Process Underway to Develop the 2006 Chittenden County Regional Plan

first_imgJuly 2004 begins the process for preparing Chittenden Countys nextRegional Plan. The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) will developthe advisory regional plan, which is used to guide public and private decisions affecting landdevelopment, infrastructure, public services, and natural resources. Greg Brown (CCRPCsExecutive Director) notes, The Commission will devote over two years to develop the 2006Regional Plan in order to maximize public involvement at every stage of the process.That process will be quite different from the approach used to prepare the 2001 RegionalPlan. Over the next two years, CCRPC will solicit and use public feedback to prepare a seriesof three draft plans. Each successive draft plan will build upon the previous draft to addressa wider scope of issues in greater detail than its predecessor.The initial stage in the process will be from July to December 2004. From July to September,CCRPC will solicit public feedback on needed refinements to the 2001 Chittenden CountyRegional Plan. From October to December, the Commission will use that feedback to identifythe scope of requested improvements to the 2001 Regional Plan that, when made, will allowit to serve as an initial draft of the 2006 Regional Plan. Brown added, This initial review ofthe 2001 Regional Plan will enable participants to focus their energies on improving whatwe already have, rather than asking the public to work from a blank slate.The Commission next will solicit public feedback on the Initial Draft Plan and use that feedbackto prepare a more detailed Intermediate Draft Plan. CCRPC then will solict public feedback onthe Intermediate Draft Plan and use the feedback to prepare a Public Hearing Draft Plan. Thatdraft will be used in the four-month formal public hearing process required for the Commissionto adopt the Regional Plan. Each draft will improve on the previous draft, based on feedbackprovided by the public.CCRPCs Plan Review and Update Committee (PRUC) will receive and review public feedback onbehalf of the Commission during the 2006 Regional Plan development process. Garret Mott(PRUC Chair and CCRPC Commissioner from Buels Gore) adds, The Commission is committedto working with the public for the betterment of Chittenden County and Northwest Vermont. Itsvery important to the Commission that the 2006 Regional Plan express what the public saysChittenden County should be.CCRPC has set up a special E-mailbox for questions and comment about the 2006 ChittendenCounty Regional Plan and the process that will be used to develop the Plan sends e-mail) org. Additional information and forms for providing the Commissionwith your feedback are available on line at is external) 2006regionalplan 2006regionalplan. If you have anyquestions regarding the development of the 2006 Regional Plan please contact:Greg Brown Ian MacDougall Tim FluckExecutive Director Land Use Planner Principal Planner846 846-4490 (Ext. 23) 846 846-4490 (ext.26) 846 846-4490 (Ext. 25) sends e-mail) sends e-mail) sends e-mail)last_img read more

Another $1.32 million in federal grants awarded to Vermont law enforcers

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday that eight Vermont communities, as well as the Vermont Department of Public Safety (VDPS), will receive more than $1.32 million in federal grants to help combat crime.  The grants will provide police departments across the state with funding for equipment, training other and resources.More than $1 million in grants were awarded through the Department of Justice s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG).  The Byrne program awards competitive grants to state and local jurisdictions to help fight crime in their own communities by addressing individual law enforcement needs.  The grants will be used for law enforcement, prevention, education, drug treatment and crime victim programs, as well as for planning, training, evaluation and technology improvement programs.  A Byrne grant of nearly $850,000 to VDPS will be used to fund the successful Vermont Drug Task Force.  Leahy has also led in securing additional resources for the Task Force, to help address drug-crime issues in Vermont communities. Vermont s law enforcement community has a good record of using this federal partnership help in working to counter crime, said Leahy, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department.  These grants are also help enable cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries.  Providing federal assistance for law enforcement to help strengthen our communities and ensure public safety is a sound investment, and these grants will help ensure that our law enforcement officers continue to receive the tools and training needed to keep Vermont safe.Leahy also announced that the Vermont Department of Public Safety has received two additional grants from the Department of Justice totaling more than $160,000.  A $100,000 grant from the Forensic DNA Backlog Reduction Program will help expedite the processing of DNA samples awaiting analysis in Vermont crime labs.  The Department of Public Safety has also been awarded an additional $61,000 from Project Safe Neighborhoods, which will be used to target gun crimes.  On Monday, Senator Leahy announced more than $1 million in additional federal grants to VDPS from a Leahy-authored provision in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designed to help rural states prevent and combat crime.  So far this fiscal year Vermont has received more than $2.5 million in federal assistance to support state and local law enforcement efforts. Communities receiving funds from the Byrne JAG program include Barre, Bennington, Brattleboro, Burlington, Colchester, Franklin County, Rutland, South Burlington, Springfield, and St. Albans.· Barre: Awarded $12,187 to purchase equipment for the Barre Police Department, including the replacement of aging portable radios.· Bennington: Awarded $24,097 for training in community policing, drug enforcement, special tactics, gang enforcement and child abuse investigations for the Bennington Police Department.· Brattleboro: Awarded $22,158 to provided drug and gang interdiction patrols.· Burlington: Awarded $121,870 to enhance community policing, engage city neighborhoods in crime prevention strategy, provide support to victims of crime, and strengthen its community outreach program, in particular outreach to youth.· Colchester: Awarded $20,219 to update aging communications equipment.· Franklin County: Awarded $15,511 to provide upgraded equipment and uniforms for Franklin County Sheriff s Office dispatchers and officers.· Rutland: Awarded $34,899 to help the city police department purchase communications and surveillance equipment, personal protection equipment, and to cover overtime costs associated with targeted policing efforts and investigations. · South Burlington: Awarded $13,849 to support the South Burlington Police Department s Patrol Rifle Program.· Springfield:  Awarded $15,788 to make security enhancements to the police department and officer safety.· St. Albans:  Awarded $30,744 to replace aging equipment and expand upon newly created programs, emergency response communications and community partnerships to continue to address the crime trends in St. Albans.· Vermont Department of Public Safety:  Awarded $849,901 to fund the Vermont Drug Task Force, a specialized law enforcement unit consisting of both state and local officers established to fight illegal drugs.Source: Leahy’s office. (FRIDAY, August 28, 2009)last_img read more

Vermont State Parks announces renewable energy innovation challenge

first_imgAt the Sunward solar manufacturing facility in Winooski today, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and Governor Jim Douglas kicked off a new initiative offering Vermont companies the opportunity to demonstrate their newest renewable energy and energy conservation products in the Vermont State Park system.The new initiative—dubbed the Vermont State Parks Innovation Challenge—is an opportunity for Vermont’s energy companies to connect with park visitors, and benefit from the Vermont State Parks brand, while making a contribution to an important state resource.Sunward, one of Vermont’s premier solar hot water companies, will be the first official innovation partner.  All told, the company will donate a solar hot water system with an 80 gallon storage tank and a timber frame ground mount option, with a total retail value of approximately $11,000.“As you well know, Vermont is on the forefront of the green economy and a leader in the pursuit of 21st Century solutions that grow the economy and create good jobs,” said Governor Jim Douglas.  “Vermont has always been a home for innovation. This initiative continues that tradition.”Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Jason Gibbs said the Vermont State Parks Innovation Challenge combines Vermont’s ongoing investments in growing the green economy and workforce development with the state’s reputation as a leader in natural resource management.   “The Vermont State Parks Innovation Challenge is a unique opportunity to build a partnership that further encourages growth in this economic sector and inspires innovation in Vermont’s green industry,” Gibbs said.   Sunward president and CEO Joe Perrotto said his company is delighted to be the first official partner in this initiative.  “Using Vermont State Parks as venues for demonstration offers companies a comparative advantage in the production and marketing of their products that they can’t get from other demonstration sites,” Perrotto said.  “It is also a great way for companies to make a contribution to one of our state’s most valuable, and most popular, assets.”BENEFITS OF THE PARTNERSHIPCommissioner Gibbs said companies with demonstration projects in any one of Vermont’s 52 state parks will benefit from:· The power of the State of Vermont’s and Vermont State Park brands;· On site branding opportunities and passive access to park visitors;· Earned media; and· Access to the park(s) for demonstration and promotion of the product to prospective customers, as well as for video and photography. HOW DO COMPANIES APPLY?Companies interested in applying to have their products showcased in a Vermont State Park must send a product summary and proposal to sends e-mail) or by snail mail to:Vermont State Parks Innovation ChallengeC/O Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation103 South Main St.Waterbury, VT 05671-0601ABOUT SUNWARD SOLARSunward is a US company, headquartered in Vermont, and is an affiliate of Country Home Products. For over 25 years, Country Home Products has been designing and manufacturing hard-working, long-lasting, purpose-built tools to help people get the most enjoyment from the places they call home.Sunward™ is a company that was started to fill a void. Homeowners were desperately looking for more efficient, planet-friendly and cost-saving ways to deal with their energy. And solar hot water made perfect sense. Yet, no company had connected the dots for homeowners. Until Sunward.  For more information, visit is external)###Jason GibbsCommissionerDepartment of Forests, Parks and Recreationlast_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to make Dunkin’ Donuts coffee available in K-Cups

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, and Dunkin’ Donuts, a market leader in the hot regular, flavored and iced coffee categories, today announced a promotion, manufacturing and distribution agreement that will make Dunkin’ Donuts coffee available in single-serve K-Cup portion packs for use with Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.‘GMCR’s agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts is part of our strategy of aligning with the strongest coffee brands to support a range of consumer choice and taste profiles in our innovative Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system’Beginning this summer, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer 14-count boxes of authentic Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in single-serve K-Cup portion packs exclusively at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. GMCR will exclusively package the new Dunkin’® K-Cup portion packs using coffee sourced and roasted to Dunkin’ Donuts’ exacting specifications. Dunkin’ K-Cup portion packs will be available in five popular Dunkin’ Donuts flavors, including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Dunkin’ Dark®. In addition, participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will, on occasion, offer Keurig Single-Cup Brewers for sale.‘GMCR’s agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts is part of our strategy of aligning with the strongest coffee brands to support a range of consumer choice and taste profiles in our innovative Keurig Single-Cup Brewing system,’ stated Lawrence J. Blanford, GMCR President and CEO. “Dunkin’ Donuts has top quality coffee, an extremely loyal customer base and impactful advertising programs. Combine those assets with consumers’ enthusiastic response to Keurig’s Single-Cup Brewing technology and we believe this alliance represents a truly exciting opportunity for both companies, with the potential to strengthen Keurig brewer adoption by consumers in one of the fastest-growing categories of the coffee industry.’”We believe customers will be delighted to learn that ‘America’s Favorite Coffee’ will soon be able to be prepared in America’s fastest-growing single-cup brewing system,’ said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands CEO and Dunkin’ Donuts President. ‘By introducing Dunkin’ K-Cup portion packs and making them available exclusively in our restaurants, we are giving more people more occasions to enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and more ways to enjoy using their Keurig Single-Cup Brewing Systems. We believe this alliance of two brand leaders means incremental sales for GMCR, for Dunkin’ Donuts and for our Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees.’According to The NPD Group / CREST®, Dunkin’ Donuts serves the most hot traditional and iced coffee in America,* selling more than one billion cups of hot and iced coffee every year. Dunkin’ Donuts uses 100% Arabica coffee beans, and the company’s coffee specifications are recognized by the industry as a superior grade of coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts was recently ranked number one in customer loyalty in the coffee category for the fifth consecutive year by the 2010 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. Additionally in 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts opened more net new locations globally than any other quick-service (QSR) brand.GMCR’s Keurig Single-Cup brewers for in-home and office use utilize patented, innovative brewing and single-cup technology to deliver a fresh-brewed, perfect cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa every time at just the touch of a button. Brewers with Keurig Brewed® technology were the top five selling coffeemakers in the U.S. on a dollar basis for the period of October through December 2010 and represented an estimated 49% of total coffeemaker dollar sales for that period according to The NPD Group / CREST®.*For Quick Service Restaurants Year Ending October 2010.About Dunkin’ DonutsFounded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for five years running. The company has more than 9,700 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts’ global system-wide sales totaled $6 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. For more information, visit is external).About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through three business units. The Keurig business unit is comprised of Keurig, Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of GMCR. Keurig is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems for both at-home and away-from home use, predominantly in North America. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces, markets and sells coffee, tea, hot cocoa and other beverages in a variety of packaging formats, including K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig Single-Cup Brewers. The Canadian business unit produces, markets and sells coffees in K-Cup portion packs and other packaging formats and is responsible for managing the Van Houtte business as well as the grocery channel for all GMCR coffee brand sales in Canada. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and allocating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. The Company encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to the Company’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements in this press release express our opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or projections regarding future events or future results, including, among other things, our results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which we operate, and therefore are, or may be deemed to be, ‘forward-looking statements.’ These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms ‘believes,’ ‘estimates,’ ‘anticipates,’ ‘expects,’ ‘seeks,’ ‘projects,’ ‘intends,’ ‘plans,’ ‘may,’ ‘will’ or ‘should’ or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. Due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in this press release. We do not undertake to revise or update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.GMCR Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as ‘anticipate,’ ‘believe,’ ‘could,’ ‘estimate,’ ‘expect,’ ‘feel,’ ‘forecast,’ ‘intend,’ ‘may,’ ‘plan,’ ‘potential,’ ‘project,’ ‘should,’ ‘would,’ and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward looking statements made by GMCR in this press release include: we believe this alliance represents a truly exciting opportunity for both companies with the potential to strengthen Keurig brewer adoption by consumers in one of the fastest growing categories of the coffee industry. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and GMCR’s actual results or performance could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-K, which GMCR filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 9, 2010. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases. Source: WATERBURY, Vt. & CANTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)-2.22.2011last_img read more

Vermont gets $2.25 million from US Dept of Labor for program systems

first_imgGeorgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (lead)$50,000,000 Delaware$698,769 Utah$1,048,030 Program integrity$63,474,747 Ohio$2,102,382 New Mexico$2,499,029 Colorado$233,458 South Carolina$1,993,051 Iowa$1,444,570 Mississippi$1,999,000 Massachusetts$2,353,081 Program integrity awards District of Columbia$2,233,854 Pennsylvania$1,254,977 Nevada$2,150,000 Maine$1,941,000 Total$191,474,747 Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming (lead)$72,000,000 Arizona$976,396 Kentucky$1,649,886 Alabama$1,177,782 Florida$2,310,791 Oklahoma$1,723,967 Vermont$2,246,844 Total$63,474,747 Kansas$1,077,706 Maryland$1,585,801 Oregon$1,274,464 Tennessee$1,551,365center_img Illinois$2,699,667 Michigan$618,400 Funding CategoryRecommended Amount New York$2,100,000 Georgia$1,439,976 Idaho$2,279,112 Technology infrastructure consortium projects$128,000,000 New Hampshire$198,040 Puerto Rico$1,959,416 ConsortiumRecommended Amount New Jersey$1,650,000 South Dakota$1,507,116 Rhode Island$1,155,696 Missouri$1,403,000 Texas$1,172,918 Louisiana$2,397,750 Total$128,000,000 West Virginia$1,318,593 StateRecommended Amount The state of Vermont will get $2,246,844 as the US Department of Labor today announced awards totaling $191.5 million to 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for unemployment insurance program integrity and technology infrastructure systems. The grants are intended to accelerate actions to reduce UI improper payment rates; provide an opportunity for modernizing UI tax and benefits systems; and enable the design of technology-based tools to prevent, detect and recover improper UI payments. Wisconsin$1,450,536 North Dakota$198,324 Technology infrastructure consortium project awards Maryland, West Virginia and Vermont (lead)$6,000,000 “I was pleased to join Vice President Biden today in announcing efforts to reduce government waste, fraud and abuse,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “We owe it to the American people, especially those who rely on unemployment insurance as a safety net, to be responsible stewards.  This funding will help ensure state UI programs have integrity and run efficiently.”In order to qualify for program integrity funding, states must have implemented or committed to implement all of the core integrity activities.  Awards support activities to address worker misclassification; implement technology-based prevention, detection and collection activities; implement the State Information Data Exchange System for earnings/wage verification, as well as monetary and potential employer charges; implement subscription fees for SIDES; contract staff support for benefit payment control activities; implement the federal Treasury Offset Program; and implement automation efforts that result in overall performance and system improvements.In order to qualify for technology infrastructure consortium project funding, all members of state consortia had to commit to implementing the full range of core integrity activities.  These funds will be used to modify and/or develop one of the core UI benefits or tax and benefit system designs; design additional core UI tax and/or benefit systems using open source components that are exportable to other states; and implement technology-based tools designed to prevent, detect or collect/recover improper UI payments.Fiscal Year 2011 Awards ‘ Unemployment InsuranceSummary Virginia$2,400,000 WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Former Greenpeace director Patrick Moore supports Vermont Yankee

first_imgNorthstar Vermont Yankee,Patrick Moore was among the first of an idealistic generation to join Greenpeace. He was on its first trip to stop nuclear bomb tests by the United States in the Aleutians in 1971. The US stopped nuclear testing shortly after. He later was among those who intervened against Soviet whaling. He was aboard the Rainbow Warrior when she was sunk by the French during another nuclear test intervention. One of Moore’s colleagues died in that event in 1985.Moore left Greenpeace as a director in 1986 after he felt the movement moved away from sound science. It’s fair to say he is now a foe of Greenpeace.In its official statement on Moore (…(link is external)), Greenpeace says in part: ‘By exploiting his former ties to Greenpeace, Moore portrays himself as a prodigal son who has seen the error of his ways. Unfortunately, the media – especially conservative media – give him a platform for his views, and often do so without mentioning the fact that he is a paid spokesperson for polluting companies.’A native-born Canadian, Moore, 64, currently has his own consultancy called Greenspirit Strategies Ltd based in Vancouver. He was in Vermont in late October to meetwith the media and Public Service Department Commissioner Liz Miller on behalf of the Vermont Energy Partnership, which, among other things, supports the license renewal of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station in Vernon. Governor Shumlin opposes its relicensing and is being sued in federal court by plant owner Entergy over the relicensing. Entergy says that Vermont government has no jurisdiction over the relicensing. Moore, in a Vermont Business Magazine interview conducted October 28, said he would support the building of new nuclear plants in New England. He said that while solar, in particular, has some merit as an energy solution in some situations, that renewables are neither sustainable sources of energy because of their high cost, nor are they reliable.He says what Vermont, the US and the world need is more electricity not less. Where possible, the best solution to energy needs is hydro power, because it is sustainable from both cost and reliability perspectives. Nuclear and natural gas plants would not be far behind in his view.On a couple of energy topics which are much in the news lately ‘ natural gas fracking in the US and tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada ‘ Moore said that the Vermont, US and world economies rely on fossil fuels for their survival. The economies of each, he said, would collapse without coal, oil and gas. All fossil fuel extraction is dirty, he said, but in the US and Canada at least it will be cleaned up. Since those resources are vital, he said it is much better to have those fuels coming from democracies than from dictatorships with abysmal civil rights records, as from the Middle East or Venezuela.As for global warming, Moore said that even while at least some of it is manmade, the planet is not being destroyed. He said it is changing but still thriving and humans will be able to change with it. He said given the many extreme changes in the Earth’s climatological history, it is impossible to tell if these current changes are just manmade or whether they are part of a greater geological epoch, much as the ice ages and other warming eras were over the millennia.On its Web site ( is external)), Moore’s consulting firm states: ‘Greenspirit Strategies Ltd. works with leading organizations in forestry, biotechnology, aquaculture, plastics and mining, developing sustainability solutions in the areas of natural resources, biodiversity, energy and climate change.’Moore was interviewed by VBM Editor Timothy McQuiston. During the interview, Green Mountain Power’s new contract with the Seabrook nuclear power plant in New Hampshire was discussed. NextEra Energy Resources LLC, owner of the Seabrook, NH, nuclear power plant announced a 23-year agreement with GMP on May 31, 2011. It is initially a fixed-price contract that adjusts with an inflation mechanism over time to guard against future power price swings.The energy price for 2012 is 4.66 cents per kilowatt hour for 15 megawatts, which it will buy from NextEra. That part of the deal lasts through 2014. Starting in 2015, the Seabrook load will be for 60 megawatts and over time be reduced to 40 MW. The contract expires in 2035. The 60 MW represents about 20 percent of GMP’s portfolio.Vermont Yankee has offered new contracts to Vermont utilities, presuming a license renewal, starting at 4.9 cents per kilowatt hour. No utilities have accepted the…last_img read more