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Evslin to lead governor’s new Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery

Evslin to lead governor’s new Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has announced the creation of the Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery (ESR) to coordinate the State s use of federal funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.   The Governor has tapped former Vermont Transportation Secretary and high tech entrepreneur Tom Evslin to head the Office as Chief Recovery Officer. The Office will be located in the Agency of Administration and report to Administration Secretary Neale Lunderville.The Vermont Federal Recovery Office, which was established in January before the recovery bill became law, has been fully incorporated into ESR.  Jim Bush will continue to serve in a leadership role as Director of Physical Infrastructure, responsible for oversight and delivery of the nearly $200 million in new state and local infrastructure projects. The scope of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act extends beyond the original intent of Medicaid and transportation funds, said Governor Douglas.  In turn, we have expanded the Federal Recovery Office into the Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery to ensure the federal money flows into our economy quickly and with strict accountability measures in place.The Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery will assist and coordinate efforts of State, community and private organizations to obtain funds for projects that not only alleviate the pain of the current recession but build the infrastructure necessary for Vermonters to succeed in the second decade of the 21st century. The Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery will work at entrepreneurial speed to make certain Vermont obtains all possible funds and gets maximum effect from tight coordination between programs, said Evslin. As much as possible, we need to use new technology to preserve Vermont values while building the foundation for a strong economy that can compete in a changing world.Accountability and transparency are key elements of the newly constituted Office. Working with Auditor of Accounts Tom Salmon, the Office will appoint a Director of Accountability from the Auditor s staff to assure that federally funded projects are designed from the beginning to meet stringent requirements for audit and accountability.  The Director will serve as a direct link between the Auditor s Office and Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery.  This important partnership is essential to ensure that Vermont exceeds the new federal standards for transparency, accountability and effectiveness, said Auditor Salmon. We want to ensure compliance and accountability right out of the gates.Evslin has agreed to lead the Office working at minimum wage and has volunteered to return his entire salary to state coffers. I m thrilled and honored for the opportunity to help advance Vermont and position us for a strong economic recovery, Evslin continued. The Office will be staffed by existing state employees on temporary assignment from agencies and departments. In addition to a Director of Physical Infrastructure and a Director of Accountability, the Office will include staff resources for Network Infrastructure, State Programs, Planning, and Community Partnerships.Tom Evslin BioTom Evslin was Secretary of the Agency of Transportation under former Vermont Governor Richard Snelling, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges, and is currently vice-chair of The Snelling Center, a non-profit dedicated to good governance in Vermont. Evslin s civic career began as town moderator in Worcester, Vermont in the 1970s.Evslin ran a software business in Vermont for many years before going to work for Microsoft, where he was responsible for communication products.  Evslin went on to work at AT&T where he founded their first Internet business, WorldNet. In 1997 Tom and his wife, Mary Evslin, founded ITXC which was a pioneer in the use of the Internet for phone calls.  The company grew to be one of the world s largest wholesale carriers of international calls. The company went public in 1999 and is now part of Indian telecommunications giant Tata Communications. Mary Evslin was the founding chair of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority. The Evslins live in Stowe, Vermont.Source: Dennise R. Casey, Governor Douglas s Deputy Chief of Staff, March 2, 2009last_img read more

Dirt Defender, Stephenville Starter combine to give new IMCA random drawing cash prize

Dirt Defender, Stephenville Starter combine to give new IMCA random drawing cash prize

first_imgRED OAK, Texas – Two Texas companies ante up the $500 cash prize awaiting the winner of a random drawing to be held following the 2017 IMCA point season.Top drivers in national point races for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods all get a free pair of vented mud covers manufactured by Dirt Defender, of Red Oak.Dirt Defender and Stephenville Starter of Stephenville each give $250 to a randomly selected driver in one of those divisions who wins 10 or more weekly heat races and submits a photo of their car displaying use of two Dirt Defender mud covers.That driver also receives a free Stephenville Starter and those awards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in November.Stephenville Starter returns as title sponsor and provides a portion of the point fund for the Hobby Stock race of champions, to be held Sept. 9 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod race of champions winners and the Southern SportMod champion at Super Nationals all receive starters.“We are constantly looking for trends with our products so drivers know they are getting the best and safest products possible. Due to several companies trying to mimic our products, we feel that our changes in 2017 will not only benefit IMCA drivers and spectators but also help our company to identify our products,” said Billy Vest, co-owner with Dennis Bissonnette of Dirt Defender. “Our wheel covers have been stamped with Made in the USA along with our trademark Spartan logo.“We’ve also adjusted it to fit the changes some wheel manufactures have made this year. As most people know, we made our expansion ring in white for driver safety and for us to recognize any issues with our ring,” he added. “This year, we have changed our ring color to neon yellow in order to distinguish ours from the ones made by other companies. As always, our company thanks each and every person, team, company and dealer for all they do to support us.”Information about Stephenville Starter-made products is available by calling 254 965-7890, and about Dirt Defender wheel covers calling 469 556-4612 and on Facebook.Stephenville Starter is in its ninth year of IMCA sponsorship, Dirt Defender its third.“This is a great new twist on a program where two companies work together to give back to rac­ers, “ commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Drivers already are encouraged to sub­mit photos of their cars to verify 10 heat race wins, and if they also can submit one with Dirt De­fender mud covers in place it could potentially be worth a very nice cash bonus.”last_img read more

Reddan aware of Samoa’s strengths

Reddan aware of Samoa’s strengths

first_imgEoin Reddan has warned Ireland are on a hiding to nothing against potent Pacific Island nation Samoa on Saturday. “From the kick-off they turned the ball over, it was all-out attack for two minutes and they scored in the corner. “That is what we will be up against this week. They are going to come out very strong and very fast and we will have to do the same.” Reddan reckons Ireland are in the “best possible situation” to produce victories over Australia and New Zealand across the autumn schedule spectrum. Ireland still remain winless against the All Blacks, but Limerick-born Reddan is unfazed by that record – and more concerned with helping Schmidt realise his long-term coaching plan. Reddan continued: “It sounds very cliched, but if you want to win something in the long run, you have to get better every week and it is your performance that has to improve. “If you play worse, but win, you sneak a few games, it will come back to bite you eventually. “(Coach) Joe (Schmidt) gave us things that were easily identifiable to work on in the last month, even though we were back with our clubs. “The emphasis was on your carries, your cleanouts, were you straight, how hard did you fight on the ground for the ball. “That means what you are working on at your club is still very relevant. “They are the kind of things that if you improve over the next 12 months, that is where you get the big, big games. “The biggest thing for us is performance and attention to detail.” Press Association The South Seas visitors outrank Ireland in the International Rugby Board official world standings, boasting seventh place to Ireland’s eighth. Scrum-half Reddan believes Samoa’s quality is not in doubt – but fears outside expectation will not take into account the power this weekend’s tourists possess. Samoa despatched Italy and Scotland in South Africa in June, following victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium 12 months ago. The Leinster half-back explained: “Samoa are ranked seventh in the world and have had massive victories last year against Italy, Scotland and Wales. “We know what we are up against this week. “It is a tough game because it is the kind of one where within a squad you know what you are up against. “Outside the squad, people normally don’t know what you are up against, so expectations can be very high and there is a bit of a gap of what is expected and what is a reality. “We know they are all challenges we have to deal with this week and I think we won’t be looking past this week because of that. “Samoa scored after 1:52 last year against Wales. “There was no doubt about what they had come to do. last_img read more