Vermont Travel Industry Conference April 7 & 8 at the Stoweflake

first_imgThe 27th Annual Vermont Travel Industry Conference will be held on April 7 & 8, 2010 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, Vermont. The event will feature compelling keynote speakers, pertinent workshops on industry topics and trends, and a trade show featuring over 30 exhibitors who sell products or services to the tourism industry.On Wednesday April 7th at 9:00 am, keynote speaker James Chung of Reach Advisors will educate the tourism industry on the Four Macro Trends and the Implications on Travel. Chung will discuss the major trends that will reshape the consumer market as it relates to the tourism industry including: generational shifts, gender differences, health and wellness behaviors, outdoor recreation trends, and household purchasing power.Thursday April 8th at 9:00 am, Steve Richer of the National Tour Association will enlighten attendees on the future of the tourism industry through his keynote presentation the Tourism Industry Crystal Ball: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed. Richer will pull from his experience working on the legislation that will become the Travel Promotion Act to discuss current border and public land issues, and provide attendees with a glimpse into the future and what we can do.The Vermont Travel Industry Conference will feature workshops from five educational, industry related tracks: Management, Miscellaneous Marketing, Media Relations, Social Media & Marketing, and Web Marketing. Some of the hot topics this year will include How to Effectively Publicize Your Business Through New Media Tools with Nicole Ravlin of PMG Public Relations, Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line: People, Planet and Profit with Hans van Wees of Van-Wees, Inc., and How to Recognize, Evaluate, and Seize Money-Making Marketing Opportunities with Chris Diaz of Redpoint Marketing.If you are part of a tourism-related business or have an interest in the Vermont travel industry, this conference is for you! Registration is now open. For more information on participating in the event and to register, please visit the Vermont Travel Industry Conference website at www.vtic.org(link is external) and receive instant updates by becoming a fan on the Vermont Travel Industry Conference Facebook page. Source: VTIC. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Clean Up and Renew Former Industrial Sites

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Clean Up and Renew Former Industrial Sites Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced seven new projects funded by the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Dauphin, Lehigh, and York counties to prepare them for use as parks, and business and residential properties.“Refurbishing an old property for the benefit of the community is a vital step in attracting business investment and job creation,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will provide a clean and safe environment for communities and businesses to use for years to come.”ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.The seven approved projects are:Allegheny County: The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) was granted $637,500 for environmental remediation of the former Roundhouse and Guard Shack building. The Roadhouse building is a 23,000-square-foot building located at the Industrial Center of McKeesport, a former steel site. Funds will be used to include remediation or encapsulation of asbestos-containing material throughout the structure, as well as lead-based paint remediation throughout the interior walls.The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) was also granted $33,700 for environmental remediation of the former Open Hearth building, a 3,200-square-foot building located at the City Center of Duquesne, a former steel site. Funds will be used to remediate lead-based paint and encapsulate surfaces where lead-based paint was removed. RIDC plans to redevelop the site into a planned urban industrial park.Berks County: The Borough of Robesonia was granted $279,533 to perform environmental remediation at the former Robesonia Furnace property. The ISRP funds will be used to remediate the property of contaminates to create a compost transfer and passive recreation areas.Bucks County: The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks was granted $426,675 for site remediation at the former Sellersville Landfill Site in Sellersville. ISRP funds will be used for soil excavation, soil sampling and analysis, surface water sampling and analysis, groundwater monitoring, and well abandonment. Once remediated, the RDA plans to reuse the site for residential purposes.Dauphin County: Steelton Economic Development Corporation was granted $43,337 for an environmental assessment of the 6.25-acre Steelton Steel Works plant. ISRP funds will be used for soil characterization, monitoring well installation, groundwater characterization sampling, and a receptor survey/pathway exposure evaluation. The Steel Works Redevelopment project is a strategic public/private partnership between the Steelton Economic Development Corporation and Integrated Development Partners, LLC. Together they plan to redevelop the site with 65,000 square feet of commercial, retail, and office space, and multi-level senior housing units. Once completed, the partnership anticipates creating 100 full-time jobs.Lehigh County: Catasauqua was granted $1,000,000 for environmental remediation of the former Crane Iron Works, a 120,000-square-foot building located in Catasauqua. The ISRP funds will be used for remediation of asbestos-containing material throughout the structures, removal, and disposal of all debris within the buildings and capping the site with imported certified clean fill. Once remediated, the proposed plan will create a mixed-use development.York County: The York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) was granted $1,000,000 for the environmental remediation of the former Yorktowne Hotel Building, an 11-story, Renaissance Revival styled hotel built in the 1920s. ISRP funds will be used for site remediation to include removal of asbestos-containing materials, contamination debris, demolition debris, and removal of debris and other hazardous materials. Once remediated, most of the space will remain as a hotel, to also include some retail shops, restaurants, apartments, and office space.For more information about the Industrial Site Reuse Program or DCED, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img October 23, 2019last_img read more

Vellano Country Club makes anticipated debut

first_img“It’s working with the environment to produce a quality course.” Beginning from the No. 1 tee box to the No. 4 green, golfers will find an elevation drop of more than 600 feet. It’s a reason why Director of Golf Scott Wilson says, “Vellano is not a walkable course.” Bermudagrass is implemented on the fairways and roughs and nearing the end of dormancy. Cushing said Vellano will not overseed and quipped, “people need to know that brown is a color, too.” A combination of A-1 and A-4 bentgrass – comparable to Augusta National – is on the greens. Crushed walnut shells are used in place of bark or wood chips beneath the wide array of oak trees. And even when oaks needed to be cut down, the remains were made into benches found throughout the property. Among the more notable holes, Nos. 8 and 9 hold special significance. After the city showed concern toward potential slides on the par-3, No. 8 fairway, construction superintendent Dario Olivares and his staff went to work. To guard against potential slides, Olivares and staff redirected “thousands and thousands of tons” of dirt, then placed a liner some 10 to 15 feet below the surface. They laid drainage pipes on top of the liner, then moved the replaced dirt back for grading. At No. 9, the hole features a bridge that crosses a 100-feet deep ravine. To build the 70-ton bridge, a crane had to be dismantled and reconfigured on-site. It took two months to complete the crane’s reconfiguration. When workers were ready to secure the bridge, they found it lost 13 tons of water weight due to last summer’s heat. For information, its Web site is www.experiencevellano.com. UNFORGETTABLES RETURN One of the area’s more honored charity functions is set for March 5 with the sixth annual Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic, played at Redlands Country Club. Champions Tour veterans Dave Stockton of Redlands, Mark Johnson of Helendale, former UC Riverside golfer Gary McCord and former Riverside resident Don Pooley will participate. According to founder Tim Evans, the charity helps to confront and conquer the economic consequences and the danger factor that contributes to childhood death. Before tournament planning got underway for this year’s event, it received a $25,000 head start from McCord, who donated his prize from the ESPN-produced People vs. the Pros contest last year. The 128-member field is sold out, but to place your name on a waiting list, contact 1-800-254-GOLF (4653). Mark Reinhiller covers local golf for the Sun. His column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached at mark.reinhiller@sbsun.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Course superintendent Paul Cushing likes to say that he and his staff have completed a masterpiece and they would be right. Even on an overcast day, panoramic views exist of the Inland Empire and beyond. From the No. 1 tee box, one easily could see Mt. San Jacinto – some 80 miles to the east. “We’ve provided a niche that hasn’t existed in quite some time,” Cushing said. “Most of the other private country clubs in the area are established. This course allows people to grow with the course.” Norman and staff broke ground on the 600-acre site that rests west of the 74 freeway in early 2004, and by October, 13 holes were graded. But that fall, inclement weather – that would turn into more than 40 inches of rainfall into 2005 – washed away those holes. After rebuilding the holes, rain again destroyed their work and brought the course back to square one. The course officially opens to members Feb. 28, with members and guests set for April 1. When that time arrives, golfers will find a course where elevation – and a rural, open setting – awaits. That wasn’t an oversight in its development. “Norman’s very much a minimalist,” Cushing said. “He wants to take what the property offers and make the most of what exists. He’s not the kind of designer who is going to move a tree because he can. center_img CHINO HILLS – Tucked deep inside the heart of Chino Hills lies one of Southern California’s newest golf courses. After a series of delays, the long-awaited Greg Norman-designed Vellano Country Club made its debut Tuesday with its first official round of golf for staff members and media. The 6,925-yard, 18-hole layout is the first private course to be developed east of Los Angeles and west of the Coachella Valley in more than 40 years. last_img read more