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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Porsche launches new 911 Carrera C4 at Vermont’s Sugarbush Resort

first_imgPorsche Cars North Americas latest launch unveils a unique approach for the company. Dealers from PCNA Area East will host groups of clients at Sugarbush to experience the all-new 911 Carrera 4S first hand in wintry conditions. Porsche is thrilled to be able to showcase the winter driving capabilities of the all-new 911 Carrera 4S model in such an exquisite environment as the one created for us here at Sugarbush said Mick Pallardy, Porsches Area East Vice President.  It provides the vehicles with the perfect situation in which to demonstrate the truly confident everyday AWD characteristics of the 911, when properly equipped.   The Porsche Winter Driving Experience features both on-road and off-road testing of the Porsche vehicles. Sugarbush Resort Golf Club driving range will transform into an off-road track that features a slalom course, skid pad and hairpin turns to test the capabilities of the all-new 911 Carrera 4S. The road drive–a scenic route through Vermonts Mad River Valley on winding mountain roads, over covered bridges and past working landscapes– tests various Porsche vehicles in everyday winter conditions. The Porsche Panamera 4 and the Porsche Cayenne Diesel will also be available for driving. We are very excited to be partnering with Porsche on this event, and discover the limits of these fascinating sports cars, said President of Sugarbush Resort, Win Smith.The Porsche Winter Driving Experience at Sugarbush features morning and afternoon driving sessions. Each session includes guided driving by Porsche Sport Driving School instructors for both the on-road and track sessions. Guests of the event will lodge at the Clay Brook Hotel and Residences, Sugarbushs slopeside accommodations.Warren, VT (January 7, 2013) Sugarbush Resort,To introduce the all-new 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche Cars North America is joining forces with Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont to host a unique winter driving program for prospective Porsche customers. The Porsche Winter Driving Experience will run from Jan. 22 27, 2013. The all-new 911 Carrera 4S features a 3.8-liter boxer engine that delivers 400 horsepower at 7,400 RPM and has a top track speed of 185 mph. The all-new 911 Carrera 4S combines power and winter driving performance with the intelligent Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive system.last_img read more

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Revised permit requirements for pet shops and breeders

first_imgAct 30, passed during the 2013 legislative session, amended the Pet Merchant licensing program that was historically managed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM).  In its prior form, the Pet Merchant licensing program mandated that all hobby breeders and retail pet shops license with VAAFM.Effective July 1st, Act 30 now mandates that all qualified hobby pet breeders obtain a Pet Dealer permit from their town of residence, rather than a license from VAAFM. Act 30 defines a ‘Pet Dealer’as any person who sells or exchanges, or who offers to sell or exchange, cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids, or any combination thereof, from three or more litters from cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids in any 12-month period. Pet Dealers must apply to the municipal clerk of the town or city in which the cats, dogs, or wolf-hybrids are kept for a Pet Dealer permit, and the annual permit fee is $25.00.  Pet Dealer facility inspections may be performed at the town’s discretion.  The Pet Dealer licensing requirement does not apply to pet shops, animal shelters or rescue organizations.Retail and wholesale pet shops, formerly licensed as Pet Merchants, are now required to license with VAAFM as Pet Shops.  Act 30 defines a ‘Pet Shop’as a place of retail or wholesale business, including a flea market, which is not part of a private dwelling, where cats, dogs, wolf-hybrids, rabbits, rodents, birds, fish, reptiles, or other vertebrates are maintained or displayed for the purpose of sale or exchange to the general public.  Businesses that sell horses or livestock, including cattle, sheep, goats, swine, and domestic fowl, are exempt from the pet shop licensing requirement.  The Pet Shop license period is from April 1 to March 31 of each year, and the annual license fee is $150. For more information on the Pet Dealer permitting and Pet Shop licensing programs, please visit the Animal Health section of the VAAFM website atwww.agriculture.vermont.gov(link is external). About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.  www.Agriculture.Vermont.Gov(link is external)last_img read more

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Welch relocates Vermont office to state-of-the-art energy efficient historic building in Burlington

first_imgRepresentative Peter Welch, the House leader on energy efficiency issues, announced today the relocation of his Vermont office to an historic and energy efficient building in Burlington’s South End.    The Innovation Center of Vermont, built in 1894 as the Queen City Cotton Mill, is the former home of General Dynamics and the current home of Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s energy efficiency utility.  The building is highly energy efficient, harnessing geothermal energy for cooling and achieving an overall 99 percent Energy Star rating.   ‘We look forward to serving Vermonters from this new location,’ said Welch. ‘The Innovation Center is a model of energy efficiency and a flagship for some of the latest efficiency technology.’ Rep. Welch has introduced a series of bills in the House on energy efficiency modeled after Vermont’s pioneering efficiency programs. He is the founder of both the House Energy Saving Performance Caucus and the House High Performance Building Caucus. Vermonters seeking assistance with federal agencies or to give input on federal issues can visit the new office at: 128 Lakeside AvenueSuite 235Burlington, Vermont 05401 The phone numbers and website are unchanged: 888-605-7270 (toll free)802-652-2450www.welch.house.gov(link is external)Burlington, VT. (September 24th, 2013)’ Rep. Peter Welchlast_img read more

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FairPoint expands coverage in Eden, Hyde Park and Johnson

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications in northern New England, has expanded broadband to more than 120 homes and businesses in Eden, Hyde Park and Johnson.’ FairPoint’s new fiber-based, high-capacity network offers customers a better, faster way to communicate.’ ‘Our next-generation network allows us to expand broadband service into areas with no high-speed Internet access and provide enhanced services across the state,’ said Beth Fastiggi, FairPoint state president for Vermont. ‘Broadband availability opens the doors to the world for the residents and businesses in Vermont and is fundamental to the state’s future economic growth.’’ FairPoint provides residential speed options up to 15Mbps. Broadband service on the next-generation network means customers can smoothly stream live video, play online games and upload photos and large files with ease.’  Reliable broadband access provides almost instant connections to information, news and entertainment.‘ FairPoint’s broadband Internet service will reach customers along all or portions of the following streets: ‘ In Eden: Ober Hill Road and Route 100.In Hyde Park: Deer Run Lane, Ferry Street, Heath Road, Locke Avenue, Mudget Drive, Mudgett Hill Road, North Hyde Park Road and Route 100.In Johnson: Ober Hill Road and Windy Hill Drive.’ FairPoint has invested nearly $100 million in its network in the Green Mountain State and has added 1,100 miles of new fiber, providing high-speed access to more than 90 percent of its Vermont service areas.’  SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (Dec. 17, 2013) ‘ FairPoint Communications, Inclast_img read more

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UVM Medical Center and UVM College of Nursing receive $175,000 in grants from KeyBank Foundation

first_imgKeyBank,The University of Vermont Medical Center,University of Vermont,(Left to right)  Eileen Whalen, president and COO of the UVM Medical Center; Don Baker, market president of KeyBank in Vermont; Mary Val Palumbo, associate professor at the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Patty Prelock, dean of the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Kate FitzPatrick, chief nursing officer at the UVM Medical Center; Dr. John Brumsted, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network; Brigitte Ritchie, director of Community Relations at KeyBank; Kevin McAteer, chief development officer at the UVM Medical Center Foundation.Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center and The University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences today received a total of $175,000 from the KeyBank Foundation to strengthen the nursing profession and support construction of a new inpatient bed facility. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) will receive $75,000 to match a grant from the AARP/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Future for Nursing: Campaign for Action.” These funds will help spur an increase in the number of nurses who pursue baccalaureate degrees in Vermont, implement a program to educate nurse practitioners about establishing their own practices, and increase educational opportunities for “New Americans” interested in nursing and health careers.The remaining $100,000 donated by the KeyBank Foundation will help fund The University of Vermont Medical Center’s planned 128-bed inpatient facility which is designed to increase the number of single patient rooms from 30% to 90%.  Private rooms have been shown to enhance quality of care, improve the healing environment and provide more room for families, all of which aligns with the Medical Center’s focus on providing patient-and family-centered care.“More and more, health care organizations are relying on private donations to support needed advancements,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN,  president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center. “That’s why we’re especially grateful to the KeyBank Foundation for such a generous donation which will support meaningful improvements that touch on our dual missions of education and patient care.”“This funding will make a real impact on our ability to provide the well-trained nurses and other health professionals that the people of our region need,” said Patty Prelock, Ph.D., dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “The KeyBank Foundation deserves great credit for understanding that educational programs need to adjust to new realities in this ever-changing health care environment.”“KeyBank has been a proud partner of University of Vermont Medical Center for more than fifty years and we’re pleased to continue our support with these major gifts to the “Future of Nursing: State Implementation Program” and the planned single-bed facility,” said Don Baker, Market President of KeyBank in Vermont. “Supporting nurses with opportunities to advance their careers is a particularly important priority for us.  As a company that is committed to helping our communities thrive, we’re excited to make these investments in improving patient care for all of our friends and neighbors in Vermont,” he added.The KeyBank Foundation, a 46-year-old nonprofit charitable foundation funded by KeyCorp, makes philanthropic investments in organizations and programs that build thriving communities. The Foundation’s funding priorities are fostering thriving students, through grants to academic programs, and fostering a thriving workforce, through grants made to workforce development and job creation programs. The Foundation also supports thriving communities through service, including employee volunteerism, contributions to the civic good, and charitable sponsorships. All grant-making takes into consideration how grantees and programming incorporate the values of diversity and inclusion. For each of the past eight years, KeyBank Foundation has given approximately $18 million to nonprofit organizations across the nation, in the form of philanthropy, corporate contributions, and volunteerism.The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The University of Vermont currently serves 900 undergraduate and 217 graduate students in its mission to improve health and wellness through education, service, and research. CNHS is dedicated to meeting society’s need for well-prepared, interdisciplinary health care professionals who are ready to join the workforce and to bring value to the work of other team members, ultimately improving patients’ and clients’ outcomes.The University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) is a 447 bed regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York.  Together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center.  The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of  The University of Vermont Health Network(link is external), a four hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information visit www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenter(link is external) or visit our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at http://www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenterSocialMedia(link is external)Artist rendering of UVMMC inpatient facility.Source: UVM. 1.18.2016last_img read more

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Vermont Foodbank welcomes everyone

first_imgVermont Foodbank The Vermont Foodbank is committed to ensuring that every person in our state has the food they need to reach their human potential. Those with the courage to ask for help must trust that the Foodbank and each of our Network Partner food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, shelters and youth programs care only about their human potential. Making that personal, trusting connection means that anyone—regardless of national origin, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, culture, age, income level, disability or any other attribute—should feel the place they access food assistance is open, diverse and welcoming.In response to the current social and political climate, including the President’s recent Executive Order on immigration, The Vermont Foodbank wants every individual in need of food assistance to be assured that they are welcome to access the food and services we provide without concern for their safety or privacy.The Foodbank and our Network Partners have all committed to treat our neighbors with dignity and respect. Any information collected is used only to provide better service to our neighbors. Food is a basic human right, and our network is a sanctuary for those seeking to exercise that right.A listing and locator of local food shelves can be found at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/agency-locator(link is external).About the Vermont FoodbankVermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, shelters, senior centers and youth programs and through direct distribution to individuals. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed 12 million pounds of food The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation. Learn more at www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external),Yeslast_img read more

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More low-income families in Burlington gain Internet as Comcast enhances program

first_imgComcast Cable,Vermont Business Magazine This year, 270 more low-income homes in Burlington and South Burlington signed up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest high-speed internet adoption program. With the program on the rise in VT, as well as all over the country, Comcast increased the program’s Internet speeds and added free access to 18 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots, helping low-income families stay connected in and out of their homes for possibly the first time. Today, Comcast Corporation announced that its Internet Essentials(link is external) program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program, has now connected more than four million low-income Americans, in one million households, to high-speed Internet service at home. The company also announced three key program enhancements:For the fourth time in six years, Comcast will increase the program’s Internet service speeds, this time from 10/1 Mbps to up to 15/2 Mbps.  More speed was the number one requested enhancement from Internet Essentials customers, and this latest increase will improve streaming quality in the home (15 Mbps is three times the speed necessary to view a high-definition video), especially when multiple devices are connected to the Internet at the same time.To help family members connect to the Internet on the go and save money on their wireless bills, Internet Essentials customers will now enjoy 40 hours of free out-of-home WiFi access per month to the company’s growing network of 18 million Xfinity WiFi hotspots.  This WiFi access is being offered in addition to the free in-home WiFi Internet Essentials customers currently enjoy.Comcast is also expanding its pilot program for low-income senior citizens from five cities and metropolitan areas to 12, including today in Miami-Dade County.David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, made the announcements in Miami with six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who will serve for the second year as Internet Essentials’ national spokesperson.  Cohen also introduced Adamari López, host of Telemundo’s Un Nuevo Día, who will become the program’s first ever national Hispanic spokesperson.  The three kicked off a multi-city tour, which will run through October.“When we started this program six years ago, we never imagined four million low-income Americans would benefit from it,” said Cohen.  “We also never would have reached this milestone without our many dedicated nonprofit partners, elected officials, educators, employees, and advocates who were all united by the belief that the Internet is essential, not only to compete in the 21st century economy, but also to be connected to loved ones and the world.  While this milestone is a wonderful moment to celebrate, it also inspires all of us to keep going to connect even more families to all that the Internet has to offer for education, jobs, healthcare, news, information, and entertainment.”Joyner-Kersee added, “I remain so honored that Comcast asked me to serve as the national spokesperson for Internet Essentials.  In my post-Olympic career, I’ve tried to inspire students and athletes to reach their dreams.  They can’t do that, however, if they don’t work hard or have the tools they need to succeed.  The Internet Essentials program gives every child access to a level playing field so we don’t leave an entire generation behind.”López said, “I am thrilled to be joining the Internet Essentials program as the national Hispanic spokesperson.  55 percent of Internet Essentials customers are Hispanic, which shows how much they appreciate the value of the Internet because it is a connection to their families and their culture.  They also value it because of what it means for education and employment opportunities.  I look forward to helping to connect even more Spanish-speakers to the amazing resources this program offers.”Internet Essentials has an integrated, wrap-around design meant to address each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption – digital literacy, access to computer equipment, and affordable Internet service.  The program is also structured as a partnership between Comcast and thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials, and nonprofit community partners.About Internet EssentialsInternet Essentials(link is external) from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income Americans.  It provides low-cost high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.  For more information, or to apply for the program, visit www.InternetEssentials.com(link is external) or call 1-855-846-8376. Spanish-only speakers should call 1-855-765-6995.About ComcastComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses.  It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand.  NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Source: Burlington, VT – August 15, 2017 — Comcast www.comcastcorporation.com(link is external)VBM vermontbiz.comlast_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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VYCC and partners receive top US Forest Service award

first_imgKathleen Atkinson, Regional Forester, Forest Service Eastern Region; Breck Knauft, Executive Director of VYCC; Alyssa Weisenstein, ASL Crew Leader;and Holly Knox, District Recreation Program Manager at awards ceremony. Photo: U.S. Forest Service.Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) was honored, alongside partners from the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests (GMFL) and the Lexington School for the Deaf, in receiving the US Forest Service Chief’s National Honor Award for Excelling as a High Performing Agency. This recognition was for successful efforts to diversify opportunities in Vermont, including developing American Sign Language crews combining young adults who are deaf and hearing on conservation projects over the past two summers.Partners were recognized for creating an integrative Youth Corps experience for young people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. VYCC and partners developed an integrated, residential, work-immersion experience in-line with the VYCC’s traditional youth conservation program. The model pairs crew members who have hearing with those who are deaf or hard of hearing under the guidance of two leaders proficient in American Sign Language (ASL).  Launching this model in partnership with the Green Mountain National Forest allowed these youth to directly contribute to improving public lands, to learn about the Forest Service, and to gain valuable job skills, all while exploring the region’s diverse natural areas.In receiving the award, Breck Knauft, Executive Director of VYCC said, “to the Crew Members on our ASL crews, we’re here accepting this award because of you. Because of your hard work, your commitment to service, your commitment to making the world a better place, and your commitment to yourselves. If you can endure a month of rain and bugs and mud, you can do anything! Never forget that.”“It is an incredible honor for our partnership efforts to receive this award. Equally fulfilling is knowing that we have the ingenuity, persistence, and can-do relationships that have resulted in introducing youth from a variety of backgrounds to their public lands, careers in natural resource management, and environmental stewardship ethics,” said Holly Knox, Recreation Program Manager for the GMFL.More info about The Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests (GMFL) Inclusivity Initiative:GMFL’s Inclusivity Initiative is unique in its targeted approach to help underrepresented communities, particularly people who are deaf/hard of hearing, gain skills and experiences in the natural resources field.  Its success stems from recruiting underrepresented young people and incorporating them into existing programs like the VYCC. The ASL Crew expanded a long-standing VYCC/USFS partnership, adding to the thousands of hours of natural resource project work contributed by previous crews while increasing urban youth participation and accessibility to projects on the Green Mountain National Forest.For more info contact: Holly Knox, District Recreation Program Manager || [email protected](link sends e-mail) || 802-767-4261 ext. 5530More info about VYCC:Vermont Youth Conservation Corps is a 501c3 nonprofit youth development organization with a mission to teach young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another. For more than 30 years, VYCC has instilled the values of personal responsibility, hard work, education, and respect for the environment in young people. VYCC Corps Members, young adults 15-24, work, live, and learn together in small groups, completing priority conservation and agriculture projects throughout Vermont under the guidance of highly trained Crew Leaders.More info about the U.S. Forest Service Chief’s Honor Award for Excelling as a High-Performing Agency:This award recognizes major accomplishments in ensuring an effective business environment by developing practices and procedures that improve customer service, efficiency, human resource management, communication, and administrative facilities management or ensure financial and performance accountability.Source: WASHINGTON, D.C, December 7, 2018 – VTCClast_img read more

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