Burlington named one of 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade by Kiplinger’s

first_imgWashington, DC and Burlington, VT, May 26, 2010 Kiplinger s Personal Finance announced today that it has named Burlington one of its 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade with a focus on locales that specialize in innovative thinking. This year s picks are profiled in the July issue of Kiplinger s Personal Finance magazine, on newsstands June 8, and online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/bestcities(link is external) with additional interactive features.To identify the winners, Kiplinger s teamed up with Kevin Stolarick, research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. New ideas generate new businesses, says Stolarick, who this year evaluated U.S. cities for growth and growth potential. In the places where innovation works, it really works. People in fields such as science, engineering, architecture, and education are catalysts of vitality and livability in a city.Kiplinger s methodology included the consideration of several economic indicators and the use of a formula to identify cities with current and likely future growth in high-quality jobs and income. Kiplinger s also looked at affordability, public transit infrastructure, and the number of creative class workers (such as educators, writers, and scientists) in the area. Kiplinger s also made visits to each city to interview residents, business leaders, and community leaders.The Kiplinger s profile of Burlington states that this mountain city wants to be a role model for saving the planet. Environmentalism isn t just ingrained in the city s diverse economy; it s the driver for much of its economic growth and continues on to say that creativity and entrepreneurship define Burlington. The town is a haven for writers and artists, and that innovative spirit energizes white-collar workers as well. (full profile: http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/best-cities-2010-burlington-v(link is external)…)  It s no coincidence that economic vitality and livability go hand in hand, says Kiplinger s senior editor Robert Frick. Creativity in music, arts and culture, plus neighborhoods and recreational facilities that rank high for coolness, attract like-minded professionals who go on to cultivate a region s business scene. All of these factors make our 2010 Best Cities more than just great places to live. They re also great places to start a business or find a job.   It s always gratifying to have the efforts of residents, local businesses and organizations, and City government recognized nationally, said Mayor Bob Kiss. Burlington has distinguished itself with its focus on green economic development and encouragement of a diverse and creative economy. I appreciate Kiplinger s prestigious designation of Burlington as a city of the present as well as the future.Kiplinger s Best Cities 2010 includes the following online features at www.kiplinger.com/links/bestcities:(link is external)Narrated walking-tour slide shows with Kiplinger s editors and writersA Which City is Best for You? calculator to help readers determine the city which best matches their goals and tastesA spreadsheet that lets readers see where their own city ranks in different key categoriesA Facebook Readers Choice poll where audiences can vote for their favorite city among Kiplinger s top 10 picks or add their own favorite city to the mixBurlington was listed 8th among the cities recognized, which included: Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Rochester, MN; Des Moines, IA; West Hartford, CT; and Topeka, KS.The Kiplinger s recognition follows upon Burlington s recent appreciation by Forbes.com as one of America s Prettiest Towns and a 2010 Top 100 Place to Live by RelocateAmerica.com. Burlington was also recently chosen as a First Wave City for the Carbon War Room Initiative, which seeks to leverage private investment for environmental initiatives in cities such as Burlington with a commitment to environmentalism and green economic development (see http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/docs/1912.pdf(link is external)). Burlington has been engaged in a comprehensive rewrite and update of its climate action plan (http://burlingtonclimateaction.com/(link is external)) and recently released an extensive carbon cost-benefit analysis to guide the City in prioritizing greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. Mayor Kiss has set a goal of reducing Burlington s carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.More on Ranking MethodologyKiplinger s included data on population growth, unemployment rate, income growth, and cost of living to determine city rankings. Martin Prosperity Institute research director Kevin Stolarick derived a formula that identifies cities with current and likely future growth in high-quality jobs and income. Kiplinger s also weighed affordability and public-transit infrastructure the latter being an important factor to ensure continued growth in certain metro areas. Also included in the formula is a creative class measure, which stems from Stolarick s work with Richard Florida, academic director of the Martin Institute and author of The Rise of the Creative Class. This measure reflects the number of creative-class workers including educators, writers, and scientists living in the area. Further research involved traveling to cities to interview business and community leaders and residents. The rankings factor in both the data and the results of Kiplinger s reporting.About Kiplinger s Personal FinanceFor nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continually published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created Kiplinger s Personal Finance, the nation’s first personal finance magazine. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, the Kiplinger mission is to deliver sound, unbiased advice for families and businesses in clear, concise language.Source: Kiplinger’s. 5.26.2010last_img read more

McIlroy: I’m more in control

first_img That was one of five victories around the world which saw McIlroy finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic, but the 25-year-old feels his Open triumph at Hoylake and victory at Firestone Country Club – both by two shots over the unfortunate Sergio Garcia – means he is playing at a higher level. “This is better,” said McIlroy, who also came from seven shots behind to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May. “I’m more in control of my ball and my ball flight. Mentally, I’m really sharp. “It was the most comfortable I’ve ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there (on Sunday). I felt normal. I felt like it was the first round or the second round. It didn’t feel like a fourth round. “When I say mentally it’s the best I’ve ever been, I didn’t get ahead of myself. I didn’t start to think about my score. I didn’t think about where I was in the tournament. I just kept playing my shot after shot after shot.” With Adam Scott narrowly failing to secure the top-five finish he needed to prevent McIlroy from overtaking him, the Northern Irishman’s lead at the top of the rankings is just 0.17 points. But McIlroy is more focused on tournament victories than rankings, with plenty still to play for in the rest of the season. He added: “It’s a nice honour and it’s a nice title to have, but I don’t think you should go into tournaments thinking about it or thinking, ‘Oh, this guy could pass me if I don’t finish in this position, or this guy could do this’. “I think you just go and you play and you try to win golf tournaments, and if you win golf tournaments, the ranking takes care of itself. My goal now until the end of the year is just to try to win as many golf tournaments as I can. It’s not to try to finish number one in the world. It’s just to get as many titles as possible. Press Association “I feel like the run of golf courses we’ve got coming up are going to suit me. I haven’t seen Valhalla, but from what I heard you need to hit it pretty long and drive the ball well.” McIlroy certainly did that in Akron, leading the field in driving distance (334.8 yards) and also finishing joint first in greens in regulation at 79.17 per cent. Asked if McIlroy was on the way to dominating the sport as Tiger Woods did in his prime, European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley told Sky Sports 4: “There is no reason why not. “That’s the best exhibition of driving I have ever seen from anybody in terms of length and accuracy. That golf course is very narrow off the tee and he is finding the fairway time after time at 340 yards. “What I think is great is that Rory can hold his attitude where it is at now, it’s very much in the present, taking one week at a time. He’s never said he was chasing Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors and that’s a great attitude, it takes the pressure off him and keeps him very much in the present where he needs to be.” Rory McIlroy believes he is in the best form of his life as he seeks a third win in succession and second major title in the space of four weeks in the US PGA Championship. McIlroy headed to Valhalla back on top of the world rankings for the first time since March 2013 after claiming his first World Golf Championship event in the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday. It is the third time the Open champion has taken top spot with a win, the first coming in the Honda Classic in March 2012 and the second later that year when he won the US PGA Championship by eight shots at Kiawah Island. last_img read more

USC still attracts recruits

first_imgStanford football coach Jim Harbaugh announced Jan. 7 he was leaving to become the next coach of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, signing a lucrative five-year, $25-million contract.Recruiting power · NCAA-imposed sanctions have not stopped Lane Kiffin from finding top talent. USC’s commits currently rank 5th in the nation, according to Rivals.com. – Daily Trojan File Photo “It’s the perfect, competitive opportunity,” said the former NFL signal caller at his introductory press conference regarding the decision to bolt for the professional ranks.In the aftermath of Harbaugh’s departure, the Cardinal swiftly promoted offensive coordinator David Shaw to head coach, hoping to continue the success the program had achieved under Harbaugh’s watch, culminating in a 12-1 finish and an Orange Bowl victory earlier this month.If recent results on the recruiting trail serve as any indication, however, it won’t be a seamless transition after all, and USC stands to benefit as a result.On Monday, USC coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans received an oral commitment from Anthony Sarao of Absecon, N.J., a four-star linebacker according to Yahoo! Sports’ Rivals.com, who had previously been committed to Stanford.The announcement came just one day after four-star running back Amir Carlisle from Sunnyvale, Calif. announced that he was also switching his commitment from Stanford to USC.“Amir is going to USC,” said his father Duane in a text message to Scout.com recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman.Saroa and Carlisle were among a group of 19 prospects visiting USC on official and unofficial recruiting visits this past weekend. The number of recruits on campus was one of the largest totals in the program’s recent history.When making his decision, Saroa told USCFootball.com, “It was a perfect visit. I had a great time out there.”The campus wasn’t the only selling point, however, as the New Jersey native admitted to being rather fond of the coaching staff’s pedigree.“USC has one of the best coaching staffs in college football,” Sarao also told the Rivals.com USC-centric website. “They definitely know what they’re talking about.”The Trojans’ staff includes highly regarded defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron, in addition to assistant head coach Monte Kiffin, who has been credited with creating the famed Tampa-2 defense. If Sarao had remained a Stanford commit, he would not only be playing for a new coach, but also a new defensive coordinator, after Vic Fangio announced he was leaving for the 49ers along with Harbaugh.Many recruiting analysts say Sarao, who is ranked seventh overall at his position by Rivals.com, has great strength, as ball carriers have had a difficult time escaping after first contact. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker can also go toe-to-toe with fullbacks when he blitzes or tries to shoot through the gaps.And with starters Malcolm Smith and Michael Morgan graduating, Saroa, who is expected to provide help at the linebacker position, addresses an area of severe need for the Trojans.In terms of depth and position need, Carlisle also represents a needed pickup, becoming USC’s only running back for the 2011 class. Ranked by Rivals.com as the 10th best player at his position, Carlisle measures 5-foot-10 and weighs 181-pounds.Huffman has compared him to former California standout and 2010 NFL Draft pick Jahvid Best, who was known for his speed and breakaway ability.Carlisle runs a 4.43 40-yard dash and can catch passes well coming out of the backfield, which will make him a two-dimensional threat for the Trojans.“Both are great pickups,” Huffman said Monday via Twitter. “Carlisle will end up being the top running back in the West and is extremely versatile.”“Sarao is a big hitter and really physical. Not real tall, but thick with great agility and range.”The Trojans currently have 25 commitments for their 2011 class, ranked as fifth-best nationally according to Rivals.com.Under NCAA sanctions, USC would normally be permitted to offer just 15 scholarships per recruiting class. Because the school is appealing the penalties, however, the limitation will not be enforced until 2012, allowing the program to offer a maximum of 20 scholarships, including the nine early enrollees that count toward the 2010 totals.It is still possible that USC could self-impose further and offer just 15 scholarships.last_img read more