Business Grants Available for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems from USDA Rural DevelopmentBy David H. RobinsonBusiness Programs Director Energy conservation and renewable energy production are increasing the bottom line for businesses in Vermont and New Hampshire. USDA Rural Development can pay for up to 25% of eligible efficiency or renewable energy system costs with grant funds and help finance an additional 50% of the project costs with a guaranteed loan. Biofuel production equipment is also an eligible program purpose. The maximum grants are $500,000 for renewable systems and $250,000 for efficiency projects.In many cases, USDA RD can help a business structure a deal that requires no ‘out-of-pocket’ cash. Examples of Vermont and New Hampshire renewable energy and energy efficiency projects previously funded include installation of energy efficient lighting, development of biomass boiler systems, improvements to HVAC, upgraded refrigeration systems, geothermal heating systems and installation of reverse osmosis equipment for maple producers.USDA RD grant and loan guarantee funds may be combined with grants or loans from other private, state or local sources such as bank loans, efficiency rebates or renewable energy generation incentive programs.Businesses interested in learning more about the program and to determine if they qualify, should contact USDA Rural Development in either Montpelier, VT at 802-828-6031 or Concord, NH at 603-223-6045.- End –
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Shazia ManusIn an article I recently wrote for Credit Union Business, I examined the challenges and changes occurring in the realm of strategic planning. As today’s financial institution (FI) leaders adapt to an ever-changing, hyper-competitive environment, their strategic planning objectives and efforts must also evolve.Defining the ideal consumer experience by understanding the channels, products and services most used by an FI’s customers is an important first step in the strategic planning process. Once this ideal consumer experience has been identified, strategic planning to best further your FI’s core objectives can begin.In the article, “Three Traits of Successful Strategic Planners,” I highlight the characteristics I believe are key for an effective strategic planner to possess. The excerpt below takes a closer look at the first trait.Trait #1: Take Walks Around the Magic Kingdom (with Eyes and Ears Wide Open)FI leaders must carry out their planning in an intentional, disciplined and yet fluid way. Think of strategic planning as a journey, rather than an annual event. This may mean setting aside time each week to do what I like to call “taking a walk around the magic kingdom with eyes and ears wide open.” continue reading »
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Topics : Democratic US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents portions of Houston where Floyd was raised, told the crowd that she would introduce police reform legislation in Congress on Thursday in honor of Floyd.Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is black, said he understood marchers’ pain and told them they were making an impact.”People that are in elected office and positions of power – we are listening,” Turner said. “It’s important for us to not just listen, but to do. I want you to know your marching, your protesting has not gone in vain. George did not die in vain.”Houston has so far largely escaped the violent protests, with some attributing that directly to the legacy of Floyd himself.”The people who knew George the best help set the tone for Houston. They knew what he was about. He truly was a gentle giant, a sweet guy,” said David Hill, a Houston community activist and pastor at Restoration Community Church, who knows the Floyd family. George Floyd’s hometown of Houston held a memorial march for him on Tuesday, where attendees recounted a “gentle giant” whose legacy had helped the city largely avoid the violent protests seen elsewhere in the United States.The mayor’s office said 60,000 people gathered downtown to honor Floyd, who died after a white police officer pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.. Floyd’s death has ignited protests across the country.Floyd lived most of his 46 years in Houston’s historically black Third Ward neighborhood, located about a mile south of the park where the march began. He moved to Minneapolis in recent years for work. The memorial march was organized by well-known Houston rappers Trae Tha Truth, who was a longtime friend of Floyd’s – and Bun B, who worked directly with Floyd’s family for the event. Houston’s mayor and police chief attended.”We’re gonna represent him right,” Trae Tha Truth, whose given name is Frazier Thompson III, told the crowd of several hundred people gathered for the march. “We are gonna tear the system from the inside out.”He added: “George Floyd is looking down at us now and he’s smiling.”After a prayer, the marchers exited the park and began to walk toward City Hall.