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2015 inductees revealed for Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Committee for the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the inductees for 2015. Recipients are chosen based on their accomplishments and significant contributions to Vermont agriculture. These nominees will be honored on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, during the invitation only luncheon at the Champlain Valley Exposition. Also during that time, the black and white photographs of the 2014 inductees will be revealed.

Forbes names Middlebury one of 'America's Most Entrepreneurial Colleges'

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Forbes has debuted a new list of colleges touted for their entrepreneurial programs, and Middlebury College has landed very close to the top. In its list of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges 2015,” Forbes ranks Middlebury second out of 50, just behind first-place Cooper Union. Bennington College was fourth on the list.

Saint Michael's grad Marine General Joseph Dunford confirmed to lead Joint Chiefs

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine General Joseph Dunford, confirmed by the US Senate Wednesday as the top officer in the US military – chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- is a 1977 graduate of Saint Michael’s College who now serves as commandant of the Marine Corps. In early May, President Barack Obama named Dunford as his nominee for the post. At that time, Saint Michael’s President Jack Neuhauser noted that General Dunford has maintained a proud and fond identification with Saint Michael’s since the general graduated as a political science major in 1977.

President Obama signs Vermont disaster declaration

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine President Obama on Thursday declared a major disaster exists in the State of Vermont and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe storm and flooding on June 9, 2015. Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding in the counties of Addison and Chittenden.

Markowitz: Vermont’s new agreements will support battle against climate disruption

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:19am -- tim

By Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources When Vermonters see a problem, we work to fix it. That is why earlier this year Vermont signed onto two historic climate agreements which will strengthen our state’s resolve to combat carbon pollution and transition to a new clean energy economy. In April, Governor Shumlin joined leaders from around the world to sign California’s bold “Under Two Memorandum of Understanding.” This agreement aligns our goals to reduce carbon pollution to the level of seriousness of the climate crisis.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum names Mike Smiles executive director

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:21am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine J Michael “Mike” Smiles joins Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) as the new Executive Director. "Mike brings a breadth of experience that will broaden the Museum’s impact in reaching and serving diverse audiences through our collection of historic replica vessels, innovative education programs, hands-on rowing programs, publications, research, and permanent and traveling exhibits," said Board Chair Bob Beach.

Governor Douglas appointed Vermont Historical Society interim director

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:00pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Historical Society announced today that Jim Douglas, the former four-term governor of Vermont, has agreed to serve as the VHS’s part-time interim Executive Director while a national search is undertaken to replace Mark Hudson, who recently announced his fall departure. Douglas will begin his duties shortly and will overlap for a time with the departing Hudson. 

Damages from July storm don't trigger federal damage assessment

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 2:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After an exhaustive assessment of damages caused by the July 19-20 storm in Vermont, state officials have determined there does not exist enough loss for the state to request a federal disaster declaration.  However, state resources could be available to communities to help cover the cost of repairing roads.

Congress extends law, Middlebury among 23 colleges using collaborative financial aid

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Middlebury College and 22 to other colleges will be allowed to continue to use a common financial aid system. The US House of Representatives Monday night passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) to extend an expiring antitrust exemption that allows certain colleges and universities to continue to collaborate on issues of need-based financial aid.

Blanchard: Socially responsible investing goes mainstream

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:04am -- tim

by Seth Blanchard Selecting investments based on both financial considerations and personal values is nothing new in the investment universe. But what was once considered a “fringe” strategy is becoming an increasingly mainstream approach. Today, there is an increased awareness that choosing opportunities now referred to as Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) can create good investment value.