NEWS RELEASE


July 27, 2009
For Additional Information:
Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office
(208) 888-4433



CITY OF MERIDIAN, VENGAWORKS TEAM UP TO PROVIDE
GRANTS FOR NEW GREEN JOBS


Meridian, ID – (July 27, 2009) – The City of Meridian and VengaWorks are pooling $60,000 gleaned from Idaho Power energy rebates to establish the Meridian Green Grants Fund to spark new green jobs in the city.


Meridian has set aside $40,000 and VengaWorks has supplied $20,000 in the form of discounted rent to grant recipients who choose to work in the VengaWorks office space. The Grant Fund will award up to $2,000 each to Meridian applicants that demonstrate new green jobs, new jobs in a business that is in a high-performance building, and new jobs in a business working to make its building more energy efficient.


“This is a great partnership between the City of Meridian and VengaWorks that leverages the Idaho Power energy rebate to generate jobs that are the backbone of our economy,” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.  We also have an opportunity to further Meridian’s commitment by promoting sustainability opportunities for local businesses.”


The $40,000 is a result of the significant energy savings from Meridian’s decision three years ago to build the new city hall according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The city is awaiting certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.


Thanks to its green building standards, Meridian’s new city hall qualified for Idaho Power’s incentive program, launched in 2005, that provides rebates to customers who invest in efficient building construction. Idaho Power granted a $100,000 rebate to the city. Idaho Power also granted a $20,000 rebate to VengaWorks, a Meridian-based business that has constructed an LEED building and that offers flexible, sustainable work space.


“We have long been advocates of green building practices, and this new grant program shows that it really does pay dividends,” said Randall Ussery, VengaWorks’ director of sustainability. “We’re excited to partner with the City of Meridian and give businesses an opportunity to work in our new building, which was built as a showcase for sustainable business building and practices.”


Applications for the new grants will be accepted from July 27 - September 30, 2009. All grant notifications will take place by October 30, 2009 to those applicants who best meet the specified criteria. Applicants may receive a maximum grant of $2,000 from the City of Meridian per applicant. For grant recipients who choose to use the VengaWorks Meridian facility, VengaWorks will provide a reduced membership fee for six months, equivalent to a $1,000 savings.


For more information on how to apply for a grant from the Meridian Green Grant Fund, visit the City of Meridian’s Web site:
 www.meridiancity.org/greengrant.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. For more information about Meridian, visit
 www.meridiancity.org.


VengaWorks is a progressive workspace and infrastructure model for dynamic business – delivering the flexible, efficient space that keeps teams connected to each other productively and to customers professionally. Located in Meridian, Idaho, with expansion plans into other key cities throughout Southwest Idaho, VengaWorks LiquidSpace™ provides co-working and private office space in convenient, healthy facilities available 24/7 for members to drop in and get to work, wired with the latest Cisco-powered unified communications infrastructure for teams to stay connected. For more information, visit vengaworks.com.