Governor Douglas announces more than $3 million in economic development grants

first_imgA dairy processing plant in Brattleboro; a food processing center in Hardwick; a slaughterhouse in Westminster; and a Barre facility that recycles furniture and other goods for distribution to needy Vermonters were among more than $3 million in job creation grants announced today. At a ceremony at Recycle North s new facility in a former granite shed in Barre, Governor Jim Douglas announced the award of $3.3 million in Community Development Block Grants for those projects, as well as others. These grants are a great resource for companies, municipalities and organizations looking to grow and answer their unique challenges and needs, said Governor Douglas. I m pleased to honor each of these recipients today with grants that will help with planning, redevelopment, expansion, handicap accessibility and more. These recipients are very deserving of our support. All of today s recipients are making a positive and important contribution to our economy and our state s well-being. These projects will create jobs and opportunities, Governor Douglas continued. The town improvements being funded with these grants will put Vermonters to work and improve our communities. The specialty food products and opportunities being created and expanded with this money will help create jobs and give Vermonters a chance to realize their entrepreneurial dreams. Access to meat and dairy processing equipment is essential to farmers, especially during this difficult economic time. And certainly access to affordable housing that is close to schools and services is something I ve been very supportive of.Today s grants were awarded to the following towns, businesses and organizations:$650,000 implementation grant to the Town of Hardwick to be sub-granted to Northern Enterprises for construction of the Vermont Food Venture Center 2, a multi-purpose food processing facility in the Hardwick Industrial Park. 19 jobs will be created of which 10 will be to individuals with low- to moderate- incomes.$648,000 grant to the Town of Westminster to be loaned to Vermont Meats to retrofit and equip an existing facility located on Back Westminster Road to be utilized as a meat and poultry slaughter and processing facility. 15 jobs will be created of which 12 will be available to low- and moderate- income individuals.$600,000 implementation grant to the Town of Brattleboro to be loaned to Commonwealth Yogurt to purchase specialized equipment for a Class II Dairy Processing facility. Using conventional, rBST free, and organic milk the facility will produce cultured products, primarily yogurt for private label retail and wholesale customers as well as co-pack production for major national brands. 25 jobs will be created of which 14 will be low- to moderate- income individuals.$590,000 grant to the Town of Randolph for Randolph Area Community Development Corp to rehabilitate the former Ethan Allen plant. This project called Salisbury Square redevelopment is a mixed use, mixed-income project that will include 22 homes, 14 rental units and 1200 square feet of office space on the blighted property adjacent to downtown.$300,000 grant to the Village of Swanton to be given as a deferred loan to Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont to construct 16 units of affordable rental housing known as Blake Commons. The vacant in-fill lot is situated near services, schools and recreation making it an ideal location for new housing.$294,820 grant to the City of Barre to be sub-granted to ReCycle North to purchase and renovate a historic granite shed in downtown Barre, cleanup contamination on the site, create classrooms and training spaces, and develop an efficient marketplace for reuse and processing areas to distribute goods to people in need. 10 jobs will be created of which 6 will be filled by low-to-moderate income individuals.$200,000 grant to the City of Montpelier to be sub-granted to Home Share of Central Vermont for service in Washington County and expanding into Orange and Lamoille Counties. This will allow Home Share to support 80 home share matches which will directly benefit 196 individuals.$30,000 planning grant to the Town of Hartford to be sub-granted to the Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation to create a plan for the redevelopment of Prospect Street in White River Junction.$24,900 access modification grant to the Town of Randolph to provide accessibility to the Randolph Municipal Building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.$20,000 planning grant to the Town of Brighton to develop a plan to integrate the Island Pond commercial downtown with Island Pond Lake front by re-designing and improving the existing 5-acre Lakeside Park.The Agency awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)Source: Governor’s office, July 7, 2009last_img read more

CUDEs raise over $60,000 in 2017 to improve people’s lives

first_imgAs most of you know, the Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program takes place four times a year and aims to invigorate and educate credit union professionals on credit union history, principles and philosophy. What you might not know is that during each DE Training, the participants are asked to complete a specific project, one that involves planning, fundraising, hands-on work and improves people’s lives in some way. These projects show Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) that they can make a difference, and they are tasked with completing their own DE project when they return home to their credit unions.For the first two trainings in 2017, participants were asked to raise funds to support the Helping Hands Project, an organization that provides prosthetic hands to children across the world who have suffered a loss. As you can imagine, many families in rural countries do not have the financial means or the access to services for children with limb loss. These prosthesis are life changing for them.Each class is given a fundraising goal to reach, and they work in small groups to raise the funds and actually assemble one of the prosthetic hands. These hands were then placed in personalized and decorated bags to be given to a child in need. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Severe or fatal COVID-19 very rare in children, study finds

first_img“The highest level message really has to be that (in children with COVID-19) severe disease is rare, and death is vanishingly rare – and that (parents) should be comforted that their children are not at direct harm by going back into school,” he told a briefing.Global data on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic shows that children and young people make up only 1-2% of cases of COVID-19 worldwide. The vast majority of reported infections in children are mild or asymptomatic, with few recorded deaths.For this study, published in the BMJ medical journal, Semple’s team looked at data from 651 babies and children under 19 who were hospitalized with COVID-19 between Jan. 17 and July 3.The six children who died all had “profound comorbidity”, the researchers said, and this was a “strikingly low” fatality rate compared with a 27% across all age groups – from 0-106 years – of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the same period. While the overall risk of children getting severe COVID is “tiny”, the researchers said, children of Black ethnicity and those with obesity are disproportionately affected, as previous studies in adults have found.The study also showed that children can have a cluster of symptoms including sore throat, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and rash alongside already-recognized COVID-19 symptoms of fever, breathlessness and cough. Children and young people are far less likely than adults to get severe cases of COVID-19 infection, and death from the pandemic disease among children is exceptionally rare, according to UK research published on Thursday.A study of COVID-19 patients admitted to 138 hospitals in Britain found that less than 1% were children, and of those fewer than 1% – or six in total – died, all of whom were already suffering serious illness or underlying health disorders.”We can be quite sure that COVID in itself is not causing harm to children on a significant scale,” said Malcolm Semple, a professor of outbreak medicine and child health at Britain’s University of Liverpool, who co-led the work. Topics :last_img read more