Month: January 2021

Omega Optical Opens Doors At New World Headquarters

first_imgOmega Optical Opens Doors At New World HeadquartersOmega Optical has just moved into its new 30,000 square foot worldheadquarters and manufacturing facility on the Delta Campus inBrattleboro. The company, a leading worldwide supplier of opticalfilters for scientific research and instrumentation, is unifying itsoperation in a state-of-the art building while adding capacity andcapabilities to satisfy growth in a variety of markets.The new facility, designed from the ground-up specifically for themanufacture of optical filters, has provided the company with theopportunity to reengineer and plan every step of the manufacturing processfor efficient flow, with the resulting quality improvements andcost-savings. Omega has also seen the move as an opportunity to makemajor capital equipment improvements that will result in increasedcapacity and capabilities, the benefits of which will be passed on to itscustomers as well. Major equipment purchases have been made in the area ofcoating capacity, clean-room capable work and processing areas, and CNCmetal machining.With coating technology at the heart of the business, Omega has investedmost heavily in high volume coating systems and an automated manufacturingline to increase capacity. Several sputtering systems have been addedwith high capacity large format capability for high precision durablesurface coatings and high volume protected coatings. Another additionincludes a large capacity, high current, ion assist e-beam system, whichwill enhance coating performance as well as improving yields and capacity. The third major addition is an automated assembly line being used for thecompany’s patent-pending 3RD Millennium product line. This load-lockedsystem produces coatings with high uniformity, increasing yields whilelowering costs and speeding up delivery times. The new facility alsoincludes processing and work stations that are clean room capableenvironments. In addition, CNC metal machining has been brought online sothat filter mounting hardware, such as rings, holders, and sub-assemblies,can be rapidly customized.The emphasis of all of these changes according to Robert Johnson, OmegaPresident, has been to improve quality and performance, while loweringcost and speeding up the manufacturing cycle.” “Customer demands arehigh”, adds Ruth Gorham-Houle, VP Business Development and ClientServices, “and we have made these manufacturing changes proactively tomeet and exceed our customer’s expectations.” All of the upgrades inmanufacturing equipment are intended to complement and enhance the leadingtechnology position that Omega already occupies in the optical filterindustry.Omega Optical’s new facility is the first building on The Delta Campus, a137 acre parcel envisioned by Omega President Johnson to consist of aunique combination of business and residential uses. The Master Plan forthe Campus includes seven “high information technology” businesses, aneducational institution, and forty residential units. With the Omegabuilding complete Gordon Bristol, Delta Campus Project Manager, states,”Work now begins on promoting the Campus to other potential hightechnology tenants, as well as on the planning and construction of theresidential component of the project.” Bristol adds, “We believe thatthis unique concept and site will be an extremely attractive alternativefor companies looking to locate away from major metropolitan areas.””The beautiful view to the south down the Connecticut River Valley,”Johnson concludes, “is not just good for employees, in that we have abeautiful environment in which to work, but is a daily reminder of thepotential for Omega in our new facility. The horizon is wide and thefuture market potential for optical filters, like the view, is expansive.”For more information about Omega’s new facility contact Radka Jiraskova,International Marketing Associate, at rjiraskova@omegafilters.com(link sends e-mail). Formore information about the Delta Campus contact Gordon Bristol, ProjectManager Delta Campus, at gbristol@omegafilters.com(link sends e-mail).Since 1969 Omega Optical has built its technical reputation on definingthe state-of-the-art for optical interference filter performance,manufacturing optical filters for scientists and instrument manufacturersworldwide. From biotech to astronomy, fluorescence microscopy to colorimaging, environmental monitoring to semi-conductor manufacturing, OmegaOptical has supplied filters for the Hubble Space Telescope, the HumanGenome Project, and the filming of Star Wars.last_img read more

VBM Announces Best Places to Work in Vermont

first_img2006 Small toMedium Sized Companies (15 to 99) This initiative was designed to:Identify and recognize Vermonts best employers who strive to create and build better workplaces for their employees;develop definitive information to help existing companies in Vermont retain their workforce;and promote Vermont best employment opportunities to attract new workers. Burlington, VTNovember 30, 2006VermontBusiness Magazine (VBM) announced tonight that AIRS Human Capital Solutions andKing Arthur Flour Company are the top ranking companies in the Best Places to Work in Vermontcompetition. AIRS Human Capital Solutions takes home the first place ranking inthe small to medium sized business category (15 to 99 employees). King ArthurFlour Company is listed as the number one best place to work in Vermont in the large sizedbusiness category (100 and over employees). VBM Announces Best Places to Work in VermontAIRS Human Capital Solutions and King Arthur Flour arenamed number one in their categories.The awardprogram is the first of its kind offered statewide in Vermont, and is modeled after FortuneMagazines 100 Best Companies to Work for in America. Over 25 businesses applied to be considered for thecompetition, but only 14 were named as one of Vermonts best places to work. Rankingcompanies were evaluated and chosen by the Best Companies Group, an independentcompany managing Best Places to Work programs in many states around the country. The Best Companies Group, assisted by ModernThink,LLC, conducted an assessment of participating companies that was a two-partprocess designed to gather detailed data about each company. In part one, theemployer completes a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the companycomplete an employee survey. Listings of the finalists from both the small tomedium-sized and large-sized companies, arranged in ranking order is included. center_img v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} NicoleLH 30 79 2006-11-30T20:36:00Z 2006-11-07T20:26:00Z 2006-11-30T20:41:00Z 1 547 3124 26 7 3664 10.2625 Print MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;} The survey data was then combined to enable theexperts at ModernThink, LLC to determine the strengths and opportunities of theparticipating companies. The companies were then ranked based on this data. ModernThink,LLC also created Assessment Findings Reports that are returned to eachparticipating company. General comparisons of a companys data to the rest ofthe field are also included. The information companies received will be almostas valuable as finding themselves on the final list. Tobe eligible for consideration, companies must have met the following criteria:Be a for-profit or not-for-profit businessBe a publicly or privately held businessHave a facility in the state of VermontHave a minimum of 15 employees in the state of Vermont VBMpartnered with The Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Chapter of theSociety of Human Resources Management, Vermont Department of Economic Development,and Vermont Department of Labor to present the award. CompanyCityAIRS Human Capital SolutionsStamford,  CTEdward JonesLong Beach, CANRG Systems, Inc.Hinesburg, VTResource Systems GroupWhite River Junction, VTPhysicians Computer CompanyWinooski, VTBasin Harbor ClubVergennes, VTAmerican Flatbread CompanyWaitsfield, VTTPW Managementlast_img read more

Dealer.com Works with Google to Achieve AdWords Certifications and Reseller Status

first_imgDealer.com Works with Google to Achieve AdWords Certifications and Reseller Status Burlington, VT – (October 28, 2008) – Dealer.com, a leading provider of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced it has entered into a strategic agreement with Google to become an authorized reseller of Google’s AdWords, advertising program, with 45% of its staff having received training on AdWords. More than 90 Dealer.com employees in technical development, engineering, Rapid Response support, sales and marketing and the entire search and account management team have received additional AdWords training and certifications, and continue to work closely with Google to ensure the team stays updated on the latest trends, features and changes. “The difference between hiring a certified professional and someone who does not know how to design an effective SEM campaign can cost dealers hundreds if not thousands of dollars per month,” said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer with Dealer.com. “Our consultants provide dealers with a huge competitive advantage by creating targeted, effective campaigns that draw consumers to dealer websites.” AdWords is a cost-effective, efficient way for businesses of all sizes to advertise their products and services online at exactly the time their customers are looking for them. As a Google AdWords Authorized Reseller, Dealer.com’s employees are equipped to help dealerships tap into the power and reach of the Google AdWords online advertising platform. “When you combine the world class power of our search solutions platform and the superior knowledge of our staff, compared to our competitors’ outsourced solutions it becomes a very smart move for dealers and OEMs to turn to Dealer.com for their search needs,” said Mark Bonfigli, president and CEO of Dealer.com. Dealer.com offers auto dealers a comprehensive SEM solution for their websites. The company’s TotalControl DOMINATOR(tm) is a revolutionary no contract, no management fee program that gives dealers control of their SEM advertising. TotalControl DOMINATOR allows dealers to create and modify pay-per-click campaigns, or choose to have Dealer.com’s experts do the work for them. Campaigns are customizable and keywords can be changed on the fly. TotalControl DOMINATOR is for dealers who actively engage in SEM and is an ideal tool for advertising limited time promotions, setting bid prices, adjusting pay-per-click budgets, targeting specific geographic regions and more. TotalControl DOMINATOR offers dealers incredible reporting and flexibility with a simple user interface.About Dealer.comFounded in Burlington, VT in 1997, Dealer.com is the industry leader of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry. Dealer.com offers the only fully-integrated, Web-based, closed-loop marketing platform that measures the effectiveness of every marketing program, while tracking responses and respondents, from exposure to closure. The platform includes NADA award-winning automotive dealer websites, user-friendly lead management tools, the most proven local search engine advertising solutions available, and unparalleled metrics and Web analytics. Dealer.com is the only company to truly revolutionize the online marketing and sales effectiveness for auto dealers with an unmatched level of speed, precision and ease-of-use. For more information, please visit www.dealer.com(link is external) or call 888-894-8989.####last_img read more

General Dynamics Awarded F-35 Lightning II Gun System

first_imgGeneral Dynamics Awarded F-35 Lightning II Gun System Contracts by Lockheed MartinNovember 17, 2008 2:00 PM ETCHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics GD, has been awarded two contracts by Lockheed Martin for the production of GAU-22/A gun systems for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft. The contracts have a combined value of nearly $9 million.According to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products Gun Systems Program Manager Howard Brott, “Our GAU-22/A gun system serves a vital role in the F-35 aircraft’s tactical air-to-ground support capabilities. In addition, the 25mm GAU-22/A brings increased range in air-to-air engagements compared to the 20mm guns common on today’s fighters. The gun system’s high rate of fire and consistency are key features for future F-35 pilots, and its reliability contributes significantly to lower operating and aircraft maintenance costs.”The F-35 Lightning II internal gun system is based on a derivative of General Dynamics’ proven GAU-12/U 25mm Gatling gun. It will be used on the F-35 Conventional Take-off and Landing (CTOL) variant and will include the GAU-22/A gun and its associated components. General Dynamics is also developing an external gun system for other variants of the F-35.Production is scheduled to begin immediately and extend through August 2010 at General Dynamics’ Saco, Maine, facility, the company’s primary facility for production of single and multi-barrel aircraft and crew-served weapon systems. The Saco operations provide complete production capabilities, from design and development to manufacturing, testing and integration.Program management will be performed at General Dynamics’ Burlington, Vt.-based Technology Center, which is the company’s engineering center of excellence.General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,200 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about the company is available on the Internet at http://www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical ProductsCopyright 2008 PR Newswirelast_img read more

Report: Vermont doing poor job in informing taxpayers about stimulus spending

first_imgSome states are making dramatic improvements in their Recovery Act websites but others are still failing to make effective use of online technology to educate taxpayers about the impact of the stimulus. Vermont was cited as fifth worst in the nation. So finds Good Jobs First in Show Us the Stimulus (Again), a report released today which updates GJF’s July findings; text plus state appendices at: www.goodjobsfirst.org/stimulusweb.cfm(link is external).”Some states are striving to deliver on President Obama’s promise that the Recovery Act would bring unprecedented transparency and accountability,” said Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy. “Led by Maryland, which again receives our highest score, these states’ Recovery Act websites help taxpayers understand and evaluate how the Recovery Act benefits their state.”On a scale of 0 to 100, the study rates the disclosure on more than $200 billion in ARRA funds flowing through state governments to communities, organizations and individuals. It grades information on programs and on specific grants and contracts, with special emphasis on jobs data and the geographic distribution of spending.  “Cinderella states such as Kentucky and Illinois swept from the bottom in our previous assessment to the top tier in our new ranking,” said Philip Mattera, GJF’s research director and principal author of both reports. “Many others have improved their sites and are effectively incorporating the data states transmit to the federal Recovery.gov website. The state sites and Recovery.gov are both vital to public understanding of the Recovery Act’s performance.”Top-rated states are: Maryland (87), Kentucky (85), Connecticut (80), Colorado (72), Minnesota (72), Wisconsin (72),California (69), Illinois (69), Oregon (67), Massachusetts (65), Georgia (64), West Virginia (64), New Mexico (62), New York(62), Pennsylvania (62), Montana (61) and Arkansas (60).Worst-rated, from the bottom, are: North Dakota (5), District of Columbia (6), Missouri (10), Alaska (13), Vermont (13), Louisiana (16), Mississippi (17), Idaho (18), Oklahoma (18), Texas (18) and South Carolina (19).The biggest Cinderella stories are Kentucky, which soared from 47th place to 2nd; Illinois (50th to 7th); Minnesota (34th to 4th); and Utah (50th to 24th).The study includes state-specific scoring sheets and recommendations for improvement based on best practices. Good Jobs First is a non-profit, non-partisan research center based in Washington, DC.SOURCE: Good Jobs First. WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Governor Shumlin appoints Oller, Mathis, Morse to Vermont Board of Education

first_imgGovernor Shumlin recently appointed three members to the State Board of Education. Sean-Marie Oller of Bennington was appointed for a six-year term. William Mathis of Goshen was appointed to complete four years of a vacated term. Stephan Morse of Newfane was reappointed to the Board for six years after completing a previously vacated term.William J. Mathis is the Managing Director of the National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado at Boulder. Previously, he served as Superintendent of Schools for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, Brandon, Vermont. In this capacity, he was a National Superintendent of the Year finalist, Vermont Superintendent of the Year and president of the Vermont Superintendents’ Association. Bill has published or presented over 200 national research papers, policy briefs, newspaper columns and monographs on accountability, school quality, financial equity and adequacy, assessment, school vouchers, cost-effectiveness, history, and Constitutional issues. He frequently speaks before professional, policy, legislative and lay groups across the country on the purpose of public education, equality, and federalism. His current work focuses on the financial, programmatic and assessment aspects of accountability systems.He has worked full-time or part-time at eight colleges and universities in various teaching, research and administrative capacities. Previously, he served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Education, as a guidance counselor and as a school psychologist. He is a veteran and resides in Goshen.Stephan Morse was born in Springfield, Vermont on April 1, 1947. He served as Newfane Zoning Administrator from 1971-74; on the Board of Selectman from 1974-77 and as chairman from 1975-77. Morse served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1977 to 1984. He was Assistant Majority Leader in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1979 and Majority Leader in 1980. He served as Vermont Speaker of the House from 1981-84. He served as President and C.E.O. of the Windham Foundation until 2008. Most recently he served on the Next Generation Commission in 2006 and was appointed to the District #2 Environmental Commission in 2008. Previously Morse chaired the task force examining the Vermont State Colleges and University of Vermont systems to determine what academic and administrative efficiencies could be achieved through their consolidation.Sean-Marie Oller was born in Ohio and raised in New York City. She got to know her future home when she came to Bennington College, where she graduated in 1979. Oller continued her studies in early childhood education at New York University in 1983 and was the administrative director of the Washington Market Montessori school in lower Manhattan.Oller moved to Vermont in 1990. As she and her husband Rick raised their two children here, she worked with the Bennington College Early Childhood Center. Oller has been a mentor and project coordinator since 2003 for Quantum Leap, an organization that works with teenage students who are at-risk of dropping out. She worked with Vermont youth circuses Circus Smirkus and Circus Minimus and also volunteered with Molly Stark Elementary School in Bennington. She completed mediation training at Woodbury College in 2004. Oller was also a member of the Governors Institute board from 2006 to 2008. Oller was first elected to the Mount Anthony Union School Board in 1995, and has served as chairwoman for the last six years. She has represented Mount Anthony on the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union School Board since 2000. Mount Anthony Union serves students in Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford, and is the third largest school district in Vermont.Oller and her husband Rick have two children, Olivia and Jackson, who graduated from the Mount Anthony schools.The next meeting of the Board will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier at 9 a.m. A complete agenda can be found at http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/board/schedule.html#schedule_agend(link is external)…last_img read more

iPhone marks commissioning of largest solar array in Vermont, North America

first_imgSOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont . . . July 27, 2011 . . . AllEarth Renewables, Inc.,The touch of an iPhone’ which brought the last of 382 solar trackers into position perpendicular with the sun’ marked the commissioning of the largest solar installation in Vermont and the largest installation of its kind in all of North America.The pole-mounted trackers use innovative GPS and wireless technology to actively follow the sun throughout the day, producing more than 40 percent more energy than fixed solar. The site is off Hinesburg Road in South Burlington on land leased from the Larkin family.Manufactured just four miles from the site of the solar farm, 382 AllSun Trackers produced by Williston-based AllEarth Renewables make up the, $12 million, 2.2 MW farm.The solar project is expected to produce 2.91 million kilowatt hours of energy a year, or enough electricity for over 450 homes. With inverters on each solar tracker to boost energy performance, the project is the largest solar installation to use such a configuration in North America.Attending the commissioning were more than 75 local contractors, engineers, suppliers, developers, parts fabricators, manufacturers, and other workers that had a direct hand in building the project.Pictured: South Burlington City Council Chair Sandra Dooley, Governor Shumlin, Jeanne Morrissey of JAM Construction, Speaker of the House Shap Smith and AllEarth CEO David Blittersdorf. Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is just outside the picture to the left. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, and Speaker of the House Shap Smith also spoke at the event. The panel that the governor turned on is laying flat in the middle photo. After being turned on through his iPhone, the panel adjusted to the sun’s location via its GPS device and began producing electricity.‘This project not only produces renewable energy from the sun, it creates a lot of local clean energy jobs,’ said David Blittersdorf, CEO and founder of AllEarth Renewables.  ‘We’ve innovated and refined our AllSun Tracker so it can be affordably used to power homes or businesses, and at the same time make up a utility-sized farm like this project in South Burlington.’Governor Shumlin addresses the gathering.”What we’re doing here,” Blittersdorf said, “is showing the rest of the country how to do renewables.”Blittersdorf said Massachusetts and New Jersey will be his company’s expansion targets. He said those two states have both relatively high electric costs and an interest in renewable energy. States that are burning coal to generate electricity have low cost electricity and less interest in renewables, such as those in the Midwest and South. California, he said, could be a good market in the future, but he said he wants to grow closer to home for now. New England electric rates averaged 15.05 cents per kilowatt hour in 2010 (Vermont 13.09 cents per kwh, Massachusetts 14.63), New Jersey was at 14.84 per kwh and California was at 13.83 per kwh. The US average in 2010 was 9.91 cents per kwh.Part of the state’s Standard Offer program, the farm will sell an estimated 2.91 million annual kWh of power generated by the installation to Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Development (SPEED) Program.  The Standard Offer was established as part of the Vermont Energy Act of 2009.In June, AllEarth Renewables’ CEO was named by Business Week as one of 25 of ‘America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.’  The company, which employs 26, earlier this month announced a partnership with four solar installers to provide distribution throughout Vermont.  AllEarth noted some of the partners in this project, which includes:VESCOMerchants BankJA MorisseyVermont Works for WomenTimberlineVHB EngineeringLandWorksDunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & HandGreen Mountain PowerEngineers Construction Inc. (ECI)Omega ElectricGrennon’s SolderingNSA IndustriesRennlineMainly MetalsNorth East PrecisionS.D. Ireland ConcreteFoxfire Energy CorporationWillis last_img read more

Vermont gets more than $250,000 for small business energy projects

first_imgAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced loans and grants for more than 500 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. Vermont receive more than $250,000 for solar projects in Windham County. ‘This funding is an important part of the Obama Administration’s plan to help the nation’s farmers, agricultural producers and rural small businesses conserve natural resources, create more green jobs and lead us on the path to becoming an energy independent nation,’ Vilsack said. ‘These projects are in addition to the more than 900 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects recently announced during the President’s Rural Economic Forum.’   The grants and loan guarantees are being provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a 2008 Farm Bill initiative. REAP offers funds for farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. These federal funds leverage other funding sources for small businesses. In all, USDA announced today more than $27 million in energy grants and guaranteed loans for projects. According to State Director for Rural Development, Molly Lambert, ‘the REAP program is helping many agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and improve operations.’ – For example, in Putney, David Major of Vermont Shepherd, LLC was selected to receive a $49,000 grant and a $98,000 loan guarantee to install a 28kw solar photovoltaic system which will create more than 38,400 kilowatts per year of electricity. In East Dummerston, Deborah Titus of Sweet Tree Farm, LLC was selected to receive a $24,940 grant to install a 16.56kw ground mounted solar photovoltaic system to replace their farms current electrical usage, with all excess power generated will be sold to the local utility. High Meadows Farm and Greenhouses in Putney received a $49,750 grant for a solar project. And the West Hill Shop in Putney received a $44,850 grant for a solar project. In total, Vermont received $168,540 in grants and $98,000 in loans in this funding round. The Obama Administration has set a goal of making 10,000 new flex-fuel pumps available to America’s drivers within the next five years ‘ a five-fold increase from today’s level. By building infrastructure to put biofuels produced in America in our fuel tanks, USDA is supporting the clean energy economy we need to ensure our long-term prosperity and help us out-compete the rest of the world. USDA is working to support the research, investment and infrastructure necessary to build a nationwide biofuels industry that creates jobs in every corner of the country. Funding of each award is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant or loan agreement. Grants can finance up to 25 percent of a project’s cost, not to exceed $500,000 for renewables, $250,000 for efficiency. For a complete listing of Rural Energy for America Program recipients announced today, click here.Today’s announcement further demonstrates the investments the Obama Administration is making to help create jobs and grow our rural economy. On September 8, President Obama presented the American Jobs Act in an address to Congress. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans.  The American Jobs Act is specific, it will put people back to work right now and it won’t add to the deficit. Through a combination of direct spending, such as infrastructure investments, and tax relief, such as an extension of the payroll tax cuts, it will lead to new American jobs. Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America’s rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $155 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.MONTPELIER VT, Sept. 26, 2011 ‘last_img read more