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Over $107,000 provided to flood-impacted small businesses


first_imgAs recovery efforts continue to move forward, the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund has reviewed nearly 200 grant applications from many small businesses showing more than $18 million in damages from Tropical Storm Irene.  To date, the advisory committee has made first round grant awards to businesses from Wilmington to Waterbury; 54 applicants have received more than $107,000 out of the nearly $250,000 that has been generously pledged by individuals and organizations . Additional pledges continue to come in, but much more effort is required in order to meet the needs of the applicants seeking assistance. Todd Bailey, the Fund’s founder and an Associate at KSE Partners in Montpelier, said, ‘This has been a very difficult process ‘ every application that we have seen shows a need, but some tough decisions have had to be made because of the limited resources.’  The other members of the advisory committee echoed Bailey’s comments ‘ the seven-member committee has had a number of conference calls and has reviewed and evaluated every application. Central Vermont Community Action Council serves as the Fund’s fiscal agent and has received a steady stream of applications.  Executive Director Hal Cohen notes, ‘We’ve have done our best to get money disbursed as quickly as we can, but continued financial support will go a long way in helping us to meet the needs of more businesses across Vermont.’ Cohen continued, ‘Some businesses are just now becoming aware of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund’. ·       Andrew Brewer, Owner, Onion River Sports ·       Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Founded in August 20011 by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey for the purpose of raising money to support small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.  After a grant application review process, all funds raised will be directly awarded to Vermont businesses in their efforts to rebuild from damage or losses sustained. Grant applications can be obtained online atwww.vtirenefund.org(link is external) or by calling 802-552-3449.  About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) Fiscal Agent: Central Vermont Community Action Council Founded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external)  ·       Kate Paine, Executive Director, Women Business Owners Network and Principal, Kate Paine Associates Member of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund Advisory Committee: ‘This kind of help is unique ‘ it provides a financial shot in the arm for businesses to get their doors opened again,’ said Bailey. ‘The more applications we see, the more we know we’re doing our best to help our small businesses in Vermont right now.’ ·       Todd Bailey ‘ Associate at KSE Partners (www.ksefocus.com(link is external)) ·       Shawn Shouldice, Principal, Capital Connections, LLC ·       Charlie Wilson, Chairman, Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores Businesses who have applied but may not have received a grant to date may be reconsidered as more funds become available.  The advisory committee will be meeting to make another round of grant awards next week, and will continue reviewing applications as they are received. ·       Hal Cohen, Executive Director, Central Vermont Community Action Council ·       Kevin Wiberg, Fund Administrator, Central Vermont Community Action Councillast_img read more


Governor Wolf Will Sign Compromise Office of State Inspector General Bill


first_imgGovernor Wolf Will Sign Compromise Office of State Inspector General Bill Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Transparency Harrisburg, PA – In the spirit of bipartisan compromise, Governor Tom Wolf today announced he will sign Senate Bill 527, sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument, into law later this week. The bill codifies the Office of State Inspector General in statute and sets forth the office’s powers and duties.In addition to granting subpoena power to the office for its internal investigations, the bill allows the IG to investigate and file criminal charges for certain welfare fraud crimes.“The Office of the Inspector General plays an important role within state government and this bipartisan compromise will bolster this vital executive office,” Governor Wolf said. “I want to thank Senator Aument, Democratic and Republican members of the State Government committees, and their staffs for their willingness to work together on amending this bill to ensure the OIG can serve the executive branch and the taxpayers with efficiency and accountability.”Under the new law, the State Inspector General will be appointed by the governor to serve concurrent with the governor’s term in office unless removed. A State Inspector General may not seek election to a political office while serving.Key responsibilities of the Office of Inspector General include:Investigate and report on the administration of programs and operation of executive agencies;Provide evidence of a crime to law enforcement;Make referrals to the Auditor General for the audit;Review complains from any source;Produce public reports and;Make recommendations to agencies for improvement.The Office of Inspector General was initially created by Executive Order in 1987 and is charged with conducting investigations into fraud, waste, and abuse within the administration of state government and the administration of welfare benefits. July 11, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Australian Open: Basic in the second qualifying round


first_imgIn the first round of qualifications for the main draw of the Australian Open, Mirza Basic, a Bosnian tennis player, enrolled in the victory, while Aldin Setkic was defeated.In a match that lasted for an hour and 56 minutes, Basic (180 ATP) celebrated against Lorenzo Guistin (217 ATP) from Italy. The first set ended with a score of 6: 3 for Giustina followed by a reversal of  Basic who won the final 2: 1 (3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2).IN the second round, Basic will play against Peter Polanskyjog from Canada. Polansky is 134th  on the ATP rankings.After one hour and 41 minutes, Šetkić (256 ATP) lost from Tara Daniel (125 ATP) with result of 2: 0 in sets (7: 5, 6: 4).(Source: klix)last_img