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:http://thinkvermont.com/Programs/VEPC/tabid/124/default.aspx(link is external) VEPC 12.21.2011last_img read more


first_imgITHACA, N.Y. — Syracuse’s Emily Hawryschuk spotted Nicole Levy in front of the Cornell goal in the first half. SU had scored the last four goals of the contest to take a four-goal lead.Levy was handcuffed on the catch, though, with her back to the goal. It would take something special to score the fifth-straight with her eyes facing midfield.But that was no problem for Levy. There was no need for a spin to try and square herself up to goal. Just an angle open low, between her own legs. She finished underhand past Cornell goalie Katie McGahan. Even the difficult seemed easy for SU against an unranked opponent, as has been the case all season.“I’m to the point where I don’t really think about it, sometimes it just happens,” Levy said of the goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 9 Syracuse (6-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) faced little resistance at Schoellkopf Field and rolled by Cornell (4-3, 1-1 Ivy), 14-7, on Tuesday. The game was knotted at 3-apiece before SU rattled off five-straight, hit cruise control and never looked back. The story of most of the Orange’s season remained the same: Syracuse walloped an opponent it was supposed to beat.“These are must-wins,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Against the solid teams but not the top teams, you’ve got to be ready to play and you’ve got to be focused.”The breakdown has been straightforward this season for SU. Against unranked opposition, the Orange is a perfect 5-0. Against ranked opponents, Syracuse is 1-2, with a win over then-No. 4 Florida the only result upsetting the status quo.It’s been about goals. In its wins, the Orange has averaged 18.33. In its two losses, to then-No. 5 Maryland and then-No. 11 Virginia, Syracuse put up an average of 13.5. SU’s offense has firepower. On Tuesday, Hawryschuk led with five, and Levy added three.Going forward, Syracuse will need to maintain that firepower in a gauntlet of ranked opponents. Hawryschuk said that Syracuse, which entered the game with the second-best shooting percentage in the nation, “needs to make sure that the shot we do take is a shot that’s gonna go in the net.”Hawryschuk did just that midway through the first half as she drove toward the net when the whistle blew. New rules that allow for a quick restart off of fouls have been spottily enforced by referees, and all the Cornell players froze. But after a split second, Hawryschuk juked to her left and had no obstacle to an easy goal.“Use what you do here and use the same method of preparation and same method of execution,” Gait said. “It’s just gonna be against some higher ranked teams.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorOn Tuesday, Syracuse’s offense went on the run it always seems to go on in wins. Amid the five-goal flurry, Levy’s between-the-legs finish was the highlight.When the second half opened with no goals by either team for the first 13:27, it never seemed like a breakthrough was coming for Cornell. Asa Goldstock made a few easy saves early in the second half to ensure that the Big Red didn’t gain any momentum. By the game’s final buzzer, Goldstock had 16 saves. Most were nothing more than half-tries from tough angles that she swallowed with the pocket of her stick or deflected harmlessly high and wide.“An opponent like Cornell, who typically plays us tough here, you gotta execute,” Gait said. “… Our defense stepped up today.”Finally, Sam Swart broke the second-half drought with an easy goal after driving left and shrugging off her defender. The Orange added a handful more goals and its lesser opponent couldn’t produce the late game push it so badly needed.When Hawryschuk drove straight at goal on a free-position shot and beat the goalie low, Cornell didn’t have an answer. When Neena Merola dished to Mary Rahal for an easy finish in front, Cornell didn’t have an answer. Three more Syracuse goals followed, capped by a Nicole Levy snipe into the top of the net, before the Big Red answered.“Once the momentum shifts by that much, we get the confidence and the swagger to just finish the game,” Levy said.The Orange allowed two goals in the second half, none until fewer than five minutes remained and Goldstock had been pulled from the game.Hannah Van Middelem, Goldstock’s backup, made the final save of the game with about 30 seconds left. Syracuse cleared the ball up the field. Then the Orange just waited for the buzzer to sound and the result to be final.From very early on in the game, it had never been in doubt. Comments Published on March 20, 2018 at 6:43 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more