FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Representative Holly Sullivan Announces Vanderburgh And Warrick Counties Awarded Grants To Improve Roads Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville).This year, Sullivan supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and counties on a 50/50 matching basis.“This grant program is a win for local governments and residents alike,” Sullivan said. “The funds will be used to complete road and bridge projects more quickly. These investments in our infrastructure are crucial steps needed to grow our economy and improve our quality of life. Next session, we will be diligently working to develop long-term funding solutions for roads and bridges at the state and local levels.”As part of the program, Vanderburgh County received $1 million and Warrick County received $755,770 for road and bridge improvements.In addition, six local communities were awarded grants, including Boonville ($679,445), Darmstadt ($98,740), Evansville ($707,750), Newburgh ($201,872) and Tennyson ($5,606).On Tuesday, INDOT announced 99 Southern Indiana cities, towns and counties were awarded $49 million through the fund. Projects that are eligible for funding through Community Crossings include road resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation, road reconstruction, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in connection with road projects. Material costs for chip sealing and crack filling operations were also eligible for funds.A complete list of Southern Indiana cities, towns, and counties receiving matching funds through Community Crossings for the calendar year 2016 call for projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/3571.htm. More information about Community Crossings is online at www.in.gov/indot/communitycrossings.
Warrens Bakery staff have become the first to get a new-style qualification without spending time in the classroom, doing coursework, or exams.Forty-two of the Cornish company’s store managers and assistant managers have just finished an NVQ Level 2 course in Food Manufacture Retail and Service Support Skills, with assessment based only on observation by their managers.The course, developed by Cornwall College Business in conjunction with the food and drink sector skills council Improve, dovetails with Warrens’ internal training programme. It takes place on the job, and progress is recorded as employees carry out activities, or ’taskways,’ correctly on more than one occasion.Warrens’ eight area managers have been trained to teach and assess the NVQ. Senior area manager Andrew Cane said: “This qualification used to involve a lot of paperwork, which many employees were just not comfortable with. This is a million times better and we now just have to watch and ask questions.”Warrens’ Heamoor store manager Alistair Sedgeman added: “It felt like I was just assessed on what I normally do day-to-day. It has helped sharpen my skills.”Family-owned firm Warrens has 450 retail staff across 50 outlets and all will complete the course.