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

Sanja Cikopan Korotaj, Pula Tourist Board: By the end of the year, we anticipate 2 million overnight stays

first_imgPula is July 30th. In 2017, it recorded its first millionth overnight stay, which is ten days earlier than last year, or 28 days earlier than in 2012.So it is in Pula until 31.07. 212.932 tourist arrivals were recorded, which is 24% more than last year, and 1.024.381 overnight stays with an increase of 25%, while in the first six months of this year in Pula there were as many as 30% more arrivals and 35% more overnight stays compared to same period last year. Year after year, Pula breaks the records of overnight stays and attendance and becomes an increasingly important place on the tourist map of the world. As a city with over a thousand events a year, Pula is aware that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but just quality, diverse and authentic content. And the content is more and more from year to year, from various events, concerts, and a lot is invested in the development of new tourist products.The successful positioning of Pula, not only as a holiday destination, but also contributes to the excellent numbers City break destinations, believes Cinkopan Korotaj and adds that Pula was a candidate for the Most Successful City break destination. “The fact that a million overnight stays this year were recorded 10 days earlier than last year, with the fact that we had a record 1,8 million overnight stays last year, is optimistic. For one Pula that has been a strong industrial and military center for years, these are remarkable numbers. Pula continues to develop not only as a holiday destination but also as a City break destination and has applied for the most successful City break destination. An increasing number of events throughout the year, an increasing offer of various cultural and entertainment facilities as well as a growing number of accommodation facilities in the city center and other offers support this candidacy.”Points out Cinkopan Korota.The new Pula mega-rotor has become a water-light installation and a new attractionThe fact that Pula is connected to a large number of European cities by the airport, which is connected to a large number of European cities, also contributes to the great tourist results. Thus, in June, Pula Airport recorded 94.603 passengers (arriving and departing) and 1.418 air operations, which represents a growth of 40 percent. After three extremely successful airlines connecting London with Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, British Airways has launched the fourth direct flight connecting Pula with Heathrow Airport in London. As of this season, Pula is so connected with the entire big European quartet, which, in addition to London Heathrow, also includes Paris Charles de Gaulle, Frankfurt and Amsterdam.In 2016, Pula recorded a record 1,8 million overnight stays, and 2 million overnight stays are expected by the end of the year. As the director of the Pula Tourist Board, Sanja Cinkopan Korotaj, pointed out, Germans are on the rise this season by as much as 47% more overnight stays, and Austrians, Slovenes, Italians and Britons are also recording a large increase compared to last year.Excellent tourist results in the first seven months are expected in the off-season, when it is planned to organize various sports and festival events. “In Pula, we are more than satisfied with the numbers so far, but we also have a great post-season ahead of us. We start at the end of August and the beginning of September with the festivals Dimension and Outlook, Croatia bike week, and we continue with the sporting event Ironman 8 9. and the first and largest in Croatia festival of light Visualia 70.3.-17.9. As part of Visualia, there will also be a 21 km night race Pula X-ica. All of the above, but also many other smaller sports, recreational and cultural-entertaining events, lead to a good post-season in Pula. ” concluded Cinkopan Korotaj.last_img read more

Pile of bodies linked to coronavirus found at US nursing home

first_imgThe cause of death of the 17 has not been confirmed but 68 people have recently died at the facility, and 26 of those tested positive for COVID-19, the Times reported.Police did not confirm the number of bodies found. But in a statement posted on the Andover police Facebook page, one of the home’s owners, Chaim Scheinbaum, said the morgue, which normally houses four bodies, “never had more than 15 present” on Monday.”The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson told CNN. US police found 17 bodies piled up in a nursing home morgue in New Jersey, media reported Thursday, highlighting how the coronavirus outbreak is overwhelming long-term care facilities.Officers in the small locality of Andover, around 80 kilometers west of New York City, discovered the bodies following an anonymous tip-off, according to The New York Times.The discovery came on Monday at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Unit — one of the largest care homes in New Jersey, a state badly hit by coronavirus. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he was “outraged” that bodies had been allowed to pile up and ordered an investigation.COVID-19 has killed more than 32,000 people across the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University, with New Jersey the worst-hit state after New York.The outbreak has reportedly claimed thousands of lives in retirement homes, spotlighting how vulnerable the elderly are to the illness.center_img Topics :last_img read more