Vermont groups get $1.2 million in Sustainable Communities grants

first_imgTwo Vermont organizations have received $1.2 million as part of HUD grants. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling over $97 million nationwide. Twenty seven communities and organizations across the country will receive Community Challenge grants and 29 regional areas will receive Regional Planning grants.  The goal of the Sustainable Communities grants is to help communities and regions improve their economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation.  In Vermont, the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) will be awarded a Regional Planning Grant in the amount of $480,000 to develop a plan for Healthy, Vital and Strong Communities in Northwest Vermont for the Counties of Grand Isle and Franklin; and Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, will be awarded a Regional Planning Grant in the amount of $540,000 to develop an East Central Vermont Regional Plan for Sustainable Development  for the 40-town Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) region of East Central Vermont.  (See information on the grants below).‘Our nation’s ability to compete in a global economy and create jobs is dependent upon how quickly and efficiently we can connect our workers and families to education and employment opportunities.’ said HUD Regional Administrator Barbara Fields. ‘This year we are especially proud that we had a particular focus on funding proposals that included more chambers of commerce and economic development corporations as core partners. These grants will be leveraged with local funds more than doubling the investment and, helping to create new visions for how communities and regions plan for housing, transportation, workforce development and the quality of life of their residents for generations to come.  When 52 percent of the average working family’s income is devoted to housing and transportation costs alone, we know that we have a responsibility to fix that and to provide housing and transportation options that can improve their quality of life and economic stability,’ she added. The Regional Planning Grant program encourages grantees to support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure developments in a manner that empowers regions to consider how all of these factors work together to create more jobs and economic opportunities. The program will place a priority on partnerships, including the collaboration of arts and culture, philanthropy, and innovative ideas to the regional planning process. Recognizing that areas are in different stages of sustainability planning, HUD has established two categories for the Regional Planning Grant program. The first supports communities that are beginning the conversation about how best to align their housing, transportation, environment, and other infrastructure investments. The second recognizes that some communities have already achieved significant momentum and are prepared to move toward completion and implementation of regional plans for sustainable development. HUD’s Community Challenge Grants aim to reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities. The funds are awarded to communities, large and small, to address local challenges to integrating transportation and housing. Such efforts may include amending or updating local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes to support private sector investment in mixed-use development, affordable housing and the re-use of older buildings. Other local efforts may include retrofitting main streets to provide safer routes for children and seniors, or preserving affordable housing and local businesses near new transit stations. As was the case last year, the demand for both programs far exceeded the available funding.  This year HUD received over $500 million in funding requests from communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the $97 million in available funding. This year’s grants will impact 45.8 million Americans by helping their communities and regions become more efficient and competitive while improving quality of life. Combined with the 87 grants funded last year, this program is providing opportunities for the more than 133 million Americans who live in regions and communities working to shape local plans for how their communities will grow and develop over the next 50 years.   Community Challenge Grants and Regional Planning Grants are also significantly complimented and leveraged by local, state and private resources.  This year, HUD’s investment of $95.8 million is garnering $115 million in matching and in-kind contributions ‘ which is over 120% of the Federal investment ‘ from the 56 selected grantees.  This brings to total public and private investment for this round of grants to over $211 million.  These grants are part of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which represents an association between HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the agencies’ policies, programs, and funding consider affordable housing, transportation, and environmental protection together. This interagency collaboration gets better results for communities and uses taxpayer money more efficiently.Coordinating federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services meets multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives with each dollar spent. The Partnership is helping communities across the country to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.‘The demand for sustainability grants is very high; we would have needed $500 million to fund all proposals we received this year.’ said HUD Office of Sustainable Housing Communities (OSHC) Director, Shelley Poticha. ‘We are confident that the mix of rural and urban proposals that we selected this year will have a great impact in their communities and will create nearly 2,000 jobs.’For a complete listing of this year’s grantees and their proposals, please visit www.hud.gov(link is external) Regional Planning Grants Awarded in Vermont Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) will be awarded $480,000 to develop a plan for Healthy, Vital and Strong Communities in Northwest Vermont for the Counties of Grand Isle and Franklin. Through this plan, NRPC proposes to link a community health, economic vitality and social engagements toward a more vibrant future for the region. NRPC would achieve this link through: Filling gaps in the existing regional plan to improve health outcomes for citizens in rural and urban communities of the region. The plan will also focus on strategies to improve economic vitality and reduce poverty and engage the region’s citizen’s in the planning process. Anticipated Project Benefits: ·         Provide small grants to organizations working in the region to implement programs that will educate the public about healthy community benefits, reduce/prevent drug and alcohol abuse, improve access to exercise for adults, connect school-aged children with safe rides home, improve access to childcare, and create pedestrian-oriented development code amendments.·         Provide small grants to organizations working on workforce development programs, mentoring services for adults, improved public transit, programs to attract and retain local businesses, childcare programs that address regional childcare shortage and local comprehensive plan amendments to further local economic development.·         Creation of Implementation strategies for regional collaboration for disaster response. Funding Amount:                                $480,000 Core Partners:                                    Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation, Lake Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Council on Rural Development, University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies, Northwest Medical Center, Rural Partnerships Inc., St. Albans Recreational Department, Vermont Department of Health, Grand Isle Clean Team  Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, will be awarded $540,000 to develop an East Central Vermont Regional Plan for Sustainable Development  for the 40-town Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) and the Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) region of East Central Vermont. This grant will mesh the disparate planning programs of several regional organizations, with input from an even wider group of stakeholders. Planning efforts will be guided by extensive public input. The plan will focus on addressing housing, transportation, public utilities, natural resources and energy use in ways that bend the impacts of development toward a region that uses less energy, is more healthy and walkable, is more affordable and creates increased economic opportunity. Anticipated Project Benefits: ·         Alignment of public services with private sector needs and public funding·         Development of a housing plan that identifies the need for different housing types, including units that are accessible to people with disabilities, and a range of affordable options based on different income levels.·         Development of a transportation network that holistically recognizes the interactions between a multi-modal transportation network, land use context, economic development policies, and environmental effects·         Identification of a preferred growth scenario by comparing a spatial analysis and representation of three scenarios in the east central Vermont region.·         Greater concentration of development in previously built areas  Funding Amount:                               $540,000 Core Partners:                                    South Windsor County Regional Planning Commission, Vital Communities, Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Housing Vermont, Vermont Natural Resources Council, Land Use Clinic at Vermont Law School, Champlain College, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Randolph Area Community Development Corporation, Upper Valley Housing Coalition, Upper Valley Land Trust HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov(link is external) and http://espanol.hud.gov(link is external).  You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD(link is external), or sign up for news alerts on HUD’s News Listserv.last_img read more

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Unemployed to tackle potholes, bridges

first_img27 January 2011South Africa’s Department of Public Works has set aside R210-million to hire and train unemployed people to fix potholes, build low bridges and maintain public garden spaces following the recent floods across the country.Addressing journalists following a meeting with all nine provincial MECs in Pretoria on Tuesday, Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde said the three projects, which would create more than 600 000 job opportunities, would commence in February.The minister said that projects had been necessitated after the floods left roads impassable and washed away bridges in various parts of the country.A high-tech process would be used to ensure that potholes were permanently fixed.“There are some areas in South Africa that are not accessible because of the bad state of the roads,” Mahlangu-Nkabinde said, adding that they would also make sure that children were able to go to school.R150-million had been allocated to fixing potholes, while R30-million would go towards building 10 bridges each in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and North West provinces. The rest would go towards public garden maintenance.According to the minister, the money allocated for the projects could increase depending on the contributions the provinces made.Mahlangu-Nkabinde said contractors would be encouraged to employ local people, especially unemployed youngsters, who would earn about R60 a day while acquiring skills and experience.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Team SA scoops four more golds in Glasgow

first_img29 July 2014South Africa added four more golds to the country’s medals tally at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Monday as lawn bowls delivered a third title – and the country’s first black bowls medallist in an international competition.The first of the gold medals came from the men’s trips team, lifting South Africa’s haul to three golds in lawn bowls. With a further bronze medal, the country’s bowlers have already improved on their performance in Delhi in 2010 and once again top the bowls medal standings.On Monday, Bobby Donnelly, Prince Neluonde and Petros Breitenbach combined to defeat Northern Ireland 19-10 in the gold medal match to keep the title in South African hands. They had previously defeated New Zealand 19-17 and Australia 18- 14.The win was especially important because of the role played by Neluonde. The first black person to represent South Africa at bowls, he is now the country’s first black bowls medallist in an international competition.Formerly a green keeper at the Bryanston Sports Club in Johannesburg, Neluonde started playing the sport just four years ago.Breaststroke goldIn the pool, Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh was pushed all the way by young Englishman Adam Peaty in the 50 metres breaststroke final. It took a Commonwealth Games record of 26.76 seconds, not far off Van der Burgh’s world record of 26.67, to win the title, just two-hundredths-of-a-second ahead of Peaty.Afterwards, Van der Burgh told the BCC the emergence of Peaty had invigorated him. “He’s giving the old man a chase for his money. I remember the days when I was young and he’s fired me up. I’ve been complacent in the last two years,” the South African star said.Butterfly dominanceMeanwhile, Olympic champion Chad le Clos confirmed his dominance of the butterfly when he added the 100 metres title to the 200 metres title he had already bagged.He touched the wall in 51.29 seconds, comfortably ahead of second placed Joseph Schooling of Singapore.“On the blocks, I thought ‘what would [Michael] Phelps think?’. But in the end all I try to do is win my races. This was the fastest time in the world this year,” Le Clos told Sascoc’s Gary Lemke afterwards.The 22-year-old’s victory means he is the current Commonwealth Games title holder in both butterfly events, the current world champion in both events, and the Olympic champion in the 200 metres. He placed second in the 100 metres in the 2012 London Olympics.50m freestyle final qualifiersBoth Roland Schoeman and Brad Tandy qualified for the final of the 50 metre freestyle. Schoeman placed third in his semi-final heat in a time of 22.36 seconds, while Tandy was fourth in 22.34.Myles Brown booked his place in the final of the 1 500 metres freestyle, stopping the clock in 15:10.87 to qualify fifth fastest, while Darren Murray just missed the final of the 200 metres backstroke by one place.Track successOn the track, Paralympian Fanie van der Merwe was a winner in para-competition in athletics, capturing gold in the T37 100 metres in 11.65 seconds, with Charl du Toit taking the silver medal.“What an awesome honour to compete here with my SA mates and in front of such a great crowd,” Van der Merwe told Mark Etheridge of Sascoc.“I had a great start, but then a little bit of a stumble as I got close to the line, but it was still an amazing experience, my first time at the Commonwealth Games.”Missed outSub-10 second man Simon Magakwe struggled to seventh place in the semi-finals of the 100 metres, while Akani Simbine finished fourth in his semi-final. Neither advanced to the final.Orazio Cremona narrowly missed out on a medal in the shot put, placing fourth with a best distance of 20.13.Sadly, Willem Coertzen, who was in the running for a medal in the decathlon, pulled out of the high jump in the evening because of an ankle injury.Lean Simon, contesting the discus final in the F42/33 category, placed fifth with an African record throw of 46.39 metres.Shooting successIn shooting, Esmari van Reenan added a silver medal to the South African medal haul when she finished second to New Zealand’s Sally Johnston in the women’s 50 metre rifle prone competition.HockeyIn hockey competition, world champions Australia overwhelmed the South African men’s team, winning 6-0.The South African women pushed highly regarded New Zealand – ranked fourth in the world, seven places above South Africa – all the way before going down 1-2.last_img read more

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Set of 12 Natural Coloured Thick Snag Free Endless Hair Elastics Bobbles Hair Bands, Great little product

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UAAP volleyball: La Salle ends Ateneo’s hot streak with sweep, seals Final 4 spot

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – La Salle Lady SpikersMANILA, Philippines–La Salle went out brandishing its A-game against an Ateneo side that woke up in the wrong side of the bed to score a lopsided 25-17, 25-13, 25-23 triumph Saturday and make the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.What was expected to be a tough fight between the fiercest rivals in league history turned out to be a glaring mismatch as the Lady Spikers handily duplicated their first-round victory over the Lady Eagles.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods looms large, even on star-filled Masters leaderboard MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES RELATED VIDEO SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Ateneo, which has won 10 games in between losing to La Salle, could only make three attacks in second set as the fearsome league leader was reduced to a fumbling, disjointed unit before 16,000 spectators at the Big Dome.But it was the first frame that set the tone for the massacre when La Salle drubbed Ateneo from the serving area, 4-1, and had two kill-blocks against Ateneo which ironically was the best blocking team in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThough Ateneo slipped to 10-2, it remains in the hunt for a twice-to-beat incentive, only needing to win at least one of the two remaining matches (against eliminated teams Adamson and University of the East).It was La Salle’s fourth successive victory which, happening this late in the season, sends across a chilling message from the three-time defending champion. The Lady Spikers at now at 9-3.last_img read more

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Ministers Wish Participants Luck For NTL

first_imgMinister Annesley said he was delighted to see Touch Football events of this calibre in New South Wales.“Touch Football is growing in popularity in Australia and around the world and I’m sure the National Touch League will be a great success for competitors and for the town of Port Macquarie,” Minister Annesley said. “As one of the stunning New South Wales coastline’s busiest holiday destinations, Port Macquarie is an ideal location for the 2012 National Touch League, with a wide variety of accommodation styles and other facilities available for the 2,500+ competitors.  “This is one of many Touch Football events that the NSW Government, through Destination NSW, has secured to drive benefits to the NSW visitor economy,” he said. The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, has secured a Touch Football package for New South Wales, which will see numerous Touch Football events held in various locations across the state leading to the Touch Football Word Cup in New South Wales in 2015.Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the fact that Port Macquarie is hosting the 2012 X-Blades National Touch League is very positive news.“Port Macquarie’s calendar of events is only getting stronger and to have the X-Blades National Touch League here in the lead up to the 2015 Touch Football World Cup is a great honour.“The event will be great for the community, providing exciting competitive action and attracting visitors to the area.”To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to and during the event, please visit the NTL website:www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Touch Football Australia (TFA) Facebook and Twitter pages in the lead up to the 2012 X-Blades NTL to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2012 if you are mentioning the NTL)TFA’s YouTube channel will also be updated frequently during the NTL. To view the channel or become a subscriber, please click on the link below: www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

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ESPN Releases Week 11 Power Rankings After Upset-Heavy Saturday

first_imgESPN week 11 power rankings after upset weekend.espn week 11 power rankings lee corso alabama mascot headInstagram/alecmorris_11This past Saturday, both Clemson and Alabama notched huge in-conference victories, taking control of their respective leagues. Appropriately, ESPN now has the Tigers and the Tide ranked 1-2 in its weekly Power Rankings. Ohio State, which beat Minnesota in a lackluster affair, drops a spot to No. 3. Baylor stayed at No. 4 after handling Kansas State Thursday night.Some other big movers? Notre Dame rose five spots to No. 5 after downing Pitt. Oklahoma State, after surprising TCU, is up six spots to No. 6. And Iowa, after a win over Indiana, is now all the way up to No. 7.Here’s the entire list, via ESPN. Do they have it right?1. Clemson2. Alabama3. Ohio State4. Baylor5. Notre Dame6. Oklahoma State7. Iowa8. Stanford9. LSU10. Oklahoma11. Florida12. Utah13. TCU14. Michigan State15. Michigan16. Houston17. Florida State18. North Carolina19. Temple20. UCLA21. Navy22. Northwestern23. Mississippi State24. Wisconsin25. MemphisYou can view last week’s list here.last_img read more

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Government Reaching Out to Unattached Youth

first_img The Government is seeking to reach out to many of the 140,000 unattached youth through the Work to Learn, Earn, Give and Save (LEGS) programme and equip them with viable skills.According to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, data will be gathered soon to locate the youth and engage them in training opportunities that fit their passion.“Heavy-duty equipment is a major demand, and we have not scaled up our education system to meet these things,” the Minister said.He was delivering the keynote address at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the HEART Trust/NTA and the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica on January 24 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus in St. Andrew.The agreement will facilitate the engagement of 500 youngsters at the upcoming CARIFTA Aquatics Championship 2018 in Jamaica.Senator Reid said that although the opportunities to be provided for the youth may seem modest, they are a glimpse of what lies ahead for the LEGS participants if they remain committed to the initiative.“Sport is another opportunity where you can have fun while you are learning discipline,” the Minister said.Senator Reid argued that the MOU embodies the vision of the Government to foster a culture of positive youth development and participation in decision-making around activities that affect the lives of youth and facilitate economic development, focusing on entrepreneurship.Twenty-six delegations will be in Jamaica for the Aquatics Championship from March 15 to 18 and March 31 to April 4. They will participate in disciplines such as open water swimming, artistic swimming, and water polo.The HEART Trust/NTA will recruit, train, certify and transport the 500 youth volunteers.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said training young people in volunteerism is a “great opportunity for them to serve their country”.“Volunteerism is an investment that has unlimited value and is one of the tenets of development and advancement in nations,” she said, in a speech delivered by Director of Sport Monitoring and Development in the Ministry, Florette Blackwood. The Government is seeking to reach out to many of the 140,000 unattached youth through the Work to Learn, Earn, Give and Save (LEGS) programme and equip them with viable skills. Senator Reid said that although the opportunities to be provided for the youth may seem modest, they are a glimpse of what lies ahead for the LEGS participants if they remain committed to the initiative. According to Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, data will be gathered soon to locate the youth and engage them in training opportunities that fit their passion. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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