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Consumers Need to Question Before Hiring for Labor Jobs in Rhode Island

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

An insulation company is issuing a caution to consumers to consider a variety of questions before hiring for labor jobs in Rhode Island.

Moonworks, a home improvement company based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, wants all New England homeowners to save money this winter by insulating their homes.  If it is installed by December 31, 2010, your purchase can qualify for the 2010 tax credit, saving you 30%.  A comprehensive breakdown of the tax credits can be found in their free white paper Home Improvement Tax Credits Explained.
Attic insulation is the most crucial home improvement project because an under insulated attic can account for up to 40% of your home’s heat loss!  Investing in insulation for your home is smart because it pays for itself in the money saved in your home’s utilities.  As a consumer, Moonworks feels you should be informed so you can choose the best product for your budget, family and home.  In a time when money is tight, Moonworks wanted to make the insulation process as painless as possible by introducing their insulation blog series.

The insulation blog series details out the difference between fiberglass and cellulose insulation along with other green insulation options, and weighs the pros and cons of each.  It also explains the industry terms that are directly related to the energy efficiency of the insulation such as, R-Value, settling, and weight, in addition to hiring the right contractor.

The blog series can be read individually by topic: Insulation- The Basics, Fiberglass vs. Cellulose, Why Should I Insulate My Home? and Choosing an Installer or you can read the entire 4 part insulation series.
If you are interested in a free insulation estimate, Moonworks can provide you with a no-obligation quote.

**Please consult your tax advisor and review all IRS guidelines.

Job Fair Opens to Create Jobs in Rhode Island

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

An East Coast job fair is focusing on opportunity and creating jobs in Rhode Island.

Unicruit today announced the Big East Virtual Career Fair (www.bigeastcareerfair.com) will bring together more than 40 industry leading employers and government agencies as well as students and alumni of 16 colleges and universities that represent the Big East Career Consortium.  Participating schools include Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Seton Hall, South Florida, Syracuse, Villanova, and West Virginia.  The virtual career fair, which is free to attend for college students and alumni, will open on November 10, 2010 at 10 AM Eastern and will be available on demand until November 19th.

Unicruit is partnering with the Big East Career Consortium to deliver the fully interactive, 3D virtual career fair.

“The Big East Virtual Career Fair expands and enhances our efforts to connect students and alumni with some of the most prestigious and well-known private and government agencies in the U.S. Collaborating with Unicruit, we’re able to offer a new campus recruiting strategy that is not only convenient and cost effective for employers but provides a venue that is responsive to today’s college students comfort with social networking and connecting via technology driven environments,” said Dr. Drema Howard, Director of the University of South Florida Career Center and Vice-president of Technology and External Relations on the Big East Career Consortium Board of Directors.

A partial list of employers that will participate at the Big East Virtual Career Fair include:

  • ADP
  • AON
  • GEICO
  • ACS Xerox
  • Comerica
  • ABC Supply
  • ManTech
  • ING
  • Amazon
  • Peace Corps
  • Qualcomm
  • Hertz
  • P&G
  • Verizon
  • Prudential
  • Amazon
  • Graybar
  • USDA

Company Discusses Insulation Jobs in Rhode Island

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Insulation jobs in Rhode Island are quite a hot topic now that winter is almost upon us.

Moonworks, a home improvement company based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, wants all New England homeowners to save money this winter by insulating their homes. If it is installed by December 31, 2010, your purchase can qualify for the 2010 tax credit, saving you 30%. A comprehensive breakdown of the tax credits can be found in their free white paper Home Improvement Tax Credits Explained.

Attic insulation is the most crucial home improvement project because an under insulated attic can account for up to 40% of your home’s heat loss! Investing in insulation for your home is smart because it pays for itself in the money saved in your home’s utilities. As a consumer, Moonworks feels you should be informed so you can choose the best product for your budget, family and home. In a time when money is tight, Moonworks wanted to make the insulation process as painless as possible by introducing their insulation blog series.

The insulation blog series details out the difference between fiberglass and cellulose insulation along with other green insulation options, and weighs the pros and cons of each. It also explains the industry terms that are directly related to the energy efficiency of the insulation such as, R-Value, settling, and weight, in addition to hiring the right contractor.

The blog series can be read individually by topic: Insulation- The Basics, Fiberglass vs. Cellulose, Why Should I Insulate My Home? and Choosing an Installer or you can read the entire 4 part insulation series.

If you are interested in a free insulation estimate, Moonworks can provide you with a no-obligation quote.
**Please consult your tax advisor and review all IRS guidelines.

NSF Dollars Go to Boost Rhode Island Jobs

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

NSF research dollars are boosting science and engineering infrastructure and proliferating Rhode Island jobs.

Seven research projects aimed at deploying the most capable world-class combination of research resources available for the academic community, have received awards from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Representing a consortium of regional institutions, each award recipient, based in a jurisdiction that has less extensive scientific infrastructures and has historically received fewer federal research dollars, will receive $20 million for five years to bolster science and engineering academic research infrastructure.

“These RII awards provide resources to strengthen the physical, human, and cyber infrastructure that is critical to greater research competitiveness,” said Henry Blount, director of NSF’s EPSCoR program. “They are unique in their state-wide scope and complexity; in their integration of individual researchers, institutions, and organizations; and in their role in developing the diverse, well-prepared, STEM-enabled workforce necessary to sustain research competitiveness and catalyze economic development.”

Structured as cooperative agreements, six states and a commonwealth have received these Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 awards:Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. Within the descriptions below, the institution leading the research team is indicated in parenthesis.

ARKANSAS (The Arkansas Science and Technology Authority)

This RII-Track-1 award will fund compelling research in Arkansas (AR) with great potential for advancing science and addressing an urgent national need: alternative energy capable of seamless integration into the national power grid. This funding seeks to enhance AR’s scientific research capability by focusing on three areas in renewable power: plant biosynthesis, alternate energy, and nanotechnology in order to develop cost-effective, high efficiency solar cells. The research will be conducted in three existing AR centers: the Center for Plant-Powered Production, the Center for Generating Renewable Energy with Efficient Nanoplasmonic Solar Cells, and the Vertically Integrated Center for Transformative Energy Research.

The project has significant depth in its outreach activities, expanding on the previous RII award by including two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) institutions and two four-year colleges. Numerous secondary school research activities and professional development for teachers and two-year college faculty will be pursued in order to support the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) pipeline. There are tightly woven educational and workforce development activities directly tied to the specific research themes.