Discussions are underway in the Senate General Affairs Committee to direct the Vermont World Trade Office to be managed under the Vermont Chamber’s existing international trade program, in conjunction with Champlain College, the U. S Department of Commerce and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. These partners collectively will strategically collaborate to encourage international trade on behalf of Vermont businesses. Funding would come through a memorandum of understanding and initially would be a $100,000 grant.While this is a significantly different model than the current World Trade Office, this new business entity will be driven by the concerns of the business community while having capital knowledge input from the educational community as well as state and federal government.The World Trade Office budget was also comprised of significant federal funds, which have not been renewed. On Thursday Governor Jim Douglas stated “I think this public-private partnership is appropriate given that some significant federal grant support for the office is expiring,” Douglas said. “And since those grants are not likely to renewed, a partnership makes sense.” Agency of Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn is working closely with the Vermont Chamber as the effort to continue to support Vermont businesses with world trade opportunities continues to unfold in the legislature
Howard Printing Earns First and Second Place AwardsBRATTLEBORO, VT — Howard Printing, Inc, a commercial offset printing company serving clients in Brattleboro, Keene (NH), Greenfield (MA), and throughout the tristate region, won a first-place “Pinnacle” award and a second-place “Award of Recognition” in the inaugural Awards of Excellence Competition presented by the Printing Industries of New England (PINE).PINE selected Howard Printing for the “Pinnacle” (Best of Category) award for the Bears in the Valley Auction Catalog, which was produced for the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. The catalog was designed by Howard Printing in collaboration with Sarah Shippee, the Chamber point person. The principal photographer was Mark Linton of West Dover, with additional photographs supplied by Shippee. Limited copies of the catalog are still available for sale at the Chamber office on Main Street in Wilmington.Howard Printing earned the second-place “Award of Recognition” in the Greeting Card/Invitation/Program/Postcard category for the Canal Street Redevelopment postcard, which was produced for SVE Associates, a private civil/survey engineering consulting firm with offices in Brattleboro, Bennington, White River Junction, Rutland, Keene, and Greenfield. The postcard was one of a series designed by Chuck Gibson Design of Hanover (NH).”I am extremely proud of our team here at Howard Printing for their dedication to detail and quality, and thrilled to be able to share this recognition with our clients, says Howard Printing founder and president Greg Howard.The competition attracted 340 entries from 56 printing and imaging companies in New England. Awards were announced at a gala on November 1, 2007, in Framingham (MA). Winners were featured in the December 2007 issue of the New England Printer & Publisher magazine.Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similarly printed pieces, by a panel of three non-New England printing experts. The judging criteria, which focused on technical quality and print execution, included: registration, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, overall visual impact and bindery.According to PINE President James Tepper, “Only those printers who produced truly exquisite work were honored. Those printers receiving awards can take pride as being recognized among New Englands finest printers.”PINE is a 118-year-old organization and the largest trade association to serve printing and graphic communications companies throughout New England. PINE serves more than 430 member companies through a wide range of products and services that enhance member profitability. The Association is affiliated with the worlds largest graphic arts trade association, Printing Industries of America / Graphic Arts Technical foundation.Founded in 1991, Howard Printing is a full-service printing company providing one- to four-color offset printing, desktop publishing and design services, computer-to-plate prepress technologies, and bindery operations. In addition, Howard Printing is the publisher of “The ABC’s of Vermont” coloring book and of the “New England Showcase” real estate magazine, a free publication which can be found on newsstands and online at http://www.newenglandshowcase.com/(link is external).For more information, visit Howard Printing online at http://www.howardprintinginc.com(link is external) or contact Howard at 802-254-3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).###
ROTARY TO SPONSOR TRIP FOR 4 TO TAIWANGroup Study Exchange Program for Local ProfessionalsIn its ongoing effort to support cultural and professional exchange, the local Rotary will be sponsoring an all-expense paid, month-long paid trip to Taiwan. Four individuals from the ages of 25 to 40 living in Vermont, New Hampshire or Quebec will be selected to participate in the international professional and cultural exchange program. Rotary’s District 7850 will sponsors the trip to Taiwan which will be conducted during the spring of 2009 with participants traveling to half of northern Taiwan and a third of central Taiwan.”This is a tremendous opportunity for international social and occupational networking,” stated Sara Sprayregen, Director of the Group Study Exchange Program. “It will truly promote understanding and goodwill between our countries.”The district-wide search will select four team members from various professional walks of life. An important stipulation is that team members cannot be Rotary members or related to Rotarians. “Our goal is to support young professionals and give them a unique learning experience” said Ms Sprayregen. Travel, room, and board is provided by Rotary International and the partnering district. Participants will have the opportunity to stay with families in Taiwan, network with professional counterparts and travel across the country interacting with Rotarians in Taiwan. The month long trip will occur March 21, 2009 to April 17, 2009.During October through March, the four team members will prepare for the trip by spending time learning the culture, the economy, traditions, and the geography. “We want to insure that our team members have a rich and valuable experience which will require a lot of preparation” said Caryn Crump, Team Leader for this year’s trip to Taiwan. Participants will also be required to present information about their professions to the various Rotary Groups in Taiwan. Language proficiency is not required.To apply for team membership, please contact Sara Sprayregen at -email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or 802-656-3251 or for applications go tohttp://www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/Fellowship/GroupStudyExcha(link is external)… . Applications are due no later than September 15, 2008.
Vermont Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie was in Alaska this week to visit remote Alaskan villages where Vermont-made Northwind 100 wind turbines have begun to replace diesel-powered electric generators with clean, renewable and more affordable wind energy. Dubie toured the sites with Alaska Lt. Governor Craig Campbell, and executives from Northern Power Systems of Barre, Vermont, where the Northwind 100 machines are engineered and built.Dubie said, I m here to draw attention to a superior machine. The Northwind 100 is community-size and low maintenance which is a serious consideration when it s 40-below outside and you re hundreds of miles from the nearest city. The direct-drive, gearless design produces more power at lower wind velocities. Because it has fewer parts than conventional turbines, it breaks down less often.Alaska s remote population centers are largely powered by diesel generators. If the diesel is transported by air into a village, electricity retails for up to $1.00 per kWh. Shipping by barge reduces that cost by half. By comparison, Vermont s July 2009 electric rates average between 9 and 15 cents per kWh, depending on sector.Wednesday Dubie, Campbell and Northern Power representatives met with local leaders and toured turbine sites and power plants in the remote west coast village of Ulalakleet, 395 miles northwest of Anchorage, with a 2008 population 723, and in Savoonga, a village located on the northern coast of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, 164 miles west of Nome, with a population of 642.Today, Lt. Governor Dubie and Lt Governor Campbell are scheduled to conduct a town hall meeting on alternative energy at the University of Fairbanks.Lt Gov Dubie said, My involvement with Northern Power began in the summer of 2006, when we started to talk about ways for the company to grow its Barre operation. They asked me if I knew anyone in Alaska, where they knew that the Northwind 100 would be an ideal energy source in cold and remote regions. I had a good relationship with then- Lt Governor Loren Leman, so we set up a couple of conference calls and planted the seed.Dubie continued, As of today, Northern Power has sold 40 units into the important Alaska market, at roughly a half a million dollars each. The number of installations should reach 31 by the end of this year’s construction season.Northern Power had 75 employees a year ago. The company has added 55 more to date, and expects to double its staff by the end of this year, with an expected total of 150 employees.Dubie noted that a week ago, he was at Bolton Valley Ski Resort to break ground for the first Northwind 100 turbine installation planned for Vermont. The resort expects it to be operational in late autumn.Source: Dubie’s office. 9.18.2009.
The Walter Cerf Community Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, announced 2011 grant awards totaling $115,823 to 40 organizations. Since 2001, the fund has made grants to organizations located in AddisonCounty or Brandon, or that have a statewide reach and make a unique contribution to Vermont. Priority interests are the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services, reflecting the pattern of giving established by Walter Cerf during his lifetime. Cerf, a native of Germany who made Leicester, Vermont his home in his later years, gave more than $10 million to organizations and projects in Vermont before passing away in 2001. Cerf focused much of his giving within his community of Addison County and Brandon; grants from the Walter Cerf Community Fund reflect that focus, with two-thirds of the grants reserved for Addison County/Brandon projects and one-third reserved for statewide projects. Each grant awards up to $5,000. Each year, the fund awards one grant up to $25,000. This year, the Preservation Trust of Vermont received $20,000 to help repair and rebuild Vermont’s historic covered bridges and other critically damaged historic buildings throughout the state that sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The grant aligns with Cerf’s love and appreciation of historic buildings in Vermont. Statewide Grants American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Vermont$1,500 for operating support, including legal and education programs. American Precision Museum$2,500 to support exhibits marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Central Vermont Community Action Council $2,000 to support the Vermont Women’s Business Center and their “Painting with Numbers” classes to provide hands-on learning to help artists build their business through strong financial management. Chandler Center for the Arts $2,500 to support a statewide contest to encourage Vermonters’ writing plays on current social issues and promote public dialogue. Curtains Without Borders$1,000 to support preservation of historic theater curtains in Vermont. Vermont Historical Society $1,500 to support Vermont History Day. Vermont Humanities Council $2,500 to support the Never Too Early program, which provides early literacy training for needy childcare providers and parents. Vermont Land Trust$2,000 to support historic preservation of the George Washington Reed House. Vermont Public Television$2,000 to support a documentary and associated programs about Burlington’s ultra-traditional Jewish community in the late 1800s. Addison County and the Town of Brandon Grants Addison Central Teens & Friends$3,000 to develop and implement an ongoing and sustainable leadership training program for teens. Addison County Readers$2,000 to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to more infants across Addison County through collaboration with Porter Birthing Center. Community Health Services of Addison County (d.b.a. Open Door Clinic)$4,000 to support diabetes clinics for uninsured Addison County adults. Everybody Wins! Vermont$3,000 to support the Everybody Wins! Vermont Power Lunch children’s literacy and mentoring program at Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon. Flynn Center for the Performing Arts$3,000 to subsidize tickets for low-income students from Addison County to attend the 2011-12 Flynn Student Matinee Series. Foxcroft Farm Harvest Program$3,000 to support the expansion of the Growing To Know Project to provide after-school educational enrichment and service-learning opportunities for Leicester School students. Leicester Central School$5,000 to support a school improvement project to continue student arts experiences, upgrade Guided Reading leveled readers, and upgrade and improve the safety of the school and community playground. Living Well Community Care Home$2,000 to create outreach materials documenting a pilot project other care homes can replicate to improve nutrition and their local farm economies. Mary Johnson Children’s Center$5,000 to support the installation of an AllSun Solar Tracker. Middlebury Area Summer Lunch & Recreation Support Group$1,000 for general support. Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School$1,000 to support energy efficiency at the Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School. Middlebury Transitional Care Coalition$3,000 to support facilities improvement for emergency and transitional housing. Otter Creek Child Center$2,000 to support the purchase of new cribs. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England$3,000 to support the Middlebury health center. Porter Medical Center$2,000 to support the establishment of an “End of Life Room” in Middlebury. Robinson Elementary School$2,000 to support second year of implementation for the Words Come Alive Program. RSVP & The Volunteer Center$2,000 to support and expand the RSVP Bone Builders exercise program. The Hub Teen Center & Skatepark$2,000 to support teen center programming with staff, materials, transportation, workshops and presentations, music, and food.Town of Middlebury$5,000 to support the roundabout centerpiece public art/monument design process. Vermont Adult Learning$2,323 to establish a music program at Vermont Adult Learning Childcare. Vermont Folklife Center$2,000 to support Invisible Odysseys, autobiographical dioramas by Mexican migrant workers in Vermont. Vermont Symphony Orchestra$1,000 to support the Vergennes concert of the 2011 Made in Vermont Music Festival statewide tour. Vermont Youth Conservation Corps$2,000 to support trail restoration work in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Vermont Youth Orchestra Association$2,000 to support the Middlebury concert of the VYO Chorus and Concert Chorale. WomenSafe$2,000 to support volunteer training. The Vermont Community Foundation has been helping donors give to the causes and organizations they care about since 1986. We are Vermont’s largest and leading homegrown grantmaker. Together, our family of over 600 funds provides more than $18 million annually in Vermont through grants, loans, and other investments. In addition, we help keep Vermont’s nonprofit community vital by offering endowment management and planned giving services, and providing leadership in charitable giving of all kinds. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.vermontcf.org(link is external) or call 802-388-3355. 11.4.2011 Goddard College $2,000 to support planning for preservation and renovation of three early examples of Vermont’s design-build movement into a multi-use arts center. Preservation Trust of Vermont$20,000 to help repair and rebuild Vermont’s historic covered bridges and other critically damaged historic buildings throughout the state that have sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene. St. Albans Historical Museum $2,500 to help the Board and community develop resources to sustain, improve, and grow the services provided by the museum. Upright Steeple Society$2,500 to replace the roof as part of a structural restoration project on an 1829 Greek Revival building in Lyndon, Vermont. Vermont Arts Council $2,000 to support “Breaking into Business”, a business training and support program for Vermont artists. Vermont Community Loan Fund$5,000 to support Project SUCCESS, providing technical assistance to home and center-based child care providers who want to start, grow, or improve their business.