Shumlin: Vermont ranks 3rd best in nation for child well-being

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced the results of a survey that ranked Vermont the third-best state for overall child well-being, noting that in one category ‘health indicators ‘Vermont leads the nation. ‘I’m proud to continue Vermont’s long-standing commitment to our children, ensuring they have access to health care, great education, and a safe environment,’the Governor said at a news conference at the Family Center of Washington County. Family Center executive director Lee Lauber speaks at a press conference alongside Gov. Peter Shumlin, at the Family Center in Montpelier. VTD Photo/Nat RudarakanchanaThe 2012 KIDS COUNT report, by the Annie E Casey Foundation, analyzed the latest information on child development and well-being using 16 indicators organized into four categories: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Among the indicators released today ranked Vermont:·         No. 1 for Health, with significant decreases in children without insurance, child and teen deaths and teens who abuse drugs or alcohol.·         No. 2 for Family and Community, with improvements in children in single-parent households, in families there the household held lacks a high school diploma, and teen births.·         No. 3 for Education, with improvements in reading proficiency and high school students graduating on time.·         No. 12 on Economic Well-Being. Rates remained low, but there were increases in poverty and children living in households with a high housing cost burden. Shumlin said ranking 12th on economic well-being is a solid position for Vermont, but he added that he’s already moving forward to improve that statistic by focusing on creating and keeping good-paying jobs to Vermont. ‘Vermont’s great ranking is the result of our policies and commitments to making sure children do well, and our strong community partnerships with organizations like the Family Center of Washington County and others,’ said Human Services Secretary Doug Racine. Racine noted that federal budget cuts to important services and tough economic times have made the task more challenging, but he said Gov. Shumlin continues to push for even more improvement on this front.Joined by Human Services Secretary Doug Racine, Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca and Dave Yacavone, commissioner of the Department of Children and Families, the  Governor said his administration remains committed to ensuring Vermont is among the very best states in the country to raise children. Shumlin also thanked Lee Lauber, executive director of the Family Center, and the staff for their hard work on behalf of children in Washington County. ‘We are proud of Vermont’s investment in comprehensive child development and family support services,’said Lauber. ‘KIDS COUNT results prove investments in our children and families make statistical differences in their wellbeing.’Source: governor’s office, 7.25.2012last_img read more

Lenexa completes extension of Ridgeview Road between Prairie Star Parkway and K-10 Highway

first_imgLenexa has completed construction of Ridgeview Road to connect Prairie Star Parkway to K-10 Highway.The two-year design-build project included construction of a four-lane arterial roadway with curb and gutter, asphalt surfacing, storm drainage, traffic signal installation, intersection improvements, and the addition of a bridge across a Little Mill Creek tributary.Ridgeview opened to traffic on Thursday. Construction began in March 2018.Other portions of the project included construction of the following:99th Street from Ridgeview Road to Britton Street98th Street east of Ridgeview to MeritexA new access road to the Little Mill Creek TrailheadThe project cost an estimated $23.1 million, $6 million less than the city’s budget for it. City Manager Beccy Yocham said the design-build method saved the city money, facilitated efficiency and allowed the project team to “bring a lot of creativity to how to accomplish it in the best way possible,” especially on terrain that can be challenging to develop.The city also repurposed the mine tailings (leftover material from mining operations) from the old limestone quarry in the area, as fill for the project. Ben Clark, project manager, said this saved on construction costs and also remediated a blight.The project was originally slated for November 2019 completion but the wet spring and summer, coupled with early freezing temperatures in the fall, slowed construction. As with other roadwork projects, completing portions of the project was weather dependent and required warmer temperatures, such as asphalt surfacing and pavement markings.Yocham said the project is a “big piece” of the city’s transportation plan.“It opens up a rather large portion of our community for development,” Yocham said. “It’s an area that is really not served by roads today and without this roadway, would remain undevelopable. So we’re really excited to open up this area of our community because we’re really running out of developable land in a lot of portions of the community. This will be a big opportunity.”Four private developments are underway in the area, including:Jayhawk Ridge — Five-story residential development with 151 multi-family units on about 22 acres at the southeast corner of Ridgeview Road and Prairie Star Parkway. Other proposed uses include a three-story climate controlled storage building and retail and restaurant spaces.Viracor — Commercial development with a single, 109,000 square foot building for office, laboratory and warehouse space, with room for expansion.Meritex Lenexa Executive Park — First phase of surface development above the Meritex underground facility, located on about 18 acres and includes two buildings of 120,000 square feet each, for office, manufacturing, storage, warehousing, distribution or logistical uses.Ten Ridge — Commercial development with eight buildings for restaurants, a convenience store, a hotel, and retail or service uses, on about 14 acres with more than 45,000 square feet of building area.last_img read more

December 15, 2015 News and Notes

first_img December 15, 2015 News & Notes December 15, 2015 News and Notes News and Notes S. Brendan Lynch of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando has been appointed to the United Arts of Central Florida Board of Directors. Joseph M. Percopo of Mateer Harbert in Orlando oversaw the Diamonds Are Forever annual charity event, as president of the Citrus Club Young Executives. The event raised over $80,000 for the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness. Brad Gould and Dana Apfelbaum of Dean, Mead, Minton & Zwemer in Ft. Pierce spoke on “Tax and Succession Planning for Agricultural Businesses” at the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference in Orlando. Patricia A. Leonard of Greenberg Traurig in West Palm Beach served as a panelist for a seminar on “Dealing With Difficult Attorneys in Depositions,” hosted by the Palm Beach County Chapter of FAWL. Young Kim of KYZ Law in Orlando has published Justice as Right Actions, which takes a philosophical inquiry into the question of justice and develops an original theory of justice, further contrasting the theory against major contemporary accounts. It is available on Amazon. Dennis G. Kainen of Weisberg Kainen Mark in Miami spoke at the Greater Miami Tax Institute on the topic of “Criminal Tax Procedure and Strategies.” Michelle Diffenderfer of Lewis, Longman & Walker in West Palm Beach received the Harriet Goldstein Award from Families First of Palm Beach County at its Annual Children’s Day Luncheon. Edward L. Larsen of Naples has been elected president of the Collier County Inns of Court. Sandy Karlan of Center for Conflict Resolution in Miami has been appointed to the executive council of The First Family Law American Inn of Court. Cristina Papanikos and Alyse Reiser Comiter of Gunster have been selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Carl Goldfarb of Boies, Schiller & Flexner in Ft. Lauderdale has been re-elected president of the Board of Americans for Immigrant Justice. Anthony J. Abate and Christopher A. Staine of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick in Sarasota were presenters at the National Business Institute’s seminar “A Practical Guide to Construction Liens” in Ft. Myers. Abate’s topic was “Lien Amounts” and Staine’s topic was “Notice, Perfection, and Limitations Period.” Harvey Oyer of Shutts & Bowen in West Palm has joined the Palm Beach County Biz Development Board. Hala A. Sandridge of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Tampa has become a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America. Patricia Young of Appelrouth, Farah & Co., in Miami has been appointed treasurer of the Collaborative Family Law Institute of Miami. Bayardo E. Alemán of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson in Miami presented “Criminal, Regulatory, and Employment Law Compliance in Florida,” at the UAC School of Global Management. Rhea F. Law of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Tampa received the Deans Award for her support of USF’s College of Pharmacy. V. Lynn Whitfield, city attorney for the City of Hallandale Beach, released The Party’s Not Over Until God Says So: My Journey of Driving Through the Storm. The book takes readers through the many challenges she has faced in life and overcome. It is available on Amazon. Linda Suzzanne Griffin of Clearwater spoke at the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel on “Planning for Retirement Benefits” and presented at the Pinellas Chapter of the Paralegal Association of Florida on “Winning the Lottery and Other Estate Planning ‘Wins.’” Brett J. Preston of Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa was re-elected to the board of directors for The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Paul Rocuant of Estero was elected vice president for Southwest Florida’s Association of Family Law Professionals Board of Directors. Mariana “Marili” Cancio of Marili Cancio Johnson in Miami has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the newly formed Commission on Hospital and Healthcare Funding. Louis P. Archambault of Pathman Lewis in Miami discussed “The Raw Land Due Diligence Checklist” at the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors’ Southeast United States Regional Convention near Jacksonville. Carlos E. Sardi of Sardi Law in Miami was honored by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida for his pro bono work during the Celebration of National Pro Bono Week. Dale S. Dobuler of Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin in Miami has been named to the board of the Florida Association for Insurance Reform. Jason D. Berger of the Law Office of Jason D. Berger, P.A., in Stuart raised funds for the Ft. Pierce Police Athletic League by dancing in front of over 1,000 people at the Sunrise Theatre for the Dancing with our PALs Event. Lori C. Desnick of the Florida Health Law Center has become a board member for the American Parkinson Disease Association South Florida Chapter. Spencer Silverglate of Clarke Silverglate in Miami participated in a panel discussion giving advice to minority law students at the recent Minority Mentoring Picnic in Miami. Nelson C. Bellido of Roig Lawyers in Miami moderated the Duke University Alumni Association Volunteer Leadership Conference Diversity Panel. Glenn Hess, the state attorney of the 14th Circuit, has been named president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association. Julián Montero of Arnstein & Lehrin Miami was quoted in an article titled “Visa Investors Fuel More, and Larger, South Florida Projects” published in Miami Today. Maja Lacevic and Justin Saar of Cole, Scott, and Kissane in Tampa presented a program on “Multidistrict Litigation in the Healthcare Arena” for the Health Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association in Tampa. Katie S. Phang of Berger Singerman in Miami was the guest speaker at the Korean National Unification Advisory Council’s Korean American Young Professionals Conference in Orlando. Miguel R. Roura of Roig Lawyers in Miami has been elected co-chair of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Committee. Michael Denberg and Rebecca Abram of Arnstein & Lehr in Miami were featured in an article titled “Attorneys at Two Firms Represent Design District Seller” in the Daily Business Review. Marissel Descalzo of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami was appointed by the ABA to its Criminal Justice Section Council. Suzanne M. Amaducci-Adams of Bilzin Sumberg moderated “The Rebirth of Coconut Grove,” ISCS Miami-Dade Local Program in Miami. Seth Z. Joseph of Seth Z. Joseph, P.A., in Coral Gables spoke at the First Edition of “This Is Miami” Forum organized by City of Miami at Miami City Hall. Philip R. Stein and James J. Ward of Bilzin Sumberg presented the Information Security Webinar: Background & Recent Developments Keith Poliakoff of Arnstein & Lehr in Ft. Lauderdale was quoted in an article titled “FLL Airport Getting $128 M Transformation” published on and was quoted in an article titled “Broward Awards MCM $128 M Contract for Airport Terminal Expansion” published in the South Florida Business Journal. Yelizaveta “Liz” Batres Herman of Rosenbaum Mollengarden in West Palm Beach has been accepted to the Jewish Women’s Foundation Young Leaders Society. Marcus B. Griggs of Roig Lawyers in Miami has been selected as a fellow in Miami-Dade Legal Aid’s Leadership Academy. Joseph Sacher of Gordon & Rees in Miami was a panelist at “The Ninth Annual Ethics Seminar: Moral Courage in Action” in Boca Raton, providing a legal perspective on whistleblower laws. Peter A. Quinter of GrayRobinson in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale was appointed to the International Trademark Association’s Enforcement Committee. Joseph Mamounas of Bilzin Sumberg was a speaker at the “Cybersecurity: Surviving a Shark Attack Without Getting Eaten Alive,” the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Sixth Annual CLE Conference in Hollywood. Patricia H. Thompson of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Miami has been appointed secretary of The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s economic development partnership. Ed Carbone of Roig Lawyers in Tampa has been selected to serve a two-year term on the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management Journal Editorial Review Board. Mark A. Sessums of Sessums Law Group lectured at the Jacksonville Bar Association meeting on the subject of Florida alimony law. Jordan D. Maglich of Wiand Guerra King in Tampa was accepted into the 2015-16 Leadership Institute Class of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. John Leighton of Leighton Law in Miami spoke to the National Crime Victim Bar Association national conference in Los Angeles on “Generation X and Y Jurors and How They See Security Cases.” Dr. Shawn H. Robinson, Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus president, was unanimously approved by Tampa City Council to serve an appointment as chair of the Ybor City Development Corporation Board of Directors. Craig Salner of Clarke Silverglate in Miami spoke to employers about avoiding class and collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law counterparts at the Florida Law Alliance Labor and Employment event in Tampa. Rev. John P. Joseph of the Church Legal Center in St. Petersburg spoke to the Hernando County Christian Ministerial Association on the topic of “Same Sex Marriage and the Church” in light of the Supreme Court Hodges case.last_img read more

PODCAST: Believe in your power to innovate

first_imgDoug Robinson believes innovation might benefit from a well-thought-out public relations campaign.“When you think of the term ‘innovator,’ you’re probably thinking of a Steve Jobs type character who’s [wearing] a black turtleneck and holding up some piece of shiny, new, breakthrough technology,” says Robinson, director of innovation and strategy at $556 million asset Vermont Federal Credit Union in Burlington. “Those are big shoes to fill in my opinion. And from my experience, a lot of people don’t believe they are innovators.”But in a recent interview with the CUNA News Podcast, Robinson stresses that everyone has permission to be innovative and therefore, anyone can be considered an innovator. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Hidden credit union business issues solved by moving to the cloud

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are so many credit union business issues solved by moving to the cloud. First, it’s highly scalable. Second, it makes software updates easier. Third, it really helps with disaster recovery. Fourth? It sounds cool.However, there are a couple significant credit union business issues that aren’t immediately obvious. So, while it’s important not to lose sight of the most salient, tangible plusses of the cloud, we offer you a few more!Get IT InvolvedBefore the cloud, IT has to do everything in-house. They had to maintain, troubleshoot, patch, and track the warranties of infrastructure. Managing daily operations is a big job that can easily tax the resources of any credit union.last_img read more

3 signs someone in your office doesn’t want you around anymore

first_imgRemember the movie Joe Dirt? Kid Rock was a great bad guy, and his most memorable line was “Nobody wants you around here, Dirt!” While that’s not something most people want to hear, at least he was being honest about his feelings. In an office setting, it’s sometimes a lot harder to tell what those around you are feeling. If you’re confused about a vibe in your office, here are a few signs that someone doesn’t want you around anymore…They seem annoyed at your success: Did you just finish a big project or sale? Most people would be happy to hear that. If you have a coworker that seems annoyed by it, maybe it’s cause they’re hoping you’ll do something to get yourself fired.They talk about you behind your back: It’s not a great feeling to find out that someone is talking about you behind your back. If this is going on at your office, it may be a sign that someone isn’t your biggest fan. It’s probably time to take a deep breath and nip it in the bud.They don’t want to help: On a good team, everyone is willing to lend a hand when it’s needed. If you find that you have a coworker who seems to be “busy” anytime you need some help, it could be a sign that they have no desire to do you any favors. If you’re not sure, it might be a good time to have a talk and find out. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Linde to supply LNG system

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Suspend the fines

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Semi-sub delivers cranes for Felixstowe development

first_imgThe cranes arrived on ZPMC’s semi-submersible vessel, Zhen Hua 8.To be known as Berths 8 & 9, the first phase of the development will add a further 730 m of deepwater quay at the UK’s largest container port.The new cranes are the largest of their type in the world, and are designed to handle ships with containers stowed up to 24-wide on deck.In total there will be seven cranes on Berths 8 & 9 which are scheduled to open in 2011.last_img

AMEC adapts to handover

first_imgENGINEERING contractor AMEC Spie is reorganising its rail business in advance of the handover of its UK rail maintenance work to Network Rail on July 24 (RG 12.03 p770).Maintenance currently accounts for one-third of AMEC Spie Rail’s £350m turnover, and according to Business Development Manager Barry Atkinson the company hopes to regain the lost turnover and profits ’in a few years at the most’ by increasing its share of the national renewals market.Five multi-disciplinary regional offices are being established, along with a Major Projects division, and Plant, Rail Services and Rail Engineering arms. The restructuring will position AMEC Spie as a single source ’contractor partner’ able to offer ’quick and dramatic improvements’ on specific projects, said Atkinson. ’There is remains an awful lot of business to be done so that the network works properly, and that gives us confidence.’ He sees the biggest potential for growth in northeast England.AMEC Spie Rail has around 2000 employees, but this will be cut to about 650 when most are transferred to Network Rail in July, though many managerial staff are to stay with AMEC Spie. On-track plant and training facilities will remain with AMEC Spie, while Network Rail considers whether to buy or lease it from the contractors.last_img read more