NEK Tasting Center one step closer to locating in downtown Newport

first_imgEden Ice Cider Company,The Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center, LLC is pleased to announce it has entered into a definitive Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement with Yves Cotnoir of Newport, Vermont. If completed, this means a number of local food-related entities will be located on Main Street Newport in the old â Downtown Discount’building.Bringing the Tasting Center project to this significant step of a Purchase and Sale Agreement is a team that includes Eden Ice Cider, Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association (NEKTTA) Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC), Community National Bank, as well as partnerships with private investors.â Eden Ice Cider is thrilled at the prospect of locating in downtown Newport,’said Eleanor Leger, co-owner of the award-winning Eden Ice Cider, currently located West Charleston, VT. â We are looking forward to the Tasting Center being another destination for experiencing local food talent as part of the Northeast Kingdomâ s (NEK) cultural heritage.âThe Tasting Center will house several area commercial producers including Eden Ice Cider; a bistro/restaurant, and potentially part of the storage and distribution operation of Green Mountain Farm to School ‘further contributing to making Newport a food hub. Visitors will taste and buy products, learn something about production, and enjoy a meal. The producers will create, market and distribute their wares from the center. The NEK Tasting Center will serve the Newport community by recognizing the hard work, innovation and creativity of local farmers, community gardens, and entrepreneurs who develop and expand businesses that will benefit from the Tasting Center.The Tasting Center will provide information about all Northeast Kingdom producers, not just those with operations in the Tasting Center, with opportunity for events and displays showcasing regional products.â The Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center is a vital link that will help connect residents and visitors alike with the locally sourced and produced foods and beverages of the region,’stated Gloria Bruce the Executive Director of the Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association (NEKTTA). â We have been supportive and engaged with this effort from the beginning; as such we are delighted to see the project move forward.âDowntown Newport is the most attractive location for the Tasting Center based on an analysis of traffic patterns, area demographics and visitor trade market values throughout the Northeast Kingdom. In addition, Newport has invested in a major redevelopment effort that has advantages for projects including reduced permitting time and cost, property tax stabilization programs and destination marketing programs. There are several other projects contemplated that all together will increase economic activity in the city in ways that would benefit the Tasting Center project.Two recent events highlight the continued momentum in Newport·       The Newport City Renaissance Corporation received a USDA RBEG grant in the amount of $171,000 in July 2011 to support marketing Newport as a food destination. These marketing activities directly benefit the Tasting Center. A portion of these funds supports the planning for the commercial/demonstration kitchen and local food distribution center through Green Mountain Farm to School.·       In August 2011, it was announced that a Bio-tech firm has committed to building a plant in Newport that will bring at least 200 jobs to the area.One other project that is still in early planning phase is the renovation of the Waterfront Plaza area to construct a resort hotel and conference center that would take advantage of the beautiful Lake Memphremagog waterfront.â Newport City Renaissance Corporation acts as a catalyst for community and economic development in downtown Newport,’said Patricia Sears, NCRCâ s Executive Director. â We are proud to be a partner in marketing the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center.ââ The Newport. Fresh by Nature. program connects local farms and producers with downtown Newportâ s restaurants, celebrates its community gardens, promotes the Newport Farmers’Market and markets downtown Newport as a culinary destination for a true farm to table experience,’Sears said. â Bringing the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center and its beautiful presentation to fruition supports the enhancement and expansion of businesses in downtown Newport and neighboring communities, resulting in protecting and creating jobs.âPlanning for the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center project is supported in part by local, state and federal funds.Newport City Renaissance Corporation 6.7.2012last_img read more

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National Life newest VBSR champion

first_imgNational Life Group,Vermont Business Magazine The Board of Directors for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) is happy to announce that National Life has become VBSR’s newest Champion Member. “Do good, be good and make good. Those are values that National Life aspires to, and they resonate with VBSR and our members,” said VBSR executive director Jane Campbell. “As a mission-driven company, National Life strives to make the world a better place through their charitable foundation, paid volunteer time for employees, environmentally sustainable and healthy work sites, and fun, family friendly events that promote the work of nonprofits in their communities. We are thrilled to welcome National Life as a Champion Member of our organization.”“We’re delighted to support the good work that VBSR does every day, and to join like-minded businesses that share our values,” said Mehran Assadi, chairman, president and chief executive officer of National Life. “Our commitment to those values is deeply ingrained in our purpose-filled, mission-driven culture. It’s the key ingredient behind our success as one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in the country over the past decade. We call it LOVE – we Live Our Values Everyday.”Campbell noted that Champion Members are VBSR’s highest level of membership. These members help the organization sustain programming and policy work throughout the year. Because of the high level of visibility involved with this level of support, each Champion Member must be voted on and approved by the VBSR board of directors. National Life was unanimously approved to become VBSR’s 14th Champion Member.VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance a business ethic that values people and planet as much as profit. Through economic development, education, public influence, and networking, VBSR strives to help 700+ members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state’s residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org(link is external).Important DatesOctober 24: VBSR Networking Get-Together Hosted by Black River Produce(link is external) (Springfield) – Register Today!October 30: Everyone’s Economic Opportunity in Climate Action(link is external) (Middlebury)November 7: Creating Irresistible Companies(link is external) (Killington) – Register Today!last_img read more

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Welch bill extends North Country National Scenic Trail into Vermont

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Late Tuesday, the US House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation authored by Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) and Representative Richard Nolan (D-MN) that extends the North Country National Scenic Trail from Crown Point, NY, into Addison County, linking it to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail via Vermont’s Long Trail. The North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST), established in 1980, is one of eleven designated National Scenic Trails administered by the National Park Service. It currently links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas across seven states stretching from North Dakota to New York.The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST) extends from Georgia to Maine, traversing Vermont.“It is always a good day when you are hiking in the Green Mountains,” said Welch. “With Vermont hosting both the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail, Vermonters have a rich tradition of trail-hiking. Connecting the North Country Trail to the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail will provide Vermonters with even more opportunities for hiking, recreation, tourism, and economic development.”In addition to extending the NCNST into Vermont and connecting it to the ANST via the Long Trail, the bill also incorporates more than 400 miles of existing Minnesota trails into the system.“The Green Mountain Club fully supports the connection of the NCNST to the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail in Vermont,” said Michael DeBonis, Executive Director of the Green Mountain Club. “As the maintainer and protector of the oldest long distance hiking trail in the nation, GMC is excited about the opportunity to expand hiking opportunities in the state. We thank Congressman Welch for his leadership supporting Vermont’s recreation resources and providing more opportunities for residents and visitors to get out and experience the beauty of Vermont’s mountains and valleys.”“Federal recognition of this trail’s value is energizing for the conservation and recreation sectors,” said Jamie Montague, the Executive Director of the Middlebury Area Land Trust. “It validates the importance of working with both a grassroots and nation-wide approach on access to public lands.  The demonstration of bipartisan support for NCNST reinforces that access to nature is a right for all, regardless of political, economic, or cultural identities.”The Welch-Nolan bill now goes to the Senate for approval. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate which is cosponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders.The legislation has the support of environmental and conservation groups as well as the communities through which the trail extension will pass. The text of H.R. 1026 can be found HERE(link is external).Source: Welch 6.6.2018last_img read more

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Tata Consultancy Services backs Cervélo TestTeam

first_img Related Cervélo TestTeam has added Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become the official consulting and IT technology partner of the cycling team. TCS joins bike industry leaders, and founding Cervélo TestTeam partners, Zipp, Speedplay, Vittoria, 3T, Rotor Bike Components, fi’zi:k and Castelli.In addition to the partnership, TCS, a leading international IT services, business solution and outsourcing firm, will provide ‘in-kind support in the form of technology services.’“We are immensely pleased to have Tata Consultancy Services as our official consulting and IT technology partner. As a global leader in IT, TCS has improved the business performance of some of the leading companies in the world. We are looking to draw upon this same expertise to improve the performance of our cycling team,” said Gerard Vroomen, co-founder of Cervélo.TCS is already well known in the sports world, as it supports the Formula 1 racing team Ferrari, plus Ducati and several major marathons worldwide. “We have been partnering with leading sports teams like Cervélo in order to strengthen our global brand, by associating with teams that share the same values that drive our own company: a passion for excellence, success through teamwork, and a commitment to world-class quality,” said John Lenzen, Chief Marketing Officer of TCS.TCS will put together a specialized outfit to work with Cervélo TestTeam to identify how technology can be better used to optimise the performance of the team.“We are happy to welcome a new international and high-end partner on board,” said Joop Alberda, General Manager of Cervélo TestTeam.“This relationship with Tata Consultancy Services brings us one step closer to our dream of creating a ‘Houston Control’ environment in the cycling world. This will help our riders become better and better, ensuring a steady improvement in performance. We are also excited to work with TCS to promote the sport of cycling in India.”www.cervelo.comwww.tcs.comlast_img read more

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With opening of hearing aid center, Village Shops’ Tomahawk Road stretch fully occupied

first_imgThe strip of storefronts along Tomahawk Road at the Village Shops is now fully occupied for the first time in several years.With the opening of a new Beltone hearing aid center at 6397 Tomahawk Road — the space most recently occupied by C. Jack’s Quiche — earlier this month, the shopping center’s most heavily trafficked strip is once again full.The new Beltone center is one of six in the Kansas City area. The business, where people can be tested and fitted for hearing aids, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment on Saturday.The C. Jack’s space was one of just three left open at the center earlier this year. The other two, both located in the new retail building that now houses Starbucks, will be filled in coming months by Fitness Culture, a fitness apparel store, and Chipotle, at which point the center will be fully occupied.last_img read more

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Literacy Connects Purchases Former Church Complex in Tucson

first_imgCBRE has negotiated the sale of a former church and school complex located at 200 E. Yavapai Rd. in Tucson. The 14,921 SF building, which sits on a 4-acre parcel, commanded a sale price of $375,000.Ian Stuart with CBRE’s Tucson office represented the seller, a northern California-based green homebuilder. The buyer, Literacy Connects of Tucson, was represented by Nancy McClure and Michael Laatsch, also with CBRE’s Tucson office.“We’ve been looking for years to find the right property to pull all our programs together,” said Betty Stauffer, executive director of Literacy Connects. “This building is ideally set up to allow us to use much of what is there and open sections of the building as we complete construction.”The seller first purchased the property in November 2005. Their initial plans to tear down the existing structure and develop green, single-family housing in its place were stalled with the market downturn. Taking into consideration current market conditions and recognizing the opportunity make good on their goal of positively impacting the Tucson community, the seller was pleased to work with CBRE and negotiate the sale to Literacy Connects.Literacy Connects, founded in July 2011 by the merger of five literacy organizations, is about how we – as individuals, neighborhoods, organizations and businesses – share a human connection around literacy that helps us learn, grow and have a voice. Currently, the organization’s five programs operate out of separate facilities. With this purchase, Literacy Connects will be able to operate all programs out of one facility, creating a better environment for each program to share in the opportunities and resources needed to support the learning goals of individuals in our community. Literacy Connects will renovate the former the facility before taking occupancy. Originally built in 1975, the facility was previously occupied by a private school and a church. The property currently consists of a 300+ person auditorium and eight classrooms that could be split in half to create 16. There are also two basketball courts, a playground and baseball/ soccer field on site.last_img read more

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Goofy Rocks Lifting Spirits Around Los Alamos

first_imgCreative rocks lifting spirits around Los Alamos including these rocks sending the message that ‘It’s fun to stay at the YMCA!” Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.comlast_img

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Tesco town bids for eco-town

first_imgBritain’s biggest retailer plans to build a large ‘environmentally friendly’ store in the centre of the proposed town in a move that will further increase Tesco’s high-street dominance.Its involvement in the eco-town programme has surprised campaigners. They are concerned that Tesco has withheld its identity from planning proposals. The move may also revive fears over ‘land-banking’, the controversial supermarket practice of owning large tracts of undeveloped land.One of the towns shortlisted last week for potential development – Hanley Grange in Cambridgeshire – was put forward by a company called Jarrow Investments. Jarrow owns much of the land on behalf of Tesco.last_img read more

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Big Star Energy acquires helium acreage

first_imgThe new acreage was secured by 22 new leases won at the February State land auction and 8 new leases from private mineral owners.Commenting on the acquisition, Big Star Managing Director Joanne Kendrick said, “I am delighted by our success at the recent state auction where we saw an increase in competition for leases, supporting our opinion of the perspectivity in the area and specifically at the Enterprise location.” “Our leasing programme will continue this quarter with a focus on increasing net acreage over key prospects. At the same time, we are working on well location selection, drilling planning and prospective resource estimation.” Big Star Energy has leased acreage covering a total of 15 soil gas sample locations which returned helium readings significantly above atmospheric concentrations.Read more like this – subscribe todayEnjoyed this story? Subscribe to gasworld today and take advantage of even more great insights and exclusives in industrial gases.Visit www.gasworld.com/subscribe to access all content and choose the right subscription for you.last_img read more

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Pannone launches ‘white label’ legal services

first_imgA Manchester firm has launched a new division to tap into the customer base of major retail, insurance and financial services companies. Pannone is negotiating with several potential partners to join its ‘white label’ legal services division, known as Affinity Solutions, with one unnamed business already signed up and talks ongoing with a number of others. The firm will offer services including employment advice, consumer disputes, conveyancing, remortgaging and fast-track accident and injury claims. Pannone is the latest firm to announce its intentions ahead of the Legal Services Act coming fully into force in October, when companies can look for external investment and non-law firms can offer legal services for the first time. Andrew Morton, leading the Affinity Solutions division of Pannone, predicted the industry has nothing to fear from new entrants, despite cynics warning of a doomsday scenario and claiming they will take business away from law firms. He said: ‘A number of these new entrants to the marketplace know how to provide excellent service to their existing customers while arguably many in the legal sector do not. ‘So an organisation that places as much emphasis on good service as well as providing excellent legal advice has to be of benefit to the consumer.’ Last week national firm Irwin Mitchell announced its intention to seek external investment as it became one of the first to make public its plans for the LSA.last_img read more

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