first_imgThe Vermont Economic Progress Council authorized $8.3 million in incentives under the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program in 2011, which will encourage the creation of 988 new jobs in Vermont. The Vermont Economic Progress Council met throughout the year to review and authorize the incentives. No incentives are paid when the companies are authorized. The authorization means that the companies met statutory requirements to be authorized to earn a certain level of incentives. Overall, these projects will create 988 new jobs and about $40 million in new payroll for Vermonters, and the companies will make $302 million in capital investments in Vermont, between 2011and 2015. The jobs must be new, full-time, permanent, non-owners, and pay more than 160 percent of the Vermont Minimum Wage (about $13.04/hour) and provide benefits.  ‘In the end, there are well-paying jobs with benefits for Vermonters, there is investment in new facilities and machinery and equipment to keep Vermonters competitive, and there is $8 million in new tax revenues to support other state programs,’ said Lawrence Miller, Vermont’s secretary of Commerce and Community Development. To earn the incentives, authorized companies must meet payroll, employment and capital investment performance requirements each year between 2011 and 2015. If earned, the incentives would pay out to the companies over nine years between 2012 and 2020, only if the performance requirements are maintained. The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine ‘quality control’ program guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that calculates the level of new tax revenue a project will generate for the state. The model estimates that the economic activity approved will generate $7.7 million in new tax revenue, even after payment of the incentives.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner (the ‘but for’ test) if not for the incentives being authorized. ‘We determined that these projects would not have occurred in Vermont or would have occurred in a way that generated far fewer tax dollars,’ said Stephan Morse, VEPC Chairman. ‘Instead, the projects will occur and if the companies meet their performance requirements, they will generate enough new tax revenue to the state to pay the incentives that are earned and still generate almost $8 million in new tax revenue for Vermont.’ Included in the $8.3 million authorized were incentives totaling about $1.7 million in ‘Green’ VEGI incentives for companies that will create jobs in environmental technology sectors. These companies plan to develop and produce recyclable or biodegradable containers, develop and operate an integrated energy/food production facility; produce energy efficient turbo-machinery, and build a wind testing facility. The following is a list of those companies authorized for VEGI incentives in 2011: NAME                                                                        LOCATION                           AMOUNTALPLA, Inc                                                    Essex                                        $654,438Bariatrix Nutrition Corp                                 Georgia                                     $135,653eCorporate English, Ltd                                 Middlebury                               $464,731WCW, Inc.                                                      Manchester                               $512,449Vermont Smoke and Cure                              Hinesburg                                 $156,913Carbon Harvest Energy                                  Burlington, Brattleboro            $568,913Concepts NREC                                             Wilder                                       $290,335SOH Wind Engineering, LLC                        Williston                                   $153,995Green Mountain Coffee Roasters                   Essex                                     $4,696,809Ellison Surface Technologies, Inc.                  Rutland                                     $688,462Total:                                                                                                             $8,322,698 The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor, and two members appointed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, that considers applications to the state’s economic incentive programs. The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. For more information, visit: is external) VEPC 12.21.2011last_img read more

first_imgDorothy M. Devoll, of Brookville, was born July 24, 1942 in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of Richard and Angeline Arnold Walter.  She married Thomas E. Devoll Sr. on June 2, 1960 at St. Paul Rectory in New Alsace and he preceded her in death on April 14, 1990.  Dorothy was a housewife and worked for Campbell Hausfeld and Pri-Pack in Sunman.  She was a member of St. Michael Church and enjoyed planting her garden and flowers.   Her family was very important to her and she loved spending time with them.  On Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the age of 73, Dorothy passed away at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville, with Rosary at 3:30 p.m.  Services will be held at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial is on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Cemetery in Sunman. Those surviving who will cherish Dorothy’s memory include her children, Pam (Larry) Gartenman of Milan, Jaqueline (Scott) Sizemore of Brookville, and Tom (Diane) Devoll of Brookville; 10 grandchildren, Rachele’, Desirea’ and Thomas Devoll, Justin and Lendon Sizemore, and Megan, Brianna, Austin, Abigail and Kendall Devoll; 3 great grandchildren, Madison, Michael and Makayla; brothers, Jim Walter of Sunman and Allen Walter of Milan, and sister, Linda Schmidt of Sunman.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Frank and Paul Walter, and 2 sisters, Barb Hacker and Jeanie Sorenson.center_img Memorial donations may be directed to St. Michael School or the Franklin County Humane Society.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Dorothy Devoll.last_img read more

first_imgCopyright 2017– Caribbean National Weekly News He was once a teenage government technology consultant, been to Harvard twice, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and has networked with some of the brightest young minds in technology. But for all his technological achievements, Makonnen Blake-Hannah, or Maki B, his musical moniker, has chosen to pursue his dream of making a mark in Reggae music.The home-schooled son of former government senator and Rastafari matriarch Barbara Blake Hannah, Maki B is determined to bring a high-tech message to the ears of the oppressed and those thirsty for knowledge.He plans to do so without sinking into the mire of debauchery.“I’m not a ‘conventional’ musician in any sense of the word. I’m not here to “buss” or get famous. I’m here to spread a message of freedom and unity with equal rights and justice for all. My inspiration is the divine glory of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I The First. JAH! RASTAFARI! Being an artist/producer is just an expression for me and my thoughts in musical form,” he told CNW.‘Maki B’ has been forging ahead by bringing positive messages in the form of Reggae, dancehall and hip hop.“It’s a revolution and an evolution. The elders like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh laid the foundation that I can carry on so we have to keep the vibe alive,” he said.His single, Red Eye, has been steadily gaining in popularity. His other popular single, Real Talk, featuring Rseenal, will be featured on his upcoming debut album scheduled to be released soon.To pigeon-hole ‘Maki B’ as only a reggae artist would do injustice to his varied talents. He’s also a songwriter, producer, and engineer who has worked for a roster of artists too long to mention.His technological feats are also numerous. He was Jamaica’s delegate to the 1998 M.I.T. Media Lab Junior Summit in Boston, Mass; a member of Award Winning 1999 Think Quest International Website, a lecturer at the Jimmy Carter Center Tour of 6 Guyana schools, and Youth advisor/webmaster to former Jamaican Minister of Technology Phillip Paulwell. He helped introduce the first and most successful cellphone service provider in Jamaica, Digicel, among other achievements.Now he has his sights firmly set on making a positive difference in the entertainment arena. “We are keeping it grounded, positive and upful,” he said.last_img read more