Monthly Archive: January 2021

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Jan
2021

The Vermont Program for Performance Excellence

first_imgA One-Day Introduction to Performance ExcellenceExplore and Learn About:· Strategic Planning: Where do you need to be in 2 years? – 5 years? – 10 years? Are all of your organization’s activities working to get you there? Learn how to align decisions, improvement efforts and daily operations to attain the strategic results you require.· Leadership: Effective leaders set the course and climate for the organization and inspire others to “make it happen.” Find out how to transition from stressed-out, reactive managing to energizing, proactive leadership.· Developing the Organization: Learn how the challenges of current and emerging business trends can be addressed through enhancing agility, innovation and individual and team empowerment. Find out how process and data management also play an important role in the success of high-performance organizations.· Improving Business Results: How do you know if your business results are good enough? How do similar companies compare? Learn how high performing organizations use the Baldrige template for constantly improving financial, customer and human resource business results.· The Vermont Award and Recognition Path: Motivate your organization and receive the recognition it deserves. Award winners include: Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom; Vermont Office of Child Support.Vermont Council for Quality 1 Main StreetWinooski, VT 05404Who Should AttendExecutives and senior leaders, quality team members, strategic decision makers and any Vermont organization participants who want to learn the foundations of performance excellence.FacilitatorsTim King, Partners in PerformanceMark Hunziker, The Baldrige NetworkWendy Steager, Vermont Council for QualityCostEarly Bird: $155.00 per person7 days or less prior to class: $175.00 per personVermont Manufacturers register for $100 through a partnership with the Vermont Training Program of the Department of Economic Development Materials and lunch will be provided. A 48-hour cancellation notice is required.One-Day Workshop DatesThurs., September 5Fri., December. 6The workshop time is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.Please register me for “Raising the Bar: Thriving in the 21st Century”Select One: Thurs., Sept. 5Fri., Dec. 6Name: Title:Company/Organization:Address:Phone:Fax:E-Mail:Method of Payment:Check EnclosedCredit CardMC/VisaCredit Card #Exp. Date:Early Bird……$1557 days or less prior to class……$175 Manufacturers……$100Vermont Council for Quality One Main Street, Champlain Mill w Winooski, VT 05404Phone: (802) 655-1910 w Fax: (802) 655-1932Checks payable to Vermont Council for Quality must be included with this registration form.48 hr. cancellation notice required.last_img read more

01
Jan
2021

First Annual Corporate Conservation Council of Vermont Luncheon to be held in Burlington

first_imgCome celebrate the launch of The Nature Conservancys Corporate Conservation Council of Vermont, a program designed to bring together and recognize businesses that support conservation. Learn about the strategic nature of conservation and the importance of investing in the natural world. Businesses interested in finding out more about the Council and how the Conservancy works in Vermont and around the world are welcome to attend. Keynote speakers include Bill Stritzler, owner and managing director of Smugglers Notch which is the first resort recognized as a Vermont Business Environmental Leader, andBob Klein, Executive Director of the Vermont chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington on January 18, 2008 from 12PM to 2PM. For more information and to register, contact Jessica at 802-229-4425 ext 113, or email us at vermont@tnc.org(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

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Jan
2021

Representative Tony Klein Appointed as Chair of House Natural Resources and Energy Committee

first_imgRepresentative Robert Dostis has accepted a leadership position withGreen Mountain Power and stepped down from his position as Chairman ofthe House Natural Resources Committee. “An affordable and sustainableenergy future has been a top priority of the legislature andRepresentative Dostis’ leadership has helped move Vermont in thatdirection,” said Speaker Symington. She continued, “RepresentativeDostis’ skill of bringing legislators from all three political partiestogether to move legislation has been critical to our effort to create amore secure and affordable energy future for Vermonters.”Representative Dostis will remain as a regular member of the HouseNatural Resources and Energy Committee and the Joint Energy Committee.Representative Tony Klein has been appointed Chair of the House NaturalResources and Energy Committee for the 2008 interim. RepresentativeKlein will also assume the responsibility of serving on the specialcommittee ofthe Joint Fiscal Committee in the hiring of a consultant to serve thelegislature next year in matters dealing with the continued operation ofVermont Yankee and assume the position as vice-chair of the Joint EnergyCommittee. “I am confident that Representative Klein’s experience andknowledge of energy and environmental policy will serve him well in thisleadership position,” said Speaker Symington.last_img read more

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Jan
2021

Vermont bankruptcies soar in first quarter

first_imgThough some have called the 2008 economic situation bad enough to make it a historical pivot point for the world, 2009 is shaping up to be worse for Vermont, judging by the bankruptcy filings at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Rutland.  In 2008, there were a total of 48 business bankruptcies and 1,218 consumer bankruptcies.  If filings continue apace in 2009, business and consumer bankruptcies will total at 95 and 1,870, respectively. The bankruptcy filings for 2009 to date suggest that the national economic tsunami has reached levels high enough to have a strong effect on the Green Mountain State.The court regularly calculates and posts totals for business and consumer bankruptcies, in Chapters 7 (Iiquidation of most debts and assets except for exempt items), Chapter 13 (like Chapter 7 but involving more voluntary payment of debts), Chapter 11 (reorganization, almost always for businesses but occasionally for an individual) and Chapter 12 (farms). The following calculations are based on the year-end figures for 2008 and the numbers through April 10, 2009, since postings come each Friday at the end of the work week.In 2008, there were a total of 48 business bankruptcies (32 Chapter 7; 11 Chapter 13; 1 Chapter 11; and 4 Chapter 12. If the filings through April 10 were to continue at the same pace through 2009, there would be 95 business filings almost exactly double the 2008 total.Consumer filings were up as well through April 10, but at a somewhat slower rate than shown in 2008. That year saw a relatively high figure for consumer flings 1,218 compared with 812 in 2007 (64 business) and 590 in 2006 (33 business).But if filings were to continue apace in 2009, there would be 1,870 consumer bankruptcies. The grand total would fall short of the 2,000 mark, but not by much: 1,965 for 2009 versus 1,256 for 2008, 876 for 2007 and 623 for 2006.Based on the numbers collected by Vermont Business Magazine, the more recent business filings have tended to involve higher levels of assets and indebtedness, though the court does not calculate figures for these. Possibly this indicates that previously sound enterprises are being pulled under by national forces.One truism regarding the Vermont economy is that events occurring elsewhere have a delayed impact here. The bankruptcy filings for 2009 to date suggest that the national economic tsunami has reached levels high enough to have a strong effect on the Green Mountain State. By Ed Barna, Vermont Business Magazinelast_img read more

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Jan
2021

NBT Bank formally opens Burlington office, first in Vermont

first_img# # # On March 10, NBT Bank held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally open its Burlington Office. This office, located at 150 Bank Street, is the bank s first retail branch in Vermont. The bank s Vermont regional office is located in the same building.On hand for the ceremony were NBT Bank executives and employees, local public officials, area business leaders and invited guests. NBT Bank Regional President Matt Durkee said: Establishing our presence in Vermont has been a great experience for us. People have been very responsive to our community banking approach, and we look forward to continued growth here.The accompanying photo of the ribbon cutting shows (from left): Martin Dietrich, president and chief executive officer of NBT Bank; Kelly Devine, executive director of the Burlington Business Association; Timothy Shea, vice president of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce; Dan Johnson, vice president and regional manager of NBT Bank s retail operations in Vermont; Bob Kiss, mayor of Burlington; Matt Durkee, regional president of NBT Bank s operations in Vermont; and Helen Pinan, mortgage originator for NBT Bank in Vermont.NBT Bank provides personal banking, asset management and business services. The independent community bank, based in Norwich, N.Y., has 85 offices in upstate New York. The bank recently expanded into Vermont by opening a regional office and retail branch in Burlington. NBT Bank s parent company, NBT Bancorp Inc., had assets of $5.5 billion as of December 31, 2009.Source: NBT. NORWICH, N.Y. (MARCH 12, 2010)last_img read more

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Jan
2021

Stratton Resort teams with state to host Vermont Solutions Festival

first_imgStratton Mountain Resort is proud to announce the first Vermont Solutions Festival, August 27 and 28, held in collaboration with the state of Vermont to celebrate sustainability, sport and wellness.”The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing is excited to be a partner in the new development of the Vermont Solutions Festival,” said Steve Cook, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism. “This event will showcase the Southern Vermont region, Stratton Mountain Resort and its long-time commitment to sustainability and it will also exhibit Vermont’s efforts in developing global solutions with global impacts.”Those events marry education with entertainment, collecting ideas, inspiration and movement from diverse events, including a keynote address from Vermont author Bill McKibben, a real-world display of bicycle practicality at the Embrocation Cycling Journal Farm Stand Ride, a workshop on sustainability-outreach for students from the Race to Replace coalition, a panel discussion including environmentalist and NHL Hall of Famer Mike Richter and live music from the Del McCoury Band. Both nonprofits and local businesses will partake in this first of a kind Solutions Festival Exposition.“It is no accident that the biggest global climate moment out there (350.org) had its roots in Vermont for a very long time,” McKibben said. “The Green Mountain State has been helping set the green pace for the whole world.”Stratton is no stranger to sustainable solutions, having won five Silver Eagle awards for ‘excellence in energy conservation’ and a pair of Vermont Governor’s Awards for its efforts. The Stratton Green Team works year-round to bring about improvements in sustainable measures from recycling initiatives to cleaning products, efficiency measures to greener purchasing, all themes within the events of the festival, a zero waste event.“I’m excited to see an event of this magnitude, that aligns with so many of our causes, come together,” said Sky Foulkes, President and CEO of Stratton Mountain Resort. “I think the different events are going to appeal to a lot of folks on a number of levels.” General admission is free to the festival; however, tickets are required for Friday’s Local Gourmet Dinner and for the Del McCoury Band on Saturday Night.Source: www.stratton.com(link is external)last_img read more

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Jan
2021

Norwich University gets $1.6 million for cyber security research

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) says a new infusion of $1.6 million in federal funding that he has secured for Norwich University’s Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime will continue the Center’s work in countering threats to the nation’s cyber networks.  This funding is awarded under Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP).  Leahy has sponsored funding for ongoing research and training work at the Center since he won designation of Norwich’s program as a national counterterrorism resource center nearly a decade ago.After realizing the real world affects of the cyber attacks by North Korea last year, which affected the websites of the Department of the Treasury, the Secret Service, and others including Congress and the White House, Leahy noted the urgent need for these cyber-security initiatives.  The Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime, already a leader in protecting the nation’s computers against cyber attack, will assist the Department of Homeland Security in carrying out cyber-security projects. With this funding, the Center will continue to provide training to police and fire departments in more advanced skills of computer network defense, and preventing hackers and more organized groups from denying these public safety groups the use of their computer systems. Leahy, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and of its Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, secured the funding in the annual budget bill for the Department of Homeland Security for this fiscal year.  Leahy in 2002 authored and won enactment of a congressional charter that designated the Norwich University program the National Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime, eligible for ongoing national leadership standing and funding in addressing these growing threats.“Cyber attacks on our responders pose a threat to our public safety,” said Leahy.  “Norwich’s specialized knowledge and training techniques help us ramp up preparations so that first responders can meet this very real challenge head on.  Attacks on emergency and public safety systems can be just as disruptive as the breakdown of a fire truck or radio tower.”“We so value Senator Leahy’s support and leadership in this area of great threat to America and our National Security,” said Rich Schneider, President of Norwich University.  “This area is one in which Norwich has great expertise and this support will continue to  advance our work and strengthen our capabilities.”Source: Leahy’s office. 7.2.2010last_img read more

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Jan
2021

Dealer.com increases sales 60 percent for 2010

first_imgDealer.com,Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that it delivered another year of substantial growth in 2010, as revenues reached $85 million, an increase of over 60 percent from 2009 ‘ and more than triple the 2008 level. In addition to its continued strong financial performance, Dealer.com extended its technology and service leadership with an increase of more than 100 percent in research and development (R&D) spending ‘ for the second consecutive year ‘ as well as expanded industry partnerships and a variety of prestigious awards and accolades.”Our remarkable track record is attributable to the technical expertise of our employees and their unwavering commitment to the satisfaction and overall success of our clients across the automotive industry,” said Mark Bonfigli, Dealer.com’s CEO. “In addition, a key underlying factor is our unique culture supporting the health, well-being and career development of our employees, which helps us attract highly motivated people who want to work hard and make a difference. With the substantial investments we made in both technology and people in 2010, Dealer.com remains well-positioned to drive future growth.”Dealer.com hired and successfully integrated over 180 new employees in 2010, bringing its headcount at year-end to more than 430. To help manage this growth and bolster its management structure, the company named five new vice presidents and a new CFO, David Stetson. In addition, Chief Technology Officer Rick Gibbs was named President. Construction also started on a major expansion of Dealer.com’s headquarters in Burlington, which will more than double its existing space and support a number of significant enhancements in its employee wellness programs.During 2010, Dealer.com further strengthened its comprehensive online marketing platform with the launch of a number of new or improved products and services. These include CarFlix HumanVoice Videos for online vehicle inventories; upgrades to its TotalControl DOMINATORâ ¢ paid search solution; and a new Service Marketing Package to help dealers attract and retain service customers.In addition, Dealer.com expanded its partnerships with OEMs last year, and now supports solutions for Subaru of New England and American Suzuki Motor Corporation. Partnerships with the nation’s top automotive dealer groups, as ranked by Automotive News, also increased. According to the annual ranking, 80 percent of the leading dealer groups now choose Dealer.com’s online marketing services ‘ up from 70 percent a year earlier. Specific dealer group clients added in 2010 include Fletcher Jones Automotive Group, which features the largest Mercedes Benz dealership in the U.S., as well as Gurley Leep Automotive Group and Napleton Automotive Group.”We have been thrilled to begin work with hundreds of new clients over the past year, including some of the largest and most innovative auto retailers in North America,” said Rick Gibbs, President and Chief Technology Officer at Dealer.com. “It’s gratifying that so many dealers clearly appreciate our track record of technology and service leadership, which continues to far outpace even our closest competitors.”Several independent national research reports also confirmed Dealer.com’s industry leadership, including comprehensive organic and paid search studies from Sorgenfrei, LLC and The Pasch Consulting Group. The company’s industry-leading products and services and unique corporate culture were also recognized through the following awards and rankings in 2010:Inc. magazine’s Top Small Company Workplace Award ‘ named one of the 20 best small to mid-sized businesses in North America.DrivingSales.com Vendor Ratings ‘ three separate awards, as top-ranked website provider, lead management provider, and SEO provider.Auto Dealer Monthly’s Dealers’ Choice Awards ‘ received Diamond Award in the Best Web Site Provider/Design category (fourth consecutive year); and Platinum Award for Internet Training.Vermont Business magazine ‘ named the fastest-growing company in Vermont over the last five years, with revenue growth of 1,270 percent.Inc. 5000 Rankings ‘ ranked 1,056th overall, and 106th among the nation’s fastest-growing private advertising and marketing companies (fourth consecutive year of placement).Automotive Website Awards ‘ won the Pinnacle Platform Award for superior search marketing architecture; TotalControl DOMINATOR also was named Best Online Advertising Tool.Summit International Emerging Media Awards ‘ Leader Award for the Checkered Flag and Silver Star Montreal websites (third consecutive year of placement).Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500â ¢ ‘ ranked number 150 (up from 214 last year) among fastest-growing companies in North America.About Dealer.com ( www.dealer.com(link is external) )Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to automotive manufacturers, auto dealers and multi vertical media companies.  The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools, lowest cost advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. More dealerships use the Dealer.com platform than any other platform in the world.Recent national and international accolades include: Inc. magazine’s 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces and Inc. 5000, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoter® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on DrivingSales.com, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit: http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Jan
2021

Conference Board reports Vermont a rare bright spot for online labor demand

first_imgOnline advertised vacancies were up 500 in Vermont in contrast to a nationwide drop of 43,500 in September to 3,947,100, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series released today. The September drop follows a decline of 164,000 in August and a decrease of 217,000 in July. The Supply/Demand rate stands at 3.50, indicating there were 3.5 unemployed for every online advertised vacancy in August, the latest monthly data available for unemployment.– Labor demand retrenches in the 2nd and 3rd Quarters after an impressive start in Q1– Since March, labor demand down by 500,000 (11 percent)– Losses widespread across States and occupations– Nationally, there are 10 million more unemployed (9.98 million) than advertised vacancies “In the last six months, labor demand has experienced a drop of 500,000, cutting sharply into the gain of 763,000 at the beginning of the year,” said June Shelp, Vice President at The Conference Board. “This narrows the average monthly gain for 2011 to 29,000.” The slowdown, however, varies widely for different occupations.  In legal occupations, labor demand stalled as early as the beginning of 2010, but in the last six months it has dropped 23 percent to 21,600 in September. In contrast, advertised vacancies for production workers gained steadily since mid-2009 until July 2011, but in the last two months, it dipped further. It is now down 10 percent to 117,000 in September.  REGIONAL AND STATE HIGHLIGHTSIn September:Like the U.S., many States now have flat or downward trendsThe South and Midwest post modest gains while Northeast and West declineIn September, the Northeast posted a decline of 29,100, reflecting drops in all of its large States.  Pennsylvania experienced the largest drop, 18,500, cancelling earlier gains in July and August.  Massachusetts dropped 3,200, New Jersey fell 3,100, and New York lost 2,700.  Among the smaller States in the region, New Hampshire and Connecticut dropped by small margins, 300 and 200 respectively, while Vermont and Rhode Island gained 500 and 100 respectively.Labor demand in the West was down 18,400 in September and was led by the region’s largest State,California, which declined 16,800 to a total of 423,600.  Washington State lost 5,100.  Colorado rose 1,100, and Arizona gained a mere 300.  Among the small States in the West, New Mexico gained 1,200,Utah gained 600, Idaho rose 500, and Nevada lost 1,000.The South posted a gain of 8,900, reflecting slight gains in four out of six of its large States in September.  Florida experienced the largest gain, 1,400.  Next was Texas with a gain of 1,200.  Maryland rose 400, and North Carolina gained 200.  The region’s large States posting declines were Virginia, down 2,600 to 128,100, and Georgia, down 1,500 to 100,100.  Among the smaller States in the South, Alabama gained 1,900, Oklahoma rose 1,400, and Arkansas gained 100 while Tennessee dipped 100.In September, the Midwest was up 3,100, reflecting a gain of 4,100 in Ohio and a 2,100 increase inMichigan.  Illinois experienced the largest September drop, 5,300.  The region’s other States with declines included Minnesota, down 1,700, Wisconsin, down 1,000, and Missouri, down 900.  Among the less populous States in the region, Indiana and North Dakota experienced gains of 2,000 and 900 respectively, and Iowa and South Dakota fell 1,700 and 1,000 respectively.The Supply/Demand rate for the U.S. in August (the latest month for which unemployment numbers are available) stood at 3.50, indicating that there are 3.5 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy.  Nationally, there are 10 million (9.98 million) more unemployed workers than advertised vacancies.  The number of advertised vacancies exceeded the number of unemployed only in North Dakota, where the Supply/Demand rate was 0.94.  States with the next lowest rates included South Dakota (1.39), Nebraska (1.54), Alaska (1.69), Vermont (1.78), and New Hampshire (1.89). The State with the highest Supply/Demand rate is Mississippi (7.39), where there are over 7 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy.  There are a few other States in which there are over five unemployed for every advertised vacancy.  These include Alabama (5.29), South Carolina (5.29), and Kentucky (5.08).It should be noted that the Supply/Demand rate only provides a measure of relative tightness of the individual State labor markets and does not suggest that the occupations of the unemployed directly align with the occupations of the advertised vacancies (see Occupational Highlights section).OCCUPATIONAL HIGHLIGHTSIn September:Demand for workers in Sales and Related, Management, and Computer and Mathematical Science dropsDemand for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations and Office and Administrative Support risesAmong the top 10 occupation groups with the largest numbers of online advertised vacancies, Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations posted the largest increase, 17,900, to 531,600. Largely responsible for the gain were increased vacancies for Registered Nurses.  The number of advertised vacancies in this occupational category continues to outnumber job-seekers by over two to one (0.48 S/D based on August data, the latest unemployment data available).Demand for Office and Administrative Support occupations rose 17,000 to 438,600.  This followed an August drop of 30,000.  Occupations that underwent increases in September included Customer Service Representatives, Receptionists and Information Clerks, General Office Clerks, and Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants.  The number of unemployed in these occupations remains above the number of advertised vacancies with nearly 4 (3.97) unemployed for every advertised vacancy.In September, labor demand for Sales and Related workers declined by 20,000 to 502,000.  This decline, following an August drop of 47,800, was led by a decrease in demand for Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives, First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers, and Retail Salespeople.  The number of unemployed in this occupational category continues to outnumber the number of advertised vacancies by close to 3 to 1 (S/D of 2.84).Labor demand for Management workers declined in September by 17,700 to 377,900, led largely by a decrease in demand for Marketing Managers, Branch or Department Financial Managers, and Sales Managers.  Demand for workers in this occupational category has fallen 90,000 since May.  There are close to 2 unemployed for every advertised vacancy in this occupational category (S/D of 1.85).Labor demand for Computer and Mathematical Science workers declined in September by 13,400 to 518,800, led largely by a decrease in demand for Web Developers, Database Administrators, Computer Systems Analysts, Computer Programmers, and Network and Computer Systems Administrators.  This occupational category has experienced a drop of 89,000 vacancies since May; however, job opportunities still remain favorable in this occupational category with about 3 ads for every job-seeker (S/D of 0.29).Architecture and Engineering occupations posted a September drop of 10,100, contributing to a third-quarter drop of 34,000; however, job opportunities still remain favorable in this occupational category with just over 1 ad for every job-seeker (S/D of 0.86).  Responsible for the September decline are Industrial Engineers and Electrical Engineers.Longer View of Labor Demand for Selected Occupations”The slowdown in labor demand over the last six months varies by occupation,” said Shelp.  “Some occupations stalled early and are now declining; others have just stalled over the last few months and yet others are holding steady either at or below their pre-recession levels.”  Advertised vacancies inProduction stalled over the last few months after rising steadily since mid-2009.  In contrast, advertised vacancies in Legal stalled early in 2010 and have declined sharply in the last six months.Construction and Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations are both holding relatively steady. Construction occupations showed gains but still remained well below their pre-recession highs while Building and grounds is now in line with labor demand levels prior to the official beginning of the recession in December 2007.  However, in both of these occupational groups the number of unemployed is still well in excess of the number of advertised vacancies.  In August 2011, the latest available data for unemployment, there were just over 14 unemployed job-seekers for every advertised vacancy in building and grounds and 19 job-seekers for every ad in construction.Since the beginning of the year, labor demand was down among a number of high-paying occupations. With the September declines, Computer and Mathematical Science occupations were down 4 percent (-23,000) since January while Management positions were down 11 percent (-48,000).  Community and Social Service positions were down 15,000, a drop of 24 percent, since January.   However, the job market was not as difficult for these job-seekers.  Based on August data, there are about 2 unemployed for every advertised vacancy in Community and social service (2.10) and Management (1.85).  In contrast, there are about 3 openings for every unemployed job-seeker in Computer and mathematical science (0.29).  METRO AREA HIGHLIGHTSWashington, D.C., Oklahoma City, Boston, and Honolulu have the lowest Supply/Demand ratesIn September, 42 of the 52 metropolitan areas for which data are reported separately posted over-the-year increases in the number of online advertised vacancies.  Among the three metro areas with the largest numbers of advertised vacancies, the New York metro area was down 8,100, or 3.3 percent, from itsSeptember 2010 level and the Washington, DC metro area was down 400, or 0.3 percent, from last year.  In contrast, the Los Angeles metro area was up 4,000, or 2.6 percent, from last year’s level.The number of unemployed exceeded the number of advertised vacancies in all of the 52 metro areas for which information is reported separately.  Washington, DC continues to have the most favorable Supply/Demand rate (1.32) with about one advertised vacancy for every unemployed worker.  Oklahoma City, Boston, and Honolulu were metropolitan locations where there were fewer than two unemployed looking for work for every advertised vacancy. On the other hand, metro areas in which the respective number of unemployed is substantially above the number of online advertised vacancies include Riverside, CA ‘ where there are nearly ten unemployed people for every advertised vacancy (9.91) ‘ Miami (6.15),Sacramento (5.70), Detroit (5.26), and Los Angeles (5.03).  Supply/Demand rate data are for July 2011, the latest month for which unemployment data for local areas are available.PROGRAM NOTESThe Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine® Data Series measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month on more than 1,200 major Internet job sites and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas.Like The Conference Board’s long-running Help Wanted Advertising Index of print ads (which was published for over 55 years and discontinued in October 2008 but continues to be available for research), the new online series is not a direct measure of job vacancies.  The level of ads in print and online can change for reasons not related to overall job demand.With the December 1, 2008 release, HWOL began providing seasonally adjusted data for the U.S., the nine Census regions and the 50 States. Seasonally adjusted data for occupations were provided beginning with the December 2009 release. This data series, for which the earliest data are for August 2005, continues to publish not seasonally adjusted data for 52 large metropolitan areas.People using this data are urged to review the information on the database and methodology available on The Conference Board website and contact us with questions and comments.  Background information and technical notes and discussion of revisions to the series are available at: http://www.conference-board.org/data/helpwantedonline.cfm(link is external).The underlying online job listings data for this series is provided by Wanted Technologies Corporation.  Additional information on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data used in this release can be found on the BLS website, www.bls.gov(link is external).The Conference BoardThe Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States.WANTED Technologies Corporation.WANTED is a leading supplier of real-time sales and business intelligence solutions for the media classified and recruitment industries. Using its proprietary On-Demand data mining, lead generation and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) integrated technologies, WANTED aggregates real-time data from thousands of online job sites, real estate and newspaper sites, as well as corporate websites on a daily basis. WANTED’s data is used to optimize sales and to implement marketing strategies within the classified ad departments of major media organizations, as well as by staffing firms, advertising agencies and human resources specialists. For more information, please visit: http://www.wantedtech.com(link is external).SOURCE The Conference Board NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Jan
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New Lake Champlain Bridge ribbon cutting set for Monday

first_imgOct 23, 2009 … No one anticipated that the capstone event of 2009’s Lake Champlain Quadricentennial would be the closing of the Champlain Bridge, though … Champlain Bridge closure declared transportation emergency, area … Governors break ground for new Champlain Bridge, ferry to keep… Jul 2, 2009… as a result of a bridge inspection completed earlier this year, repairs will be made to the Lake Champlain Bridge, also known as the … The New York office of Governor Mario Cuomo informed Vermont Governor Shumlin late Thursday afternoon that the ribbon cutting for the new Lake Champlain Bridge will be held on Monday, November 7, at 2:30 pm. New York State is the manager of the bridge construction, though both states share in the cost of its construction. The central arch of the new bridge is slowly raised into place on August 26, 2011.New York State Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will preside over the ribbon cutting of the new bridge. This project was completed in less than two years.Sue Minter, deputy secretary of the Vernmont Agency of Transportation, said the ceremony will take place on the New York side of the bridge. Jim Boni, the New York Department of Transportation project manager, said the bridge will be open for traffic following the ribbon cutting, “or shortly thereafter.”The old Champlain Bridge was demolished December 28, 2009, after strucutral problems with the concrete footings first appeared the previous summer. Bridge traffic was first reduced to one-lane before it was closed in October and further inspection led engineers to conclude that the bridge needed to be removed. Ferry service at the Chimney Point (West Addison, VT)/Crown Point, NY, crossing has been used as a substitute for commuters while the bridge has been out.Construction on the new bridge began June 11, 2010. The estimated cost for the entire project was put at $75 million in 2010. The Lake Champlain Bridge (LCB) construction contract (NYSDOT Contract D261458) was awarded to Flatiron Construction Corporation on May 27, 2010, for $69.6 million. The contract is being administered and managed by NYSDOT Region 1. The contract provides for the construction of the new LCB and approaches, as well as the removal of the waterside portions of the temporary ferry facilities in both States after the bridge is complete and open to traffic. The temporary ferry will remain open and free for travelers until the new LCB is open. Additionally, the landside portions of the temporary ferry facilities will be removed and the NYSDEC Campground, Crown Point Historic Site and the Chimney Point Historic Site properties will be restored to their original condition in 2012.RELATED ARTICLES: One-way traffic starts tomorrow on bridge from Vermont to New York … Dec 28, 2009 … With snow falling, the Lake Champlain Bridgeconnecting Addison, Vermont, with Crown Point, New York, was demolished in the blink of an … Arch for new Champlain Bridge lifted into placeFri Aug 26 2011Workers today began the process of transport and lifting into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge. A webcam showing the event (click HERE or see link below) offers still photos of the event. As of 2 pm Friday, August 26, the center arch was being positioned between the existing spans for installation. The first photo is of the final placement. Champlain Bridge demolished this morning | Vermont Business … Jun 11, 2010 … Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and New York State Governor David A. Paterson today broke ground on a new LakeChamplain Bridge …last_img read more