The Vermont Council on Rural Development launches the Vermont Community Leadership Network and Community Resource Guide

Press Release
August 27, 2020
Contact: Jon Copans, Vermont Council on Rural Development
Phone: (802) 272-0162
E-mail: [email protected]

Hundreds of Vermonters joined Senator Patrick Leahy and the Vermont Council on Rural Development for an online celebration of local leadership where VCRD announced the launch of the Vermont Community Leadership Network and the publication of the new Community Leadership Guide.

“Strong, capable, and well-supported local leaders are a critical component of Vermont’s future success,” noted VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello. “Both the Network and the Leadership Guide are targeted directly to those Vermonters trying to get big things done in their communities. Our mission is to give them some of the key tools to unleash their success, and to build a network to facilitate their collaboration and mutual support. At a time like this, as Vermont faces very serious challenges, local leadership is more important than ever.”

Building on over

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Science Applications (SAIC) Q2 Earnings Beat, Increase Y/Y

Science Applications SAIC reported mixed results for second-quarter fiscal 2021, wherein its earnings topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate but revenues missed the same. Nonetheless, the company recorded year-over-year growth in both the metrics.

The company’s fiscal second-quarter adjusted earnings surged 21% year over year to $1.63 per share and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.42 per share. The year-over-year upside was mainly driven by higher revenues and reduced outstanding share count.

Quarterly revenues jumped 11% from the year-ago period to $1.76 billion. Revenues realized from the acquisition of Unisys Federal mainly drove the top line. Solid performance of the company’s contract portfolio was a tailwind. Adjusting for the impact of acquired revenues, the metric inched down 0.7%. Moreover, quarterly revenues fell short of the consensus mark of $1.79 billion.

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US private payrolls rose 428,000 in August, ADP report says

US companies continued to add jobs back in August, but at a slower pace than economists expected as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic recession slows. 

US private payrolls rose 428,000 in August, according to the ADP monthly employment reported released Wednesday. That fell short of the median economist estimate that US companies would add back 1 million jobs during the month, according to Bloomberg data. 

“The August job postings demonstrate a slow recovery,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, in a press release. “Job gains are minimal, and businesses across all sizes and sectors have yet to come close to their pre-COVID-19 employment levels.”

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The bulk of the jobs added back during the month were

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Governor Won’t Say Whether He Would Get COVID-19 Vaccination | Tennessee News

By TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday would not say whether he would be vaccinated against COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available. His comments came during a news conference at which he also announced that the Education Department will provide information on COVID-19 cases in public schools.

Public health departments are being told to prepare to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as early as Nov. 1. and Lee said the state is working to develop a distribution plan.

But the Republican also called a decision to vaccinate a personal choice and said he would do what he would want all Tennesseans to do. “I’ll determine if I believe it is safe and effective and talk to my doctor,” Lee said.

Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said at the news conference that the Nov. 1 date should be taken as a loose timeframe for when

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Emergency Funding Sought For Hamden’s School Reopening Plan

HAMDEN, CT — Hamden’s legislative delegation is urging the state Department of Education to provide the town with more than $780,000 in federal funding to help the district with reopening costs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint letter to Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, state Senate President Martin Looney and representatives Michael D’Agostino, Robyn Porter and Josh Elliot are requesting $784,521 in federal CARES Act funding to help cover the cost of additional buses and bus monitors that will be needed to ensure social distancing in the district’s reopening plan.

The Hamden Board of Education recently voted to delay the reopening of schools until Sept. 15 due to concerns over staffing shortages. The district had been scheduled to open on Sept. 8.

Hamden’s transportation cost estimates have increased significantly since the district submitted its original request to the state Department of Education in July. Since then, the district has

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Former CIA analyst Rodney Faraon on transferring skills from CIA to Disney

In this episode of Intelligence Matters, host Michael Morell interviews Rodney Faraon, a former China analyst and 15-year veteran of the CIA, about how he transferred skills he developed at the agency to a variety of roles outside of government. Faraon, now a partner at Martin+Crumpton Group LLC, also held roles at Walt Disney Company and in the film and investment industries. Faraon tells Morell about his experience briefing former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet and drafting testimony for the annual Worldwide Threats Hearing.


  • From CIA to Disney: “[T]he key skills for great intelligence analysts are twofold. One is your ability to express yourself in writing or speaking or however. The other is critical thinking. So if you’ve got those two skills and you know how to apply them, every day, when when you look through what seems to be just regular data, information, news, it becomes intelligence
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Vernier and SAM Labs Help Teachers Incorporate Science and Coding into Instruction

Middle school teachers can now integrate science lessons with data collection and coding using new packages from Vernier Software & Technology and SAM Labs. Each new topic-based package—comprised of a Go Direct sensor, SAM Labs output blocks, and ready-to-go activities within the Google Workbench programming platform—engages students in scientific discovery and introductory block-based coding.

“The new Vernier Coding with SAM Labs packages provide a cost-effective solution for teachers looking to introduce data collection and entry-level coding using SAM Labs with Vernier sensors,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The packages are versatile in that teachers can use them for in-person instruction or in a hybrid learning model. For the latter, students collect data that interacts with their output blocks in class or borrow the package for use at home.”

Each package is designed to help students explore a specific scientific topic, such as temperature, magnetism, sound, force,

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FOREX-Dollar hunkers down before key U.S. jobs report

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020

* Analysts are bearish on U.S. dollar

* Aussie supported by retail sales data

* Traders await non-farm payrolls

By Stanley White

TOKYO, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The dollar steadied against major currencies on Friday as traders awaited key U.S. jobs data that may cast doubt on the strength of economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak.

The Australian dollar clawed back early losses and stabilised after the country’s retail sales accelerated in July, easing concern about the economy.

The greenback has managed to halt its recent slide, but analysts warn sentiment remains weak due to concern about the strength of U.S. economic growth and speculation that the Federal Reserve will keep rates low for a very long time.

“The dollar has rebounded against the euro and could continue to rise a little further,” said Junichi Ishikawa, senior foreign exchange strategist at IG

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Harbor Custom Development, Inc. Appoints Fortune 500 Financial Executive, Lynda Meadows, as Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Meadows Brings 25 Years of Related Real Estate Development, Financial, and Public Company Experience

Gig Harbor, Washington , Sept. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harbor Custom Development, Inc. (Harbor or the “Company”), (NASDAQ:HCDI), an innovative and market leading real estate company involved in all aspects of the land development cycle, today announced the hiring of Fortune 500 financial executive, Lynda Meadows, as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer effective immediately with a start date of September 21, 2020.

Ms. Meadows is a 25-year industry veteran whose impactful roles at companies such as Weyerhaeuser Company (Fortune 500 REIT), Quadrant Homes, Builders Capital and the international consulting firm, Currie & Brown, illustrate the depths of her broad experience and knowledge.

Sterling Griffin, Chief Executive Officer of Harbor, stated, “It is a pleasure to welcome Lynda to the Harbor team. Her industry skills and breadth of knowledge within all aspects of homebuilding, financial

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Internet2 Announces Selection of Two Research Teams for Final Phase of Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science Project

The Internet2 project, supported in part through contributions from Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, awards researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and State University of New York Downstate (SUNY Downstate) second year of support with a focus on delivering scientific results

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Internet2 confirmed the selection of two research teams using an external academic review panel for the second and final phase of the Exploring Clouds for Acceleration of Science (E-CAS) project that was first announced in November 2018. The two research projects are:


  1. Investigating Heterogeneous Computing at the Large Hadron Collider, Philip Harris, MIT. Only a small fraction of the 40 million collisions per second at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are stored and analyzed due to the huge volumes of data and the compute power required to process it. This project proposes
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