Two start-up companies approved for $230,000 in job creation incentives

first_imgTwo start-up companies, one a sales firm and the other a wood products manufacturer with plans to reopen the shuttered Stanley Tool Plant in Pittsfield, have been authorized to earn up to $230,094 in Vermont Employment Growth Incentives. The one firm would re-start the former Stanley Tool plant in Pittsfield.The companies, if they grow in or locate in Vermont, could create 41 new jobs over the next five years, according to officials with the Vermont Economic Progress Council, which authorized the incentives late last week.The Original Vermont Wood Products, Inc. was authorized to earn incentives totaling $100,604. The start-up company plans to re-start production at the former Stanley Tool plant in Pittsfield and bring most of the Stanley employees back to work.They would lease the plant and equipment and make wood component parts for other customers. They also plan a new line of custom post caps, trellises, pergolas and wood sheds.    The Stanley Plant closed in 2008, bringing unemployment in Pittsfield to one of the highest levels in the state. The area also has low average income levels and the plant is the only production facility in the area and is a major source of property tax revenue for the town.These factors allowed the Council to consider an enhanced level of incentives for the project under state law. The Council took into consideration the economic condition of the region and the impact of the Stanley plant closing on the residents of Pittsford and authorized the maximum allowable level of incentives, said Karen Marshall, VEPC Chairwoman. We elected to support this start-up to the fullest extent possible because of the potential benefit to area residents, which would also reduce the demand on state and local public assistance programs.The company hopes to start hiring immediately and begin production this summer. We are very grateful for this early vote of confidence from the Vermont Economic Progress Council, said Gary Springfield, president of The Original Vermont Wood Products, Inc. We are hoping to re-open the former Stanley plant as soon as possible and put local residents back to work there producing high quality wood products.A new company that would be established in Vermont by entrepreneurs Chris Foran and Gregory Dunne was given initial authorization to earn up to $129,490. The new company would provide inside sales services to their existing company, Mansfield Sales Partners, Inc. of Woburn, Massachusetts, and other existing and new clients.Mansfield Sales partners, Inc. is a sales consulting firm that helps small and medium size companies increase revenue by building up their sales pipeline, penetrating new markets, and opening new territories. The new company would provide lead generation services to the senior sales consultants at Mansfield and provide similar services for other clients. They plan to lease a facility in Chittenden County and begin operations in late 2010. Source: Commerce Agency. 6.1.2010 We are excited to be working with the state of Vermont on this start-up project as a part of our overall growth plans, said Chris Foran, President of Mansfield Sales Partners.  Locating the business in Chittenden County will provide us with access to a high quality work force for these new positions and is a great area to locate this new business.Under reforms proposed by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006 and passed by the General Assembly, the VEGI economic incentives are authorized based on potential job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company earns the incentives and then the company receives incentive installments over a period of years.The companies are eligible to earn the job creation incentives only if they meet and maintain payroll, employment and capital investment targets each year. Overall, these projects could create 41 new full-time jobs and $1.4 million in new payroll over five years.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis which showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by these projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a minimum net increase in tax revenues of $68,000.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized, the but for test.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor, and two members appointed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, that considers applications to the state s economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit:http://economicdevelopment.vermont.gov/Programs/VEPC/tabid/124/Default.aspx(link is external)last_img read more

Bundesliga: Kamada out to break duck after Europa League hat-trick

first_imgThe Europa League’s joint top-scorer is now all the more determined to break his Bundesliga drought when mid-table Frankfurt host Union Berlin on Monday.“Now I just want to finally score a goal in the Bundesliga,” Kamada said with a smile.“I am happy about the three goals, but more so to be able to help the team. Everyone was up for it and played really well.”The 23-year-old hit the opening goal after 12 minutes, then added a second just before the interval when he broke from the halfway-line, and wrapped up with a header just eight minutes into the second half.Kamada then turned provider, starting the move which ended with Filip Kostic hitting Frankfurt’s fourth.He became the third highest Japanese scorer in European club competition behind Shinji Kagawa, who scored 11 for Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United, and Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino who has so far also scored 11.Makoto Hasebe (L) celebrates with Daichi Kamada (R) during Eintracht Frankfurt’s win over Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday. Kamada has not scored in 17 Bundesliga games this season, but Thursday’s hat-trick gave him six goals in the Europa League, all in his last three games. Loading… “Daichi Kamada played really well,” said his Frankfurt team-mate Makoto Hasebe, who is also a Japanese international.“We have to be careful in the second leg and not switch off.“We have shown as a team what we can do today, but the evening wasn’t perfect there are still things to improve,” added the ex-Frankfurt club captain.Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has often been on the wrong end of Kamada’s finishing. Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada is eager to break his goal drought in the Bundesliga after hitting a Europa League hat-trick inside 40 minutes to propel Eintracht Frankfurt to a 4-1 home victory over Salzburg in their last 32, first-leg tie.Advertisement Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Read Also: Focus on Paderborn, not Chelsea; Flick warns Bayern Munich“Kamada scores even more goals in training than in the game. He scored the second one brilliantly,” said the Germany shot-stopper.Frankfurt have been erratic in Germany’s top flight this season.They hammered Bayern Munich 5-1 in Frankfurt last November and shocked title-contenders Leipzig 2-0 only to crash to a 4-0 defeat at Dortmund last Saturday to leave them 10th in the table.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Author Talks Geocaching

first_imgGeocaching partnered with Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney to create a fun set of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul trackable tags to celebrate the book’s release last year. What you may not know is that the Wimpy Kid trackables came about because Jeff Kinney is a geocacher. He enjoys taking his kids out on geocaching adventures. We are thrilled that he wanted to share one of his geocaching experiences with us.If you are following his series, you will be excited to learn that the next book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, will be released on November 3, 2015. This book is particularly exciting because it will go on sale on the same day in 90 countries around the world, which has never been done by any book before!Kinney shared one of his geocaching experiences with us, in his own words.Geocacher and author, Jeff Kinney poses with Greg Heffley from his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.By Jeff KinneyWhen I first learned about geocaching a few years back, I was thoroughly confused. People have stored little treasures in hiding places all around me? It seemed like an odd pastime to me. But mysterious and exciting at the same time.I was looking for something fun (and cheap) to do with my two sons. And so I downloaded the Geocaching app. I was ready to head off into the wilderness some miles away, armed with a walking stick and an iPhone, braving ticks and scrambling over felled trees. But as a swarm of blue dots filled the map on my screen, I was surprised (alarmed?) to find that there was a hidden treasure not 200 yards from the back of my house.Now this was exciting. I made sure my kids had adequate footwear and we headed out, stepping from the verdant grass of our backyard into actual raw nature. There was some scrambling and some hopping over creeks formed by snow melt runoff. There was some negotiating of brambles. There may have even been some burs. I’ll admit, I’m not exactly the outdoor type, so the thrill of forging my way through the wild… with two of my progeny in tow… had the feeling of real danger.Eventually, we reached a clearing where power lines cut through the woods (OK, so maybe it wasn’t raw nature). By now, we were getting close. The pulsing blue dot was nearby, but where could the hiding spot be? These were early days of GPS pinpointing, and the dot hopped madly around the screen. It seemed that our quarry was on the move, taunting us.I was waiting for the dot to stop. Then we’d creep up on it, look down, and find the treasure at our feet.My kids must’ve detected the confusion on my face. This was a strange ordeal for them to begin with, so the sight of me spinning in place and shaking my iPhone violently didn’t give them a feeling of confidence.But then I realized I needed to start thinking like the first person who had decided that this was the place to hide a cache. I gave up on the teleporting dot on my phone and started using my eyes.My eyes fell to a fallen tree. It was all starting to come together. But where was the cache? Under the tree? Oh no! Did someone place a cache in this spot and a tree fell on it? This was going to be very hard to explain to my sons.By then, my eldest son had climbed over the tree to investigate it from a different angle. And that’s when he found it. A plastic box, hidden in a hole in the log.A real eureka moment. Inside the box was a giant pencil. A decent treasure for the effort put in. We added our names to the log, proud members of a long list of explorers who had come to the same spot, but from different starting places.Neither of my kids saw me palm a baseball I had brought from home and slip it into the box before putting it back in the fallen tree. I didn’t need the tears.A good bite-sized adventure and one I’ve repeated in locales further from home.I never did teach them how to throw a baseball.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDiary of a Wimpy Kid Trackables on the Move!August 1, 2014In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more

Andy Murray Wins Gold By Doing What He Couldnt

WIMBLEDON, England — Andy Murray stood with the Union Jack draped over his shoulders, an Olympic gold medal around his neck, flanked by the man he had just beaten, Roger Federer, and basking in the roar of the Centre Court crowd.No wonder the often dour Scotsman was grinning.Murray won one for the home team Sunday, beating Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the tennis final at Wimbledon.The victory marked a career breakthrough for Murray. He has lost all four of his Grand Slam finals, three against Federer, including Wimbledon a month ago.“It has been the best week of my tennis career by a mile,” Murray said. “I’ve had a lot of tough losses. This is the best way to come back from the Wimbledon final. I’ll never forget it.”For Federer, the drubbing marked another Olympic disappointment. Playing in the Games for the fourth time, he sought a victory to complete a career Golden Slam but settled for silver — his first singles medal.“Don’t feel too bad for me,” Federer said. “I felt like I won my silver, I didn’t lose it. So I feel really happy.”Murray swept nine consecutive games to take control, breaking Federer’s serve four times in a row, his inspired play a reflection of raucous crowd support. He erased all nine break points he faced.“He never looked back,” Federer said. “His credit for getting in the lead and using the crowd to come through. He did an unbelievable job.”The match capped the most memorable Olympics for tennis since it returned to the Games in 1988 after a 64-year absence. The event transformed staid Wimbledon into a more festive place.Murray became the first British man to win the gold in singles since Josiah Ritchie in 1908. Those games took place at Wimbledon, too.Read more: ESPN read more

Fire rips through occupied Ramonaarea home

first_img Posted: November 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires Fire rips through occupied Ramona-area home November 12, 2018 Updated: 4:06 PM KUSI Newsroom RAMONA (KUSI) – A resident escaped injury when a back-country home near Mount Woodson caught fire Monday, officials said.The blaze erupted shortly after 1 p.m. in the 16000 block of Salida del Sol in Ramona. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to subdue the flames, according to Cal Fire.The one resident who was in the house at the time was able to get out safely, said Jon Heggie, a fire captain with the state agency.Though the blaze broke out during a period of heightened weather- related wildfire danger, ground crews and personnel aboard firefighting aircraft were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby vegetation, Heggie said.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.This is a developing story, please check back for more updates. KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitterlast_img read more