Burlington awarded $3.15 million for Waterfront North project, benefits Moran redevelopment

first_imgCommunity and Economic Development Office Director Larry Kupferman noted, This project will help revitalize the north end of the waterfront, and is an extension of almost 30 years effort begun by then Mayor Bernie Sanders to convert the waterfront from railyards and oil tank farms into the economic, cultural and recreation asset it is today.   Kupferman added, CEDO and DPW have planning this work for years, independent of the Moran project, but the reality is we can t redevelop Moran without first rebuilding Lake Street, improving the bike path, and creating new public parking. This is a significant step forward in terms of financing Moran. Burlington s TIGER grant application was supported by Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Representative Welch, in a joint letter sent to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. More information on the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program can be found here:http://www.dot.gov/recovery/ost/(link is external) The TIGER funds were among the most sought after competitive Recovery Act monies.  DOT received nearly 1,400 applications from all 50 states, vying for a share of the funds for innovative transportation projects that would have significant economic and environmental impact.  Oversubscribed by a ratio of 38:1, there was $57 billion in requests for the $1.5 billion available.  Only 3% of projects were funded. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that Burlington has received a major, and highly sought after Recovery Act ( Stimulus Bill ) grant.  The $3.15 million award will be used for the Waterfront North project, which involves rebuilding the end of Lake Street, realigning and upgrading portions of the bike path, and constructing the parking necessary for the redevelopment of the Moran plant.  The so-called TIGER grant was announced by DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.  More information on the Waterfront North project can be found, here: http://www.cedoburlington.org/waterfront/waterfront_access_north_project(link is external)…center_img Mayor Bob Kiss also emphasized the importance of the award to the Moran Project and continued waterfront development. This is a major boost for the Moran project, as well as for the City s efforts to continue redeveloping the waterfront. This project improves public access to the waterfront, enhances public amenities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike, and promotes needed economic development and vitality on the North end of the waterfront. This award follows on the heels of Moran being chosen as just one of seven projects in the entire country to be chosen for a Brownfields Economic Development Initiative grant, and one of just sixteen selected for an EPA Brownfields Sustainability award. I m very pleased that the DOT has chosen Waterfront North for funding through this extraordinarily competitive grant program.  It s an investment in Burlington which will have a ripple effect economically and in the community for years to come. With the TIGER grant announcement, funding for the Waterfront North project is complete, since the TIGER program does not require any local match.  The planning stages of the project are complete, and were paid for through funds previously secured by Senator Patrick Leahy to improve public access to the downtown waterfront.  A major thrust of those efforts, including the reconstruction of lower College Street, reconfiguration of the Pease parking lot, and construction of a new information building with public bathrooms, is nearing completion. The $1.5 billion TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program was created by Congress as part of the 2009 Recovery Act, to finance strategic investments in infrastructure that will result in immediate and long term job creation. The official award announcement is here:http://grants.ost.dot.gov/public/ViewMessage.cfm?MsgID=jyw7xgn3te(link is external)Source: City of Burlington. 2.17.2010last_img read more

Texas Tech faces tough test vs No. 1 Kansas

first_img Associated Press March 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 1 Kansas (27-3, 16-1) vs. Texas Tech (18-12, 9-8)United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 1 Kansas presents a tough challenge for Texas Tech. Texas Tech has won two of its seven games against ranked opponents this season. Kansas has won its last 14 games against conference opponents. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: The Jayhawks are led by Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike. Dotson has averaged 17.6 points and 2.1 steals while Azubuike has put up 13.7 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. The Red Raiders have been led by Jahmi’us Ramsey and Kyler Edwards. Ramsey has produced 13.8 points while Edwards has averaged 11.7 points and four rebounds per outing.DOMINANT DEVON: Dotson has connected on 31.4 percent of the 118 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 22 over the last five games. He’s also made 82.6 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Texas Tech is 0-7 this year when it scores 61 points or fewer and 18-5 when it scores at least 62.STREAK SCORING: Kansas has won its last nine road games, scoring 65.8 points, while allowing 53.6 per game.GETTING DEFENSIVE: Kansas has held opposing teams to 60.7 points per game this year, the 10th-lowest figure among all Division I teams.___center_img Texas Tech faces tough test vs No. 1 Kansas For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Fred Cook serves up expertise

first_imgFred Cook, CEO of communications firm Golin is looking forward to his next adventure.Cook was recently named director of the Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a professor of public relations studies with a focus on innovation and leadership.“I’ve built one of the most successful PR firms in the business through innovation and experimentation. I’m looking forward to applying that same innovative approach at a prestigious school like Annenberg,” Cook said.Others at Annenberg also appreciate the new insight Cook can bring to the position from his experience at Golin.“This is the first time USC Annenberg has had an active CEO as center director,” School of Journalism Director Willow Bay told USC News.Cook said his international experience will aid him in his capacity as director.“I have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world like Walmart, Nintendo, Toyota and McDonald’s, and some of the most famous CEO’s like Jeff Bezos, Herb Kelleher and Steve Jobs,” he said, “And I have learned a lot about public relations in the process. More importantly, I have been fortunate to have traveled all over the world to places like Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, which has given me a valuable global perspective on different cultures and people.”Cook is prepared to utilize his time in Los Angeles for both Golin and at USC.“I’m accustomed to multi-tasking, and I love spending time in Los Angeles, where I used to live and still own a home,” Cook said. “Plus, the Golin L.A. office is just three metro stops on the Expo Line from USC.”In 2014, Cook authored Improvise — Unorthodox Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO, in which he discussed his experiences as “a cabin boy on a Norwegian tanker, a doorman at a five-star hotel and chauffeur for drunks.” Cook said his interactions with college students during speaking engagements motivated him to take the position.“Since my book was published, I’ve spoken at dozens of colleges around the world. Through that exposure, I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the pressures students are facing and the dreams educators are striving to fulfill. I hope to play a meaningful role in this important work,” he said.Golin founder Al Golin said USC will benefit from Cook.“His new relationship with USC Annenberg offers him another interesting challenge, which will allow everyone at USC Annenberg and Golin to benefit from his vision and leadership,” Golin told USC News.Cook hopes to serve as a connection between academia and industry.“A big part of my job will be connecting the school to the PR industry,” he said. “Because I run a large PR agency, I will be able to leverage more than 30 years of experience to build relationships for our students. On the flip side, being surrounded by brilliant faculty members who are experts in every form of communications will allow me to bring innovative new ideas and research to professionals working in the field. I think it will be a win-win situation.”Cook  said he is excited to begin his work with the University.“I think USC has one of the best PR programs in the world. I’m really impressed with the faculty, the vision and the ambition. I’m proud to be part of it,” he said.last_img read more