Vermont Business Magazine Five Rutland-area businesses have been awarded a total of $104,141 in Regional Economic Development Grants sought by Rutland Economic Development Corp. (REDC) and provided by the State of Vermont. The awards were announced at REDC’s annual meeting last week. REDC applied for the grants on behalf of Carpenter & Costin, Awesome Graphics, Ann Clark Cookie Cutters, Vermont Maple Sriracha, and BalanceWorks, all businesses located in Rutland County.“Investment spurred by the grants will create 20 new jobs in the area and increase productivity through the purchase of equipment and facilities improvements,” said Lyle Jepson, executive director of REDC. “The recipients of the grants are businesses from a variety of sectors, each one in a position to grow due to the success they’ve generated. The grants will help facilitate that growth.”“The demonstrated demand for these incentives speaks for itself,” said Tyler Richardson, an assistant director of REDC. “Five businesses in five months were funded for projects that will increase growth and create good jobs. Each business had plans to grow and they were ready, and these grants incentivized them to turn their plans into action. We’ve received a number of additional inquiries about this program from all types of businesses who are in similar stages of growth. The money is gone for this year, but the demand is not. This is a valuable program.”Regional Economic Development Grants are available to regional development corporations, municipalities and nonprofits to create job growth and improvements to buildings and community facilities. Maximum grant amounts are $25,000 per project and require a 1:1 matching investment. All grants have been awarded for the current year, but the program is expected to resume mid-2017.Carpenter & Costin is a locally-owned company specializing in landscape design and maintenance, offering a full range of landscaping services throughout the year. “We are committed to creating and maintaining beautiful, functional spaces, with a commitment to providing quality and value to each customer,” said Russ Marsan, co-owner. “Because of the quality of the service we provide, we continue to grow. With assistance from this grant, we are in the process of purchasing a new location which will allow us to expand our operation.”Awesome Graphics is an award winning, family owned and operated printing and design company, in business since 1994. “Utilizing the latest technology, we provide a variety of stunning, high resolution printing products at aggressive pricing,” said co-owner Tami Napolitano. “We have outgrown our space, and in order to meet the demand of a consistently increasing customer base we need to modify our facility and add staff. This grant was the incentive we needed to begin this project now.”Ann Clark Cookie Cutters (www.annclarkcookiecutters.com(link is external)) is the largest cookie cutter manufacturer in America, producing 2.6 million units per year for customers worldwide. “With help from this grant, we are able to purchase equipment and supplies that will allow us to increase production to 6 million units per year and add 10 full-time positions by 2020,” said Ben Clark, CEO of Ann Clark Cookie Cutters. “We will be looking to add sales positions, production floor workers, and technicians.”Vermont Maple Sriracha was founded in 2014 by Jackson Whelan and Lenny Montuori. The success of the company’s signature sriracha sauce has lead to the development of additional products. “We’ve expanded our distribution network, we have a distinctive brand and we know how to market our products,” said Whelan. “We need to hire a full-time marketing associate to implement our marketing strategy, but unfortunately our facility isn’t adequate to accommodate an additional person. This grant will help us renovate our space, allow us to hire, and allow us to grow.” The BalanceWorks grant was announced in May.Jepson said REDC will continue to pursue these grants for Rutland County businesses as long as they are available, and thanked members of the committee that awarded the grants: Sen. Kevin Mullin of Rutland, Rep. William Botzow of Bennington, Department of Buildings and General Services Commissioner Michael Obuchowski, and Commissioner Joan Goldstein of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.“The Regional Economic Development Grants are a great opportunity for small businesses to create jobs and grow our economy,” Mullin said. “We congratulate REDC for their efforts to bring forward five very worthy applications that we were pleased to fund.”Source: REDC. November 1, 2016 For more information about this grant program, contact Tyler Richardson at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-770-7067.
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Gierran was the first NBI director appointed by Duterte after he won the 2016 presidential elections. The 65-year-old official stepped down in February for his mandatory retirement. Prior to his four year-stint as director, he was the NBI regional director for the Davao Region. MANILA – Newly-appointed Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and CEO Dante Gierran vowed to restore the public’s trust and confidence in the state insurer. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, said President Duterte’s marching order to Gierran was a reshuffle of regional vice presidents of the embattled state insurer. “I am one who will not back out from a mission. I know it’s a huge mission,” says newly-appointed Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and CEO Dante Gierran. ONENEWSPH “I did not apply for the position because I know it’s a very tough job,” Gierran said during President Rodrigo Duterte’s public address on Monday night. “I have been listening to the hearings. I was aghast to the sorry state of PhilHealth. Corruption, here and there.” Whistleblower Thorsson Montes Keith, former PhilHealth anti-fraud legal officer, has revealed that members of the PhilHealth executive committee pocketed some P15 billion in funds through several fraudulent schemes. PhilHealth denied the allegation./PN “I have to strike a balance, between improving the service of PhilHealth to the people and addressing the perennial issues of deeply rooted corruption in PhilHealth,” he further said. “I am one who will not back out from a mission. I know it’s a huge mission,” he added. “All I have to do is to restore the trust and the confidence of the people to PhilHealth, equivalent to restoring the trust and confidence of the people to the government.” Gierran, a former National Bureau of Investigation director, admitted that it was a tough task for him to take over the PhilHealth from his predecessor Ricardo Morales but he will not back down.
For January signing Walsh, today’s match will be his third start from six league appearance.The pair’s restoration to the starting XI means right-back Eros Pisano and winger Callum O’Dowda drop to the bench.Josh Brownhill, who has played 49 times for the club in all competitions this season, is also rested among the substitutes, while former Forest man Jamie Paterson lines up against his old club.Nottingham Forest v Bristol City kicks off at 3pm.Bristol City: Fielding, Smith, Flint, Baker, Kelly, Paterson, Pack, Walsh, Bryan, Reid, Diédhiou. Subs: Steele, Pisano, Eliasson, Brownhill, O’Dowda, Djuric, Taylor.Nottingham Forest: Kapino, Darikwa, Mancienne, Fox, Osborn, Guedioura, Colback, Lolley, Bouchalakis, Tomlin, Murphy. Subs: Smith, Lichaj, Bridcutt, Cohen, Cash, Brereton, Vellios.Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Cocoa’s Jamel Dean was declared medically ineligible at Ohio State but he can play at Auburn.Everyone has their side of the story when it comes to former Cocoa High School standout Jamel Dean. Urban Meyer and his medical staff have their version, Dean has his own but, more importantly, Dr. James Andrews had one, too.Dean was declared medically ineligible to play for the Buckeyes, weeks after arriving on campus in a pre-spring physical because of previous knee surgeries. Devastated, the player rated the No. 35 cornerback recruit in the country by Rivals.com thought his playing days were over. There was another factor that angered a lot of people back home in Brevard County — that OSU had over-signed and had to find some room for other recruits.Meyer denies any wrongdoing, saying his medical staff made it clear they wouldn’t let Dean play there. Dean says he was actually playing pickup basketball at the time it was ruled his knee wasn’t sound.Dirty pool?It sounds that way to some. But word quickly spread. He went to Andrews, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, to be examined and was told his issue was strengthening the quad muscles.Will Muschamp was the head coach at Florida when Dean signed with the Buckeyes and enrolled in January. By then, Muschamp had been fired and hired as the new defensive coordinator at Auburn, bringing UF secondary coach Travaris Robinson with him. The Gators had finished runnerup in signing him and tried to get him again after the OSU decision.More than two dozen other schools tried to re-recruit him after Dean decided to get out of Columbus and go play somewhere else. He decided to follow Muschamp and Robinson.While there have been numerous reports that Dean will be able to play immediately at Auburn, he said this past week that’s not the case. He said the NCAA rejected a waiver.“Because of the whole NCAA transfer thing, I’ve got to sit out a year, so I’ve got to redshirt,” said Dean, who plans to arrive in Auburn in late July to register.Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn declined at the SEC spring meetings in Destin to talk about Dean, since he’s not enrolled in school.“I could have played this year,” Dean said of the questioned knee.Amid the speculation that maybe the Buckeyes were trying to get rid of him because they needed more scholarships, he was wondering what was going on.“But now that Auburn is giving me a chance to play, I really don’t care anymore,” Dean said. “At the same time, (Ohio State coaches) were telling me you can play somewhere else. They were giving me an option of getting a medical hardship (which makes an athlete ineligible to play but stays on a scholarship that doesn’t count toward the NCAA limit of 85) or just transfer.”Dean had a brief conversation with Meyer at breakfast in February in which he was asked if he was thinking about transferring. Dean confirmed he wanted to go elsewhere.He said one of the Ohio State coaches had “suggested” he look into going somewhere else.“They really didn’t care,” Dean said of the OSU staff, whether he stayed or not. “Once Auburn said they were going to let me play, I was ready to leave.”Currently visiting family in Georgia, Dean is also planning to spend some time in Fort Lauderdale and, after a stop over in Cocoa, once again he’ll head out to start his college career. This time, he’s a little wiser to the ways of the world.What if he one day runs into Ohio State in the college playoffs?“Oh my gosh, I’d say I’m going to have a lot of anger built up for that game,” Dean said. “A lot of people are hoping it will happen — friends, coaches, other people that were supporting me.”Was it a shaky move by Ohio State or just one made with Dean’s best interests at heart? Time will tell whether Dean’s knee will hold up. But with Andrews’ background, saving thousands of athletes’ careers, you realize someone probably just messed up.Or did they?Contact Jones at [email protected] or follow on Twitter: @DaveJonesSports.