Perennial care

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaMany beginning gardeners think planting perennials is easy. You plant them and year after year they perform with little care. Not true.”It’s a misconception that because perennials last from year to year they require little maintenance and care,” said Paul Thomas, a University of Georgia horticulture professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”While some perennials survive with little care,” Thomas said, “more require some attention to look their best. In many cases, perennial beds require more work than annual beds.”Annual beds can be easily overhauled each year or even each season. Perennial plots are with you for the long haul. “But the rewards of perennials make the added maintenance worthwhile,” Thomas said.Thomas offers these tips to keep perennial beds looking their best:Watering. Perennials’ drought tolerance varies, but more require an ample moisture supply at least during active growth. Don’t rely on normal rainfall. Water if necessary.Allow the water to penetrate deeply. Frequent, light waterings aren’t advisable because they wet only the upper soil and result in shallow root growth and wet foliage and flowers. That’s an invitation to many diseases. Soaker hoses and drip irrigation systems work well with perennials. Mulching. To help conserve moisture, control weeds and improve the overall appearance of the garden, you need to mulch perennials. Mulches also tend to prevent soil crusting, which retards water penetration, and prevent soil from splashing on lower leaves and flowers.Mulches provide an added degree of winter protection, too. A word of caution: Heavy mulches that hold moisture can be detrimental, particularly to plants subject to crown rot. Pine bark, pine straw, wood chips and a variety of other materials are good. Fertilizing. Maintenance fertilization is essential to the continued growth of perennials. Apply 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 (1.5 pounds per 100 square feet) in early spring and once or twice again during the growing season.Base maintenance fertilization on soil tests. Applying phosphorus is often not needed once adequate soil levels become established. Water the bed after applying so the fertilizer enters the soil and is available to the plant. Wash any fertilizer off the foliage to prevent fertilizer burn.Controlling weeds. A well-prepared bed requires little cultivation. Deep cultivation is likely to injure roots and often uncovers weed seeds, which can then germinate. Weed control should usually be done by hand weeding or with herbicides.Use extreme caution when using a herbicide. Very few are suitable for use around perennials. Read the label carefully to be sure it won’t injure desirable plants.Defoliating. Remove dead foliage and stems in the fall. It’s natural for the tops of many perennials to be killed to the ground by frost. Some herbaceous perennials have evergreen foliage.Dividing and propagating. While the length of time varies, most perennials eventually become overcrowded and require division. Mature clumps can be cut or pulled apart. Divisions should usually contain three to five shoots or growing points. Discard any weak or diseased divisions.The time to divide perennials varies somewhat, but it’s most often fall or early spring, coinciding with desired planting dates. Many perennials are easily propagated in this way.To find out more about growing and caring for perennials and a good list of perennials that grow well in Georgia, see the Georgia Extension Service publication, “Flowering Perennials for Georgia Gardens” (http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/b944-w.html).(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Washington insiders

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWhere can you help U.S. leaders from Georgia make decisions that affect the state, nation or world? You’ve got to go to Washington, D.C.Each summer for the past 10 years, students from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have traveled to Washington as part of the CAES Congressional Agricultural Internship Program. Each experience is different, but all have come away with the same shared knowledge: They know how Washington politicians do their jobs, how political players play the game and how the nuts and bolts of U.S. farm policy are put together.“I wanted the opportunity to do something with agriculture on a national level, and I got the chance,” said Chris Tyson, 22, an agriscience and environmental systems major from Statesboro, Ga.Tyson and five other CAES students lived and worked in Washington for 12 weeks this summer. It may be a summer program, but it’s not a vacation. The interns say it is hard work. A congressional office can get more than a thousand letters each month and as many as 700 phone calls a day.“It wasn’t quite what I expected. It was overwhelming at first because there’s so much stuff going on up there,” said Tyson, who interned under Rep. John Barrow of Georgia’s 12th District. “There’s going to meetings, to hearings and talking with constituents, and there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes, too.”The program matches interns with senators and representatives who are or have been members of agricultural committees, said Joe Broder, CAES associate dean for academic affairs and the internship program coordinator. The application process is much like applying for a real job and includes interviews with the congressional offices.Thirty-six students have gone through the program, which over the years has joined students with the offices of Reps. Max Burns, Sanford Bishop, Jack Kingston, Jim Marshall and Barrow and Sens. Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson and Zell Miller.“Many in the college felt that the program wouldn’t be a good idea. They worried it would be too political. But that has not been the case,” Broder said. “This program has benefitted the college and the congressional offices that get quality people with solid backgrounds in agriculture who can contribute and become real assets to have on staff while they’re in Washington.”Chambliss agrees. The program has worked out just as he intended when he initiated it in the mid-‘90s. Then representing Georgia’s 8th District, Chambliss approached then CAES Dean and Director Gale Buchanan with a plan.“We started this program with the idea that we wanted to let young folks who wanted to be involved in agriculture figure out what goes on in Washington and how it works and bring that knowledge back to Georgia,” he said. “Because if they are going to be involved in agriculture, they need to know how agriculture policy is set.”Secondly, Chambliss said, the program creates “a pool of young people we can hopefully bring to Washington and get them to work on staffs and bring a knowledge of Southeastern crops to agriculture committees or personal offices.”“The internship shows there is just so much more to the legislative process then what you read in textbooks,” said Christy Seyfert, the first CAES Washington intern. “It’s a great opportunity and lesson for the kids to take back.”Seyfert interned with Chambliss in 1997. The Brooklet, Ga., native is currently a senior professional staffer with the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.An intern becomes a paid member of the congressional office staff. This salary accounts for half of the $6,000 stipend. The rest is covered through college scholarships made available through donors. This arrangement allows the interns to establish a residence in Washington and provides for living expenses.To better reflect the role and status the interns and the program have earned over the years, Broder said, the program will be officially renamed to the CAES Congressional Ag Fellowship Program in 2007.last_img read more

Camp Jekyll Dedication

first_imgJekyll Island, Ga. — For some Gwinnett County seventh grade students, it may be their first time to Georgia’s coast. For others, it may be their first overnight trip without family. However, they will all be part of the first official group to attend Georgia 4-H environmental education camp at the new Camp Jekyll on Feb. 1.The new, $17 million state-of-the-art campus was dedicated on Dec. 5, 2016, during opening ceremonies led by Governor Nathan Deal, first lady Sandra Deal, Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) Director James Hooks and State 4-H Leader and Director Arch Smith, alongside local 4-H club members and state 4-H board officers.“This new facility is a place to visit, study and learn for all the youth of Georgia, and those beyond its borders,” said Deal. “The heart of this camp is education…[it] is a magnificent opportunity for youth to understand that there is a big world to explore. Young people are in a very impressionable part of their lives. Many of them have never had the opportunity to even see the ocean. So this is a tremendously important facility.”Funding for the project was proposed by Gov. Deal following a 2013 visit to the center and voted into the FY14 budget by the state legislature.The new JIA-owned facility can house up to 256 guests at a time and will continue to be managed day-to-day by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program. Richard Chewning, who served as program coordinator for the center for nearly a decade, has been named director of the camp, and Lauren Nys will oversee environmental education programming.This reopening of the camp continues the legacy of 4-H programming and events held at the site from 1983 to 2014. Camp Jekyll will again host residential environmental education programs during the school year and week-long camps during June and July.“Georgia 4-H is pleased to be continuing our relationship with the Jekyll Island Authority at Camp Jekyll,” Smith said. “We appreciate Governor Nathan Deal’s commitment to make this wonderful new facility a reality. We are also excited to welcome other K-12 youth groups to rent and use Camp Jekyll.”More than 15 acres of the campus includes a learning center – honoring Sandra Deal for her commitment to youth education – that has a 300-seat auditorium, classrooms and offices; two 64-bed and four 32-bed cabins; one 14-bed staff cabin with two private live-in apartments; one 300-seat dining hall; two outdoor pavilions; a basketball and volleyball area; and a maintenance building. A dune crossover for beach access was partially renovated and extended to total 1,080 feet.The historic pavilion, home to the camp’s canteen and gift shop, is the one structure that was preserved and restored. It was constructed in 1955 as a place for African-Americans to visit the then-segregated beach.The site was originally home to the Dolphin Club and Motor Hotel that opened in 1959. Many famous musicians visited the Dolphin Club lounge and restaurant, including B.B. King. It closed in 1966 and was leased by the JIA to UGA for use as a 4-H center summer camp in 1983.In 1987, the program was expanded to include year-round environmental education programs. More than 279,000 students have participated in classes like beach ecology, herpetology, seining and more since the 4-H program began at Jekyll.For more information or to schedule a group, visit www.jekyll4h.org. To see more photos of the dedication and camp, visit www.tinyurl.com/campjekyll.last_img read more

LIRR Warns of Baldwin Skim Scam, Release Suspect’s Photo

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road officials are warning riders of a recently uncovered skimming device on a ticket vending machine (TVM) and are asking the public for help in finding the suspect they say is responsible.The suspect, Vasile Ovidiu Haidau—a Romanian national who allegedly has ties an identity theft gang in California—fled MTA police officers when they spotted him tampering with a TVM at the LIRR’s Baldwin station at 5:15 a.m. Monday, authorities said.TVM technicians last week discovered the device inside a credit/debit card slot in a Baldwin TVM as well as a tiny camera secreted above the keyboard that was videotaping as LIRR customers typed in their PIN, officials said.MTA Police determined that the scammers hadn’t downloaded information picked up by either device, so they don’t believe that any LIRR customers who used that machine had their information compromised.But, authorities urge the public to cover their PIN when entering it in a TVM or an ATM and check their bank accounts for suspicious charges.As for Haidau, the 35-year-old suspect has a revoked visa and known to travel with another white male in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Long Island. He is not known to carry weapons, but should be considered dangerous. He was last seen driving a rented 2014 Blue Volvo S80 with NY license plate No. GXR5959 westbound on Sunrise Highway.Anyone with information regarding this suspect is asked to call MTAPD Detectives at the at 516-222-6501 or 718-361-2201.last_img read more

Credit union advocates line up to Hike the Hill before 2015 Congress ends

first_imgCongress returned to work following its August recess on Tuesday, but the end of the year still looms. Credit union advocates have only a few months before the congressional session adjourns on Dec. 18 to remind lawmakers about important regulatory relief priorities.Those priorities include a number of regulatory relief bills that Congress is expected to mark up in the coming weeks, including The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and, within it, Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R-Ala.) Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015.The measures would provide much-needed regulatory relief to credit unions, according to CUNA. CUNA sent a letter this week to Senate leadership to reiterate its support for the bills.To help advocate for passage of these measures, and to discuss other issues important to the movement, credit unions nationwide have plans to march to Washington, D.C., before the calendar flips to 2016. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Court ruling allows CU trade secrets lawsuit to move forward

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A Florida federal judge ruled last month that the $2.3 billion Grow Financial Federal Credit Union has alleged sufficient facts to pursue a lawsuit that the $1.8 billion GTE Financial Federal Credit Union and an employee allegedly misappropriated Grow’s trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information under state and federal laws.U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr., however, dismissed Grow’s claims that GTE and its employee, Erica Pierson Holliday, allegedly violated federal and state computer fraud and abuse laws.“We are pleased with the decision made by Judge James Mooney to allow the lawsuit filed by Grow Financial to move forward against GTE Financial and Erika Pierson,” Grow Financial said in a prepared statement through its lawyers. “We believe that the protection and security of member data is the most essential business practice in the credit union industry and employees should be held to the highest standard of ethical and trustworthy behavior.” continue reading »last_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: Fondos otorgados para apoyar proyectos de viviendas asequibles en 17 condados

first_img June 16, 2020 Gobernador Wolf: Fondos otorgados para apoyar proyectos de viviendas asequibles en 17 condados Español,  Infrastructure,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció la asignación de más de $10 millones en fondos a través del Programa federal HOME de asociaciones para inversión (HOME) para apoyar proyectos de viviendas asequibles en todo el estado.“Tener la capacidad de proporcionar espacios asequibles, seguros y habitables para los residentes de Pennsylvania de bajos ingresos en todo el estado sigue siendo una alta prioridad para mi administración. Especialmente cuando los residentes de Pennsylvania continúan sintiendo el impacto financiero de la crisis de salud pública por la COVID-19, es fundamental garantizar que haya buenas opciones de vivienda para quienes las necesitan”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Los fondos de HOME ayudan a las personas a adquirir y conservar viviendas confiables y seguras y garantiza que la oportunidad esté disponible para todos los propietarios o inquilinos elegibles de Pennsylvania”.El programa HOME aporta fondos federales para ayudar a los municipios y a los gobiernos locales a expandir y preservar un suministro de viviendas asequibles para los residentes de Pennsylvania de bajos y muy bajos ingresos. Los fondos de HOME pueden usarse de diversas maneras para abordar las necesidades cruciales de vivienda, que incluyen los enfoques orientados al mercado que ofrecen oportunidades de compra o alquiler de propiedades para revitalizar las comunidades con nuevas inversiones. Los fondos del programa HOME se proporcionan al Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico (DCED, por sus siglas en inglés) del Departamento de Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano de los Estados Unidos (HUD, por sus siglas en inglés) a través del proceso de asignación de derechos anuales.Los fondos se asignarán a proyectos en los siguientes 17 condados:Condado de CameronEl condado de Cameron recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para la renovación de 10 viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios. El condado planea renovar viviendas cuyos dueños sean residentes de la tercera edad y discapacitados con ingresos elegibles según el HUD.Condado de CentreEl municipio de State College recibió la aprobación de $280,000 para adquirir, renovar y vender una sola propiedad a un grupo familiar de bajos ingresos, administrado por el municipio.Condado de ClearfieldEl condado de Clearfield recibió la aprobación de $257,580 para renovar tres viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios.Condado de ColumbiaEl condado de Columbia recibió la aprobación de $1,926,679 para renovar y convertir una iglesia en Bloomsburg en nueve unidades de viviendas de alquiler asequibles para personas solas o familias con 50% o menos del ingreso familiar promedio.Condado de FranklinEl condado de Franklin recibió la aprobación de $515,506 en fondos para adquirir, demoler, construir y vender dos viviendas de tres dormitorios a personas que compran su primera vivienda en el distrito de Waynesboro. Las unidades se comercializarán y venderán a personas de bajos ingresos que compran una vivienda por primera vez.Condado de IndianaEl condado de Indiana recibió la aprobación de $300,000 para renovar cinco viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios.Condado de LackawannaEl condado de Lackawanna recibió la aprobación de $750,000 para renovar un edificio de apartamentos de seis unidades para personas con ingresos moderados y bajos. Los fondos apoyarán la renovación exterior del edificio, que incluye la reducción de ruidos, revestimientos, canaletas, y el alcance de la renovación consistirá en convertir una unidad de una habitación en una unidad de dos habitaciones y apoyar el trabajo en el sitio, lo que implica volver a pavimentar el estacionamiento, pintar el estacionamiento y realizar paisajismo.Condado de LawrenceEl condado de Lawrence recibió la aprobación de $750,000 para renovar 18 viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios.El municipio de Shenango recibió la aprobación de $500,000 en fondos para la renovación de 12 viviendas existentes ocupados por sus propietarios que serán administrados por el Servicio Comunitario del Condado de Lawrence (LCCS, por sus siglas en inglés).Condado de LebanonLa ciudad de Lebanon recibió la aprobación de $250,000 para renovar seis viviendas ocupadas por sus propietarios. Los fondos apoyarán los esfuerzos de la comunidad para mejorar la ciudad, que tiene una alta incidencia de propiedades ocupadas por inquilinos y unidades unifamiliares que han pasado a ser edificios multifamiliares.Condado de LehighLa ciudad de Allentown recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para construir cuatro nuevas propiedades para la venta, que serán administradas por el Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comunitario del Ayuntamiento de Allentown, y el desarrollador será la Asociación de Viviendas y Corporación de Desarrollo (HADC, por sus siglas en inglés). Las propiedades están ubicadas en un vecindario con una tasa de pobreza del 40%.Condado de LycomingEl municipio de South Williamsport recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para la renovación de nueve viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios que serán administradas por el Consejo de Gobiernos de SEDA.Condado de MontourEl condado de Montour recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para la renovación de nueve viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios que serán administradas por el Consejo de Gobiernos de SEDA.Condado de NorthumberlandLa ciudad de Sunsbury recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para la renovación de nueve viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios que serán administradas por el Consejo de Gobiernos de SEDA.El municipio de Milton recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para la renovación de nueve viviendas existentes ocupadas por sus propietarios que serán administradas por el Consejo de Gobiernos de SEDA.Condado de SchuylkillEl municipio de St. Clair recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para renovar 14 viviendas ocupadas por sus propietarios que serán administradas por la secretaría del municipio y Mullin & Lonergan Associates, Inc. El programa estará disponible para todos los residentes del municipio de bajos ingresos, pero estará dirigido a los residentes de bajos ingresos de la tercera edad.Condado de UnionEl condado de Union recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para renovar 15 viviendas ocupadas por sus propietarios para ser administradas por la Autoridad de Viviendas del Condado de Union.Condado de YorkLa ciudad de York recibió la aprobación de $500,000 para construir seis nuevas casas para personas de bajos ingresos que compran una vivienda por primera vez. York Habitat for Humanity está combinando este proyecto de construcción con sus programas Critical Home Repair (Reparaciones cruciales al hogar) y Aging in Place (Un lugar personas de la tercera edad) para brindar servicios a los vecinos.Para obtener más información, visite el sitio de Internet del DCED, y asegúrese de estar actualizado con todas las noticias de nuestra agencia en Facebook, Twitter y LinkedIn.View this information in English.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

GMR&SC Launches International meet

first_imgMotor racing enthusiasts are gearing themselves for the biggest event of the sport’s calendar, the Seaboard Marine, Fly Jamaica, GTT and Stag International sponsored Race-meet, billed for November 12th and 13th.Launched last evening at the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) Thomas lands facility, the short ceremony featured words from the event’s main sponsors and officials.The race-meet, which will double as the final leg of the Caribbean’s premier inter-country motor-racing series, the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC), will see participation from several countries,according to president of the GMR&SC, Mahendra Boodoo.“This year, teams representing Barbados, Canada, The Cayman Islands, Jamaica Trinidad, Suriname and the United States as well as Guyana will be racing at South Dakota,” he said.He continued, “Through sixty years of racing, we are proud to bring about November meet, filled with excitement.”Meanwhile,Robert Hiscock, representative of Ansa McAl,said “Racing,like any sport, is integral to the development of youths and plays a particularly important part in youth development as well, particularly as it relates to team-work, how to win graciously and lose graciouslyFly Jamaica, another of the title sponsors of the event, indicated its pleasure at being involved, with CEO,Carl Bowen saying, “I can’t imagine its 60 years already, it’s a little older than I am.I congratulate you guys for maintaining and sustaining this sport, it’s a very difficult thing to do,especially in rough economies.”Meanwhile,CMRC series title sponsor Seaboard Marine, through the local branch, John Fernandes Limited,disclosed its investment in the series, adding that they continue to be delighted with the series.“Seaboard is proud to inject approximately 125,000 USD into each year of motor racing that CMRC has been in existence. This is no small feat for the company or the championship but we are very proud to be associated with the name and brand,” said representative Jeremey Fernandes.”Meanwhile,Guyana’s representative on the CMRC board,Shairaz Roshandin,said, “So far we have covered Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. At this point, Trinidad is leading the Championship and Guyana being the final leg,will see the most representatives and we would expect to see high level of competition.”The race weekend begins on Friday with free practice before Saturday’s qualification with Sunday’s races beginning from 08:00hr, with the lap of honour.last_img read more

Cricket News PCB rejects Sharjeel’s appeal for relaxation in the spot fixing ban

first_imghighlights Sharjeel, a dashing opener, was suspended and sent back home after the start of the second Pakistan Super League edition in Dubai in February 2017 and was later banned for five years for breaching five clauses of the anti-corruption code.Interestingly, the anti-corruption tribunal of the PCB, which banned Sharjeel, had later suspended half of his five-year ban.Sharjeel has made one Test, 25 ODIs, and 15 T20 Internationals appearances. In his short career, Sharjeel has scored one century and eight half-centuries.Mohammad Amir has been a little lucky to get back into the scheme of things, and also had the skiddy pace which no other Pakistan bowler had then. It will be interesting to see if Sharjeel can make a comeback to the national squad once his ban is lifted as the men-in-green are in a good state now.  New Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected Sharjeel’s appeal to allow him to play domestic cricket. Earlier, Sharjeel was involved in the spot-fixing scandal, eventually getting ban by the board to playing cricket.A senior official of the PCB said that Sharjeel’s application was submitted by his lawyer and had been discussed at the recent Board of Governors meeting. The application suggested a plea for allowing him to play domestic cricket and club cricket.”Sharjeel in his application had appealed to the Board chairman, Ehsan Mani to use his discretionary powers under the anti-corruption code and give him relaxation to play domestic and club cricket before his ban ends in late August,” Sharjeel’s lawyer, Shaigan Ejaz said.Shaigan said that the appeal was made on the grounds to Mani that the PCB had earlier given relaxation to Mohammad Amir, who had deliberately bowled no-ball against England a few years back and allowed him to start playing club and domestic cricket before his five-year-long ban ended.On this, the PCB official said that “After much debate, the governing board members had decided that Sharjeel should only be allowed to resume once his ban expires in August.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Sharjeel doesn’t get any relaxation in his tenure ban. He has made 25 ODI and 15 T20 appearances for Pakistan. Sharjeel was banned during the second season of PSL. last_img read more

Tech accelerator to grow student companies

first_imgThe Viterbi Startup Garage, a technology accelerator aimed at growing startup companies run by USC students and alumni, is looking for its first crop of companies to assist and advise.Game time · Google VP of Social Products Bradley Horowitz speaks to students at a event hosted by the Viterbi Student Innovation Institute, which also encourages students to create their own start-ups. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Startup Garage, announced by Viterbi on March 26, is accepting applications through April 22; the 12-week summer program will begin May 28.Students in the program will receive expert mentoring, access to investors, working space and $20,000 in funding. Ashish Soni, the program’s director and a founding director of the Viterbi Student Innovation Institute, said two primary goals of the program were to help USC achieve its vision of developing the next big technology company and enable students to start successful companies.“One of the things we realized was that students need time, access to resources [in the form] of financial support systems, mentoring and coaching. It’s hard to get all of that in a semester,” Soni said.In addition to focusing their attention on the university, the program also seeks to encourage technology startups to stay in the Los Angeles area.“With the Viterbi Startup Garage, we aim to provide the support needed so that this talent can fully develop its potential and make Los Angeles and Southern Californiaone of the most vibrant technology startup regions in the world,” said Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos in a statement.Viterbi is partnering with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a leading venture capital firm, and United Talent Agency, a talent and literary agency, to run the program. As a part of the program, participants have access to the KPCB and UTA networks when they are building their companies.“Students will have access not just to capital, but to insight into building companies, insight into the market, into how you build successful companies,” Soni said. “[The combination of] a top engineering school, a top venture capital firm and a top business development talent agency is a unique combination that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the country.”Though other technology accelerators exist in Los Angeles, the Viterbi Startup Garage is unique in its focus on students and its link to a major university.“We’ll leverage our partners, our faculty and our alumni to help make these companies successful,” Soni said.This year the Viterbi Startup Garage will look at digital andsoftware-based companies, as well as hardward companies. Soni said the directors of the program are looking to increase the size of the program in the coming years.“The goal is to increase the number [of accepted companies], but this is the first year, so we want to start small, have some early success and grow from there,” Soni said.Founders of AIO Robotics Kai Chang and Jens Windau, both Ph.D. students in computer science who applied to the program, hope that their company is one of the few companies accepted into the program.Chang and Windau said the Viterbi Startup Garage’s association with USC and dedication to supporting students makes it very appealing to them.“We can trust the entire Viterbi community. The Trojan Family seems more comfortable to approach than someone who is not ‘related’ to you, necessarily,” Chang said.Jason Wei, the co-founder of Taggle and a junior majoring in business administration who applied to the program, said he hopes his company, which helps people find the best price for printing custom T-shirts, is accepted into the program because of the technology accelerator’s extensive networks.Wei and his partners said the Viterbi Startup Garage’s resources could help their business grow rapidly, and that they would use the $20,000 funding to reach college campuses beyond USC and UCLA.“[We are] trying to scale aggressively this summer. In order to do that, we’re going to need office space, we’re going to need financial resources and moving onto the next stage is also much easier with great mentors, which this program offers,” Wei said.Any current USC students or alumni who graduated from USC within the past five years may apply, as long as at least one co-founder or CEO is a Viterbi student or alumnus.last_img read more