Source: Communications Coordinator at the College of St Joseph 6.29.2010 College of St Joseph in Rutland, VT, has received a grant of $122,749 from the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund for upgrades to the college’s residence halls, specifically to install Sto Exterior insulation in the college’s two dorm buildings. The funds from this grant come from monies received by Vermont from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and are distributed by CEDF.The college will combine the CEDF grant with funding formerly received from the Department of Energy through the work of Congressman Peter Welch to rehabilitate the exteriors of both Roncalli and Medaille residence halls. Both halls will have four inches of foam insulation and a stucco surface applied to their exteriors that will address several major issues, including energy efficiency and the need for ongoing exterior maintenance. By the end of the summer, the construction in both halls should be complete.In addition to this major overhaul of the exteriors of both buildings, all of the carpeting in both halls will be removed and replaced with laminate flooring. The college’s maintenance crew will also be doing some rehab work in the bathrooms in each suite.When residents return in the fall, they will find two very different housing facilities. The halls will have a new look outside and in, more stable interior temperature, limited to no interior moisture problems, and brighter and cleaner interiors.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jennifer Laud Jennifer is a credit union marketing consultant and the owner of Jennifer Laud Consulting. She has a background in strategy and a passion for positioning credit unions to find their … Web: www.jlaud.com Details Crisis is never an easy thing to manage, and knowing how to address concerns as a business is a real skill. This cold and flu season has brought with it a virus that is proving to have a widespread impact. While the biggest concerns are for health, the effects also cover many other facets of our lives as employees are asked to work from home, schools are temporarily shut down, travel plans and events are cancelled, the stock market responds, and more.During a time of fear and uncertainty, members are searching for information and solutions to help them weather the current storm. This gives credit unions the chance to show they are putting members first, something we regularly tout as a pillar of our business. It’s time to plan your communication strategy and adjust your marketing plan.Maintain a Consistent MessageHaving a consistent external message starts by having a strong internal message. Your staff members are going to be the people fielding questions, so keep them up-to-date on the credit union’s actions and position. Are you planning on limiting hours or otherwise adjusting operations? What are you doing to keep staff healthy and safe and how does that have an impact on members’ safety? Staff and members alike will be happy to know about efforts like increased cleaning of shared space and surfaces or additional supplies for washing hands.Because we are dealing with people’s finances and their access to their money, having information readily available will set minds at ease and show that you are thinking about everyone’s well-being. Keep your content fact-based to avoid fueling fears while using a straight-forward and respectful tone. Use your branches, call centers, website and social media channels to make information readily available for anyone looking for updates. Have events coming up, like your annual member meeting? Make sure the latest information is posted with regular updates on the status of the event and what precautions are being taken. If you’ve been considering shifting more of your events and info sessions to the digital world, this could be the time to take the leap with a webinar or a live social media stream. Members and staff are sure to appreciate being able to continue receiving services, but in a safer way.Educate Members on Other Ways to Do Business While members are changing their regular routines, this can be a good time to make sure they know all of their options. Particularly for members who are in a higher-risk group for the virus, provide education on your online, mobile, text and audio banking functions. Staff can help members get set up with these services and even automate activities like bill pay or money transfers. Make sure your staff are ready and able to seamlessly help members set up, and make the most of, your remote services. Then, the member can choose when and if they want to continue using face-to-face options down the road.Adjust Your CalendarSpring might be the time you usually talk about home loans or getting a new credit card in time for spring break travel. Take another look at your calendar and see where you need to make some edits. What may have seemed relevant and timely may now appear tone-deaf and insensitive. Your originally-planned travel campaign will also be less effective as members ditch their plans and stay home. Instead, shuffle a bit so you’re not staying stagnant. Look at the goals you have for the year to choose activities that will support your objectives and are aligned with our instincts to hunker down for the immediate future. If you’re trying to build deposits, this could be a great time to talk more about strategies for saving and building wealth. Just as with any other major event, what additional support or concessions can you offer your specific membership group? Right now, coronavirus is top of mind, but there are plenty of other instances where major events deeply affect a significant group of members: large business closures or layoffs, natural disasters, government shutdown. We can leverage our ability to nimbly respond as a local financial institution in order to be a source of support for any crisis. If you already have a skip-a-pay program, this is a great time to remind members who are experiencing a reduction in income. Are there other concessions you can offer members who are affected more strongly by either the economic changes or illness? On the positive side, where can you proactively provide resources or support? You can help members and staff by stocking up on hand sanitizers and soap for your branches. But also look at your community and business partners to see where there are needs that you could help meet.We have yet to see the full scope of the coronavirus’ impact. Be a source of support and strength for your staff and members by identifying how you will communicate and what needs to change in your marketing calendar so you have an updated plan.
As residents of New York, as most Gazette readers are, the chances are, based on our representatives’ vote, the tax bill will not be good for us. Our two senators, both Democrats, voted against the bill. That is no surprise because no Senate Democrats voted for it.In the House, 23 of the 27 New York members voted against the tax bill.All 18 of the Democrats and five of the nine Republicans voted no. The four Republican yes votes are all from districts west of Utica. Blame whomever you like, but its pretty clear that we as New Yorkers are about to get screwed by this tax bill.George FerroSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30% Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSo now the tax bill has been passed. Time will tell whether the bill is good for America or not. Will it stimulate the economy enough to pay for itself, or will it just increase the deficit and lead to future cuts in programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security?Each of us will more than likely decide how we feel about the tax bill by how if affects our pocketbook.
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