Douglas administration convenes Economic Response Team

first_imgMontpelier, VT. – The administration of Governor Jim Douglas has called the first meeting of a group of officials from state government, business, and non-government organizations that will provide a rapid response to Vermont companies facing difficulties.The Economic Response Team, a collaborative effort of the state’s economic development partners proposed by the Governor as part of his Inaugural Address, will meet Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at the Pavilion Building in Montpelier from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.”As we did with the Fuel and Food Partnership, the Economic Response Team will bring together the private and public sector to help Vermont companies at risk due to the current economic downturn,” Governor Douglas said. “By cutting through red tape and bringing all of our combined resources to bear, we can help preserve and even grow jobs.”A small team of representatives from government agencies such as Departments of Economic Development and Labor and the General Assembly, private businesses; and groups like the Regional Development Corporations; the Vermont Economic Development Authority; the Vermont Economic Progress Council; the USDA Rural Development Office and the Vermont Small Business Development Center will comprise the ERT.That kind of quick action could be critical in influencing a company’s decision to close, downsize, or move jobs elsewhere, one economic development official said.”More and more of our employers are part of national or international firms,” said Tim Smith, Executive Director of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation. “They make decisions in response to global forces that require fast action. Being able to step up and give them information or help on short notice is critical.”Responses from the Economic Response Team could include state, federal, local, or private assistance with training, financing, lowering utility costs, improving workplace safety, finding opportunities for international trade, government contracting opportunities, and permitting issues.”Our goal is to improve the communications and information sharing among businesses, state government, and economic development partners so that we can identify sooner companies that may be in distress,” said Commissioner of Economic Development Betsy Bishop, who will lead the team. “That will allow us to respond more quickly.”The Emergency Response Team will devise a plan to address an employer’s need, and then appoint a case manager who will direct a group of partners to execute whatever steps need to be taken.”By involving regional development corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, bankers and others in the process, we can get more timely information and provide a more timely response,” said Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Kevin Dorn. “This could even allow us to seize opportunities for expansion that present themselves.”last_img read more

Erickson: Crazy rowers hope to repeat 2010 success

first_imgI’ve preached to you about women’s hockey. I’ve mentioned the 180 the softball team has taken. Now, it’s time to shed some light on a few of Wisconsin’s lesser-known athletes.If you like water, boats, oars and the ability to flex some insane muscle mass, rowing may very well be for you.But before you get too excited, you should be aware of grueling 6 a.m. workouts and the constant feeling of wanting to say “eff it” that the rowers endure. Doesn’t sound too terrible, right? Well, let’s just say rowing has its ups and downs and is definitely not a sport for everyone.Last year, the Wisconsin women’s open-weight rowing team raced to one of its best finishes ever. The squad won the Big Ten Conference title, and as a team had a program-best seventh place finish at the NCAA’s with individual boats taking spots as high as third.In light of last year’s triumph, the team is expecting to do just as well, if not better.“The combination of confidence supplied by the underclassmen mixed with the upperclassmen’s constant reminder of the struggle to achieve the victories in 2010 create the perfect launching pad into even better triumphs in 2011,” junior Hayley Leinss said in an email to The Badger Herald.However, recognizing that success has been more difficult for the squad this season thanks to the Wisconsin weather and a winter that just doesn’t know the meaning of goodbye.UW rows against schools from across the country on a regular basis. Schools in California, Texas and other warmer climates actually have the opportunity to row their boats on water.Wisconsin hasn’t been so fortunate.“I think every season starts kind of rocky for [us], spring break is the first time we’re on the water since November and we go up against teams that have open water all year round,” junior Rachel Buchholtz said in an email to The Badger Herald. “I think we’re going to be faster this year than we were last year, we just wont peak until the end of the season when we’ve gotten more water time and finalized the line-ups for the fastest boats.”In fact, the Badgers have had more time on the water elsewhere than on Lake Mendota, their home course.So far this season, Wisconsin has competed in four regattas, three of which have taken place outside the Midwest.Instead of being able to actually row, the Badgers have been building their strength and endurance, transforming themselves into one of the fittest teams in the field. Their regimens have a clear translation to the boat when it comes time to actually race.Despite the lack of water time so far this season, the team has already showed promise.Through their four regattas (which span days) the Badgers have finished in the top four in three of them. Wisconsin won its Big Ten double dual against Michigan and Michigan State. Most notably, UW raced two boats in the San Diego Crew Classic – which wasn’t a team event – and each placed fourth.“We were very successful at the Crew Classic, finishing fourth, beating out the University of Washington who was ranked ahead of us,” Buchholtz said.If Wisconsin wants to build off the success it had last year, the whole team has to be committed. Rowing has no quarterback to lead an offense or goalie to keep the other team from scoring. But it’s also not an individual effort.Each rower in each seat on each boat must be committed to the team effort. If one rower is off, the whole boat will have issues.“It’s the ultimate team sport,” Buchholtz said. “There are no star players, one person can’t carry the team and if one person has an off day…the whole boat has an off day. You can have the eight fastest rowers in one boat and it still won’t go fast if they aren’t perfectly in sync.”As much as they rely on one another, the rowers also know they all have the same mindset – they’re crazy and will never be able to fully explain their love for their sport.For those people who don’t row, it looks easy. For those who have known the pain, they question why someone would ever commit themselves to four years of it, competing at the collegiate level.“To be a rower, you walk a fine line between dedication, obsession and just plain crazy,” Leinss said. “The lack of recognition on campus provides fuel to the fire for most rowers. A typical morning of waking up while it’s still dark, biking to the boathouse, practicing on icy Lake Mendota while trying to avoid sinking from all the whitecaps and then rushing to an 8:50 [a.m. class] starving and still chilled to the bone only to hear other students complain about how tired they are tends to bring to mind the words, ‘You don’t even know.’”After an indefinable amount of time on the team, most girls quit.“Out of the 160 girls who start on the novice roster their freshman year, maybe eight will make it all four years,” Buchholtz added.While rowing might not get much recognition on campus – like many other non-revenue sports – it carries a chip on its shoulder that only makes it stronger.Kelly is sophomore intending to major in journalism. Do you think the rowers are just plain insane? Let her know at or follow her on Twitter @kellyerickson4.last_img read more

City players to decide new captain, says Guardiola

first_imgSpanish international midfielder Rodri, who joined City earlier this month on a five-year deal from Atletico Madrid, made his debut.The 23-year-old officially became a City player a day after the La Liga club revealed the 70-million-euro ($78.5 million) release clause in his contract had been triggered.City’s arrival in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy was twice put back because of an “administrative issue” — likely to have infuriated a perfectionist like Guardiola.But if it bothered the English champions it did not show, Sterling sealing a handsome City win with composed finishes on the hour and then again soon after.In the other match in the exhibition tournament, the scale of the task facing new head coach Steve Bruce was laid bare as Newcastle United were thrashed 4-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.Bruce, whose appointment was confirmed just hours before kick-off, will jet over to take charge of Newcastle’s next friendly, against West Ham, in Shanghai on Saturday.It was only a low-key friendly, but the heavy defeat to Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves was more evidence that Newcastle are likely to be battling relegation this season.City face Wolves in the final, also on Saturday in Shanghai.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester City in pre-season action. PHOTO via @ManCityNanjing, China | AFP | Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said on Wednesday that he will let his players decide who will captain the Premier League champions next season following the departure of long-time skipper Vincent Kompany.The captain’s armband is up for grabs at City after Kompany left at the end of last season after 11 years in Manchester to take up a player-coach role at Anderlecht, the club at which the 33-year-old started his career.“We will choose the team captain. We will wait until everyone is back and they will choose their captain,” said Guardiola.David Silva led City on Wednesday as they came from behind to beat West Ham United 4-1 in a friendly in the Chinese city of Nanjing.England international Raheem Sterling, who enjoyed his best season last year for club and country, scored a brace in the second half as West Ham’s defence went AWOL.West Ham took the lead with a Mark Noble penalty before City levelled through Silva, then Lukas Nmecha scored from the spot to give Guardiola’s side the halftime lead.“We were lucky to go 2-1 in front,” said Guardiola, bemoaning the sticky conditions in Nanjing and City’s late arrival in China following a two-day delay because of a paperwork issue related to their flight.Guardiola fielded a mixture of first-team regulars and youngsters with Kevin De Bruyne, who missed most of last season injured, a second-half substitute.He was joined after the break by German winger Leroy Sane, who has been linked with a big-money move to Bayern Munich.last_img read more


first_imgUpdated 10;07am 7/23/18A two car crash Sunday afternoon on the city’s westside ended with one of the drivers being arrested and charged.Sioux City Police responded to the accident at West 4th and Allan streets around 4pm.Police say one of the vehicles went through the stop sign and collided with the other car.One of the drivers, 49-year-old Steven Huisman, was arrested and charged with OWI, failure to stop, no driver’s license and no insurance.Huisman is being held in the Woodbury County Jail on $1000 bond.last_img read more