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

Ploče, Pojezerje and Vrgorac signed an agreement: Polje Jezero as a micro-cycling tourist destination

first_imgLandscape and climatological features of this locality Polje Jezero are especially suitable for the development of trekking or gravel cycling. The area is extremely favorable as a destination for the so-called. agency cycling tourism or as one of the destinations of cyclists from other nearby destinations (Makarska Riviera, Dalmatian hinterland and the Neretva Valley). The agreement between the City of Vrgorac, the City of Ploče and the Municipality of Pojezerje o launched a joint project to develop the locality of Vrgorsko polje (Polje Jezero) into a sustainable micro-cycling destination called Polje Jezero. The project will result in designing, tracing and marking trekking (gravel) cycling routes on existing local roads and unclassified macadam roads in Vrgorsko polje, and branding the Polje Jezero cycling offer and creating a marketing and promotion plan, as well as developing services and accompanying offers for cyclot. Tourist valorization of this valuable agricultural area is possible only through sustainable forms of tourism, and cycling is one of the most sustainable segments of the tourism industry because cyclists are looking for preserved areas and authentic local cultures such as Polje Jezero, whose development is particularly suitable for creating added value to rural areas. .center_img Source: Facebook City of PločePhoto: Pixabay Due to the fact that cyclists use the local trade and catering offer to a greater extent than other tourists, often travel in groups or whole families, and cultural and natural attractions and thematic events are important to them, this joint project of three neighboring local governments only is a logical reflex to the requirements and needs of tourist branding of this area.last_img read more