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Heartland Expressway Annual Meeting in Torriginton, WY
The Heartland Expressway Association will hold its 2016 Annual meeting in Torrington, WY on June 23, 2016 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm (Mountain Time) at Torrington City Hall, Pony Express Room. Speakers will include Cathy Shull, representing the Ports-to-Plains Alliance. Cost, including lunch is $15. Please RSVP by Friday, June 17, 2016 to Daniel Bennett | 308.436.6584 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lubbock Economic Development Alliance receives state Excellence Award
The Texas Economic Development Council presented the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance with a Workforce Excellence Award during a special awards breakfast Thursday morning.
The award was presented to the LEDA team at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in Irving. The LEDA Team was recognized for its efforts with the South Plains High Demand Training Project, the SEMI High Tech University with X-Fab Texas and the partnership establishing the South Plains College Career and Technical Education Center.
The Workforce Excellence Award program recognizes exceptional contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. The TEDC’s Workforce Development Committee reviewed applications from 16 communities and organizations. Nominees were judged on five criteria, which includes innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives and secondary benefits. Read on...
USDA to provide $300M to help cotton producers
Cotton producers will receive $300 million in one-time ginning-assistance payments to help cope with the global downturn in prices for the commodity.
“The Cotton Ginning Cost Share program will offer meaningful, timely and targeted assistance to cotton growers to help with their anticipated ginning costs and to facilitate marketing,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
The payments will be based on a producer's 2015 cotton acreage, multiplied by 40 percent of the average regional ginning cost. Vilsack said the average payment would be about 60 percent higher than producers received in a one-year cotton transition payment under the 2014 farm bill. The Farm Service Agency already has data for the vast majority of producers.
Cotton producers have been pushing for a longer-term form of assistance by making cottonseed eligible for payments under the Price Loss Coverage program, but Vilsack has said he doesn't have the legal authority to do so.
Vilsack said the one-time ginning-assistance program “shows USDA continues to stand with America's cotton producers and our rural communities.” Read on...
Limon Recognized in National Competition Awarded a Rural Design Workshop
The Town of Limon, CO continues to see significant increases in vehicle and truck counts from both the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor and Interstate 70. The Town was pleased to be selected in this national competition to create a design vision to bring more of those travelers off the highway interchanges and into the main portion of Town.
On June 1, the Citizens' Institute on Rural DesignTM (CIRD) announced that Limon, Colo. was added to the roster as a 2016-2017 host community, and was awarded a stipend from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host a rural design workshop in spring of 2017.
When this opportunity was initially announced, the Town of Limon Comprehensive Plan update was in draft stage with many goals already outlined, in which the plan and goals have now been finalized.
Included in the updated Comprehensive Plan are goals to emphasize Limon’s role as a rural regional center with the need to entice interchange visitors and lodging guests to explore Limon. Strategies identified were:
- Expand in-town recreational facilities including parks, trails and indoor recreation.
- Improve gateway signage at both interstate interchanges.
- Establish a wayfaring system, including: streetscaping, pedestrian walkways / pathways, consistent lighting, banners, directional signage and other visual clues to direct and entice more people to downtown Limon, historic sites, parks, recreation facilities, open space and cultural resources.
According to a recent Growth Summit 75 percent of participants supported continuity and visual clues leading to downtown and 67 percent favored expansion of the trail system.
As a result of those goals, strategies and support, the Town of Limon began the application process. The support offered by the CIRD program would result in a stronger plan than local expertise could provide at a minimal cost to the Town. The completion of the Wayfaring Design Vision (WDV), including Alternative Transportation Options Vision, would strengthen future grant applications to implement the ideas.
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