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12 communities selected to pilot e-Vermont project

first_imgA dozen rural communities across the state will receive digital tools and in-depth training as the initial participants in the new e-Vermont Community Broadband Project. The twelve will benefit from the expertise and resources of e-Vermont’s statewide partners as the local groups develop ways to take full advantage of the Internet for job creation, school innovation, providing social services, and increasing civic involvement. e-Vermont is a new, $3.8 million initiative to help rural Vermont towns take full advantage of the Internet and advance a wide variety of local needs including economic development, school innovation, job creation, downtown marketing, community engagement, and e-commerce.The 2010 communities (selected from over 40 applicants) are Brighton, Bristol, Canaan, Cambridge, Grand Isle County, Ludlow, Middlesex, Newport, Poultney, Pownal, Sunderland, and West Rutland. [1]“Vermonters have a long history of innovation and finding creative ways to meet our goals,” notes Project Director Helen Jordan. “e-Vermont will continue that tradition by bringing 21st century tools to these communities and nurturing the local development of model solutions we can adapt statewide.”e-Vermont is not stringing cable or fiber, but is working to make better use of broadband where it is available. An unprecedented network of partnerships will contribute to this two-year project.Each community will become part of the Front Porch Forum network, helping link neighbors to each other and local services.Digital Wish will bring technology into the classrooms (including a limited number of Netbook computers) and provide essential training for students, teachers, and parents.The Vermont Department of Libraries will work with local libraries to upgrade computer equipment and enhance e-servicesStudents in the Vermont State College system will offer classes and workshops in both public and home settingsThe Vermont Small Business Development Center will mentor businesses to help them increase efficiency and grow their market share through e-commerce.Best practices that come from these communities will be shared through statewide symposia, on-line applications, and conferences organized by The Snelling Center for Government. The Vermont Council on Rural Development is overseeing e-Vermont, and will bring its expertise in community organizing to help each town connect its schools, government, businesses, and nonprofit providers in new and exciting ways.e-Vermont updates are posted at www.vtrural.org(link is external). Contact e-Vermont with any questions at 802-223-6091 or eVermont@vtrural.org(link sends e-mail).[1] Though some applications were submitted on behalf of adjoining towns, this list of the 2010 communities is based on the town of the lead organization. Source: Vermont Council on Rural Development. 5.14.2010last_img read more

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Difficult schedule continues at home

first_imgAfter surviving a major scare last weekend, the Badgers now get to tackle the No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes Friday, followed by a highly touted Saturday night showdown with the No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions.At least the Field House fans will be behind No. 8 Wisconsin (12-1, 4-0 Big Ten) this weekend.Last Friday night, the Badgers avoided blowing a two-game lead by pulling out a five-game win against No. 22 Purdue, with a 30-27, 31-29, 28-30, 14-30, 15-9 victory.Wisconsin got major help against Purdue (12-3, 1-3) from outside hitters Aubrey Meierotto, who led the team with 19 kills, and Audra Jeffers, who added 15 kills of her own.”We knew in that fifth game that we just had to come out and stay solid on our passing and defense, because it kind of broke down in between the third and fourth games,” Jeffers said. “Staying strong on defense and disciplined on our blocking really helped us get that win.”Wisconsin took care of business in usual fashion Saturday night, beating Illinois (10-5, 1-3) by a score of 30-15, 30-22, 30-15. UW tallied 11 service aces, with Maria Carlini, Sheila Shaw and Jocelyn Wack chipping in three aces each.”Going into Illinois, we came in to the match knowing that we have actually lost there in the past three years,” Meierotto said. “It was important for us to take the game seriously and come out strong.”The team has its hands full once again this weekend. Ohio State (9-4, 2-2), despite dropping three of their last five matches, has consistently been one of the major threats in the Big Ten.”Even when teams take losses, they come back fighting harder because they’ve had to work on the things that they were not doing so well, so [Ohio State] is going to be a stronger team now,” Waite said.Win or lose against the Buckeyes, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call Saturday night’s matchup between Wisconsin and Penn State (13-2, 4-0) — two top-10 teams — the match of the year.”I’m really excited, because I know it’s going to be a battle, and there are going to be those points that go back and forth,” Jeffers said. “It’s just going to come down to whoever fights harder.”Both UW’s competitors this weekend boast potent attacking, led by balanced setters Marisa Main of Ohio State and Sam Tortorello of Penn State.”We know that the setters on both teams are very active, they’ll dump that third hit over rather than setting it to the hitter, so we’ll have to watch that,” Jeffers said. “We’re really going to have to be light on our toes and be ready to pick up all the tips.”Both teams are really strong all around,” Jeffers added. “They’ve got great hitters, so we’ll have to be really disciplined on our defense.”Wisconsin was swept in 2004 by both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions. According to Meierotto, Wisconsin will benefit this year from a more experienced base of players.”One great thing about our team is we’re a lot more mature [than in 2004],” Meierotto said. “Last year, half of our team was made up of freshmen, so that made a big difference.”This year, I think we’re a lot more confident, and we’re just a stronger team all the way around,” she added.Waite agreed that the familiarity of Ohio State and Penn State gained from last year’s matches has given the Badgers some confidence to build upon.”Every time we met these teams, [our freshmen] had never seen them before, and we were going against much more veteran teams,” Waite said. “Now we are more mature, we’ve solidified our defense and passing. All of that has given us a more balanced team, and we’re tougher to stop.”With the challenge that lies ahead, the Badgers hope to also build upon the home advantage that has proven to be so effective so far in 2005.”It’s awesome to be home,” Waite said. “Our student section has been the biggest I’ve ever seen, and that just gives our team a real lift.”last_img read more

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Tesla drops a bunch more used Model 3 inventory at surprisingly high

first_imgAfter first starting to sell used Model 3 with a warranty last week, Tesla has now made a lot more inventory available and the prices are surprisingly high. more…Subscribe to Electrek on YouTube for exclusive videos and subscribe to the podcast.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1zk7Eb8r-s&list=PL_Qf0A10763mA7Byw9ncZqxjke6Gjz0MtThe post Tesla drops a bunch more used Model 3 inventory at surprisingly high prices appeared first on Electrek. Source: Charge Forwardlast_img

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