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Happy National Energy Awareness Month! With New York City recently announcing its three-year plan to uphold the Paris climate accord, the first among nearly 250 U.S. cities that pledged to do so, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Most & Least Energy-Efficient States.

To gauge the financial impact of doing more with less energy — the average American household spends at least $2,000 per year on utilities and another $1,900 on motor fuel and oil — WalletHub’s analysts compared the auto- and home-energy efficiency in 48 U.S. states. Due to data limitations, Alaska and Hawaii were excluded from our analysis.

Most Energy-Efficient States Least Energy-Efficient States
1 New York 39 North Dakota
2 Vermont 40 Kentucky
3 Utah 41 Georgia
4 Minnesota 42 Arkansas
5 Massachusetts 43 West Virginia
6 Rhode Island 44 Mississippi
7 California 45 Tennessee
8 Wisconsin 46 Alabama
9 Colorado 47 Louisiana
10 Connecticut 48 South Carolina

To view the full report and your state’s ranking, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-energy-efficient-states/7354/

POSTED: 10/18/17 at 11:28 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

The New Haven Police Department is now accepting applications for Full Time Patrol Officers. Qualified applicants must be 21 to 35 years of age. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and possess a valid Indiana driver’s license. The City of New Haven forecast there will be two openings for the position of Full-Time Officer in 2018. Successful applicants will be placed on an eligibility list for potential openings in 2018 and that list will remain in effect for two years. Interested individuals may print out an application (www.newhavenin.org) or pick up an application along with an additional list of qualification requirements at:
New Haven Police Department
815 Lincoln Highway East
New Haven, IN 46774
Completed resume of qualifications and employment application should be submitted to the Chief of Police no later than Monday, November 6, 2017.
Benefits
 Medical and Dental Insurance
 Long Term Disability Insurance
 PERF Retirement and 457 Funds
 Vacation, holiday, personal and sick days
2018 Salary
 Probationary Patrolman (1st Year) $42,285
 Patrolman (12 months – 18 months) $45,222
 Patrolman First Class (18 months service) $49,429
Shifts
Four (4) days on and two (2) days off rotation. Seniority shift bidding conducted once per calendar year.

POSTED: 10/09/17 at 9:54 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

There is a place right here in New Haven, Indiana, where creativity and imagination reign. The minute you walk into Molly Rose & Company all of your senses are delighted. The first thing you notice is the pleasing scent of incense, candles and soaps tickling your nostrils. Then a myriad of shapes and colors refresh your eyes as you take in the display of creative objects. With music playing in the background and wind chimes tinkling in the breeze your fingers can’t resist touching the many unique items surrounding you.

Molly Rose and Company is much more than a shop of art and gifts. It is a comfortable, relaxed place to have fun with and around art. It’s a place that feeds your soul. Stop in and experience what they are all about. You’ll find many unique items – but it’s much more than that.

“We began to realize that there’s a very big interest in people wanting to do their own art or make their own things So we started offering classes – and that’s gotten very popular,” Molly explained. People enjoy coming in to learn new things and be creative.”

In addition to a monthly calendar, Molly Rose & Company will schedule private parties. “We’ve hosted birthday parties, sorority groups, bridal parties and we also do children’s classes & activities. If a business wanted to bring in a group of employees, or if a group of friends or relatives wants to come in, all they have to do is call me.”

Molly Wyrick, artist and owner of Molly Rose and Company is a true New Havenite. She grew up in New Haven and graduated from New Haven High School. She moved to Indianapolis, where she lived for 20 years and raised her 4 daughters – but now she’s happy to be back home. When Molly came back to New Haven, she said, she was inspired to start doing her art. “And we decided we could bring art to the community. We wanted to gather and include other artists in the area.”

All of the art and unique items at Molly Rose and Company come from artists that are from  the New Haven area or are somehow connected to the area or Molly or one of the other artists. “I don’t order things from catalogues,” Molly said. “The artist that does the pottery is from the Knoxville area, and is the daughter of one of my friends from high school. We also have some reindeer hide keychains from Sweden. The creator is a woman we also went to high school with – she was an exchange student here. She was trying to get her company to be global, so now she is.”

Molly Rose  and Company has lots of fun classes coming up,  and will  also be participating in Sample Haven coming up on September 23. They are also looking forward to Halloween in downtown,  and also participate in New Haven’s downtown Christmas event.  Molly shared that they are also in the works with T.A.G. Art,  Wood and  Limn and Monarch Yoga to create some sort of art festival.

 

Molly’s favorite thing about working in her shop is meeting the people. She connects with lots of artists who are always excited to have a place to show and share their art with others. She also enjoys meeting and talking with the art  lovers,  and the many people who are excited  “just to have a place like this to shop in New Haven!”

One of her frustrations as a shop owner is the fact that her space is too small.. She would love to have a larger space, but at this time that just isn’t in the picture. Her second frustration is getting the word out to the community about her shop.  Molly Rose and Company often sets up at the New Haven Farmer’s Market, and has also started traveling to art shows to connect with the community. She has a website which you can access by clicking here, and also a facebook page you can see by clicking here.

The latest way you can find out what is going on at the shop is by texting the word Mollyrose to the number 51660. That text message will enter you into a data base that will receive special coupons and offers from Molly herself.

There are so many fun and creative things to see and do at Molly Rose and company that it even spills out onto the sidewalk. As the weather permits there are bubbles to blow and sidewalk  chalk available to all who pass by. “You would be surprised how  many adults stop and play – either with their kids or on their own. I love seeing everyone enjoy themselves. We’ve even had cyclists coming from the River Greenway stop and draw pictures.” There’s also a bowl  of water available for the canine friends who pass by.

Stop in soon and see what they are all about. And by the way, don’t wait til Christmas – the unique things go fast As Molly’s husband likes to say: “You won’t be able to find anything like this at Walmart!”

POSTED: 09/23/17 at 12:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With the upcoming fall season bringing cooler weather to enjoy more activities indoors and out, the personal-finance website WalletHub took a close look at 2017′s Most Fun Cities in America.

To help Americans find the cities with the greatest number and variety of cheap, fun activities, WalletHub’s data crunchers compared the 150 largest U.S. cities across 58 key metrics, ranging from fitness clubs per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries.

Top 20 Most Fun Cities in America
1 Las Vegas, NV 11 Denver, CO
2 Orlando, FL 12 Los Angeles, CA
3 New York, NY 13 Cincinnati, OH
4 Miami, FL 14 St. Louis, MO
5 Portland, OR 15 Tampa, FL
6 Atlanta, GA 16 Philadelphia, PA
7 San Francisco, CA 17 Washington, DC
8 New Orleans, LA 18 Austin, TX
9 Chicago, IL 19 Houston, TX
10 San Diego, CA 20 Seattle, WA

Key Stats

  • Scottsdale, Arizona, has the most public golf courses (per square root of population), 0.0608, which is 38 times more than in Cleveland, the city with the fewest at 0.0016.
  • New York has the most restaurants (per square root of population), 10.8523, which is 48.4 times more than in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the city with the fewest at 0.2241.
  • San Francisco has the highest percentage of the population with walkable park access, 99.5 percent, which is 4.8 times higher than in Louisville, Kentucky, the city with the lowest at 20.6 percent.
  • New York has the most park playgrounds (per square root of population), 0.5749, which is 17.4 times more than in Hialeah, Florida, the city with the fewest at 0.0330.
  • San Francisco has the most performing-arts theaters (per square root of population), 0.8877, which is 54.1 times more than in Brownsville, Texas, the city with the fewest at 0.0164.
  • San Francisco has the most fitness centers (per square root of population), 1.9271, which is 26.8 times more than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the fewest at 0.0718.
  • New York has the most bars (per square root of population), 1.5343, which is 40.7 times more than in Fontana, California, the city with the fewest at 0.0377.
  • San Francisco has the most dance clubs (per square root of population), 0.1919, which is 106.6 times more than in Anchorage, Alaska, the city with the fewest at 0.0018.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the lowest average beer price (per six-pack), $6.71, which is 1.7 times lower than in New York, the city with the highest at $11.53.
  • Port St. Lucie, Florida, has the lowest movie costs, $6.21, which is 2.4 times lower than in Los Angeles and Oxnard, California, the cities with the highest at $14.81.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/

POSTED: 09/19/17 at 10:25 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With home sales recently falling to their lowest level this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best Real-Estate Markets.

To determine the most attractive real-estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities across 21 key metrics. The data set ranges from median home-price appreciation to home sales turnover rate to job growth.

Best Real-Estate Markets Worst Real-Estate Markets
1 Frisco, TX 291 New Haven, CT
2 McKinney, TX 292 Montgomery, AL
3 Allen, TX 293 Waterbury, CT
4 Cary, NC 294 Detroit, MI
5 Richardson, TX 295 Hartford, CT
6 Seattle, WA 296 Bridgeport, CT
7 Bellevue, WA 297 Miami Beach, FL
8 Carrollton, TX 298 Elizabeth, NJ
9 Nashville, TN 299 Paterson, NJ
10 Denver, CO 300 Newark, NJ

Best vs. Worst

  • Berkeley, California, has the lowest share of homes with negative equity, 1.51 percent, which is 28.6 times lower than in Hartford, Connecticut, the city with the highest at 43.23 percent.
  • Berkeley, Sunnyvale, and San Mateo, California; Mesquite, Texas; and Seattle have the lowest average number of days until a house is sold, 36, which is 5.2 times lower than in Newark, New Jersey, the city with the highest at 186.
  • Allen, Texas, has the lowest vacancy rate, 1.91 percent, which is 19.1 times lower than in Miami Beach, Florida, the city with the highest at 36.47 percent.
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina, has the lowest home price as a share of income, 124 percent, which is 12.7 times lower than in Santa Barbara, California, the city with the highest at 1,575 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-real-estate-markets/14889/

POSTED: 08/30/17 at 11:46 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Dog days of summer, hydration tips to stay afloat

Summer is officially here, and the heat is on. It’s no coincidence that the first day of summer, June 21, and National Hydration Day, June 23, are only a few days apart.IAW Social Water drink of choice for years.jpg

Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, encourages everyone working, playing or enjoying time outdoors this summer to have a plan in place to stay properly hydrated.

It’s also important to make sure any cats or dogs that are outdoors are properly hydrated as well since, similar to humans, they can also suffer from heat-related incidents. In fact, they are often more prone to heat exhaustion because they do not perspire like their owners.

“As the heat begins to rise, whether Indiana residents and their pets are working or playing outdoors, proper hydration is key to staying safe and enjoying time outdoors,” said Indiana American Water President Deborah Dewey. “We always make sure our employees and residents are educated on the importance and value of water while encouraging them to pay close attention to their body’s need for water.”

Smart eating can also play a large role in proper hydration during the summer heat. Fruit and vegetables should be included as part of a daily diet as they contain various amounts of water and work as a supplement to normal water intake. Indiana sports enthusiasts who take part in extraneous physical workouts outdoors should follow up their workout with water and a sports drink to help revitalize the body’s loss of water.

Indiana American Water wants everyone outdoors this summer to know and recognize different signs that could indicate dehydration in themselves and others. The Cleveland Clinic has identified some of these signs, including:

  • fatigue

  • loss of appetite

  • flushed skin

  • heat intolerance

  • light-headedness

  • dark-colored urine

  • dry cough

Dewey added, “In addition to watching for signs of dehydration, proactive ways to stay hydrated include setting reminders to dress light, eating fruits and vegetables as snacks, avoiding caffeinated drinks, and lastly ensuring everyone is consuming water throughout the day.”

When residents are out and about in the heat this summer, Indiana American Water encourages everyone to consider bringing cool water along for themselves and their pets.

POSTED: 06/25/17 at 2:10 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With economic growth varying significantly from one state to another — California recently became the sixth largest economy in the world while Illinois is expected to have no budget for the third year in a row, for instance — the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst State Economies.

In order to determine America’s top economic performers, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 key indicators of economic performance and strength. The data set ranges from GDP growth to startup activity to share of jobs in high-tech industries.

Best State Economies Worst State Economies
1 Washington 42 North Dakota
2 California 43 Wyoming
3 Utah 44 Kentucky
4 Massachusetts 45 Maine
5 District of Columbia 46 Alaska
6 Colorado 47 Oklahoma
7 Oregon 48 Arkansas
8 New Hampshire 49 Mississippi
9 Maryland 50 Louisiana
10 Delaware 51 West Virginia

Best vs. Worst

  • Washington has the highest value of exports per capita, $11,390, which is 12.9 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at $881.
  • Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.6 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in New Mexico, the state with the highest at 6.7 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of the uninsured population, 3.6 percent, which is 5.7 times lower than in Texas, the state with the highest at 20.6 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of the population living below poverty level, 8.9 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 22.5 percent.
  • Colorado has the lowest foreclosure rate, 0.2 percent, which is 14 times lower than in New Jersey, the state with the highest at 2.8 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest share of jobs in high-tech industries, 7.91 percent, which is 3.4 times higher than in Wyoming, the state with the lowest at 2.33 percent.
  • Utah has the highest number of independent-inventor patents per 1,000 working-age residents, 0.184, which is 7.7 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 0.024.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-economies/21697/

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 7:56 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Story from The New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Doug Perkins, a lifelong resident of the city of New Haven, decided to enter the field of accounting from the time he graduated high school. He said, “When I graduated from high school there weren’t many jobs in this area so I decided to go to college. I thought back on my accounting class in high school and remembered that I liked that class and numbers made sense to me, so I started taking classes in accounting and enjoyed it right from the start.”

Doug is now a Certified Public Accountant who has served individuals and small businesses in Northeastern Indiana since 1985 with their tax and accounting needs. Beginning with a small company and moving up until he worked for a national company, Doug started his own CPA firm in 2005. Since that time, he has been in New Haven and serving the local community. Locating in New Haven was a no brainer considering Doug had lived just out of town or in town his whole life. He said, “I know the people. I know the community. I know the area. It was a good fit.”

One of the things Doug is passionate about is working with people. He said, “I just want to serve the people in this community. Give them a place where they can have their tax and accounting needs met in a professional manner at a reasonable price. It is always interesting to hear their stories and everyone has a different story.”  Doug is all about the community. His first office was located off of Werling Road here in New Haven, but now his firm has recently relocated at a new location right on Broadway Street.

In his office, there are three certified public accountants: Doug Perkins, Courtney Loshe, and Adam Schaffer. Together with three part-time individuals, Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc. can handle all of your tax and accounting needs. When asked what their group did, Doug said, “We prepare individual and business tax returns and provide consulting services for small businesses and individuals. We work on approximately 800 individual tax returns and about 120 small businesses returns annually. We also provide accounting, payroll, consulting and QuickBooks installation and training services as needed.  Whatever the client needs are, is what we help them with. We try to be a virtual CFO for them if that’s not in their skill set.”

His business has grown at a rate of 8 to 10% a year. Doug said, “I see us adding another full time individual somewhere down the line. If we add another person, we would probably add on a couple offices to the back of our current building.”

Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc. has been a member of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce for 4 years. He has benefitted from the Office Depot discount, using it quite often. In Doug’s words, the biggest benefit received from Chamber membership is getting to know the people in the community. He said, “The Chamber gives me an opportunity to get out there to meet people at the various Chamber sponsored events during the year. You get to know who the area business people are and what their stories are. It often leads to working with some of them to attain their goals.”

http://www.newhavenindiana.org/member-spotlights/193-douglas-w-perkins-c-p-a-inc.html

Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc.

716 Broadway

New Haven, IN  46774

Phone: 260-493-3929

Fax: 260-748-7599

Web: www.perkinscpagroup.com

POSTED: 05/31/17 at 9:14 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With graduation season upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.

To help recent graduates launch their careers in the right place, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest markets in the U.S. based on 23 key indicators of career-friendliness. The data set ranges from availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.

Best Places to Start a Career Worst Places to Start a Career
1 Salt Lake City, UT 141 Jackson, MS
2 Orlando, FL 142 Chesapeake, VA
3 Austin, TX 143 Shreveport, LA
4 Grand Rapids, MI 144 Detroit, MI
5 Tempe, AZ 145 Yonkers, NY
6 Atlanta, GA 146 Toledo, OH
7 Miami, FL 147 Montgomery, AL
8 Denver, CO 148 Augusta, GA
9 Irving, TX 149 Cleveland, OH
10 Madison, WI 150 Newark, NJ

Best vs. Worst

  • Durham, N.C., has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $3,909, which is 2.7 times higher than in Honolulu, the city with the lowest at $1,447.
  • Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest median annual household income (adjusted for cost of living), $84,973, which is 3.3 times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest at $25,850.
  • Oxnard, Calif., has the highest workforce diversity, which is 1.8 times higher than in Durham, N.C., the city with the lowest.
  • Madison, Wis., has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.7 percent, which is 4.6 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 12.3 percent.
  • Boston has the highest share of the population aged 25 to 34, 22.8 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Cape Coral, Fla., the city with the lowest at 10.4 percent.
  • Irvine, Calif., has the highest share of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree, 66.4 percent, which is 5.8 times higher than in San Bernardino, Calif., the city with the lowest at 11.5 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-to-start-a-career/3626/

POSTED: 05/16/17 at 1:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

From the NH Chamber of Commerce:

We wanted to make sure you are informed concerning the I469 at U.S. 24 Interchange project that is being proposed by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).  There was a public hearing held on May 10 at New Haven High School.

State Representative Dave Heine and several New Haven representatives were at the meeting and presented some concerns with the current proposal.

Our main concern is the high cost of constructing a fly over for west bound U.S. 24 traffic going south on I469 and the cost to maintain 2 additional bridges.  The current plan has no loop for southbound I469 traffic for eastbound U.S. 24 travelers and thus the need for the fly over.   This also created several issues for the New Haven bound travelers coming from the east on U.S. 24.

This is a proposal and hopefully will get changed.  INDOT is accepting public input until May 26th and additional information can be found on their web site at  http://www.in.gov/indot/2703.htm. The presentation given is available on the web site.  The welcome letter and comment form you can use to provide input is attached to this email.

The INDOT representatives shared a lot of information and were excellent.  Now they need our input.

This project will impact New Haven and the East Allen County community for decades to come.

POSTED: 05/12/17 at 10:37 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News