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30 Island Groundbreaking Ceremony Sat Oct 13th!
Sustainable Valley Group
30 Island Groundbreaking 
30 Island Street Groundbreaking Ceremony - Saturday October 13th at 12:30 pm

Sustainable Valley Group announces the kick-off of the 30 Island St. project with the signing of two anchor tenants, and a financing commitment from the Vermont Economic Development Authority.  

Please join members of the Sustainable Valley Group (SVG), a 501c3 Vermont Development Corporation, for a ground breaking ceremony at 30 Island Street, across from the train station, in Bellows Falls Vermont on Saturday October 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm.  Introducing the ceremony will be a lineup of folks responsible for jump starting the Green Island Project:

Matt Trieber: original Green Island Project member, Rockingham Select board appointee to the Green Island Project First Working Committee in 2011, and State Representative.
Dave Bonta: Serial Entrepreneur, Original Sustainable Valley Group Board member and RReal Warm start-up director for local Bellows Falls production site.
Steve Geller: Executive Director of SEVCA with Economic Development as one of their top 5 year goals participated in the Green Island Project First Working Committee in 2011 and SVG Executive Committee non board appointee in 2011.
Keynote speaker Senator Vince Illuzzi:  Chair of Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs and Green Island supporter at the state and local level in 2012.

 Sustainable Valley Group will be celebrating the beginning of a renovation and re-use project of the vacant industrial building as part of a green economy initiative.  The 6,000 square foot building is on a 0.30 acre island parcel between the Connecticut River and the Bellows Falls Canal.  The building is expected to be fully-leased after the renovations are complete.  RReal Warm, a solar furnace manufacturer, along with SEVCA’s textile recycling business will be the first tenants of 30 Island Street.

The event will take place from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Saturday October 13th at the construction site.
The $415,563 “Green Island Project” was approved for $226,242 in Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) financing.  The renovation work will be an economic development demonstration project for the Green Island mission, “delivering a sustainable local economy through education and training, job expansion and sustainable business development”.

The Sustainable Valley Group worked in conjunction with High School students, parents and faculty in a Compass School Winterm project this past winter, beginning the demolition on the facility, which included damage from a burst sprinkler system due to neglect at the empty 30 Island Street.  SVG is now working with Creative Workforce Solutions, Inc., who will work with trainees and contractors to provide hands-on training in the process of renovation and re-purposing this historic industrial facility.  An example of how the project ties in job expansion and sustainable business development is by including passive solar furnaces which will be manufactured in the facility, in the facility heating system.  Trainee/workers will be trained in the installation of these units.  SVG will work with the manufacturer tenant to develop local sales, creating job expansion for installation of the units.   Amongst SEVCA’s 5 year goals is economic development, which is part of participating in this facility, and in the Green Island Project Development.

For more information:
Call: 802.376.9534
E-mail: info@greenislandvt.org
Web: www.greenislandvt.org
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