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first_imgCompetitive Computing (C2) Awarded GSA Schedule 70 ContractAward enables federal customers to purchase business-critical IT solutionsCOLCHESTER, VT October 15, 2008 Competitive Computing (C2), a recognized leader in strategic IT solutions for business, government and higher education institutes, announced today that they were awarded a Schedule 70 contract by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the procurement arm of the federal government. The GSA Schedule is the preferred vehicle for government buyers; product and service providers who have contracts on the GSA Schedule are more likely to be selected by government purchasing agents.”The use of the GSA Schedule has become an essential practice among government contracting companies,” Melissa Dever, VP of Engineering, C2 commented. “C2 has been a leading provider of application development and infrastructure solutions for State Government for nearly 10 years, delivering high-end solutions such as permit application systems, tourism websites, strategic enterprise analysis projects, and large-scale virtualization projects. The award will enable us to provide the government with a full array of IT services, including streamlined intranet, extranet and commerce solutions, networking, virtualization, and custom information system design and implementation, without the need for lengthy and costly RFP responses.Federal customers can access information about C2s services through the GSA Schedules e-Library (http://www.gsaelibrary.gsa.gov/(link is external)) by searching by the contract number (Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) GS-35F-0536U), Competitive Computing, or other keywords referencing the service being sought. They can also place orders on-line through GSA Advantage (http://www.gsaadvantage.gov/(link is external)).About C2Competitive Computing (C2) is an IT consulting firm that helps businesses, government organizations and educational institutes achieve competitive advantage by leveraging advanced technology solutions. C2 provides a complementary suite of service offerings that include enterprise infrastructure, application solutions, strategic technology planning, and managed support & hosting services. Built on industry-leading technologies including Microsoft, EMC, Dell and VMware, C2s solutions are designed for integration with enterprise and third-party systems. C2 is a women-owned, small business celebrating its 15th year in business in 2008. For more information visit www.competitive.com(link is external).About GSAGSA is the premier federal acquisition and procurement force offering equipment, supplies, telecommunications, and integrated information technology solutions to customer agencies. Acting as a catalyst for nearly $66 billion in federal spending, it accounts for more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars. Approximately 12,000 GSA employees provide valuable support to other federal agencies and the general public.Contact:Jennifer HaveyMarketing Communications802-764-1700jennifer.havey@competitive.com(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

first_imgMore than half of federal transportation spending in fiscal year (FY) 2008 was directed to programs that contain subsidies, according to Subsidyscope, an initiative of Pew’s Economic Policy Group. The analysis comes from a new comprehensive online database on all spending on subsidy programs in the transportation sector. While Vermont received the lowest total amount, it ranked seventh in per capita funding, which was the highest in the Northeast.The project collected and aggregated data from USAspending.gov and other sources and built a searchable database of federal transportation spending; users can query by grant recipient, state, government program and many other parameters. The database includes information from 2000-2008.”Federal transportation subsidies cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year and are surprisingly hard to uncover,” said Subsidyscope project director Marcus Peacock. “At a time when lawmakers are concerned about the growing budget deficit, this information will help leaders make informed choices and set spending priorities.”In addition to creating the public database, Subsidyscope has produced several analyses of the sector. Some of the findings include:More than $45 billion of federal transportation spending in FY2008 was directed to programs that contain subsidies, an increase of around 20 percent since FY2000. The types of subsidies can be broken down into four categories: direct expenditures; tax expenditures; risk transfers; and contracts. Comparing direct expenditures by transportation mode, in FY2008, $30 billion was spent on highways, nearly $9 billion on mass transit, nearly $3 billion on aviation, $1 billion on rail, $387 million on maritime and $126 million was spent on other programs such as pipelines and recreational trails. Spending on tax expenditures and risk transfers totaled less than $4 billion.From fiscal years 2000 through 2008, California received the most transportation funding of any state – more than $38 billion. Vermont received the least, $1.5 billion (7th in per capita at $2,444). However, California received the least transportation aid per resident — $1,038. Alaska received the most money per capita, $8,183, almost eight times higher than California and nearly twice the next highest state (Wyoming $4,552). Higher subsidies per capita were generally found among the least populated states.The biggest transportation tax break is to employees for parking costs. In fiscal year 1998 the government lost an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue through this benefit. By fiscal year 2008, the number almost doubled to nearly $3 billion. By fiscal year 2014, it’s expected to reach almost $4 billion.Over the next several months, Subsidyscope will release spending and subsidy information on additional transportation-related programs, many of which have received little public scrutiny.Please visit www.subsidyscope.org(link is external) for access to all available databases as well as further information on federal subsidies.Subsidyscope is an initiative of Pew’s Economic Policy Group. The project aggregates information on federal subsidies from multiple sources and offers a comprehensive, searchable, open-source database of direct expenditures, which serves as a gateway for press, policymakers, advocates and the public. The project is guided by a broad and bipartisan advisory board of budget, fiscal and transparency experts and is assisted by its technology partner, the Sunlight Foundation.The Pew Charitable Trusts (www.pewtrusts.org(link is external)) is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. We partner with a diverse range of donors, public and private organizations and concerned citizens who share our commitment to fact-based solutions and goal-driven investments to improve society.Source: Pew Charitable Trust. WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

first_imgThe Carbon War Room, a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change, today announced the first wave of cities selected to participate in the Green Capital Global Challenge.Participant cities were selected from across the United States, Canada and Europe, after the Carbon War Room received an overwhelmingnumber of applications from cities around the world.  They include:  Atlanta, Babylon (New York), Burlington(Vermont), Charleston (South Carolina), Chicago, Gainesville (Florida), New York City, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco,Washington D.C., Toronto, Vancouver, London, Birmingham (England), and Copenhagen.”In this time of uncertainty around the ability and resolve of governments to lead the planet to low-carbon prosperity, it is up to businesses and cities to step up and assume responsibility,” said Sir Richard Branson, Co-Founder of the Carbon War Room.  “Mayors are the entrepreneurs of the civic world who realize their pivotal role in the fight against climate change.”Many participating mayors around the world echoed Sir Branson’s sentiments, citing this as a tremendous opportunity for their cities to engage in a healthy competition that will be a key step in moving many of their pioneering initiatives forward – ranging from green building initiatives and renewable energy programs to achieving full carbon neutrality.  Moreover, all mayors agreed that this is an initiative that will reduce energy costs, create green jobs that will improve their economic competitiveness, and, most importantly, improve the quality of life of their citizens.  “These cities are committed to taking immediate action to be a part of a movement that will create jobs, help local economies thrive, and green cities around the world,” said Jigar Shah, Chief Executive Officer of the Carbon War Room.  “These cities, along with many others that applied for the first wave, have pioneering sustainability visions, but they cannot do it on their own.  The Carbon War Room is committed to working with them to create the mechanisms that will allow cities and the private sector to work together to make these visions a reality.””We were inspired by the quality and quantity of nominations in the selection process,” said Peter Boyd, Director of Operations of the Carbon War Room.  “We will be working hard alongside the first wave of cities to help connect them with the private capital they need to improve energy efficiency of their buildings, and create jobs in their cities.”Launched by the Carbon War Room during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the ‘Green Capital – Global Challenge’ is a two year program that seeks to mobilize capital and resources into city-led energy efficiency initiatives that will culminate in a review of results achieved in London, during the summer of 2012.By the end of this year, the Green Capital – Global Challenge will look to engage with a second wave of cities to further promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.  The next round of nominations for cities looking to join in the Challenge will close 15th September 2010.  Today’s announcement follows closely behind the ‘Creating Climate Wealth’ summit hosted by the Carbon War Room last week in Washington, D.C.  Working in close concert with entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” from the government, nonprofit, and corporate communities, the Summit was designed to identify the policies, market frameworks, and programs that will clear the barriers to wealth creation in the new low carbon economy. Though the Green Capital Global Challenge was already well under way, responding to the challenges and opportunities of improving energy efficiency in the built environment was one of the many topics explored by attendees.About the Carbon War RoomThe Carbon War Room harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to implement market-driven solutions to climate change. The War Room’s unique approach focuses on bringing together successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, policy experts, researchers, and thought leaders to focus on market-driven solutions. For more information, visit www.carbonwarroom.com(link is external).SOURCE The Carbon War Room. WASHINGTON, April 28,2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

first_imgComm for Children w/ Special Health Care NeedsLouisvilleKy. The Oklahoma Family Network, Inc.Oklahoma CityOkla. Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming, IncBuffaloWyo. Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.WashingtonDC PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CTNorthfordConn. Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Inc.CranstonR.I. Bayou Land Families Helping FamiliesThibodauxLa. Delaware Family Voices, Inc.New CastleDel. Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership CenterPittsburghPa. Parent to Parent of NYSTupper LakeN.Y. Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of New JerseyNewarkN.J. Family Voices of OhioColumbusOhio University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgMiss. Idaho Parents Unlimited Inc.BoiseIdaho Parent to Parent of Georgia, Inc.AtlantaGa. Oregon Health and Science UniversityPortlandOre. The Parent’s Place of MarylandGlen BurnieMd. The University of IowaIowa CityIowa Support for Families of Children w/ DisabilitiesSan FranciscoCalif. Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.DunedinFla. SEMHA PPA FCCYSHCNDetroitMich. Exceptional Children’s Assistance CenterDavidsonN.C. West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc.ClarksburgW.Va. The Arc of IllinoisFrankfortIll. Family Voices of North Dakota, IncEdgeleyN.D. PACER Center Inc.MinneapolisMinn. Arkansas Disability CoalitionLittle RockArk. Raising Special KidsPhoenixAriz. Washington PAVETacomaWash. Utah Parent CenterSalt Lake CityUtah Hawaii Pediatric Association Research & Education FoundationHonoluluHawaii Vermont Family NetworkWillistonVt. Non-Competitive Awards Parents, Let’s Unite for KidsBillingsMont. OrganizationCityState The Arc Wisconsin Disability AssociationMadisonWis. Stone Soup GroupAnchorageAlaska Families Together, Inc.WichitaKan. Family TIES of Nevada, IncRenoNev. For more information on the program, and other HRSA maternal and child health programs, visithttp://www.mchb.hrsa.gov/(link is external).  For additional information on the Affordable Care Act, visit  http://www.healthcare.gov/index.html(link is external) .The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov(link is external) .SOURCE Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) ROCKVILLE, Md., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Curators, University of MissouriKansas CityMo. Federation for Children with Special NeedsRoxbury CrossingMass. Colorado Nonprofit Development CenterDenverColo. Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.ColumbiaS.C. Maine Parent FederationAugustaMaine Family Voices of Alabama Inc.MobileAla. Family Voices IndianaGrangerInd. Tennessee Disability CoalitionNashvilleTenn. Parents Reaching Out to HelpAlbuquerqueN.M. NH Coalition for Citizens w/DisabilitiesConcordN.H. PTI NebraskaOmahaNeb. South Dakota Parent Connection, Inc.Sioux FallsS.D. Texas Parent to ParentAustinTexas HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $4.9 million in new and continuing grants to support the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, primarily non-profit organizations run by and for families with children with special health care needs, including Vermont Family Network. Funding for the centers was extended through 2012 by the Affordable Care Act. Created in 2005, the centers are state-wide, family-led organizations that provide information, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them. “In the last year, the work of these Family to Family Health Information Centers has had a real impact on the families, and community and state systems that serve them,” said Secretary Sebelius.  “After working with these Centers, more than 90 percent of the families surveyed,  reported they were helped in finding or navigating community services for their children with special health care needs.”The Family-to-Family Health Information Centers are staffed by trained family leaders who have children with special health care needs, and expertise in navigating federal, state and local public and private health care systems. These Centers are also staffed by and/or linked with health professionals. HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) oversees the program.”More than 900,000 families of children with special health care needs were served at Centers in the past year,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.  “And over 400,000 providers and other professionals were able to benefit from their services, making invaluable information regarding the needs of these children more widely available than ever before.”Since the program’s inception, Family-to-Family Health Information Centers have served hundreds of thousands of families and health care providers.  Today’s funding will support 51 centers, of which six are newly HRSA-supported (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, and Oregon).  Each grant award is up to $95,700 per year.Family-to Family Health Centers Fiscal Year 2011 Competitive Awards Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondVa.last_img read more

first_imgThe 2011 Volunteering in America report lists the Burlington area 8th among 75 comparable cities in the area of volunteerism. The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The Volunteering in America research, released by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is part of the most comprehensive national study conducted on volunteerism. Nationally, volunteers served nearly 8.1 billion hours in their communities ‘ valued at nearly $173 billion. The report covers 2007-2010 and shows the Burlington area with a Volunteer Rate of 37.7%, compared to 36.5% nationally, and 42 volunteer hours per resident annually, compared to 34.1 hours nationally. Burlington’s volunteerism has been supported in many ways by the City’s VISTA program. This past year, CEDO VISTAs recruited 842 volunteers who performed 10,464 hours of service.  Over the 17 years of the city’s VISTA program, members recruited tens of thousands of volunteers statewide. ‘The CEDO AmeriCorps VISTA program has been an incredible asset to the Burlington community.  These dedicated members, who are giving a year of their lives to build capacity in local agencies, work 24-7 in order to combat poverty,’ said CEDO’s Laura Hale.  ‘Their efforts to build sustainable volunteer programs have created opportunities for tens of thousands of volunteers to serve over the last 18 years.’ ‘Whether cleaning and greening neighborhoods, tutoring schoolchildren, helping local non-profits, participating in restorative justice panels, or doing many, many other things, volunteers have a tremendously positive impact on our community,’ said Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss. ‘Thank you to local volunteers for all of your efforts to make Burlington a better place for everyone.’ Acting CEO of CNCS, Robert Velasco II said, ‘As organizations are struggling to provide more services with fewer resources, volunteers of all ages are stepping up to help fill in the gaps. The commitment, time, and talent of Burlington’s volunteers is admirable, further proving that everyone has a role in making America great.’ CNCS supports Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and other national service programs that drive innovation and problem solving through service.About the Volunteering In America Report:The Volunteering In America report is a partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau for Labor Statistics to collect volunteering data annually through the Current Population Survey’s (CPS) Supplement on Volunteering. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households (approximately 100,000 adults), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Volunteers are defined as individuals ages 16 and over who perform unpaid volunteer activities for or through an organization. The report includes information for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 198 cities, including 51 large cities, 75 mid-size cities, and 72 additional cities, based on Metropolitan Statistical Areas.  For more information, visit VolunteeringInAmerica.gov, where the complete report can be accessed. About the Corporation for National and Community Service:The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov. About Burlington’s We All Belong AmeriCorps*State ProgramVermont is changing and becoming more reflective of a global and national citizenry.  The We All Belong Initiative works with service providers in the Greater Burlington area to change how they do business in order to better serve our diversifying community.  This includes how and what services are provided, hiring of staff, recruiting volunteers and Board members and how decisions are made.  The We All Belong Program’s mission is to provide the tools and resources for organizations to build their cultural and linguistic competence so that they can provide more culturally relevant services, and then truly be more inclusive and welcoming.  The goal of the initiative is to increase the cultural competency of schools and organizations to serve low-income and racially/ethnically diverse groups.  More information available at www.cedoburlington.org(link is external).last_img read more

first_img                                                Nightly Lodging                       $3.91 daily                                                Full Room                                $23.54 weekly                                                Full room & Board                  $81.31 per week Vermont law requires all employers to post the minimum wage rates. Updated posters for both the minimum wage and meals and lodging allowance can be found at the Vermont Department of Labor’s website (www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external)) under the ‘News’ section. Information about the minimum wage or other wage and hour regulations impacting Vermont’s workforce can be found through the Vermont Department of Labor website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external) or contact the Department of Labor Wage and Hour program at 802-828-0267.VT Dept of Labor. 11.4.2011 The Department of Labor announced today that the state minimum wage will be increasing to $8.46 per hour from $8.15 per hour on January 1, 2012.  Vermont’s minimum wage increases at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as calculated in August, for the preceding year, or at 5%, which ever is less.  In addition, the same increase applies to the basic wage rate for tipped employees and the maximum tip credit allowed, as well as the State allowed rates for employer provided rooms and meals, that may be deducted from an employees pay.  All these changes stem from the CPI increase of one and one tenth percent, from 2.7% to 3.8%. Accordingly the basic wage rate for ‘service and tipped’ employees will increase to $4.10 per hour from $3.95.  Service or tipped employees may include individuals working in industries such as hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants that customarily and regularly receive more than $120.00 a month in tips for direct and personal service.  Tipped employees’ (as well as other employees) total earnings during a pay period must equal or exceed $8.46 per hour.  If a combination of tips and the basic wage do not meet that requirement, the employer must make up the difference.  An employer may deduct from wages earned, an allowance for meals and lodging actually furnished and accepted.  The allowances and the increased rates as of January 1, 2012 are as follows:                                                                                               Breakfast                                 $2.85 dailyLunch                                      $3.20 daily                                                Dinner                                     $3.56 daily                                                Full Board                               $9.61 daily or $67.29 per weeklast_img read more

first_imgThere’s a lot of commotion about the deals, events, snow and celebrations happening in Vermont this month. It’s all true: there’s family fun served up for the heartiest of skiers, riders and revelers alike. In addition to the launch of www.RideVermont.com(link is external), Ski Vermont has the $29 Learn To Ski & Ride Month promotion, free Nordic ski and snowshoeing on Winter Trails Day and ski resorts are fully equipped to please – from first chair to bed hair.Plus, with Vermont’s unrivaled snowmaking process, resorts have the power to deliver with a combined snow gun capacity to lay a foot of snow on 60 acres in an hour – that’s like filling Gillette Stadium with 40 feet in just one hour.Here’s Martin Luther King Holiday and January deals and happenings:Bolton Valley is Like Recess, Only It Lasts All Day and Into the NightFamilies come in all shapes and sizes, especially those that travel on family ski vacations together. And while dad may want to catch first chair, mom may be looking for a swim in the pool. The…Read Full ReleaseFamily Holidays in January at Stowe Mountain ResortCome enjoy the Starlight Snowshoe Tour: a first for Stowe Mountain Lodge this winter. This tour will catch last chair on the Sensation Quad…Read Full ReleaseStratton has a Series of MLK Events to ExploreStratton Mountain Resort in southern Vermont has something on tap for every member of the family, from the diaper set to the high flying park kids to coffee by the fire place types. Martin…Read Full ReleaseJanuary is SuperSaver Month at Smugglers’ Notch ResortFamily fun at Smugglers’ Notch Resort runs the gamut from a to z ‘ airboarding to zip lining ‘ so it’s no wonder the Resort has been recognized as #1 for its family programs…Read Full ReleaseEnjoy S’mores, Scavenger Hunts and Snowshoe Tours at Trapp Family LodgeThe Trapp Family Lodge offers activities to delight every age. Home to the first cross country ski center in the country, the 100 kilometer trail network includes terrain suitable for every level…Read Full ReleaseMount Snow a Mecca of Family Fun, Activities and DealsFamilies come first at Mount Snow Resort in Southern Vermont where family friendly activities, deals and amenities are available every day of the winter season including ski and snowboard lessons…Read Full ReleaseFamily Fun and Martin Luther King Weekend Events at SugarbushAsk any local and they’ll tell you ‘life is better in the Mad River Valley.’ Ask them why, and they’ll declare ‘that’s the way we want it.’ The same…Read Full ReleaseMagic Mountain’s MLK Festivities Include the Alakazaam Tube ParkMagic Mountain kicked off January with the opening of its family fun Alakazaam Tube Park conveniently located at the base of the mountain in beautiful Londonderry, Vermont. The tube park will…Read Full ReleaseOkemo January White Sale and MLK OfferJohn Wanamaker, of Philadelphia department store fame, is credited with the invention of the January White Sale in 1878, but Okemo Mountain Resort has reinvented it in 2012. Okemo is offering some…Read Full ReleaseThe Winter Dew Tour Comes to Killington on January 19-22Entering its fourth season, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2011-12 Winter Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at the Toyota…Read Full Releaselast_img read more