State Seeks Additional Partners In Major Marketing VentureMONTPELIER, Vt. – A total of 15 Vermont businesses and the VermontDepartment of Tourism & Marketing (VDTM) are making plans to head southtotap into one of the world’s most lucrative consumer venues and they arelooking for more partners to join them.Beginning October 1 and running through November 15, these businesseswilldisplay their products and services at the 9th Annual EpcotInternationalFood and Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando,Florida.The event is expected to draw between 1.5 and 2 million people duringits45-day run. State officials say they still hope to attract a few morebusinesses to join this effort.”We’re very pleased with the response we’ve received so far from a widevariety of Vermont businesses,” said Tourism & Marketing CommissionerBruceHyde. “Given the cost and duration of the event, VDTM wouldn’t have beenable to participate without such significant support from its privateindustry partners.”Hyde said the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is an idealvenuefor Vermont to market itself because Disney’s tourist profiles closelymirror Vermont’s target markets. Four of the top five Disney domesticmarkets are New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C. whichareamong Vermont’s key ‘drive/fly’ markets. Internationally, Disney’s topmarkets include the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan which are alsoamongVermont’s largest international markets and a continuously growing partofVermont’s overall tourism picture.”We’re already reaching people in these markets with our regular mediacampaign and public relations activities, but the opportunity to go onestepfurther and put them directly in touch with Vermont products and realpeoplefrom Vermont is invaluable,” Hyde said. “We still have room and hopethatother businesses will be able to make the investment and join us.”Among the businesses currently participating are Cabot Cheese – which isamajor sponsor and which will have its own pavilion, Stowe AreaAssociation,Vermont Ski Areas Association, Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce, MapleLandmark, Green Mountain Beverage, Vermont Farms Association, VermontMapleSugar Makers Association, New England Cooks, Jed’s Maple Products, TheMapled Nut Company, Bove’s of Vermont, New World Enterprises, Smugglers’Notch Resort and Sugarbush Resort.Hyde said that any businesses that are interested should contact MissyMerrell, Director of Sales, as soon as possible at (802) 828-5210 or bye-mail at Missy.Merrell@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail)###Jason AldousDirector of CommunicationsVermont Department of Tourism & Marketing6 Baldwin Street, 4th FloorDrawer 33Montpelier, VT 05633-1301Tel: (802) 828-0528Fax: (802) 828-3233
Three employees of TPW Management, Inc. attended a Professional Management Development course held in Mass. last week. Daniel T. Riley, Portfolio Manager, Adam Kimball, Board Liaison, and Susan Van Horn, Customer Service Manager, attended a communications course provided by Community Associations Institute.TPW Management, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has been managing community associations since 1998. The company employs 33 people in the Burlington, Manchester, Stratton, Killington, and Ludlow areas, managing 25 communities and 30 water systems. TPW, recently named among the Best Places to Work in the state, is dedicated to providing its employees with the opportunity to reach the highest levels of certification in the industry. The PMDP courses offered by CAI focus on such relevant topics as finance, leadership, governance, insurance, communications and facilities maintenance. Seven TPW employees already hold the certification of Certified Manager of Community Associations. In addition, one employee has attained the next level of Association Management Specialist. Several employees are currently scheduled for the additional course work and certification testing required to reach the CMCA and AMS goals.The Community Associates Institute is a nonprofit association created in 1973 to educate and represent the nation’s 2,400 community associations, condominium associations, homeowner associations and cooperatives. CAI members include homeowners, associations, related professionals and service providers.
Vermont high school students ranked 12th in the nation in advanced placement (AP) course testing. Vermont seniors posted a strong showing on the 2010 College Board Advanced Placement exams in several metrics, including fastest growth in number of students achieving college-level proficiency, the College Board announced today. The AP program offers high school students college-level courses in a variety of subject areas. In all, 2,126 Vermont students who graduated in 2010 participated in the AP program and took the exams. More students succeeded on the exam (1,460) than participated in AP 10 years ago (1,176). AP exams are scored on a scale of one (lowest score) to five (highest score). Sixty-four percent ofVermont exams taken by high school seniors were scored at three or higher, compared to 56% nationally. A score of three or above is considered demonstrating college level mastery of the content. Vermont is twelfth in the nation for the percentage of high school seniors scoring a three or higher on the AP exams. ‘Vermont students and educators should be very proud of these results,’ said Deputy Commissioner Rae Ann Knopf. ‘Vermont students had the highest average score in the nation on both the World History and Microeconomics exams. More students then ever are taking these college-level courses, and succeeding. This is crucial to their success beyond high school and to our success as a state and a nation.’ More Vermont highlights include:31.8% of all high school graduates participate in AP courses (national average 28.3%)21.8% of high school graduates took the exam and demonstrated proficiency (national average 16.9%)Vermont leads the nation in demonstrated success in Microeconomics (94.5%)Vermont has nearly doubled its successful completion rate (11.9% in 2001 vs. 21.8% in 2010) English AP courses were the most popular in Vermont and Calculus AB was second most popular. The number of low-income students taking the AP exam has also risen. Nine percent of the students taking the exam were from low-income backgrounds, 93 percent of whom scored a three or higher. To see how Vermont compares nationally, please visit the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation, go to http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/ap/nation(link is external). More than half a million public school students nationally from the class of 2010 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, nearly double the number of successful students from the class of 2001, and exceeding the total number of students from the class of 2001 who took AP Exams (see Figure 1). As research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience stronger college outcomes than otherwise comparable non-AP peers, the data in this year’s report show how educators are enhancing the college readiness of our nation’s students by preparing them to take AP classes and succeed on AP Exams.To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click;http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/collegeboard/47746/(link is external)(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110209/MM43178(link is external) )”Over the last decade we’ve seen a remarkable increase in the number of high school graduates participating and succeeding in AP,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation highlights the successes educators have achieved in helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds gain access to, and be successful in, college-level AP course work. AP can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math. We are excited that more parents, students, educators and policymakers are recognizing these possibilities.”The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation Highlights:Nearly 17 percent of public high school students from the class of 2010 completed high school with at least one successful AP experience. Though still underrepresented in AP classrooms, more minority students experienced success in AP than ever before. More low-income students participated and succeeded in AP than in previous years.More students are succeeding on AP science and math exams today than took these exams 10 years ago.The top 10 states with the greatest proportion of their seniors from the class of 2010 having at least one successful AP experience were: Maryland (26.4 percent), New York (24.6 percent), Virginia(23.7 percent), Connecticut (23.2 percent), Massachusetts (23.1 percent), California (22.3 percent),Florida (22.3 percent), Vermont (21.8 percent), Colorado (21.4 percent) and Utah (19.2 percent). (See Figure 2 in the AP’s Overall Reach section of the report.)The states with the greatest five-year increases in the percentage of seniors scoring 3 or higher on an AP Exam were: Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, Georgia,Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington. (See Figure 3.)Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, whose state led the nation for the third straight year with the highest percentage of students succeeding in AP, said, “Maryland puts a great deal of emphasis on having the best prepared high school graduates, and the Advanced Placement Program is a key part of this effort. AP provides students with a high standard, which gives them a foundation for success in college and in their careers.”AP Offers Opportunities for Traditionally Underserved Students to SucceedOver the past 10 years, the number of traditionally underserved minority students graduating with a successful AP experience has more than doubled — Black/African American graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 7,764 in 2001 to 19,675 in 2010; Hispanic/Latino graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 33,479 in 2001 to 74,479 in 2010; and American Indian/Alaska Native graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 988 in 2001 to 2,195 in 2010. In addition, the number of low-income graduates with scores of 3 or higher has increased from 53,662 in 2006 to 84,135 in 2010 (see figures 7, 8 and 9 in the Opportunities for Underserved Students section of the report). Despite increases, Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American and American Indian/Alaska Native students remain underrepresented both in AP classrooms and within that group of students experiencing success in AP.Equity in AP will not be achieved until the diversity of our nation’s students is proportionally represented in AP classrooms as well as within the group of students succeeding on AP Exams. This year’s report shows how much progress each state is making toward that goal. Fourteen states have successfully eliminated the equity and excellence gap for Hispanic/Latino students. Although 16 states have closed the gap for American Indian/Alaska Native students and two states have closed the gap for Black/African American students, no state with substantial student populations in these demographics has eliminated these gaps. (See figures 10a, 10b and 10c in the Opportunities for Underserved Students section of the report.)”Students and educators routinely attest that exposure to AP’s high standards helps prepare students for success in college. However, the likelihood of college success is significantly higher for AP students who score 3 or better,” said Trevor Packer, vice president of the Advanced Placement Program® for the College Board. “Accordingly, simply expanding AP course enrollments is not enough — this year’s report provides additional data points on exam performance that can help each state take a closer look at how well they are preparing all of their students, during the middle school and high school years, for the rigors of college-level course work.The College Board recently completed an analysis of every U.S. school district’s AP trends. Typically, as schools expand access to AP, the raw number of students who score 3 or higher increases, but so does the raw number of students who score 1 and 2. As a result, for some districts the percentage of 3s, 4s, and 5s may slightly decrease. On March 9, the College Board will announce an honor roll of districts that have succeeded in increasing the raw number of students scoring 3 or higher while simultaneously decreasing the number and percentage of students scoring 1s and 2s. This honor roll is intended to serve as a repository of best practices from which other districts can learn.”States with high percentages of exams receiving scores of 3 or higher, but who are serving a lower percentage of their high school population, should implement policies for making AP teachers available to a greater proportion of the high school population. On the other hand, states with high percentages of exams receiving scores of 1 or 2 should focus on the sort of middle school and early high school strategies that prepare a greater diversity of students for eventual enrollment and success in AP classes,” said Packer.AP Helps Increase American Student Achievement in Science and MathThe 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation shows that the number of students from the class of 2010 who succeeded on AP science and math exams exceeds the number of students who merely took these exams nearly 10 years ago. While 134,957 students in the class of 2001 graduated after taking an AP science exam, 143,651 students in the class of 2010 scored 3 or higher on an AP science exam. Similarly, 166,905 students in the class of 2001 graduated after taking an AP math exam, compared with179,193 students in the class of 2010 who scored 3 or higher on an AP math exam during high school. (See Figure 11.)”Research shows that students who took AP math or science exams were more likely than non-AP students to earn degrees in particular physical science, engineering and life science disciplines ‘ the fields leading to the cutting-edge careers that can help preserve America’s competitiveness,” Packer said. “This correlation is particularly strong among female, African American and Hispanic students. Science and math educators deserve credit for implementing AP courses in these subjects as a way of expanding the pipeline of students prepared for the rigors of science, technology, engineering and math course work in college.”The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation national report is available at http://apreport.collegeboard.org(link is external).The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by college faculty from some of the nation’s leading institutions, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. In May 2010, 1.8 million students representing more than 17,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.2 million AP Exams.The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success ‘ including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org(link is external).SOURCE The College Board NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —
by Anne Galloway, www.vtdigger.org(link is external) May 13, 2011 Terry Rowe, executive director of the Vermont State Hospital, announced her resignation Thursday. She has served as head of the state facility for severely mentally ill patients for seven years.In an e-mail, Rowe told the 240 staff members of the hospital that she decided she will leave her position this summer because of ‘major shifts’ in the new administration’s vision for mental health service.Rowe said in an interview that the Shumlin administration officials are ‘good people’ and ‘there’s a lot of energy and optimism in the air ‘ I’m just really tired.’In an interview on Friday morning, Rowe said she was discouraged by recent publicity about a patient who set a fire on one of the wards and public complaints from staff about forced overtime. Employees told news outlets they had been working extra shifts, some days working as long as 16 hours in an environment in which they needed to stay alert in order to keep patients from endangering themselves or others.‘What’s been hard is there’s been extremely negative publicity about the hospital and in that environment there is no margin for error,’ Rowe said.The intense level of public scrutiny, she said, has been taxing for her and for the staff.The staff complaints about overtime were very difficult for Rowe. What was most painful was the feeling that ‘on some professional level I was disconnected from the staff.’ She said the ‘last thing I would want to do was to hurt them.’‘I’ve had dark moments at the hospital and that’s one of them,’ Rowe said.Since the end of April when the stories came out, Rowe said she has tried to even out the unpredictable scheduling problems that go along with having enough employees to ensure safety at the hospital when psychiatric patients who are a danger to themselves and others are newly admitted.When the fire occurred at the hospital, ‘people jumped to conclusions about what had gone wrong’ even though the staff, Rowe said, handled the fire appropriately.‘The response was, ‘there goes the state hospital not doing a good job again,’‘ Rowe said. ‘We believe we have a safe environment. We don’t have a lot of capital out there with what we do because of the enormous amount of negative publicity. We haven’t come out the other side.’The 54-bed Vermont State Hospital was decertified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2003 after several suicides.Rowe was hired in 2004. During her tenure, the state has repeatedly attempted and failed to regain federal authorization for the hospital, and previous proposals for replacing the facility have not materialized. Lawmakers and the governor have pulled back from the significant investments necessary to bring the hospital in line with federal requirements. At the same time, the state loses about $10 million a year in federal reimbursements because of the hospital’s decertified status.The Shumlin administration will begin the process of planning a new replacement facility in Berlin this summer.‘These major shifts call for reflection,’ Rowe wrote. ‘I felt I needed to decide to either continue my commitment to the hospital or look at other options. Standing at the turning point, I knew the pressure, stress and demands of this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week job would continue unabated. In the end, I chose to pursue a life where work is a part of what I do, not its defining purpose.’Rowe has accepted a position as director of the Registry Review Unit in the Vermont Department for Children and Family Services. The registry tracks child abuse incidents and investigations.Christine Oliver, commissioner of the Department of Mental Health, described Rowe’s position as a ‘critical,’ 24/7 job.‘She’s done it for seven years,’ Oliver said. ‘That’s a long time in hospital administration, let alone the type of hospital she is running.’‘I am sure the news of Terry’s departure is difficult to absorb,’ Oliver wrote in an e-mail to staff. ‘Terry has long been a stabilizing force for (the Vermont State Hospital). During her tenure, she has dedicated herself to the challenges of operating a 24/7 psychiatric facility serving some of our most vulnerable Vermonters. Terry will leave the state hospital in much better shape than when she first arrived in 2004. Terry’s many contributions and accomplishments are greatly appreciated, and we are lucky that she will continue to use her talents for the benefit of the (Agency of Human Services).’Oliver said the position has been reclassified as an exempt position. The secretary of the Agency of Human Services, Doug Racine, and Oliver will choose Rowe’s successor. The position will also come with an increase in compensation. Rowe earned about $78,000 a year ‘ less than half that of her counterparts in small hospital administration in Vermont who earn about $200,000, Oliver said. Anne Galloway is editor of vtdigger.org
Vermont was again named the healthiest state in the nation as the United Health Foundation today released its 2011 edition of America’s Health Rankings. All six New England states were in the top 10.Vermont has been among the top five healthiest states for the past eight years, climbing steadily from 20th in 1990 to 12th in 2000, to become first in 2007, 2009 and 2010. See Chart below for all states.This year, Vermont ranked among the top 10 healthiest states in 15 of 23 public health measures relating to behaviors, community and environment, health policies, clinical care, and health outcomes.‘Public health is what we all do together to assure the conditions in which people can be their healthiest,’ said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. ‘Compared to other states, Vermonters are faring well. But not all of us are as healthy as we can be ‘ especially those who are younger, have less education and lower incomes.’Vermont is notable for its high rates of high school graduation, lower incidence of infectious disease, low violent crime rate, and high use of early prenatal care. Vermont also this year received the first and only ‘A’ on the March of DimesPremature Birth Report Card.‘We can all take pride in Vermont’s standing as the healthiest state,’ said Gov. Peter Shumlin. ‘This is a time to celebrate and learn from our successes to meet the great health challenges ahead. We still have much work to make health reform a reality for every Vermonter.’Vermont faces many of the same challenges as other states: While smoking rates have dropped to 15 percent among adults, that still leaves an estimated 76,000 smokers who have not quit. With 17 percent of adults reporting that they binge drink, we continue to have an alcohol abuse problem. A growing percentage of Vermonters are overweight or obese, resulting in higher rates of serious chronic illnesses such as diabetes. More children are living in poverty than before. And, with only moderate childhood immunization coverage, there is greater risk for vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and pertussis (whooping cough) to spread through communities.Last year the Health Department published The Health Disparities of Vermonters 2010, a comprehensive report that details the causes and consequences of differences in health status among Vermonters. This year the state is setting new Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals and objectives to improve the public’s health.‘Our congratulations to Vermont for once again being the ‘healthiest’ state in the country,’ said Reed Tuckson, M.D., United Health Foundation board member and executive vice president and chief of medical affairs, UnitedHealth Group. ‘This is clear evidence of the commitment that the individuals, communities, health care providers, the private sector, and Vermont’s government institutions to creating and sustaining conditions that promote health. Vermont, like all states, has an opportunity to further improve, particularly in the areas of binge drinking and immunization rates.’America’s Health Rankingsâ ¢ published by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention is the longest running annual assessment of the nation’s health. For 22 years, theRankings has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socio-economic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings.For more information about the rankings, an interactive map, and information on actions that everyone can take to take to improve public health:www.americashealthrankings.org(link is external)2011 OVERALL RANKINGSAlphabetical by State 43Kentucky-0.4787Utah0.723 Rank Order2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore 29Arizona0.05011New Jersey0.495 2New Hampshire1.02729Arizona0.050 32North Carolina-0.06832North Carolina-0.068 4Hawaii0.94024California0.265 42Nevada-0.47144Texas-0.508 7Utah0.72330Delaware-0.032 15Washington0.44326Kansas0.128 23South Dakota0.26750Mississippi-0.822 48Oklahoma-0.66913Wisconsin0.476 20Virginia0.3435Massachusetts0.906 3Connecticut1.01047Arkansas-0.622 18New York0.3928Maine0.575 38Indiana-0.29010Rhode Island0.549 50Mississippi-0.822 46Alabama-0.60715Washington0.443 17Iowa0.40149Louisiana-0.817 41West Virginia-0.41339Tennessee-0.314 14Oregon0.47517Iowa0.401 9Colorado0.55537Georgia-0.275 11New Jersey0.49519Idaho0.344 40Missouri-0.34223South Dakota0.267 28Illinois0.0982New Hampshire1.027 21Wyoming0.31130Michigan-0.032 2011 Rank (1-50)StateScore46Alabama-0.607 47Arkansas-0.62241West Virginia-0.413 19Idaho0.34422Maryland0.269 39Tennessee-0.31445South Carolina-0.521 6Minnesota0.7553Connecticut1.010 13Wisconsin0.47638Indiana-0.290 37Georgia-0.27526Pennsylvania0.128 30Michigan-0.03218New York0.392 22Maryland0.2696Minnesota0.755 10Rhode Island0.5494Hawaii0.940 35Alaska-0.16848Oklahoma-0.669 34New Mexico-0.14136Ohio-0.233 1Vermont1.19735Alaska-0.168 5Massachusetts0.9069Colorado0.555 26Pennsylvania0.12842Nevada-0.471 33Florida-0.11912North Dakota0.494 36Ohio-0.23314Oregon0.475 30Delaware-0.03234New Mexico-0.141 8Maine0.57533Florida-0.119 16Nebraska0.41443Kentucky-0.478 44Texas-0.5081Vermont1.197 45South Carolina-0.52120Virginia0.343 12North Dakota0.49428Illinois0.098 25Montana0.13925Montana0.139 26Kansas0.12816Nebraska0.414 49Louisiana-0.81721Wyoming0.311 24California0.26540Missouri-0.342
The post-Irene mobile home de-construction team assembled by Lt. Governor Phil Scott and Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller has reported that they removed 68 homes in six parks around the state, completing the first phase of their work in early December. Scott and Miller launched the project in late September after hearing that many Vermonters whose mobile homes were destroyed in the flood were facing disposal costs of $3,500 to $4,500. A total of 385 mobile homes throughout the state received some level of FEMA assistance, and 141 of these were deemed “substantially damaged” and beyond repair. However, the average FEMA award to mobile home owners – which was to cover repair or replacement of the home itself as well as damaged contents and temporary housing costs — was only $4,500. Scott initially worked with the Associated General Contractors of VT to set up a coordinated mobile home removal effort that reduced the per-home cost to $1,500. Secretary Miller then reached out to the Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, who collectively raised more than $300,000 to enable the team to offer the de-construction and disposal service free of charge to any mobile home owner living in a park. Demolition started on October 31, and all of the work was completed within six weeks. This played a key role in rehabilitating flooded mobile home parks in central and southern Vermont. “Thanks to the team we put together, we finished before the worst part of winter set in, which will allow homeowners and park owners to move forward and rebuild,” said Secretary Miller. Scott noted that one park remains on the project list: River Run Park in Berlin, which was flooded in May, and where a handful of homeowners were unable to pay for the removal of their destroyed homes. River Run, he said, serves as an example of what might have happened after Irene. “Five abandoned trailers still sit there today, and they’re holding up the rebuilding process at that park. We could have easily seen that happen on a much larger scale after Irene, had we not been able to remove those trailers quickly.” Scott added that the team has set aside funding to remove those five homes at River Run as soon as the park owner and the town have completed the abandonment process. FACTS: Mobile Home De-Construction Project 385 mobile homes in Vermont received some level of FEMA assistance / 141 “substantially damaged”Average mobile home repair cost: $9,854 / Average mobile home FEMA award: $4,518(Source: FEMA) The Team: Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Secretary of Commerce and Community Development Lawrence Miller, Associated General Contractors-VT, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Mobile Home Project, Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, UVM, Downs Rachlin Martin Removed 68 mobile homes from 6 mobile home parks, October 31-December 8 Weston’s (Berlin) October 31-November 14 32 homes Patterson’s (Duxbury) November 15-17 11 homes Whalley’s (Waterbury) November 21-22 10 homes Riverside (Woodstock) November 29-30 5 homes Greene (Sharon) December 5 2 homes Glen Park (Brattleboro) December 7-8 8 homes Crew consisted of an excavator, a 4-yard loader, and 2 ground laborers to rake upAverage time per mobile home: 2 hoursTotal of 946 tons of waste, 105 tons of salvageable metal removed Not a state program; with the exception of administrative costs (state employee time and CVOEO employee time), all funding came from private donations (total of $300,000 came from more than 2 dozen donors). Notable donors: Aubuchon Hardware ($25,000), Bond Auto ($50,000), Argosy Foundation ($60,000)The project also received $50,000 from the Phish concert (the first grant made from that event). Per-home demolition and disposal cost was estimated at $1,500; actual cost averaged $2,500(Added weight from wet insulation, wet materials, household contents)
Choice Strategies,WageWorks Inc, a leading on-demand provider of tax-advantaged programs for consumer-directed health, commuter and other employee spending account benefits from California, today announced that it has acquired the operating assets of Choice Strategies, a pre-eminent administrator in the tax-advantaged, consumer-driven health care space based in Waterbury Center. A purchase price was not divulged. Choice Strategies reported 2011 revenues of $12.4 million in the January 2012 issue of Vermont Business Magazine’s Vermont 100+ (LINK). Choice Strategies services more than 5,000 employers primarily in the New England, New York, New Jersey and Mid-Atlantic regions. Choice Strategies serves the needs of employers and their participants with pre-tax benefits services that include HRA, FSA, HSA and commuter account benefits. Working with brokers, general agents, health plans and other strategic partners, Choice Strategies is renowned for its ability to design and administer complex HRA plans on behalf of employers of all sizes. Choice Strategies will now operate as “Choice Strategies, a division of WageWorks.” “Choice Strategies further solidifies our position in the consumer-directed benefits industry,” said Joe Jackson, CEO, WageWorks, “as we continue to expand our comprehensive suite of employee spending account benefits.””Choice Strategies will benefit from the extensive expertise, technology, and service resources WageWorks has to offer as a leading national administrator,” said Jay Hunter, CEO, Choice Strategies. “Together, we can leverage our platforms, experience, and broader portfolio of solutions to help the employers, participants, brokers, and agents that we serve.”Choice Strategies will continue to service its employers, members, general agents and broker network out of its Vermont facility. Over time, Choice Strategies’ clients will enjoy access to additional capabilities, products and technologies offered by WageWorks.About WageWorks WageWorks, Inc. is a leading on-demand provider of tax-advantaged programs for consumer-directed health, commuter and other employee spending account benefits, or CDBs, in the United States. We administer and operate a broad array of CDBs, including spending account management programs such as health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts, or FSAs, Health Savings Accounts, or HSAs, Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or HRAs, and commuter benefits, such as transit and parking programs.Our corporate headquarters are located in San Mateo, California. We have additional facilities in Arizona,California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Michigan, New York ,Wisconsin, and now Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at www.wageworks.com(link is external).SOURCE WageWorks, Inc. SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —