Technology Firm Serving National Power Utilities Lands Job Creation IncentivesMica paper manufacturer also approved; two firms could create 34 new jobsMONTPELIER, Vt. – A utility-focused risk management company and the last mica paper maker in the US have been approved for over $700,000 worth of incentives that could produce 34 new jobs over the next five years.At its recent meeting, the Vermont Economic Progress Council gave initial approval to incentives for Utility Risk Management Corporation (URMC) to move their utility-focused risk management company from Pennsylvania to Vermont and add new jobs.In addition, the council gave final approval to an application from Isovolta, Inc. to ensure an expansion of their mica paper manufacturing operation in Rutland instead of adding capacity at one of their many international locations.”These projects will create good new jobs around the state and will have substantial impacts on other valuable sectors such as energy transmission,” said Karen L. Marshall, Chairwoman of the Vermont Economic Progress Council.”The decision by URMC to locate in Stowe will mean high-paying jobs for engineers and GIS foresters with a high-tech, fast growing company,” Marshall said.URMC improves the reliability and productivity of utility companies by identifying, prioritizing and managing vegetative threats to electrical transmission and distribution assets, and then auditing the removal of those threats.This service helps utilities achieve greater compliance with federal mandates for vegetation management and prevent power outages. Because of the incentives authorized, URMC is deciding to relocate the company to Stowe and add several new jobs including engineers and GIS foresters to grow the company to meet the demands of the industry.”We are excited about our move to Vermont as URMC enters its next phase of growth,” said Adam Rousselle, URMC President. “For a fast growing company like URMC, the ability to find quality, technically savvy professionals is a keystone of our future success. Vermont offered the opportunity and environment to find the right people for our business. These incentives will help us grow our business and create jobs for our neighbors.”The company has already scheduled two job fairs on Friday, July 18th and Saturday, July 19th at Ye Old England Inne, 433 Mountain Road in Stowe. For more information on the job fair visit www.utilityrisk.com(link is external)Under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program, the two companies are eligible to receive a maximum of $708,334 in job creation incentives if they meet payroll, employment and capital investment targets.”The decision by Isovolta to expand in Rutland will not only add much needed jobs to that area, but helps guarantee the viability of that plant when decisions are made by Isovolta AG, the parent company,” Marshall said.Isovolta, Inc, a division of Isovolta AG of Austria, produces mica paper for use in high voltage insulation products. It is the last remaining mica paper manufacturing plant in the United States.Isovolta AG produces various materials in 21 locations worldwide. Because of the incentives, Isovolta decided to add employees and install new manufacturing equipment in the Rutland facility.”These incentives will help us expand our operations in Rutland and create jobs,” said Jonathan Roberts, CEO of Isovolta. “This is an investment in our success as well as the community’s and the state’s.”Under reforms passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas in 2006, the VEGI economic incentives were authorized based on job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company receives incentive installments over a period of years.The previous program had companies earning tax credits that were applied against future tax liability.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine 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 revenues of $498,484.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 Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor 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:www.thinkvermont.com/vepc(link is external)www.utilityrisk.com(link is external)www.isovolta.us(link is external)-30-
Financial institutions (FIs) that build a framework for how employees will interact with customers, vendors and each other ultimately create exceptional consumer experiences. That’s because they are giving their staff members the capabilities to carry out the organization’s brand promise.What is a brand promise? It’s a statement an organization makes to consumers, identifying what they should expect from all interactions with the organization’s people, products, services and company. In the white paper “Promises, Promises: How to Ensure Your Financial Institution Lives Up to Its Brand,” I talk through the importance of the brand promise to delivering consumer experiences that go above and beyond what is expected.The below excerpt addresses the need for organization-wide education and support to effectively deliver that promise.Even though every credit union and community bank already has a brand, it may not have what’s known in marketing circles as a brand promise. A strong brand promise aligns with an organization’s purpose, positioning, strategy, people and consumer experience. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
East Central Lady Trojan Softball standout Ysa Fox will be playing College Volleyball at Indiana University Southeast majoring in Neuroscience. She is the daughter of Brian and Dawn Fox.
Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor was happy to see his side come through a real ‘arm wrestle’ with Harlequins as they edged out the Londoners 14-13 in Saturday’s European Champions Cup Pool 2 match at the Aviva Stadium. Press Association “I’m just frustrated,” O’Shea said. “You come to win. We didn’t come to make up the numbers and credit to our fellas. First half, they tackled their socks off because we didn’t hold the ball. Second half they showed huge mental strength and could have nudged a pretty historic win but we didn’t. “You are bound to be disappointed after a game like that. First half, 11-0 down, we missed a couple of opportunities ourselves but didn’t hold onto the ball if we are being honest. Our defence was heroic, but we didn’t hold onto the ball as much as we should. “A couple of TMO decisions (went against us), but that’s life. It’s small margins. We are in control of our own destiny but it’s a long way to go. The boys are very disappointed.” The Blues had appeared on course for a more comfortable victory when leading 11-0 at the break, as man-of-the-match Ian Madigan landed two penalties and Isaac Boss picked off an opportunist try in the right corner. Harlequins used their superior scrum to force the issue in the second period as full-back Mike Brown crossed for a try approaching the hour mark and Tim Swiel, who deputised at fly-half for the injured Nick Evans, added eight points with the boot. But Leinster had the final say thanks to a decisive 71st minute penalty from Madigan. O’Connor said: “I wouldn’t say (we) escaped (with the result), no. It was tight, it was an arm wrestle. It was very, very intense, a high quality game between two very committed sides. Escaped is a very strong word. “If we had executed a little bit better we could have been out of sight at half-time. That was our doing. They came back very hard at us in the second half – we were a bit inaccurate early doors and, as a result, they got their tails up and got a bit of momentum. “We would have liked to get a little but more out of tonight. We would have liked to be more accurate and get something more in London last weekend but there’s two games to go (in the pool stages) and we’ve given ourselves a chance.” The win leaves Leinster level with Harlequins on 13 points, with Conor O’Shea’s side just ahead on scoring difference. “If we’re good enough and we can get maximum points out of those two remaining games, or more points than Quins, we give ourselves a chance (of reaching the quarter-finals),” O’Connor said. “That’s not a bad place to be with bodies coming back into the group.” Harlequins director of rugby O’Shea was left frustrated after his charges only collected a losing bonus point from their trip to Dublin. As a collective, Quins performed to a higher level than Leinster but failed to clinch a precious away win that would have put them in clear control of the pool. They also ended the game down to 14 players following a late yellow card for lock Charlie Matthews, who was seen to raise his hand into Dominic Ryan’s face.
Robbie Henshaw handed Ireland an RBS 6 Nations fitness boost as Connacht thrashed Enisei-STM 47-5 to book a European Challenge Cup quarter-final at Grenoble. Brive’s resistance forced Newcastle to raise the level again, only for Hammersley to provide the match-winning riposte. Gloucester extended their record string of Challenge Cup victories to 15 by edging out Zebre 14-11 in Italy, booking a home quarter-final against Newport Gwent Dragons. Mark Atkinson could have been forgiven for expecting his second-half try to open the floodgates, but Gloucester needed fit-again Italy playmaker Kelly Haimona to miss a late penalty that would have secured a draw. Haimona also failed with a conversion shot after Dries van Schalkwyk’s late score had dragged Zebre back into the contest. In the end two second-half penalties from Billy Burns proved sufficient for Gloucester to complete a perfect pool-stage return. London Irish sneaked past Edinburgh to secure a quarter-final at Harlequins despite an inferior win record in the competition’s pool stages. A 31-17 bonus-point victory at Agen put Irish level on 17 points with Edinburgh in Pool Five, after the Scots lost out 34-23 at Grenoble. Grenoble had already topped the pool standings ahead of the final fixtures on Saturday night, but Irish pulled the rug out from underneath Edinburgh in the final throes of group action. Irish completed the round-robin stage with just three wins to Edinburgh’s four, but won out thanks to boasting the superior aggregate points haul in the two meetings between the teams in Pool Five. Edinburgh were left to rue a defeat in France that cost them a knockout stage berth and inflicted yet more misery after losing last year’s final 19-13 to Gloucester. Edinburgh led past the hour-mark, only for Gio Aplon’s late try brace to turn the tables. John Hardie and Will Helu claimed first-half tries for the Scots, with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne slotting two conversions and a penalty. Jonathan Wisniewski posted two penalties and converted Arnaud Heguy’s try to leave Edinburgh leading 17-13 at the break. Wisniewski and Hidalgo-Clyne slotted two penalties apiece in a tense third quarter, before Aplon’s two-try burst changed the entire qualification complexion. Luke Narraway, Tom Fowlie, Tom Smallbone and Fergus Mulchrone claimed the tries that handed London Irish their vital try bonus-point in their win at Agen. The visitors claimed a penalty try late on to seal their victory and safe passage to the last-eight, with Filipo Nakosi and Djalil Narjissi claiming scores for the hosts. Sale Sharks will host Montpellier in the other quarter-final, with both sides having already completed their pool-stage matches on Friday night. Matt Healy crossed twice, with Henshaw, Tiernan O’Halloran, Denis Buckley, Danie Poolman, Tom McCartney and Caolin Blade also on the scoresheet. Vitalii Orlov claimed the Siberian visitors’ solitary score, with Jurijs Baranovs’ 14th-minute yellow card sparking Connacht’s victory march. Simon Hammersley’s late second try secured Newcastle’s slender win over Brive, but was not enough to send the Falcons into the knock-out stages. Instead Dean Richards’ side stopped Brive progressing, in a stubborn performance at Kingston Park. Hammersley’s two tries bookended a gritty Newcastle showing, his second score securing the spoils but his third-minute opener helping the Falcons onto the front foot from the off. Tries from Alex Tait and Micky Young had Newcastle 23-3 to the good at the break, Craig Willis slotting a penalty and two conversions. Thomas Laranjeira’s penalty proved Brive’s only score of the half, but the Frenchmen hurtled back into the contest after the break. Nicolas Bezy and Poutasi Luafutu both crossed for Brive in the second half, with Laranjeira converting both and adding two penalties. Fit-again centre Henshaw claimed one of Connacht’s eight tries as Pat Lam’s side made the last-eight courtesy of their bonus-point victory – but also Newcastle Falcons’ 27-23 win over Brive. Battering-ram midfielder Henshaw had not featured since suffering a broken hand in November, but his timely return will boost Ireland boss Joe Schmidt’s Six Nations resources. Press Association