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Vermont Delegates to World Travel Market in London


first_imgSix Vermonters, representing state-wide tourismorganizations and private businesses, will join representatives of theother five New England states at the World Travel Market in London,England, November 11-15.”For the first time, the six New England states will have a unifiedpresence under the umbrella of Discover New England,” said Fredrik deJong,International Marketing Director for the Vermont Department of Tourism andMarketing. The World Travel Market is the largest travel trade show in theUnited Kingdom, the major European market for both New England andVermont.Joining deJong in the Vermont delegation are: Valerie Rochon, Stowe AreaAssociation; Linda Seville, The Inn at Essex and Lake Champlain RegionalChamber of Commerce; Sue Kruthers, Vermont Chamber of Commerce, VermontAttractions Association, and Vermont Farms! Association; Julie Howell,Vermont Ski Areas Association; and Tony Clark, Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen,Vt. Sharon Bernstein, president of CIB Group, which providesrepresentation for Vermont in the UK and Ireland, also will attend.During the event, Vermont and its partner states will hold a reception fortravel trade and media partners entitled “A Taste of New England”. Theregional delights will include Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Cabotcheddar cheese and Green Mountain Coffee among other New England favoriteslike clam chowder and cranberry juice.”Despite a challenging year, indications from our partner tour operatorslook positive for international travel to Vermont in 2003,” said deJong.”We look forward to returning to World Travel Market to share the news ofthe many attractions and experiences Vermont offers with our longstandingpartners in the British travel industry.”last_img read more


Cambium Group Launches E-Commerce Web Site for Strategies


first_imgCambium Group, a leading web site development firm based in Montpelier launched a new e-commerce web site today for Strategies Publishing Group, Inc. The new site, www.strategies.com(link is external) offers an online shopping system, seminar/event registration and ‘members only’ area with exclusive content for Strategies Magazine subscribers.Located in Centerbrook Connecticut, Strategies Publishing Group, Inc. (Strategies) is the professional beauty industry’s largest provider of business education through printed media, seminar events and consulting services. Strategies was founded in 1994 by Neil Ducoff, one of the most respected minds in the professional beauty industry for over twenty-five years.Neil had this to say about the new web site:“From the very first meeting, the Cambium Group team was tuned into our unique web site needs with real solutions and the experience and expertise to back it all up. After selecting Cambium Group, we were given a project plan with timelines to complete each critical step. Progress was smooth, always on schedule. Interaction was seamless.””Cambium’s guidance and technology expertise delivered an amazing web site to Strategies that our customers will enjoy, learn from and, most importantly, buy from. And the most important feature of our web is our ability to update and modify our site from our office with Cambium’s powerful “back end” system. We thank the Cambium Group team for taking our web vision and making it a reality.”Key features of Strategies’ dynamic web site include Cambium’s E-Commerce System combining the power of Cambium’s Content Management System (CAMAS) with a full-featured store/order management module. Strategies has the ability to distribute their product lines (books, CD ROMS, videos, and the Strategies magazine) throughout the web site, and directly control store attributes including product prices, inventory stock levels, and shipping costs. Strategies is also taking advantage of cross-sell and up-sell opportunities by placing promotional spotlights throughout the site.Cambium’s Event Registration System allows Strategies to manage all aspects of their seminar registrations including number of seats offered, seats available, wait lists, registration confirmations, event reminders and payment processing. And, to round-out the new web site design, Strategies offers exclusive content to their online members and magazine subscribers with a “Members Only” section. This password-protected area provides online subscribers with access to 10 years of magazine archives, hot topics and industry news, downloadable business tools and calculators plus other valuable members-only benefits.“The Strategies site showcases many new features of our content management system and is a great addition to our portfolio of designs” announced Scott Wells, owner and President of Cambium Group. “The site is already receiving positive results through traffic, orders and customer feedback.”last_img read more


Jed Dousevicz named new partner at VT Commercial.


first_imgAfter a very successfull 2 years with V/T Commercial Real Estate, Jed Dousevicz has been named an owner/principal in the firm. Jed has an extensive background in sales, small business management and has been involved in real estate for 10 years. In the past 2 years, he has been focusing on commercial real estate sales and leasing and business brokerage, which he will continue to concentrate on as a partner.last_img


Maltex building renovation receives 2010 AIA VT “People’s Choice” Award


first_imgTruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design,TruexCullins Architecture and Interior Design has been awarded the 2010 AIA VT “People’s Choice” Award for Excellence in Architecture Design for the Maltex Building renovation on Pine Street in Burlington. The “People’s Choice” Award is given to the recipient of the most votes from a two-week period in November when the general public was invited to choose their favorite project among all of the entries for the AIA VT design awards.Built in 1900, the Maltex Building was the factory headquarters of the Malted Cereal Company, later known as Maltex, which produced cereal and other malted products through the early 1970s. The company was famous for its maple-flavored cereal called Maypo. Later, Maltex was acquired by another company and the building became home to other industries. The 4-story brick masonry structure is now listed on the Vermont State Register of Historic Places.In the 1950s, a one-story concrete block warehouse was added to the historic factory. The addition served utilitarian purposes, and little thought was given to the dialogue between the two structures or their combined presence on the street.The current renovation sought to transform the warehouse into leasable office and studio space; to increase the energy efficiency of both structures; and to contribute to the vitality of the post-industrial Pine Street corridor.A contemporary palette of engineered wood panels and ribbed metal was introduced at the Annex building to complement the adjoining brick structure while activating the street edge. The lettering and graphic logo of the building were cut directly into the ribbed metal panels.Improvements to the historic masonry factory include new windows that dramatically improve thermal resistance, energy efficient lighting, and natural stone and wood finishes at interior common areas. The annex also received new energy-efficient windows and a new deck providing storefront businesses the convenience of direct access and frontage on Pine Street.At the rear of the building, the loading dock was transformed from a place for idling trucks and garbage dumpsters to a pedestrian-friendly garden with stone dust swaths, tall native grasses, and a curved handicap-accessible ramp.The design team included: Architects: Steve Kredell, AIA and Rolf Kielman, AIA; Interior Designer: Cecilia Redmond; Landscape Architect: H. Keith Wagner Partnership.————TruexCullins is an architecture and interior design firm located in Burlington, Vermont. For over 40 years, TruexCullins has developed lasting relationships with many public and private clients, addressing critical issues related to planning, programming, growth and new technologies. Today, TruexCullins provides the expertise and creativity of five distinct design studios in the disciplines of education, workplace, home, resort and interiors.For more information contact Meredith Astles at 802-658-2775 or visit www.truexcullins.com(link is external).For more information on available commercial space in the Maltex building, prospective tenants may contact Yves Bradley of Pomerleau Real Estate or Linda I. Letourneau of Redstone.Photos by Jim Westphalen Source: January 10, 2011, Burlington, Vermont – TruexCullinslast_img read more


Mobius mentoring gets $50,000 in marketing services from Spike’s ‘Advertising Gone Good’


first_imgBurlington, Vermont ‘ March 24, 2011 ‘ Spike Advertising Spike Advertising Inc,Spike Advertising has selected Mobius to receive one year’s worth of free marketing services –up to $50,000– with their ‘Advertising Gone Good’ grant program.  Nearly 40 non-profits from around Vermont competed for the grant through a comprehensive RFP process.‘We are all impressed by the good work that Mobius does in the community,” said Ken Millman, President of Spike Advertising. “We are excited to apply a year of focused effort to help raise the profile of this relevant organization.”‘We are both honored and humbled to have been chosen by Spike for this opportunity,’ said Andrea Torello, Executive Director of Mobius.  ‘In turn, we hope to use this generous gift to better serve the community and the mentoring programs we work with by finding more mentors for kids and creating that culture of mentoring that we all dream about.’From the firms founding in 1998, Spike Advertising has enjoyed doing pro bono work for a variety of community organizations, including Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, and Recycle North. ‘Advertising Gone Good’ developed out of Spike’s desire to have a more lasting effect by partnering with a single group for an extended period.About MobiusMobius, a nonprofit that supports mentoring programs based in Winooski, Vermont, was formed in 2003 in response to the growing rates of high-school dropouts and drug abuse among Chittenden County youth. Today, Mobius partners with mentoring programs to enhance public awareness of mentoring, recruit new mentors, train and support mentors, and find funding to support the mentoring movement.About Spike AdvertisingSpike is a compact company offering clever solutions for clients who understand that marketing is an investment in the success of their operation. Current clients include the Vermont Department of Tourism, Northfield Savings Bank, Timberlane Dental Group and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.Photo: (l-r) Spike Advertising President Ken Millman, Mobius Executive Director Andrea Torello, Spike CEO Pat Sears. (above–the cool new scrap  metal unicorn)last_img read more


Vermont foliage report: Display moves south and west


first_imgThe broad Champlain Valley, including the Lake Champlain Islands and the Burlington area, joins the valleys of southern Vermont to continue the colorful display of autumn. In southeast Vermont along the Connecticut River, the lower elevations range from mid-stage to near peak as the elevation increases, reports Forester Sam Schenski about the Brattleboro to Springfield region. To the north, around Burlington, Chittenden County Forester Keith Thompson explains:  ‘Away from the lake the rains and winds have pulled many of the colorful leaves from the trees down to the forest floors.  This is not to say there aren’t still stunning hillsides. Many sheltered valleys and forest pockets are still ablaze with color, but for me, the greatest way to see the fall foliage now is on a hike through the woods. Throughout Chittenden County the forest floor is a carpet of brilliant reds and oranges.’ Forester Chris Olson, who works in the Addison County area around Bristol and Middlebury, concurs about getting into the woods.  ‘The Long Trail winds down into the Gaps and an ‘out-and-back’ walk on this ‘Footpath Through the Wilderness’ will definitely bring you to some beautiful vistas and certainly have some beautiful colors above your head and underfoot.’ ‘There’s still good color where it exists, particularly west and south of Rutland. Again, though many areas are past peak, there is still color in lots of spots that are very picture worthy, especially on a day like this,’ adds Rutland area Forester Eric Hansen The lower elevations along the Connecticut River Valley are also colorful, reports Windsor County Forester Jon Bouton: ‘Foliage is still quite colorful near the main rivers and in the valley-protected villages.  The hills near my home, just south of White River Junction, are very pretty alongside Route 5.  We have occasional bright orange sugar maples, and the maples are red to yellow. Red oaks vary from bright red through ‘brick red’ and burnt sienna.  Many green leaves are still left.’ Areas of bright foliage will still be found in the sheltered mountain villages and towns of central and northern Vermont, though the hills and mountain sides appear increasingly gray as the leaves drop from the canopy. At the same time, anyone hiking or walking woodland trails will find that the understory of smaller, younger trees feature a second wave of color, typically intense lemon yellows. Best Bets: Route 7 from Burlington to Charlotte is showing pockets of bright color. Also recommended are Route 2 through the Champlain Islands, and Route 78 from Alburgh Center to Highgate.  In Addison and Rutland Counties, the foliage west of Route 116 in the northern portion of Addison County is at peak. Morning hours on clear days show off beautiful colors on east-facing hills like Snake Mountain in Weybridge – viewed best from Route 23 and Route 17. The Adirondacks also are showing some beautiful colors in the morning hours, and the Charlotte Ferry is a nice ride across the lake. The Gap Roads in Addison County (Route 17 – Appalachian Gap, Route 125 – Middlebury Gap) are just past peak but still offer some incredible views. Each Gap Road has pull-offs at or near the gap summit where views are incredible anytime of the year, especially right now. Also recommended is Route 30 north from Pawlet to Cornwall. The hills surrounding Lakes Beebe and Hortonia are at peak color and reflect beautifully in the lake water.  Route 7 from Middlebury to Wallingford is peak to just past peak, still showing an abundance of yellow, gold and orange. Along Route 3 from Pittsford south to West Rutland are rolling hills loaded with color, including red. Along Route 4 from Rutland west to Castleton, the mountains on both sides of the highway are peak to slightly past peak.  On Route 22A from Fair Haven north to Bridport the Sugar Maples are peaking and contrasting well with the green meadows, brown corn fields and marsh grasses. The hilly terrain and Village Greens are still displaying brightly colored Sugar Maples along Route 140 Wallington to Middletown Springs, Route 133 from West Rutland to Tinmouth, Route 133 and Route 153 to Rupert and Wells. In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Routes 7A or 7 from Manchester to Bennington, Route 313 in Arlington, Route 153 between Rupert and Wells, Route 315 near Rupert, Route 5 along the Connecticut River, Route 30 from Manchester to Rupert, Route 35 from Townshend to Chester, and Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane. In the higher mountain valleys of central and northern Vermont, town and village centers still have many trees just reaching peak colors, contrasting with the dark green of evergreens and the soft gray of hillsides where the leaves have fallen. For more information, visit www.VermontVacation.com(link is external).last_img read more


Governor calls on Vermonters to turn out for Clean Up Day on Saturday


first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today reminded Vermonters of the upcoming Clean Up Day events on Saturday, and applauded the effort already underway to make this first annual event ‘ a massive statewide push to help Vermonters slammed by Tropical Storm Irene get their homes and lives in order for winter ‘ a success. In addition, the Governor stressed that heavy equipment, dumpsters, dump trucks and chainsaws are still needed for projects.‘Hosted and organized locally in communities around the state, Clean Up Day is reflective of the community strength and commitment to rebuilding that significantly advanced our initial recovery,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘On the wish list at the moment are the heavy equipment requests. Communities need dumpsters, dump trucks and other heavy equipment for clean up work. My pitch: If you’ve got this equipment, we hope you’ll help out on Saturday.’ There are three ways to participate: Donating money, providing goods like clothing, furniture and appliances to Vermonters who lost their belongings in the storm, and volunteering your time to help with a clean-up project. Governor Shumlin said people and communities can visit www.vtcleanup.org(link is external) to list their needs or sign up for any or all of those ways to assist those in need. ‘People are already stepping forward to ask for help and offer assistance,’ the governor said.  ‘We’re asking people to travel to areas most in need. Know that your help in these hard hit communities is critical, and will be appreciated by the families you are working with.’ The Governor said he hopes groups, businesses, neighborhoods and even friends will join together on work projects across the state ‘ which is already happening in some cases. One great example of  is the University of Vermont, which has actively encouraged the entire campus to become involved in Clean Up Day activities, even providing transportation, gloves and masks to help volunteers assist with hands-on clean up efforts. ‘The pride I feel in our state in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene continues to grow as Vermonters step forward with donations of money, goods and time to help their neighbors prepare from winter,’ Governor Shumlin said. By visiting www.vtcleanup.org(link is external), Vermonters can: ·         Make a monetary donation to the VT Disaster Relief Fund, or another relief-related charity detailed on the site;·         Sign up to volunteer on the 22nd by joining or creating a  team designed to take on a specific project in an affected community (unskilled laborers, as well as skilled laborers like plumbers, electricians, and heavy equipment operators who are willing to donate their time are valued!); and·         Donate to a specific need for a Vermont family through the ‘goods exchange’ set up on our website, or through a local volunteer coordinator or food shelf.‘I am reminding everyone to step forward on Saturday to give whatever they are able ‘ money, goods and/or time,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘In the Vermont tradition, we need to continue to come together as one community and help our neighbors in need prepare for the coming winter season. See you there!’last_img read more


Op-Ed: Federal Decisions Could Prevent Bailouts for Ohio Utilities


first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享John Finnigan for the Cleveland Plain Dealer:Ohio-based utilities FirstEnergy and AEP are trying to get subsidies for several old, dirty coal plants owned by their sister companies. These assets are losing money because customers can buy cheaper power from new, cleaner renewable energy and natural gas plants. And instead of closing their outdated Ohio plants, the powerful utilities have made proposals to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to bail them out. By guaranteeing the purchase of power for the next eight years, the deals would force Ohioans to pay billions of dollars to keep the FirstEnergy and AEP plants running.The PUCO should reject the bailouts: There is a strong business case against them, plus the extra costs and pollution would greatly harm customers and the environment. But in case the PUCO does approve these bailouts, two new developments at the national level will help ensure the lousy deals don’t go through in the end.First, the U.S. Supreme Court just upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) rule on demand response, an important service that pays customers to conserve energy when the grid is overloaded and struggling to produce enough power to meet demand. FERC is the federal agency tasked with keeping our electricity rates fairly priced, and the court’s ruling recognizes the value of a competitive energy marketplace.Moreover, the decision reflects the overall aim of federal electricity regulation: to advance an efficient and economic marketplace that favors just and reasonable rates. Put another way, national law respects a system that levels the playing field for power producers and allows the least-cost option to succeed. Bailing out FirstEnergy’s and AEP’s uncompetitive power plants is the opposite of just and reasonable, not to mention far from the least-cost option.Part of the PUCO’s mission is also to ensure an environment that fosters competition. But if it will not, federal regulators can and should uphold those principles. In other words, federal regulators will need to bail out the Ohio regulators, if they fail in their duty to protect customers.Second, other power companies filed a new complaint with FERC attacking the FirstEnergy and AEP bailout plans. These companies include NRG and Dynegy – two of the nation’s largest independent power producers – and they want FERC to revoke a prior blanket approval that allows FirstEnergy and AEP to buy electricity from power plants owned by their affiliate companies. FERC normally will look closely at these transactions to ensure a competitive process is used and customers receive a fair price.In this case, FERC gave blanket approval for FirstEnergy and AEP to buy electricity from their affiliates because they assured FERC they would do so through the regional competitive power auction process. The auctions are an open and transparent process where all the regional power producers submit bids, and the lowest priced bids are selected. This would keep utility-affiliated power plants on equal footing with other power producers. The process also aims to protect customers from corporate nepotism and paying above-market prices through sweetheart, no-bid contracts, as in this case.NRG and Dynegy rightfully claim the FirstEnergy and AEP bailouts – by locking in prices and guaranteeing a power purchase from their own generators for the next eight years – would undermine the competitive auctions. Indeed, the combined bailouts would force customers to pay nearly $6 billion more than market prices. Unfortunately, FirstEnergy and AEP did not use an arm’s length process here – they entered into the deals with their affiliates with no competitive bidding, no review by an independent party, and no negotiation on the price. If FERC upholds the complaint by NRG, Dynegy, and others, as it should, this would block the FirstEnergy and AEP bailout plans, even if the PUCO approves them.We still hold out hope the PUCO will do the right thing and protect customers, the environment, and Ohio’s competitive energy market by rejecting the bailouts. Yet, FirstEnergy and AEP are two of the nation’s largest utility companies, headquartered in Ohio, so the PUCO could succumb to political pressure. If it does approve the bailouts, the federal demand response ruling and the complaint by several power companies are positive signs the bailouts will fail their next test: review by FERC and the federal courts.Bailouts for FirstEnergy, AEP should be rejected: John Finnigan (Opinion) Op-Ed: Federal Decisions Could Prevent Bailouts for Ohio Utilitieslast_img read more


Offshore wind, battery linked in Scottish power project


first_imgOffshore wind, battery linked in Scottish power project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享UPI:The first battery used to store energy from wind power from a facility offshore Scotland was installed Wednesday, Norwegian energy company Equinor said.Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, started handing out contracts to deliver a 1 megawatt lithium battery storage system for the Hywind wind farm off the Scottish coast last year. The company said Wednesday the system was connected so that Hywind power could move through submarine cables to the battery storage facility and then onto the Scottish grid.“As the wind is not always blowing energy storage technologies like batteries and other ways of storing electricity, is expected to become increasingly important to secure grid stability,” the company’s statement read.For Equinor, the battery component for wind energy adds support to its efforts to complement its oil and gas portfolio with “profitable renewable energy.” The company took “oil” out of its name earlier this year to reflect a changing energy business landscape.Sebastian Bringsvaerd, a development manager for Hywind and Batwind at Equinor, said the facility could serve as a teaching ground for the emergence of battery storage systems for wind. “We want to teach the battery when to hold back and store electricity, and when send power to the grid, thus increasing value of the power,” he said in a statement. “The value in storage is not necessarily in the amount of energy you can store, but how you optimize, control and offer smarter energy solutions.”More: Batteries make offshore wind energy debutlast_img read more


Analysts doubt business value of Zinke’s military base plan for coal exports


first_imgAnalysts doubt business value of Zinke’s military base plan for coal exports FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A proposal being considered by the Trump administration to use U.S. West Coast military installations for exporting coal and liquefied natural gas would face significant bureaucratic, economic and national security obstacles before it could become a reality. Even if it cleared those obstacles, the proposal would likely fail in its aim to circumvent environmental opposition in Western states, according to numerous experts.“It doesn’t seem to make sense from a business perspective, from a permitting perspective, and from a national security perspective,” said Tom Hicks, a former acting undersecretary of the U.S. Navy who is now a principal at the Mabus Group, a firm that consults on matters including energy. “… You just wouldn’t do it for all kinds of reasons.”U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke described the proposal in a recent interview with the Associated Press as a way to advance national security by boosting exports of U.S. fuels to Asian markets.However, a move to site export facilities on military bases would require government agencies and developers to address security and safety concerns, including concentrations of people, the presence of ammunition depots, and critical infrastructure and assets such as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Experts were also skeptical about how much red tape the idea would actually cut, because developing export facilities would still require state and federal approvals that opponents could contest.“If you are looking at exports off the West Coast, whether it’s LNG or coal or oil or any other energy commodity, you are just going to get resistance from the local population,” Bob Ineson, executive director of global LNG research at IHS Markit, said about the Trump administration proposal. “And I’m not sure that using a federal site is going to change that. You’ve still got to go through the approval process. You’ve still got to get rail or pipe in there.”More ($): Proposal to export gas, coal from US military bases faces major obstacleslast_img read more