241-1554 (Read More)LOCAL DISASTER RECOVERY CENTERSApplicants are not required to visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). The DRC is staffed by FEMA, SBA, and other federal and nonprofit agencies. Locations of current Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are:                                        *Notates DRC closingsWindham CountyNelson Withington Skating Rink61 Memorial Park DriveBrattleboro, VT 05301*Closing Oct 4, Tues @ 6pmWindsor CountyThe Rock Church473 Woodstock RoadWoodstock, VT  05091*Closing Oct 4, Tues @ 6pmRutland CountyU.S. Post Office (Upstairs)2046 Route 4Killington, VT 05751*Closing Oct 5, Wed @ 6pmWashington CountyNorthfield Library (Community Room)83 South Main StreetNorthfield, VT  05663*Closing Oct 5, Wed @ 6pmWindsor CountyHartford Fire Department2nd Floor Training Room812 VA Cutoff RoadWhite River Junction, VT 05001*Closing Oct 6, Thurs @ 6pmBennington CountyBennington Fire Department130 River StreetBennington, VT  05201*Closing Oct 6, Thurs @ 6pmWindham CountyDover Town Hall120 Taft Brook RoadDover, VT 05341Caledonia CountyMunicipal Office Building119 Park AvenueLyndonville, VT 05851 Go to 511VT.com every morning and map out road conditions for the trip you will be taking.PRIVATE SECTOR TIP OF THE WEEKThe American Red Cross Ready Rating System helps you analyze your business’ disaster preparednesswww.readyrating.org/Businesses.aspx(link is external)             This E-News Update is created by FEMA’s Private Sector Division.  It includes information on Federal and State resources available to help Vermont business owners and employees recover from the floods caused by Tropical Storm Irene.  We welcome your comments, questions, helpful feedback, heroic stories and suggested topics. Please send emails to Kysa.George@dhs.gov(link sends e-mail) or Leslie.Moore@dhs.gov(link sends e-mail). You can also call the Private Sector Desk: 802-951-2849. See the last section for subscribe/un-subscribe instructions.last_img read more