Montpelier, 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.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Could’ve been worse for sure,” Clayton Kershaw said after his duel with Madison Bumgarner fizzled into a bullpen game and a no-decision, “but I’ll take it.”A walk by Chase Utley, a single by Yasiel Puig and a pitch that hit Justin Turner allowed the Dodgers to load the bases in the ninth inning against Casilla trailing 2-1.With one out, Adrian Gonzalez hit a routine ground ball to second baseman Kelby Tomlinson. Tomlinson couldn’t transfer the baseball out of his glove in a steady rain, so he threw to first base for the sure out. That allowed Utley to score the tying run.In the 10th, Corey Seager and Charlie Culberson hit back-to-back doubles against Josh Osich. Kenley Jansen nailed down his second save of the season by pitching a 1-2-3 inning.“I’ve never played in the postseason,” Culberson said, “but that’s what it felt like … postseason baseball, first week of the season.” One day after the Dodgers failed to reward Ross Stripling’s stellar pitching performance ‑ the right-hander didn’t allow a hit for 7 1/3 innings in his major league debut ‑ they squandered more opportunities than they were given the previous two days combined. The Dodgers finished 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position.They began four different innings with a leadoff double, and each time they failed to score. The Dodgers’ only run against Bumgarner scored when Scott Van Slyke was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third inning ‑ and Van Slyke was subsequently removed from the game with tightness in his lower back.Kershaw, for one, deserved better. In his second start of the season, Kershaw allowed four hits in eight innings and threw only 91 pitches. Two of the hits were solo home runs by Bumgarner and Ehire Adrianza. It was the first time Kershaw had ever allowed solo home runs to the opposing number-8 and number-9 hitters in his career.Bumgarner is the only pitcher to hit a home run off Kershaw in the major leagues, and he’s done it twice.“Maybe it was over the plate a little too much, but he got it pretty good,” Kershaw said.The Dodgers had plenty of chances to answer but Bumgarner escaped every jam while allowing only the one run. The left-hander threw six innings, allowed six hits, walked one batter and struck out eight.The start of the game was delayed 40 minutes due to rain, which passed over the park only to reappear in the late innings. Dodgers pitcher Chris Hatcher slipped on the mound at one point in the ninth, but remained in the game.Roberts said there was no talk of delaying the game to wait out the storm in the late innings. He was more concerned about running out of players.Pitcher Kenta Maeda, who hit a home run three days earlier in San Diego, was at one point two at-bats away from appearing as a pinch hitter, Roberts said. After back-to-back losses to their rivals, Roberts sounded prepared to pull out all the stops. He had pulled out most of them by the time Saturday’s game was over.“Now we have a chance to split the series,” he said. “That’s the goal.” SAN FRANCISCO >> The Giants beat the Dodgers with a series of well-placed base hits Thursday. Friday, they won with two home runs.Saturday, the Dodgers nearly beat themselves.After eight innings of missed opportunities, the Dodgers rallied against Giants closer Santiago Casilla for a run in the ninth, and scored another in the 10th, to salvage a 3-2 win.“My card is a mess,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said after using every position player at his disposal ‑ including second baseman Micah Johnson, who didn’t arrive until the seventh inning.
12 Apr 2017 New President and Chairman for England Golf John Williams has taken office as the 2017 President of England Golf, while Nic Coward has become the organisation’s first independent Chairman. They both took up their new roles at today’s annual meeting of England Golf, held at its Woodhall Spa headquarters. John Williams (pictured top © Leaderboard Photography) succeeds Yorkshire’s Marian Rae. He is a member of The Gog Magog Golf Club and an active member of the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union. John was part of the steering group which guided the merger of the English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women’s Golf Association to create England Golf. He also played a key role in running national amateur golf championships, having been Chairman of the EGU’s Championship Committee and a referee for well over 10 years. John spent his business life as an industrial relations and management specialist, after studying at Cambridge University and being called to the Bar. He joined the conciliation service, ACAS, soon after its launch in the mid-1970s, when the country faced many industrial relations issues. After 11 years he formed his own consultancy and training business, from which he retired seven years ago. Nic Coward (pictured left) is the first independent Chairman of England Golf and takes over from Graham Yates of Somerset. He brings to the role the wide experience gained in a 20-year career at the top levels of British sport. For the past year he has been the independent chairman of the England Golf Partnership, whose key roles are being taken on by England Golf. Nic has been the general secretary of the Premier League, the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, joint chief executive of the Football Association and a director of Wembley Stadium. He has also been a non-executive director of the FA, was treasurer of the CCPR (now the Sport and Recreation Alliance) and first chair of the global Sports Rights Owners Coalition. He now consults to a number of sports and entertainment businesses in the UK and around the world, as well as non-executive roles away from sport. Alistair Booth and Doug Poole were elected as new England Golf Board members, while Ian Watkins of Gloucestershire and Les Wilson of Lancashire were re-elected. Alistair Booth is the executive chairman of Frilford Heath Golf Club, the president of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire (BB&O) Golf Union and the independent chairman of the Greenkeepers Training Committee. Doug Poole has extensive interests within the golf industry which have included chairing the British Golf Industry Association for four years and taking on the current role of project director for National Golf Month. He is president of the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union and plays at Brampton Park Golf Club.