Regional Forum Highlighting e-Vermont Communities – SAVE THE DATE

Regional Forum Highlighting e-Vermont Communities – SAVE THE DATE

 Moretown, Middlesex, Calais, Hardwick, Morristown, Jay/Westfield, Newport, Canaan & Brighton/Island Pond

 These communities discovered how to connect citizens, learn for independence and the future, and do better business through the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project.

This multi-regional forum is an opportunity for neighboring communities and broadband advocates to gain their insights.

 The forum will include a variety of topics and presentations and is intended to:

  • Highlight e-Vermont community projects and lessons learned
  • Build partnerships between e-Vermont towns and others taking advantage of the digital future
  • Develop strategies for continuing and expanding e-Vermont initiatives across the regions

It will be a time to learn from success stories and frame carrying that success into other communities and the region.

Date – Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Time – 6:30-8:30 PM

Place – Municipal Building, Hardwick, VT

 We look forward to seeing you there.

Please Contact – Gail Aloisio at galoisio@nvda.net or 802-748-5181 to attend. 

EMPG 2012 Generator Grant Program

GENERATOR GRANTS! Applications are due by JUNE 15, 2012. Please contact CVRPC for an application or assistance!

Overview of Available Funds:

 Department of Public Safety, Division Emergency Management has Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG) funds available (requiring 50% in local non-federal match) which are dedicated to assist Vermont municipalities with emergency shelter generators, Local Emergency Operation Center’s (EOC) and/or associated wiring costs.  Awards will be based on the number of applications, costs, geographic diversity and ability to supply local match.  Additionally, all municipalities applying for these funds must have current Basic Emergency Operations Plan (BEOP) (approved within the last year and on file at VEM) adopted by the community seeking the grant funds; the locations is American Red Cross surveyed ; and must also be National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliant.

Application Requirements:

Applications for funding must be received, approved and a grant agreement executed (signed by DPS representative) prior to expenditure of grant funds.  All application packages must include the following documents:

1. Vermont Department of Public Safety Subgrant Application sheet.

2. All local municipalities applying for Generator funds must be in compliance with NIMS activates set forth in Vermont’s NIMS Implementation Plan http://hsu.vermont.gov/sites/vhs/files/Vermont’s%20NIMS%20Implementation%20Plan%20-%20FY%202012.pdf and complete the FY12 NIMS Progress Survey for Towns online at https://www.surveymk.com/s/Z79CNXX.  The main criteria for town NIMS compliance will be:

a. The municipality has formally adopted NIMS as an incident command system through legislative proclamation or executive order.

b. The municipality has an updated (within the past twelve months) Local Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that has been locally approved by an executive/legislative body and submitted to Vermont Emergency Management (VEM).  If your municipality is not clear if an updated EOP has been submitted to VEM please contact Bob Weinert at Bob.Weinert@state.vt.us, 800-347-0488

c. Municipal employees must have taken IS 700.a and keep on file for programmatic audits.

d. Municipal Highway Department personnel are recommended to take ICS 100 and ICS 200 as outlined in the Vermont NIMS Implementation Plan.*

e. Appointed and elected officials of the Municipality are recommended to take ICS 402.*

NOTE: * ICS 100 and ICS 200 will be required for Municipal Highway Department personal and ICS 402 will be required for appointed and elected officials hereafter.

3. Need to show that the location is American Red Cross surveyed.  Please contact Tim Stetson at: Timothy.Stetson@nvtredcross.org.

4. Any project with the potential to impact natural or biological resources or historic properties cannot be initiated until FEMA has completed the required environmental planning and historic preservation (EHP) review. Projects, including the installation, renovation of or modifications to buildings and structures that are 50 years old or older as well as projects that involve mounting equipment to existing  towers or structures must be submitted to FEMA for compliance review under Federal EHP laws and requirements prior to initiation of the project. These projects have the potential to affect environmental resources and historic properties through ground disturbance and to alter historically significant properties. For more information on FEMA’s EHP requirements please refer to FEMA’s Information Bulletin #329, Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Requirements for Grants, available at http://www.fema.gov/pdf/government/grant/bulletins/info329.pdf.

5. A copy of your Certificate of Insurance

If your proposal is selected, your appropriate fiscal agent will be requested to complete and submit the following information:

1. Source of intended match for the federal grant (should be included in your current year town/city budget proposal).

2. Will require an Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Review (EHP).

Application Deadline:

 All applications must be RECEIVED at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters office by Friday, June 15th, 2012.  Proposals received after this date will NOT be eligible for consideration.  To facilitate processing, grant application should be sent electronically to Karen Mae Smith, KarenMae.Smith@state.vt.us.  If you are unable to send your application electronically, you may mail it to the Grants Management Unit, Attn: Karen Mae Smith, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-2101.

 

If you have any questions or require additional information regarding this funding please contact Karen Mae Smith, KarenMae.Smith@state.vt.us, 241-5458.

Planetizen Top 10 Planning Websites

Our annual list of the 10 best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for news, information and research on the built environment.

Every year, Planetizen recognizes ten websites as some of the best resources for urban planning, design and development. This list is based on nominations by Planetizen readers and staff, and judged against a common set of criteria, including content, design, and usability.

http://www.planetizen.com/websites/2012?goback=%2Egde_3669755_member_116089988

eVermont’s Digital Future Conference, Champlain College – May 8th!

 

Broadband connections can open opportunities in all sectors and for all Vermonters. On May 8th, join leaders from around the state to set the path for using Internet technology to create jobs, strengthen our communities, reinvent schools and increase citizen participation.

Highlights of the conference include:
• Welcome address by Governor Peter Shumlin
• Keynote address by Nicco Mele, former webmaster for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race and a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business and communications
• Panels on creating economic opportunity through connectivity, connecting communities, building digital literacy and education innovation
• Facilitated discussions for you to share your ideas about how to ensure that Vermonters can make best use of broadband resources as they expand across our state

Fee: $40, includes courses, lunch and refreshments. Find out more at http://evermontconference.org.