BPU Awarded Money For Its Manufacturing Clean Energy Proposal

first_imgWNYNewsNow Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has been awarded $750,000 in support by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for its “Manufacturing Clean Energy in the Southern Tier” proposal. Officials say the BPU-led program is designed to facilitate innovation focusing on climate technology company formation, enhance regional workforce development, create jobs in the growing sector and strengthen connections among manufacturers across the Western Southern Tier counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.Awarded under NYSERDA’s “Accelerate the Southern Tier” program opportunity, which seeks to boost the formation and growth of early-stage innovation in the Southern Tier to help New York State advance its climate and clean energy goals and continues development of the region to help foster growth of climate technology businesses.“We are very pleased that New York State leadership recognizes that significant investment in climate technology manufacturing will benefit existing Jamestown-area companies as well as to help attract new companies to the region,” says BPU General Manager David Leathers. “This BPU-led program supports our western New York legacy as a manufacturing powerhouse in the State and speaks to our potential as a climate technology manufacturing resource for decades to come.” The Manufacturing Clean Energy in the Southern Tier project will encompass four initiatives:Climate Technology Studies designed to evaluate the regional and individual manufacturer’s potential to enter the climate technology manufacturing market in the Western Southern Tier.Climate Technology Workforce Development which will augment training and educational programming at Jamestown Community College.Climate Technology Manufacturing Conference and Tradeshow held in Jamestown and designed to attract manufacturing interests from across the country. The campaign promoting the Western Southern Tier’s status as a climate technology manufacturing hub for the expanding domestic supply chain.“Climate technology businesses provide a bright future for innovative manufacturers and, in the Western Southern Tier, we’re poised to capitalize on that future,” adds Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities stands as one of the most important economic development assets in our region. With our partners, this award will help us identify our shared potential to augment climate technology manufacturing, promote the region as a climate technology ‘hub’ and contribute locally to a 21st Century workforce.”“Jamestown and Chautauqua County businesses can only benefit from a program designed to augment our successful local companies and attract new partners, new ideas and new investment,” states Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer. “Doing so now, at a time of critical need for our region, exemplifies our relentless determination to build a better future.”“The Gebbie Foundation looks forward to being a part of bringing a Climate Technology Conference and Tradeshow to the Jamestown area as soon as it is safe and prudent to do so,” says Greg Edwards, Chief Executive Officer at the Gebbie Foundation. “In keeping with the Foundation’s strategic focus of revitalizing downtown Jamestown, we invest in community and economic development projects such as this, that draw further investment from public and private partners. By becoming known as an ideal conference and convention location, we can attract people to our region to experience all the area has to offer.”This effort complements New York State’s national-leading climate and clean energy goals as outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act to lower greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050. The Accelerate Southern Tier Awards complements other State innovation and economic development initiatives such as the 76West Clean Energy Business Competition and Southern Tier Soaring.76West recently awarded $2.5 million to four companies, to expand operations in the region, and previous competition finalists and semifinalists have successfully integrated themselves, raising $51 million in private capital, making multimillion-dollar investments in property and equipment in the region while spending more than $1.7 million on key suppliers.Workforce training through Jamestown Community College (JCC) will increase the number of available skilled workers with knowledge of clean energy-specific technologies.“Jamestown Community College is pleased to be part of the Manufacturing the Climate Technology Future in the Southern Tier consortium in partnership with the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities, which calls for a four-pronged initiative designed to facilitate climate technology company formation, growth, recruitment, and job creation across the Western Southern Tier counties,” says JCC President Daniel DeMarte.“JCC’s specific role in this initiative,” continues DeMarte, “is to develop a Climate Technology program comprised of fundamental courses in residential and commercial electricity as well as more advanced offerings in Building Automation Systems focusing on the installation, repair, and maintenance of computer-based systems designed to control a building’s mechanical and electrical equipment including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and energy management systems. Courses will be available beginning fall 2021.”Students in JCC’s program can also benefit from scholarship support from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (CRCF).“The CRCF is proud of its heritage administering over 300 scholarship funds to local students,” explains the Foundation’s Executive Director, Tory Irgang. “This partnership will offer our local students access to unique training and education for good paying jobs in this growing sector of our economy.”The intended impact from the program will extend beyond Jamestown’s borders across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties.“With more Americans working in climate technology-related industries than ever before, job growth in this sector continues to exceed expectations,” notes Mark Geise, Deputy County Executive for Economic Development and CEO of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA). “The CCIDA and our counterparts in the Western Southern Tier—a region with more than 330 manufacturers responsible for more than $7.5 billion dollars of commerce—see tremendous value in making smart investments in climate technology manufacturing.”Boosting manufacturers across the three counties is a significant goal of the program. Through individual manufacturing studies evaluating value-added investments in climate technology to a conference and tradeshow event meant to connect local firms with national investors and potential partners, new ideas and new jobs are on the agenda.“Emerging climate technologies and the long-term trend toward sustainable climate technology solutions presents myriad opportunities for manufacturers across the Western Southern Tier,” says Tim Piazza, talent pipeline and apprenticeship coordinator at the Manufacturing Association of the Southern Tier (MAST). “From individual studies analyzing a manufacturer’s potential to efficiently enter the climate technology supply chain, to conferences and shared marketing designed to draw attention to the region, the program’s benefits are substantial.”“I’m so proud of the JBPU and City of Jamestown team members who led the successful application process, along with a long list of local and regional community partners,” says Leathers. “This grant award outcome is recognition of a tremendous example of preparedness, teamwork and collaboration.”Supporters of the proposal include: the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, the Chautauqua County Partnership for Economic Growth, Chautauqua County Visitors’ Bureau, Chautauqua County Education Coalition, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, the City of Jamestown Department of Development, the Gebbie Foundation, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, the Manufacturer’s Association of the Southern Tier, and the Small Business Development Center. 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A Man’s A Man Star Justin Vivian Bond Obsesses Over Jessica Lange, American Hustle & Chex Party Mix

first_img SONG OR SINGER “This week I’ve been listening to June Christy and Linda Thompson’s new record Won’t Be Long Now which was named #1 folk album of 2013 by MOJO.” TV SHOW “Jessica Lange (who is also my celebrity crush), Patti LuPone as a Jesus freak, Angela Bassett as Marie Laveau: The Legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans and Kathy Bates as a “racist head” in American Horror Story: Coven? Are you kidding me!?! Nothing will ever be better.” ATHLETE “Uh…I like that Clothes Horse figure skater Ice Queen.” MOVIE “If I didn’t have rehearsals for A Man’s A Man right now I’d be at the Barbara Stanwyck Festival at Film Forum 24/7. I love her and have taken great inspiration from her for my role as The Widow Begbick. The film in current release that I’ve enjoyed most is American Hustle.” Theater stars know what’s hot in entertainment, fashion and pop culture, so Broadway.com decided it was high time to tap in to the after-hours obsessions of our favorite stage actors. Next up is Justin Vivian Bond, the performance artist who received a Tony nod for Kiki & Herb: Alive on Broadway in 2007 and begins previews on January 10 as sexual canteen proprietress Leokadia Begbick in Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man at Classic Stage Company. Below, Bond shares why Jessica Lange is crush-worthy, what makes Joan Didion’s work worth reading over and over again and why homemade Chex Party Mix should be everybody’s go-to snack. STAGE SHOW (OTHER THAN MY OWN) “I’m looking forward to seeing my friends Anthony Roth Costanzo as Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus at The Met and Taylor Mac with Mandy Patinkin in The Last Two People on Earth.” BOOK “The other day my friend Bradford Nordeen of Dirty Looks posed the following question on Facebook regarding Joan Didion: Slouching Towards Bethlehem or The White Album? I said The White Album, so I’m rereading it. I have no regrets.” CELEBRITY “I can’t stop imitating the ‘Long Island Medium’ (Theresa Caputo)!”center_img View Comments BEAUTY PRODUCT “Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil. LOVE IT! And, of course, the scent I created with the French perfume house Etat Libre d’Orange The Afternoon of a Faun, which is available in finer stores but you can only find the special limited edition packaging on my website.” FASHION DESIGNER “Rachel Comey invited me to sing in her spring/summer 2014 show and made me the gorgeous red lace dress I wore in my Christmas show. I love her.” APP “Witchvox.” RANDOM OBSESSION “Oh God. When I get anxious, I calm my nerves by making my own Chex Party Mix in my oven from scratch, then I eat it. Isn’t that awful? You can tell by my waistline I’ve been a bit anxious lately!” VACATION SPOT “What’s a vacation?”last_img read more

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Book of Mormon Star Ben Platt on Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen & Idina Menzel

first_imgAge: 20 “I’m so obsessed with Frozen, I’ve seen it three times in the theater. Not only because I love Josh Gad, but Idina Menzel is a family friend. I sing the soundtrack with my nephew on FaceTime.” “We had no idea Pitch Perfect would become such a phenomenon. It felt like going to theater camp in the middle of Baton Rouge.” Related Shows Current Role: An uproarious Broadway debut as the clumsy Elder Cunningham in the Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon. “My dad’s a producer [Marc Platt], so during Legally Blonde, we had Reese Witherspoon over for Shabbat. During Wicked, [musical director] Stephen Oremus played songs on our piano. I have lots of memories like that.” Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Ben Platt Stage & Screen Cred: A scene-stealing performance as Benji Applebaum in Pitch Perfect and the second national tour of Mormon. View Comments The Book of Mormon “It’s not every day that you make a lifelong friend, but [co-star] Nic Rouleau and I really clicked. He’s one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. But he’s a really bad influence when it comes to ordering in food super late.” “I wish I knew more about Pitch Perfect 2! I will be involved to some extent. I’m waiting on a script, but I’m as excited as everyone else to see what the next chapter is about.” Star Files from $69.00last_img read more

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Bebe Neuwirth to Join Patina Miller in CBS’ Madam Secretary

first_img Bebe Neuwirth Patina Miller Bergen, who played the role of Four Seasons mastermind Bob Gaudio in the national tour, Los Angeles and Las Vegas casts of Jersey Boys, will reprise the role in Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical. His theater credits include Billy Crocker in the national tour of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes, the title role in Hero at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL, and Rudi Gernreich in the Los Angeles premiere of The Temperamentals. His film and TV credits include How Sweet It Is, Gossip Girl, Person of Interest, Desperate Housewives and Franklin & Bash. Star Files Bebe Neuwirth is to join the previously reported Patina Miller in CBS’ pilot Madam Secretary. According to Deadline, the Tony winner will play Nadine, the chief of staff to a maverick female secretary of state played by Tea Leoni. Jersey Boys’ Erich Bergen will also appear in the role of Leoni’s assistant. Neuwirth received Tony awards for her performances in Chicago and Sweet Charity. Her other Broadway credits include The Addams Family, Fosse, A Chorus Line, Little Me, Dancin’ and Damn Yankees. Neuwirth’s film and TV credits include her two-time Emmy Award-winning performance as Dr. Lilith Sternin in Cheers and Frasier, Wild Palms, Dash and Lily, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Bored to Death, Green Card, Summer of Sam, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Jumanji, The Faculty, Adopt a Sailor, The Paint Job and Fame. View Commentslast_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Michael Cera, Audra McDonald & More

first_img View Comments It’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time to get hammered! No, wait, it’s time for the Lessons of the Week, where we highlight the craziest, weirdest and most WTF moments of the last seven days for your reading convenience. So grab your raw meat and your Schmackary’s German chocolate brownies, because it’s time to get this party started!Michael Cera Just Can’t Wait to Be KingThe Broadway newbie may be headlining This is Our Youth, but it doesn’t sound like he actually knows anything about the play. “It’s The Lion King with three people, basically,” he told us. Wait, there’s cocaine in the Pride Lands?Norm Lewis = The Abs of BroadwayWe’ve always called The Phantom of the Opera star “Worm,” but apparently he picked up another nickname while he was starring in The Little Mermaid: The Abs of Broadway. That may have been the case in 2008, but in 2014 you’ll have to share that title with someone else, Worm.James Snyder Wants to Be Patti LuPoneIf/Then star James Snyder tried his hand at being an usher on this week’s Hey Kid, and vented about audience members clinking ice in their drinks and taking photos during the show. Good Patti impression, James! Now sing this.The Berkshires Are Just Like VegasWe thought the characters in The Country House would sit around and play chess at their Berkshires vacation home, but apparently the Massachusetts theater destination gets pretty crazy! The cast won’t reveal details, but you know what they say: What happens in the Berkshires makes a great Donald Margulies play.The Genie Will Fight You For BrowniesAladdin star James Monroe Iglehart seems like a cuddly teddy bear, but he’s actually a coldblooded brownie fiend. If you steal his Schmackary’s German chocolate brownie, watch out. He’ll punch you in the face, take away your wishes, and then you’ll never get that lifetime supply of peanut butter cups you’ve always wanted. Never!Fans Want Jeremy Jordan to ShaveThe results of the most important Smackdown in Broadway.com Show history are in: 61% of fans want Jeremy Jordan to grab his Gillette and shave that peach fuzz he’s been growing for Finding Neverland off his face. Guys, it’s time to embrace change! Has Newsies taught you nothing?! Seize the beard!Rupert Grint Roots For the Home TeamNow that Harry Potter favorite Rupert Grint has crossed the pond to star in It’s Only a Play, he’s enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells New York City has to offer—he even went to his first Yankee’s game. We have theater degrees, we’re not really sports people. Is baseball kind of like Quidditch?Newsies Wins the Ice Bucket ChallengeIt’s safe to say that we’ve watched at least 1,000 ice bucket challenges this week. And while any video that spreads awareness and raises money for ALS is awesome, we have a special place in our hearts for the video submitted by the cast of Newsies. Why? Because they take their shirts off. Why did you think?Barbra & Sports Are a Winning ComboLet’s play a word association game. When we say a word, tell us the very first word you think of. OK, ready? “Barbra Streisand.” You immediately thought “The Super Bowl,” didn’t you? We also would have accepted “drag” and “Indiana Jones hats.”Audra Has a Meaty Gift for Hugh JackmanLady Day star Audra (no last name necessary—we’re trying to turn her into Oprah, guys) will conclude her run to make way for The River, starring Hugh Jackman, this fall. The six-time Tony winner realized she should give Wolverine a gift, so she decided to leave a slab of raw meat in her dressing room. Hey, that’s just how Mama Broadway rolls.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Carole King on Why She Stayed & More

first_img Watch Billy Crystal Talk His Robin Williams Emmy Tribute Billy Crystal appeared on The Tonight Show on September 18 and talked about the tribute he recently made to fellow stage and screen star Robin Williams at the Primetime Emmy Awards. He and host Jimmy Fallon shared touching stories about Oscar winner and Broadway alum Williams, who died of suspected suicide on August 11. Laugh—and cry—with them below. Here Lies Love Goes Down Under Switching gears, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s disco musical Here Lies Love is heading Down Under! The immersive theatrical event, currently running off-Broadway at the Public Theater and traveling across the pond this month with a London production, will premiere in May 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Rocky Star Margo Seibert’s New Record Rocky alum Margo Seibert will appear on the world premiere recording of the new musical Tamar of the River. With music by Marisa Michelson and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen, the Daniel Goldstein-helmed show played off-Broadway in the fall of 2013. The album will be released by Yellow Sound Label on September 23. View Commentscenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Carole King on Why She Stayed Legendary songwriter, the Beautiful Carole King, stopped by The Meredith Viera Show on September 19 and in light of the current national discussion about domestic violence, opened up below about why she stayed in an abusive relationship. She went on to say: “my main message is that first of all it’s not your fault and second of all you can get help, you deserve to be safe.”last_img read more

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Broadway.com Readers Rank the Top 10 Best Songs in The Last Five Years

first_img 9. “SEE I’M SMILING” MOLLY MCGRATH 5. “GOODBYE UNTIL TOMORROW” / “I COULD NEVER RESCUE YOU” SHERIE RENE SCOTT 4. “MOVING TOO FAST” JONATHAN GROFF 10. “CLIMBING UPHILL” NAOMI PRICE There’s only a few days left until Jamie and Cathy meet, get hitched and then break up again on the big screen, and we’ve got our tissue boxes ready. We’re so psyched to see “The Next Ten Minutes,” “If I Didn’t Believe in You,” “The Schmuel Song” and more of our favorites sung by Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan on February 13—and by the looks of this week’s Culturalist challenge, so are you! See which songs Broadway.com readers are most excited to see on the big screen, and check out our favorite can’t-miss performance of each one below. 3. “A SUMMER IN OHIO” LAUREN KENNEDY 7. “IF I DIDN’T BELIEVE IN YOU” MATT SUMMERScenter_img 2. “I CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT” LAUREN SAMUELS 6. “THE NEXT TEN MINUTES” ERIC SNODGRASS & COLLEEN BALLINGER 8. “SHIKSA GODDESS” CONNOR BOGART 1. “STILL HURTING” LEA SALONGA View Commentslast_img read more

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Bid on Original Taboo Costumes to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids

first_imgThey’re the perfect going out look, or maybe for Halloween 2016! Rosie’s Theater Kids, an arts education initiative from Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Klinger, is auctioning off some signature looks from the 2004 Broadway production of Taboo (which O’Donnell produced), designed by Mike Nicholls and Bobby Pearce. Additional items up for bid include tickets to Sylvia, where you can hang with Matthew Broderick or Annaleigh Ashford, the chance to meet Judith Light after Thérèse Raquin, and a date with Rosie herself at a little show called Hamilton.Rosie’s Theater Kids launched in 2003 and aims to spark an appreciation for the arts through classes, mentoring, academic guidance for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theater.To browse through the auction lots and make a bid, visit RTKids’ CharityBuzz page. The 12th annual gala celebration will take place on November 2. View Commentslast_img read more

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Disaster! Opens Officially on Broadway

first_img No reason to cry out loud, because the disco-laden Disaster! opens at the Nederlander Theatre on March 8. To celebrate the Jack Plotnick-helmed production’s big night, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the cast in action.The gang’s all there: look out for Adam Pascal as Chad, Seth Rudetsky as Professor Ted Scheider, Kerry Butler as Marianne, Rachel York as Jackie, Lacretta Nicole as Levora, Jennifer Simard as Sister Mary, Faith Prince as Shirley, Kevin Chamberlin as Maury, Roger Bart as Tony, Max Crumm as Scott and Baylee Littrell as both Ben and Lisa.Broadway.com wishes a happy opening to the cast of Disaster! Have a safe night and remember: although oxygen is flowing, the bag may not inflate, etc. Disaster! Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Shows © Justin “Squigs” Robertsonlast_img read more

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Garden Notes.

first_imgNow that summer vegetable gardeningis over, you might do well to look back and assess what was goodand not so good this year.Was that first tomato really worthall of the sweat, toil, bug-picking, weed pulling, watering, caring?Or was it all you had anticipated: luscious color, fully ripe,slightly acidic taste with that never-to-be-forgotten aroma.If it was all you wanted it tobe, can you remember the name of the cultivar you planted? Ifyou can’t, it might just drive you crazy over the winter. If youcan, write it down and get it for next year.Make a ListDid you eat the tiny little “greengrape” tomatoes or others you wished you’d planted last year?Get it in the book to plant next season.What about the pepper? Did youget it hot enough, or do you need to kick that capsaicin levelup three or four notches for next season? Did they make you somebeautiful pepper sauce for those greens in the fall? So versatileand so flavorful, if you can stand the heat.Did the squash have any flavoror did you have to put in extra onions to eat it? Put in yourbook for next year that you will look at growing three or fourof the newer varieties — both yellows and zucchinis — and mixingthem when cooking.Pick Your PotatoesWere the potatoes just reds andwhites? Yukon Gold and German Fingerlings, along with the blueones, add zip to your potato salads and creamed or mashed potatoes.Never had purple mashed potatoes?Because Daddy’s and Mother’s alma mater has purple and gold colors,my children are accustomed to purple and gold food, includingpotato salad. It’s not as shocking as green grits on St. Patrick’sday.Improve your garden, enliven youeating habits, change those drab food colors. And who knows –maybe the kids will eat Brussels sprouts.last_img read more

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