One Stop for a Variety of Free Vermont Travel Publications

first_imgCome one and all to Vermont this summer! The Vermont Chamber, along with the State of Vermont, Vermont Attractions and Vermont Farms Association partners, will help just about anyone plan a trip to Vermont. Like a kid in the scoop shop, every Vermont traveler will find their favorite flavor combination with the states best listings of lodging and activity resources.The 2005 Vermont Vacation Guide is a magazine, with articles, listings, a resource directory, and photos to inspire adventure and nurture the spirit. For a visitor looking for a place to stay, the Guide is a personal advisor, allowing them to match their travel preferences to the special lodging, dining and entertainment options that each Vermont region has to offer.The Vermont Country Inns and B&Bs guide showcases Vermont country inns and B&Bs. Vermonts special escape to intimate charm, personal attention, homemade gourmet cuisine, outstanding gardens and antiques, and royal hospitality is at hand. Dreams come true at Vermont country inns; delicious pleasures await visitors to Vermont B&Bs. Vermont Country Inns and B&Bs will put visitors in touch with the best in the state.The road to the finest entertainment begins with the Vermont Attractions Association Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map. From ice cream or teddy bears to history or pottery, the Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map is a map of the State of Vermont leading visitors of all ages to the best and brightest around. The Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map will please the parent, child, artist, historian, farmer, adventurer, gardener, shopper, and food, beer and wine connoisseur in every traveler. For up-to-date attractions info and events, see also www.vermontattractions.org(link is external).The new Vermont Farms website (www.vtfarms.org(link is external)) and brochure showcase Vermonts agricultural heritage and farm-based economy. For a very special experience, visit or even stay overnight at Vermonts working farms that are open to the public.The Vacation Guide, the Vermont Country Inns and B&Bs guide, the Vermont Attractions Guide and Road Map, and the Vermont Farms brochure is available free of charge on the Vermont Chamber of Commerce website (www.vtchamber.com(link is external)), or by telephone at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443.###last_img

Apple Computer: An Innovative Technology

first_imgJuly 17th 2006, Apple already had in mind enhancements that would make his computer faster and more functional. They wanted to make it display in color. They worked to combine the terminal and memory functions of the Apple-1 by moving the display into main memory, allowing instant screen changes. None of these modifications were made specifically to make it a better product, or to make it more attractive for a customer to purchase.Another chip, the Motorola 6800, interested Wozniak because it resembled his favorite minicomputers (such as the Data General Nova) more than the 8080. However, cost was still a problem for him until he and his friend Allen Baum discovered a chip that was almost identical to the 6800, while considerably cheaper.Apple, a leader in personal computers was co-founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs.Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II, and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple remains committed to creating the best personal computers in the world, and its hardware and software products are widely regarded as being the most innovative in the industryMOS Technology sold their 6502 chip, as opposed to Motorola 6800. Wozniak decided to change his choice of processor to the 6502 and began writing a version of BASIC that would run on it. When his BASIC interpreter was finished, he turned his attention to designing the computer he could run it on. Except for some small timing differences, he was able to use the hardware design he had earlier done on paper for the 6800.Apple products at the Apple Store Online. The following apple products are: IMac’s, IPod’s, eMac, PowerBooks, IBook, Power Mac’s, software and accessories all available in apple brand.The company’s most well-known products are the Apple Macintosh line of personal computers, the iPod portable music player, and the iTunes media player.Apple branched out into consumer electronics. One example of this product diversification was the Apple QuickTake digital camera, one of the first digital cameras ever brought to the consumer market.Apple also offers a range of professional software titles. Their range of server software includes the operating system Mac OS X Server; Apple Remote Desktop, a remote systems management application; WebObjects, Java Web application server; and Xsan, a Storage Area Network file system.Author: Monica CraftFor Listing visit http://www.applepart.com(link is external) (A leading online resource for buying Apple Parts ) . You can also visit our other site http://www.idigitals.com(link is external) which is a Custom Built Pro Workstations offering the latest in Computer Technologylast_img

McClaughry Awarded 2008 Pizzagalli Prize

first_imgMcClaughry Awarded 2008 Pizzagalli Prize Ethan Allen Institute President John McClaughry is the winner of the 2008 Pizzagalli Prize for “outstanding talent, vision, and commitment resulting in individual achievement in one’s chosen profession … having widespread impact on the public and our way of life.” Angelo Pizzagalli of the Pizzagalli Foundation presented the prize to McClaughry at the Ethan Allen Institute’s fifteenth anniversary celebration dinner at the Sheraton Burlington Wednesday evening, November 12, 2008. The prize carries a stipend of $10,000. At left is Institute Director and emcee Bill Sayre. In its citation, the award said “with tireless effort you have encouraged widespread debate of major governmental, social and public issues. In doing so, you have drawn upon your high intellect, broad knowledge, and personal commitment to the principles on which the United States was founded& individual initiative, personal responsibility, and the preservation of free enterprise and capitalism.” McClaughry founded the nonprofit, nonpartisan Vermont free market think tank in 1993 after leaving the Vermont Senate. The membership-supported organization has worked for fifteen years to educate Vermonters in the fundamentals of a free society through print and radio commentaries, public policy reports, voting record publications, conferences, state house roundtables, and other similar events. “I am truly honored and grateful to have been chosen as this years recipient of this prestigious award, made possible by the Pizzagalli Foundation,” McClaughry said. “The Pizzagalli family and their businesses have for years been an enormous economic and civic asset to our state. It’s my hope that improving Vermont’s economic climate will help many more such families and companies to succeed and contribute as the Pizzagallis have. That will continue to be an important part of the Institute’s mission into the future.” The Institute’s publications and events are available at its website, www.ethanallen.org(link is external).#####last_img

NRG, wind industry leaders say weak RES could cede jobs to Asia, Europe

first_imgA group of representatives from major wind industry companies today released a letter to key members of Congress urging them to strengthen the renewable electricity standard (RES) contained in the draft bill unveiled this week by House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Henry Waxman.“We are concerned that the significantly lower renewable targets currently being discussed, as compared to proposals from President Obama, Chairman Bingaman and Chairman Markey, will severely blunt the signal for companies like ours that manufacture turbines and components to invest billions of dollars to expand production and our workforces in the U.S.,” the letter said.It was signed by representatives of GE Energy, Vestas Americas, Gamesa, NRG Systems of Hinesburg, VT, REPower USA, Broadwind Energy, TPI Composites, PPG Industries, Clipper Windpower and AWEA.“A national RES is one of the strongest policies to promote more renewable energy because the combination of long-term demand and an immediate market triggers investment in manufacturing facilities.  An RES provides specific near-, mid-, and long-market demand that other policies do not offer,” the letter said.The Waxman bill, co-introduced by Rep. Edward Markey, chairman of the Energy and Environment  Subcommittee, includes a renewable electricity standard that is less than one-half the level proposed by President Obama and Chairman Markey’s original proposal. AWEA supports an RES of 25% by 2025.The letter also warned, “America is on the verge of losing the wind manufacturing industry to Asia and Europe.  There is significant international trade in wind turbines and the competition to host this industry is intense.  America trails its competition in passing stable renewable energy policy commitments.  Thirty-seven other countries have firm commitments.”AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with more than 2,000 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the world’s largest wind power trade show. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America.  Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA Web site. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook.Follow AWEA on Twitter.last_img

Vermont to get $400,000 for unemployment insurance system upgrade

first_img Unemployment Insurance Technology Infrastructure Grants ———————————————– State Grant Amount —– ———— Alabama $926,714 ——- ——– Alaska $1,900,000 —— ———- Arizona $6,778,673 ——- ———- Arkansas $261,244 ——– ——– California $4,439,602 ———- ———- Colorado $3,453,055 ——– ———- Connecticut $5,189,407 ———– ———- District of Colombia $134,714 ——————– ——– Florida $1,573,298 ——- ———- Georgia $8,850,630 ——- ———- Hawaii $820,620 —— ——– Idaho $6,093,305 —– ———- Illinois $5,910,249 ——– ———- Indiana $182,332 ——- ——– Iowa $2,693,354 —- ———- Kansas $3,415,913 —— ———- Kentucky $3,457,695 ——– ———- Louisiana $907,730 ——— ——– Maine $341,290 —– ——– Maryland $5,362,230 ——– ———- Massachusetts $2,533,150 ————- ———- Michigan $3,908,500 ——– ———- Minnesota $2,047,838 ——— ———- Mississippi $3,804,924 ———– ———- Missouri $2,032,503 ——– ———- Montana $23,005 ——- ——- Nebraska $777,307 ——– ——– Nevada $4,188,165 —— ———- New Hampshire $73,275 ————- ——- New Jersey $798,689 ———- ——– New Mexico $1,666,539 ———- ———- New York $5,354,950 ——– ———- North Carolina $5,625,765 ————– ———- North Dakota read more

Vermont near bottom in most cost-effective roads ranking

first_imgOver the last two years New Jersey has moved up from last to 45th in the overall rankings, but still spends dramatically more than every other state. New Jersey spends $1.1 million per mile on state roads. The second biggest spender, Florida, spends$671,000 per mile and California spends $545,000 per mile. South Carolina had the lowest expenses, spending just $34,000per mile.California also squanders a massive amount of transportation money that never makes it onto roads, spending $93,464 in administrative costs for every mile of state road. New York ($89,194 per mile), Massachusetts ($71,982), and New Jersey($62,748) also compare poorly to states like Texas ($6,529) and Virginia ($6,370) that spend dramatically less on administrative costs.‘We’re seeing several factors combine to produce significant improvement in highway conditions,’ said David T. Hartgen, author of the report and emeritus professor of transportation studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. ‘Over the last several years, states invested a lot more money to improve pavement and bridges. Spending increased 8 percent from 2007 to 2008, and per-mile spending on state roads has almost tripled since 1984, so you’d hope and expect to see improved performance. As pavement gets better, roads are widened and bridges get repaired, you’d also expect safety to improve. And the significant reduction in vehicle miles traveled during the recession has also played a role in slowing system decay. But as the states deal with large budget deficits and the recession continues, we’ll have to wait and see if this progress can be continued.’Full Report OnlineThe full Annual Highway Report with detailed state-by-state analysis is online here:http://reason.org/studies/show/19th-annual-highway-report(link is external).About Reason FoundationReason Foundation is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to advancing free minds and free markets. Reason Foundation produces respected public policy research on a variety of issues and publishes the critically acclaimed Reason magazine and its website, Reason.com. For more information, please visit Reason.org. State highway conditions are the best they’ve been in 19 years, according to Reason Foundation’s 19th Annual Highway Report. Unfortunately, the recession is partly responsible for the improvement in road conditions: people are driving less, which has helped slow pavement deterioration and reduced traffic congestion and fatalities. The annual Reason Foundation study measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-owned roads in 11 categories, including deficient bridges, urban traffic congestion, fatality rates, pavement condition on urban and rural Interstates and on major rural roads, and the number of unsafe narrow rural lanes. National performance in all of those key areas improved in 2008, the most recent year with complete data available.Overall, North Dakota, Montana and Kansas have the most cost-effective state highway systems. Rhode Island, Alaska,California, Hawaii and New York have the least cost-effective road systems.Drivers in California, Minnesota, Maryland, Michigan and Connecticut are stuck in the worst traffic. Over 65 percent of all urban Interstates are congested in each of those five states. But nationally, the percentage of urban Interstates that are congested fell below 50 percent for the first time since 2000, when congestion standards were revised.Motorists in California and Hawaii have to look out for the most potholes on urban Interstates. In those two states, approximately 25 percent of urban Interstate pavement is in poor condition. Alaska and Rhode Island have the bumpiest rural roads. Nationally, pavement conditions on urban Interstates are the best they’ve been since 1993, and rural primary roads are the smoothest they’ve been since 1993 also.Rhode Island has the most troubled bridges in the country, with over 53 percent of bridges deficient or functionally obsolete. For comparison, just 10 percent of top-ranked Nevada’s bridges are rated deficient. Across the country, 23.7 percent of America’s bridges were structurally deficient or functionally obsolete in 2008, the lowest percentage since 1984.With the recession reducing driving, and engineering improving road design and car safety features, traffic fatalities have steadily fallen to the lowest levels since the 1960s. Massachusetts has the safest roads with just 0.67 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. Montana and Louisiana have the highest fatality rates, at 2.12 and 2.02 fatalities per 100 million miles driven. The full Annual Highway Report rankings are:North DakotaMontanaKansasNew MexicoNebraskaSouth CarolinaWyomingMissouriGeorgiaOregonDelawareSouth DakotaTexasKentuckyNevadaMississippiIdahoVirginiaTennesseeAlabamaNorth CarolinaUtahIndianaOhioMinnesotaArizonaNew HampshireWisconsinArkansasWest VirginiaIowaMaineWashingtonColoradoMichiganLouisianaOklahomaPennsylvaniaFloridaIllinoisConnecticutVermontMarylandMassachusettsNew read more

Opinion: Rethinking Education Governance

first_imgby Lisa Ventriss, President, Vermont Business Roundtable In the winter of 2007 the Vermont Business Roundtable, along with the Vermont Superintendents Association, convened a group of business and education leaders around some simple goals: to develop mutual understanding and respect for our respective issues and priorities; to inform each other’s thinking with factual information and industry insight; and, to find common ground that could lay the foundation for policy recommendations. We recruited organizations that could bring balance and non-partisan independence to our discussions, and charged ourselves to provide ‘bold and long-term leadership’ on education reform efforts. Thus was born the Business-Education Alliance.Over the next 16 months, the Alliance embraced two major areas of focus: cost containment and governance. The members reached consensus on the vision and needs, and a majority (not all) of the members agreed with all the recommendations released in April 2008.  Key among the needs identified by the report was to create a clear and unified statewide vision and corresponding goals for all Vermont’s children that drives the work of the Governor, State Board of Education, Commissioner, educators, legislators, school boards, business community, state agencies, higher education and communities. However, it readily became apparent that the current governance structure was the primary barrier to addressing that need.The Executive Branch is accountable only tangentially through the appointment of the State Board of Education; therefore, there is no formal connection between the state education system and other functions or agencies of state government. This has resulted in limited accountability at the executive level and in significant cost shifts from various agencies to local education entities and the Education Fund with little or no transparency.The Legislature has enacted a myriad of disjointed mandates and policies, which have caused the Education Commissioner and local schools to expend limited resources on responses to an array of demands that are not related to any coherent vision.While the Education Commissioner is statutorily designated the steward for public education in Vermont, the current structure does not support that role. Unfortunately, there is no one position in the state that can clearly provide the enterprise-wide leadership needed for defining and implementing a transformational education initiative.The adverse consequences of these various levels of functioning and governance have only damaged the public’s trust in education. According to the Roundtable’s 2010 Pulse of Vermont: Quality of Life Survey, conducted by Saint Michael’s College, public support for additional investments in public schools is at the lowest recorded level since the studies began in 1990. Another question revealed that only 58% would rate their local public schools as being ‘very good’ or ‘good’. Clearly, some Vermonters feel that spending more on education will not translate into better outcomes.The Alliance report included two strong recommendations to address governance: first, restructure the purpose and membership of the State Board of Education to measure progress through defined goals, outcomes measures and expectations for performance; and, second, create a Governor-appointed Secretary of Education who would be a member of the Governor’s Cabinet and articulate the shared vision and goals through an inclusive process.House Bill 440 proposes to restructure the Department of Education and State Board of Education similar to the recommendations put forth by the Alliance. This bill is worthy of vigorous debate because the effort to transform our educational system requires a more unified, coherent approach; one that can optimize limited human and financial resources. The latest student achievement scores demand as much.In these times of lingering fiscal constraint, society continues to place increased demands on our schools to provide a myriad of social, health and human services while preparing our students for a productive future. If we are going to succeed, we need coordination from the top that runs all the way through and across state government. With the Governor’s strong interest in education, let us not squander the opportunity to demonstrate ‘bold and long-term’ leadership to the ultimate benefit of students and taxpayers alike.The Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of 110 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy, with an aggregate economic impact of $135 billion and employing 15 percent of the state’s workforce. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.# # #last_img