Vermont Council for Quality Conference

first_imgThe Vermont Council for Quality, partnering with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, will hold their 2004 Fall Quality Conference on September 27, 2004 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. The purpose of the conference is to bring together a cross section of Vermont organizations to discuss how to implement performance excellence and continuous improvement measures to enhance an organizations efficiency, profitability and success.The conference will include panelists from Manufacturing, Health Care, Small Business and Education to share their success stories and lessons learned. The afternoon will spotlight best practices in Balanced Scorecard, Outcome Based Planning, Action Planning, and Information and Knowledge Management. Mark Blazey, author of Insights to Performance Excellence will be the keynote speaker. Governor Jim Douglas and Commissioner Michael Quinn of the Vermont Department of Economic Development have both been invited to speak. Commissioner Quinn will speak on high performing Vermont organizations and their effect on the Vermont economy. Founded in 1996, the Vermont Council for Quality is a non-profit that helps Vermont organizations improve their performance and competitiveness. VCQs services include a comprehensive organizational assessment that identifies strengths and improvement opportunities and serves as the foundation for the Vermont Council for Quality Award process, which is based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria. In addition, VCQ provides education and training, and serves as a resource referral for information, knowledge and sharing of best practices within and between Vermont organizations. For more information, please visit www.VermontQuality.org(link is external) or call 802) 655-1910.last_img read more

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Regional public transportation district recommended

first_imgREGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT RECOMMENDEDProposal would change funding of public transportation in VermontSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — A task force of the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) has recommended a new Regional Public Transportation District for Chittenden County as part of a proposal that would change the way public transportation in Vermont is funded and governed.The initial recommendations of the Regional Public Transportation Initiative Task Force call for legislation that would authorize a Regional Public Transportation District to plan, implement, and manage public transportation in Chittenden County. An interim board of this District would develop detailed governance and funding proposals and report back to the legislature for final approval before a public vote on the issue. The recommendations also provide a mechanism for creating up to five other Districts throughout the State.The Task Force will seek public comment on the recommendations through a series of community meetings in the coming months, and will present the proposal to the Boards of the CCMPO and the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) for approval this fall. Final adoption of the recommendations is scheduled for October.”A workable public transportation system is a crucial factor for strong economic development,” said William Knight, Executive Director of the CCMPO. “This proposal will make it easier for people to get to work, help businesses attract and retain employees, and allow service to expand to some major economic centers, as well as help preserve and protect our cherished natural resources.”A key element of the Regional Public Transportation Initiative’s proposal is decreased reliance on the property tax as a means of funding public transportation. The Task Force recommends the creation of a dedicated fund for public transportation within the State Transportation Fund.The Task Force recommends making monies available by reducing the maximum amount of transportation-generated funds that can be appropriated outside the Agency of Transportations budget. In addition, the proposal would give Regional Public Transportation Districts regional taxing authority with voter approval to levy other taxes and fees on such items as motor vehicle fuel, short-term car rentals, and vehicle registration.This proposal is a regional solution to a regional problem, said Dave Davis, Vice Chair of the Task Force and Chair of the CCTA Board of Commissioners. Vermonters travelbetween towns and counties to work, shop, and attend school, but we cant design services to address that reality because were tied to town-by-town funding through the local property tax. A regional district will serve more people, places, and businesses with greater efficiency.The Regional Public Transportation Initiative is a collaboration between the CCMPO and CCTA, with additional representatives from the business, senior, disabled, and environmental communities. The Task Force has been coordinating its efforts with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, county Regional Planning Commissions, and public transportation providers throughout the region.For more information, or to submit comments, visit the CCMPO website, http://www.ccmpo.org/ptp(link is external).For additional information, contact:CCMPO: William Knight, Executive DirectorP: (802) 660-4071 ext 15F: (802) 660-4079wknight@ccmpo.org(link sends e-mail)CCTA: Dave Davis, Chair, Board of Commissioners and Vice Chair, Task Force P: (802) 864-0211 F: (802) 864-5564Press Contact: Emily J. StebbinsP: (802) 324-4345F: (831) 604-9532emily@stridecreative.com(link sends e-mail)###last_img read more

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Chittenden Bank trims Vermont workforce, closes five branches

first_imgChittenden Bank trims Vermont workforce, closes five branchesPeople’s United Financial, which operates Chittenden Bank, is cutting 71 Vermont employees and closing five local branches in an attempt to save $57 million in company expenses, excluding severance costs. The company will close 20 branches and 420 positions company wide throughout the New England region. Vermont branches in Bennington, Brattleboro, Arlington, West Dover, and on Bank Street in Burlington will close within a month to 90 days, leaving only two Chittenden Banks in each community. The closures will decrease Chittenden’s branch count in Vermont from 52 to 47. The layoffs included eliminating 20 vacant positions, 14 jobs through attrition, and 37 lay-offs, most of which were teller and other entry level positions. Before the cuts, a total of 1,158 employees were part of Chittenden Bank’s Vermont workforce. People’s United financial has over $21 billion in assets with over 300 branches throughout Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. The cuts were expected after People’s United Financial finalized their acquisition of Chittenden Bank last summer.last_img read more

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MyWebGrocer brings grocery shopping to Google phone

first_imgMyWebGrocer of Colchester, Vermont, and Big in Japan have partnered to bring timely and relevant product data and advertising to the Google Android Platform. ShopSavvy, Big in Japan s popular price comparison application, utilizes MyWebGrocer s grocery data to help consumers find relevant products and pricing at their local grocery retailers.Using any Google Android phone, shoppers can scan a barcode found on any grocery product and are instantly shown product results from ShopSavvy. These results include prices on the web and at local stores, consumer reviews, an option to save the product to their wish list and to sign up for results when the price changes on the item. As consumers are grocery shopping, from the palm of their hand they will be able to see information that they traditionally had to get from newspaper circulars or direct mail. We re thrilled to be partnering with a mobile leader like Big in Japan, said Alec Newcomb, MyWebGrocer s Vice Presdient. Customer response to ShopSavvy in the US has been incredible, and we are excited about being able to provide relevant and timely information on the 800,000 branded products across our 95 Grocery Retailers. Grocery data has been a challenge for ShopSavvy from the very start. More than 25% of ShopSavvy users have scanned more than a million grocery items with limited success over the past year, said Alexander Muse co-founder of Big in Japan. Our partnership with MyWebGrocer means users can finally access real-time pricing and inventory for hundreds of thousands of grocery related items.MyWebGrocer is currently live on ShopSavvy and relevant CPG Advertising is being deployed this quarter on the application. About MyWebGrocer:MyWebGrocer is the leading digital services provider for retail grocery, connecting retail brands to their consumers through ecommerce and online tools.  Retail partners include Shoprite, Lowes Food Stores, Big Y, Food Lion and 90 other leading grocery chains. MyWebGrocer has the largest online grocery-advertising network with 3.8 Million monthly shoppers, attracting advertisers such as Kellogg s, Unilever, Nestle, P&G and 60 other leading brands. For more information please visit MyWebGrocer.com or call 1-888-662-2284.About Big in Japan:Big in Japan builds cool applications for mobile devices, including Apple s award winning iPhone and Google s open source Android platform, think of us as the mobile idea factory. Our latest application ShopSavvy ¢ won Google s Android Developer Challenge and is available on T-Mobile s G1 Google Android phone. Big in Japan is not just a development shop, they manage and support applications for millions of users for major brands including FX Network and LEGO.Source: MyWebGrocer. June 15th 2009 Colchester, VTlast_img read more

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TD Charitable Foundation donates $27,200 in Chittenden County

first_imgTD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of over $27,200 to local organizations in Chittenden County as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community. The following organizations received a donation from the TD Charitable Foundation:§ Cancer Patient Support Program, Inc., (CPSP) which provides professional support services to cancer patients and family members with the goal of enhancing the quality of life during the diagnosis, treatment and recovery process. CPSP will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation in support of free psychological services, nutritional counseling and an emergency fund for cancer patients and their families. § Burlington Supportive Housing Initiatives, Inc., (BSHI) which strengthens the Chittenden County community by supporting affordable housing opportunities and helping low-income people living in subsidized housing improve their quality of life through personal and economic self-sufficiency. BSHI will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation in support of the Money Camp Financial Literacy Program which provides children with the opportunity to become more financially literate and provides the power to make sound financial decisions in the future.A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank provides financial and other support to affordable housing initiatives, education and financial literacy, and the environment, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.About the TD Charitable FoundationThe TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 15 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made over $56 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com(link is external).About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 15 largest commercial banks in the United States with $142 billion in assets, and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,000 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. TD Bank, N.A., is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. TD Bank is a trade name of TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.tdbank.com(link is external).   TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Financial Group of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody’s.Source: January 22, 2010 – Burlington, Vt. – TD Bank ###last_img read more

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