Vermont’s Creative Economy

first_imgVERMONT ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF SUPPORTINGTHE “CREATIVE ECONOMY”Arts Council applauds today’s release of “Advancing Vermont’s CreativeEconomy”by the Vermont Council on Rural DevelopmentMontpelier, Vt. (October 4, 2004) The release today of “AdvancingVermont’s Creative Economy” by the Vermont Council on Rural Development clearly shows that there are social and economic benefits to investing in the arts and culture. According to the report, communities that have thriving cultural centers are more likely to attract business and entrepreneurs than those that do not. The Vermont Arts Council has been working under this premise 1964 and, coincidentally, will begin at year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary this month.”The release of this report couldn’t come at a better time,” said artist, teacher, and Chair of the Arts Council’s board of trustees, Irwin Gelber of Barnet. “Next week, on October 16th at Marlboro College, the Council will kick off the celebration of its 40th Anniversary. It is a great anniversary gift to have this public recognition of what we, who work in the arts, have always known: The arts are central to our quality of life. The arts play a major and often pivotal role in our economy and perhaps most importantly, the arts are a priority in our children’s education.”In addition to providing individual grants and awards to Vermont artists, the Arts Council promotes enduring ways to make the arts a part of all Vermont communities, bringing enjoyment and inspiration to citizens and visitors in all corners of the state. To accomplish this, the Arts Council partners with other public benefit organizations at the local, state and national level, as well as with the private sector in education, human services, and economic development.The Cultural Facilities Grant Program is just one example of how the Arts Council supports a “creative economy.” The Cultural Facilities Grant Program, which is funded by the Legislature and administered by the Vermont Arts Council, provides grants for the improvement of community facilities that provide cultural activities. Recipients of Cultural Facilities Grants include: the Vergennes Opera House, the renovation of which sparked a renewal of the entire downtown area; improvements to the stage lighting at Damon Hall in Hartland; and the addition of accessible restrooms to the Hardwick Town House in the Northeast Kingdom. The “Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy” report recommends a 400% increase in funding for this grant program from its current $50,000 level to $200,000 annually.”The Cultural Facilities Grant Program is ‘the little engine that could’ of downtown redevelopment and community renaissance,” said Alex Aldrich, Executive Director of the Vermont Arts Council. “Most of the grants we award go toward the improvement of historical buildings in the heart of Vermont’s communities so that a greater variety of cultural activities can be provided to the people of those communities.”Aldrich also sees huge potential in the report’s recommendation #8 that Vermont’s state economists “Track and Report the Impact of the State’s Creative Economy.” “For years, those of us in the arts, humanities, and preservation fields, have seen the impact of our work on community development. Now we have an independent and authoritative voice advocating that this sector deserves public research and investment,” said Aldrich.The Vermont Arts Council was founded in 1964 with a mission to support artists and strengthen the role of the arts in the lives of people and communities. The Council fosters classical, traditional, and emerging forms of artistic expression by functioning as a community partner and a catalyst for artists and organizations. It offers professional development opportunities and technical advice, collects and disseminates arts information, and acts as the state’s foremost arts advocate. For more information about the Vermont Arts Council or its 40th Anniversary Celebration, please call (802) 828-5422 or visit www.vermontartscouncil.org(link is external).Executive SummaryThe creative economy is critical to the future competitiveness of Vermont in the global marketplace. Vermonts heritage, arts and culture are integral strengths. They are an economic sector in Vermont today; they also provide a foundation to the sense of place and creative workforce critical to innovation in other sectors, add value to the Vermont brand, and magnify the attractive power of Vermont as a location to do business. The creative economy is a hidden economic driver, one that deserves understanding, recognition, and investment.The Vermont Council on Culture and Innovation (VCCI) was convened in May 2003 by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. VCCIs charge was to evaluate the role of and challenges to the creative economy in the state and to build a practical and strategic plan for its advancement. This Action Plan is the product of that work. This report makes specific recommendations for how to grow the States creative economy as a vital and complementary part of the states economy as a whole. These recommendations encourage collaboration among Vermonts private sector, cultural organizations, and local, state, and federal government to use Vermonts cultural resources to spark and leverage community and economic development. It documents seventeen recommendations in the four areas listed below that the Governors adminis-tration,Legislature, and public and private partners are encouraged to undertake to expand innovation, enhance community life, attract and encourage entrepreneurs, build Vermonts market identity, and stimulate job growth. Support the Growth of Creative Enterprises by expanding markets, unifying promotion, enhancing the Vermont brand, producing celebratory events, building a Vermont artists and artisans market identity, and providing technical support and access to capital for culturally-based businesses and creative entrepreneurs. Promote and Document the Roles that Creativity, Culture, and Innovation Play in Vermonts Economic Future by tracking and reporting this economic sector, reinforcing arts and heritage education, and instituting a statewide public information campaign.Invest in Communities so They May Build on their Past while Adapting for a Vibrant Future by making culture and heritage priority community investments, supporting historic town and village centers, expanding cultural facilities funding, and encouraging creative entrepreneurial development in vacant industrial space. Develop Vermonts Creative Economy through Community-Based Planning and Improved Statewide Collaboration by facilitating locally designed creative economy projects, building a collaborative umbrella between statewide cultural organizations, and establishing a nonpartisan Governors Commission to provide leadership for the growth of Vermonts creative economy.:Evidence shows that public and private investment in creative enterprises yields favorable economic and social returns,producing jobs and supporting communities.:The development of the creative economy in Vermont is not limited by geography,topography,demographics,or population density.It can play a vital role in every corner of the state.:Just as Vermont was a leader in the manufacturing of things, it is now poised to be a leader in the production of ideas. Like any promising economic sector,the creative economy will need policies and incentives to support its growth.:Strengthening the creative sector will take a long-term and incremental effort.However,pressing needs must be addressed now in order to assure its future competitiveness.:Creative and stimulating communities attract and retain young people.This is a key concern in Vermont,where the loss of its youth to other regions is an historic challenge.:The emerging jobs market places a premium on creative problem solving,yet these skills are not taught consistently throughout Vermont s education system.www.kse50.com/vcci_report.pdf(link is external)last_img read more

Puerto Rico Debt Struggle Ties Back to Its Stunted Energy Economy

first_imgPuerto Rico Debt Struggle Ties Back to Its Stunted Energy Economy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones for Bloomberg BNA:Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) demanded that Puerto Rico provide detailed financial statements by March 1 before the Senate Finance Committee, which he chairs, puts together a debt-restructuring mechanism for the island.Puerto Rico is in talks with creditors over the country’s distressed debt.A major source of the country’s debt problems comes from the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island’s sole energy provider, which owes about $9 billion to bondholders and other creditors. The utility is dependent on imported oil to generate electricity, for which it sometimes pays on the order of $100 per barrel, even as global oil prices have collapsed to a level below $30 a barrel.In a 2012 presentation, PREPA proposed a switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG), which would lead to $500 million to $1 billion in savings a year and avoid fines under the U.S. Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.But those calculations were based on the construction of the Via Verde gas pipeline and the Aguirre offshore terminal, neither of which has been completed. The Via Verde project was abandoned in 2012 over environmental concerns. The Aguirre project was initially approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July 2015, but is under appeal following a request for additional details by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.In a 2015 report, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) sharply criticized the commonwealth’s sole focus on LNG, which it described as transitioning from one fossil fuel to another, even though the island is “blessed with abundant wind and solar energy.”The IEEFA report notes that any savings from a switch to LNG could easily be wiped out by a spike in LNG prices. According to IEEFA Director of Finance Tom Sanzillo, for the switch to make sense “essentially, LNG prices can’t be much higher than what they are right now, which is around $2-$3/Mcf.” One Mcf equals 1,000 cubic feet.“The island could easily be focusing more on solar, wind, and energy efficiency,” Sanzillo said. “All of which would bring more jobs and fuel the local economy, whereas LNG would only bring a handful.”Puerto Rico offers no incentives for energy efficiency. In 2011, only 1 percent of its electricity came from renewable sources.Full article: Hatch Demands Audited Financials From Puerto Ricolast_img read more

CUNA urges FHFA to ensure parity when dealing with GSEs

first_imgThe Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) should work to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac activities, including credit risk transfers, do not give advantages to lenders that conduct larger amount of business with the enterprises, CUNA believes.CUNA submitted a comment letter this week on the FHFA’s request for input on single-family credit risk transfers.In its letter, CUNA highlighted the types of credit risk transfer strategies that work best for small lenders. According to CUNA, those strategies have 2 primary features:They are “volume-blind,” in that they do not require a particular number of originations in order to make economic sense for a given lender; andThey do not require significant risk-retention for smaller lenders who are generally less equipped and do not have the capacity or flexibility on their balance sheet to manage that risk effectively.In the letter, CUNA also urged the FHFA to refrain from increasing guarantee fees, which are used to protect against credit-related losses in the mortgage portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, arbitrarily without regard to the risk profile of the loans guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Miller conquers Sunset’s Dancin’ Bare Topless 100

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. (July 16) – Kenny Miller took his roof off and then took care of business after taking the lead 12 laps into Sunset Speedway Park’s Dancin’ Bare Topless 100 Saturday night.The marathon victory paid $1,000 and put Miller on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional.T.J. Richman got to the front at the start. Richman managed to stay there before Cody Jones got around him on the third lap. Jones, like Richman, held down the position for only a few laps as Aaron Elwess drove by on the fifth circuit.Elwess lost the coveted top spot on 12 as Miller blazed the trail the rest of the way. The remain­ing 88 trips past the flag stand saw Miller as the leader. It was the first win of the 2016 season at Banks for Miller, the sixth different winner in as many years the event has been held.Craig Cassell was second followed by Jesse Williamson. Rob Ireland was fourth while Jeff Lovell placed fifthlast_img read more

UK sides fail to seal the win in latest Europa League action

first_imgDespite an early goal from Adam Lallana, Liverpool drew one-apiece with Sion at Anfield. Celtic blew a two-goal lead over Fenerbahce to draw 2-2 at Parkhead. While Tottenham conceded late in a 1-all draw away to Monaco.last_img

Second Avenue Bridge to Have Upcoming Closures

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThis Saturday, Second Avenue Bridge will be closed to all pedestrians and cars due to the ongoing maintenance work. Drivers are asked to plan ahead of time.Detour directions will be in place to reroute traffic. All local businesses will remain open and can be accessed through detour routes.The closure is the first phase of a two-phase closure. The bridge will be closed this Saturday until Friday May 5th.The bridge will be open to traffic on May 6th, until Sunday, May 14th. The bridge will then shut down again on May 15th until May 26th.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Road Closures, Second Avenue BridgeContinue ReadingPrevious Family to Raise Scholarships ‘Sam’s Gift’ for Local Students in Honor of Alpena Girl Tragically KilledNext Historical Evergreen Gate Torn Downlast_img read more

Teenager Billy Gilmour sizes up Chelsea chance

first_imgThe sight of Gilmour holding his own was no surprise to Lampard, who has been aware of the fresh-faced Scot since he swapped Glasgow Rangers for the Chelsea youth academy in 2017.“I’ve got absolute trust in Billy. I remember when he first came in against Sheffield United, we drew the game and people questioned this kid who looks like a 15-year-old. I remember someone individually saying that to me,” said Lampard.“But I’ve no problem with him because if he’s small in stature he’s huge in personality, and also huge in talent.“The reason he moved from the academy to the first team building recently, to train with us all the time, is because of the quality of player he is.”And former England midfielder Lampard recognises the potential in the down-to-earth Scotland Under-21 international, who modelled his game on Cesc Fabregas after watching footage of the Spanish playmaker at Chelsea.“For a midfield player I have lots of questions. Do you want to receive the ball in all positions, in all moments? Yes, he does,” Lampard said.“Do you want to make angles, can you pick the right pass? Yes, he generally does. Will you put your foot in? Yes, he does.“He does all the right things, and he’s humble. He performed like a top-class player going up against top-class players.”Ross Barkley, who shone alongside Gilmour against Liverpool, knows the perils of being a teen star after bursting onto the scene with Everton before struggling for much of his time at Chelsea.Asked if Gilmour can maintain his rapid rise, Barkley said: “It is about being ready in training, putting the extra yards in and being ready for your chance.“Billy was ready for his chance against Liverpool and he took it.” Billy Gilmour joined Chelsea from Rangers in 2017London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Billy Gilmour has set his sights on becoming a mainstay of the Chelsea midfield after the diminutive teenager proved he can stand up to the Premier League’s bully boys.Gilmour delivered a coming-of-age performance as his smooth passing and tenacious tackling inspired Chelsea’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Liverpool on Tuesday.The 18-year-old was making only his third start for Chelsea, but he showed no signs of stage-fright against the runaway Premier League leaders.Gilmour crunched into a tackle on Curtis Jones and cheekily nutmegged Fabinho to the delight of the Stamford Bridge crowd, who should see the youngster again when Everton visit west London on Sunday.Mateo Kovacic is sidelined with an Achilles injury, while N’Golo Kante is still out with adductor trouble and Jorginho misses the match through suspension.Those midfield issues for Blues boss Frank Lampard are likely to pave the way for Gilmour’s full Premier League debut.Even if all three were available, Lampard might well have stuck with Gilmour after his virtuoso effort against Liverpool.Gilmour, who stands just 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) tall, had no doubts about his ability to mix it with the Premier League’s best after surviving a bruising encounter with Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.Recalling how the burly Maguire tried to intimidate him during a League Cup tie earlier this season, Gilmour said: “Basically he was saying I’m a wee guy. He was pushing me off, gripping me by the throat, and that’s something I have to deal with.“I won’t let that happen again, that’s for sure. That was a lesson.“He is going to try and bully young ones and that’s where I need to learn in the game — how to be stronger.“I’ve been working on that. That was a learning curve, when he gripped me up in the box. I remember that really well.”– ‘Huge talent’ – Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Announcing Olympia Family Theater’s 12th Mainstage Season

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Family TheaterOlympia Family Theater’s 12th Mainstage Season will feature a few familiar titles, 2 south sound originals, and 1 world premiere. Each story will take audiences members on a fantastic journey, across the ocean, across town, and sometimes just across the living room. Our five productions of the season will include Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Winnie the Pooh, 3 Impossible Questions, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and Cinder Edna.Photo courtesy: Olympia Family TheaterDive into the journey with us. There are sure to be a few surprises, new friendships and lots of laughter.Tickets and Subscriptions are on sale now.Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the HatSeptember 29-October 22, 2017The Cat in The Hat interrupts a rainy afternoon with his unexpected visit to Sally and her brother’s cozy home. Their outspoken and outraged pet Fish is astounded and concerned, but this cat will not be deterred. He will teach us all to make our own fun with nothing but a little imagination. “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Along with Thing One and Thing Two, the cat will fill our theater with mischievous humor and madcap style. Young and old alike will delight in this faithful adaptation of a classic book come to life before our very eyes.Winnie the PoohNovember 24-December 23, 2017Join Winnie the Pooh, everyone’s favorite bear “of very little brain” on this frantic adventure. Pooh sets out to rescue Piglet from Kanga’s baths (with soap!) and strengthening medicine. Pooh tries his best but when he eats too much honey and really gets stuck- Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit and his countless relations work together to get him out. Hopefully, Pooh still has time to help his friend.  A.A. Milne’s wit shines throughout this beloved story and makes this a play a journey you will not want to miss.3 Impossible QuestionsFebruary 2-18, 2018A collection of stories centering around the popular character Mullah Nasreddin, who is a well-loved character in the folklore and comic stories of a large number of Islamic cultures. In consultation with the Islamic Center of Olympia, we have collected and adapted the stories of this teacher who sometimes seems a fool and sometimes a hero.  The stories about the mullah (which means teacher) have their origins from as far back as the 13th century where he may or may not have been a real person in Turkey. We celebrate our Muslim friends and neighbors with our retelling of these stories. In many countries and for hundreds of years these tales have been passed down from parents to children and now, we are pleased to share the humor and wisdom of Mullah Nasreddin and this journey with you!The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneMarch 16-April 1, 2018With a simple set, live music, and a tender story, Kate DiCamillo’s bestseller comes to life in an unforgettable stage experience. Tossed overboard, stuck in a hobo’s knapsack, and used as a scarecrow, we join a china rabbit doll named Edward as he undertakes a perilous 20-year journey. Along the way, he sheds his arrogance, and his heart grows bigger and softer as he discovers the importance of people, friendship, and love. Based on the book by the bestselling author Kate DiCamillo (Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Desperaux, Because of Winn-Dixie)!Cinder EdnaMay 11–June 3, 2018Cinder Edna lives next door to a famous girl you have probably heard of, Cinderella. Ella and Edna have cruel stepmothers and stepsisters, but they have different approaches to life’s journey. Cinder Edna has better things to do than sit in the ashes and feel sorry for herself and she doesn’t believe in Fairy Godmothers. She saves her money to put a dress on layaway, just in case a special occasion should arise. She takes the bus to the ball AND she wears comfortable shoes. Although each ‘Cinder’ ends up with the prince of her dreams, one may be a great deal happier than the other. You decide.PERFORMANCESThursday & Friday performances are at 7:00 p.m.Saturday & Sunday performances are matinees at 2:00 p.m.Pay-What-You-Can Performances: Each show has one performance where patrons can pay what they can for a ticket. For these dates no online sales, cash or check at box office starting at noon day of show. The lobby opens 1 hour before the performance time.TICKETSAdvance ticket purchase is recommended due to limited seating! Tickets can be purchased online or by phone with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Tickets are available 24 hours from the Olympia Family Theater website. Box office hours: 2 hours before each performance (cash, check or credit card)SINGLE TICKETSAdults: $19.00Senior/Student/Military: $16.00Youth (Under 12): $13.00GROUP DISCOUNTS10% off groups of 10 or more to one performance.SUBSCRIBE and SAVESave up to 30% off your seats with a Season SubscriptionSave up to 25% off your seats with a 3-Show SubscriptionAll subscribers get 10% off any additional single tickets they purchaseACCESSIBILITYAll performances are wheelchair accessible. Please mention any special needs when making your reservation.Based in downtown Olympia, OFT is a nonprofit community theater that engages audiences of all ages in performances and programs that entertain and educate.Olympia Family Theater612 4th Ave EOlympia, WA 98501360-570-1638last_img read more